division will not only use cutting-edge technology to analyse the authenticity
of documents and products, but will also be able to give the accompanying legal
advice, and to draw on its library of past examples of counterfeiting cases and
This is a
timely extension to the organization's range of crime-fighting activities.
counterfeits get more sophisticated, businesses are increasingly needing to
test for fakes", said Peter Lowe, who runs the new service. "We now
provide the equipment and the expertise to answer this need."
to Mr Lowe, the main activities of the new service include detailed analyses of
holograms, packaging, handwriting and financial documents such as bills of
lading - all of which can reveal clues vital to the detection of fakes and the
eventual prosecution of fraudsters.
a key role of the forensic services division to be the authentication of
suspect documents in commercial transactions.
example, often have to rely on little more than a signature as proof of a
customer's identity, making the transfer of large sums of money a risky
where CCS will step in, providing handwriting analysis to check the
authenticity of the transferor, and advice on the identity of the person,
together with other established due diligence services.
new service will boost the scope of our existing services," said Pottengal
Mukundan, Director of Commercial Crime Services.
believe it provides a good, cost effective way for many of our members to
enhance their efforts to deter commercial crime, protect themselves against
becoming victims, or defend themselves from accusations of wrongdoing."
CCS say the
new service will be particularly beneficial to its members operating in areas
such as parts of Eastern Europe where access to trusted and reliable high tech
forensic services is limited.
will be able to turn to the CCS forensic services division for evidence in
relation to fraud and forgery cases.
As part of
its recent developments, CCS has acquired a new machine that detects fake
holograms. Whereas rival machines are limited to concentrating on a specific
type of hologram, the Universal Hologram Scanner is the first of its kind to
operate on holograms of all shapes and sizes.
provides a range of information to show differences between genuine and fake
items. This can be used as forensic evidence to confirm or dismiss suspicions
about the authenticity of a hologram.
with CCS legal and technical expertise, and the advice of external consultants,
this machine forms a valuable part of the new forensic services," said