The ‘other’ breakdown is used when we believe a document is suspected fraudulent OR we cannot confidently say a document is genuine. Both scenarios will be explained in full in the proceeding section.
1. Fraudulent Documents
In the first instance, the other breakdown will be used when a document is suspected fraudulent to our knowledge.
It may show signs of digital tampering, the fonts being inconsistent with a document of that type, or the MRZ will show the incorrect number of characters and display checksum warning flags.
A full discussion of why documents might be fraudulent is available is available here, but for now, it suffices to say the ‘other’ breakdown is used primarily for when we believe a document is fraudulent with a high degree of certainty.
2. Documents we cannot say are genuine
In the second instance, the other breakdown is also used when we cannot say with certainty a document is genuine. There are a number of scenarios this will occur, usually pertaining to the image quality of the document.
- A document’s image quality is sufficient to process, but due to the quality of a scan or photograph, screenshots, or black and white images mean we cannot indicate it is genuine.
1. Bad scans and ‘OCR Assisted Extraction’ means letters differ vastly from one another and appear tampered or not part of the original document.
2. Washed out documents where the colour differs to a great degree from genuine templates.
3. The image quality is too low to discern important security features which would allow us to say if it is genuine or not.
For more information about why specifically a document may be potentially fraudulent, please refer to this cheat sheet.