Invoices or Documents That May Have Been Altered
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the suspect document to other documents from the same person or the
at the colours of the inks. If more than one colour was used is, is
its use logical, for example if a supervisor used another colour to
approve the document. If the colour is different only for particular
words, parts of words, or numbers then it may warrant further
examination or inquiry.
at the writing or numbers to see if they are thicker or thinner than
the rest of the document. This may indicate that they were not written
at the same time as the rest of the document. Look also for obvious
things, such as the original in ball point pen and the alteration in
for changes in the slope of letters or words.
changes in the clarity, consistency and shading of line. When people
forge another personís handwriting the forged line often does not
have the changes from light to dark that normal writing has. The
original writer may have a more or less sure line, with more or less
fine squiggles, etc.
for writing and numbers that are taller or shorter than others, and
also ones that are out of alignment.
rubbings out, whiter used, crossings out, etc. Are these over key
items, totals, full stops, endings of sentences, the commas or points
in numbers, or other areas that may be suspicious?
for numbers that have been changed. Examples might include a 4 changed
to a 9, a 6 to an 8, a 3 to an 8, a 7 to a 9, a 1 to a 7, etc.
the document up to the light to see changes that you might otherwise
not have noticed.
the back of the document to see whether indentations are even or if
some stand out as being greater or softer than the rest of the
indicator from this does not necessarily mean that the document has been
improperly altered, these are no more than indicators. This list should
also not be taken as containing every single indicator. There are forensic
experts that specialise in examining suspect documents and their service
may be required.
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