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Speakers » Nick Titcombe
Document Analyst & A/Senior Advisor, National Document Centre, Operations Branch Canada Border Services Agency, Government of Canada
What do we do when physical security features aren’t enough?
- Visa fraud is on the rise;
- The quality of fraud is reaching new heights;
- Intercepting fraud must happen at the earliest point possible.
Over the past few years, Canada has seen an increase in the use of fraudulent visas (counterfeit and altered). Early on, the fraud was easy to detect. However, recent interceptions have revealed an alarmingly high quality of fraud. Canada continues to be a country of destination and has employed some new systems to battle fraud internationally and push the border out. This presentation will examine high-end fraud on Canadian, EU and US visas, how the reproductions successfully imitated genuine features, and some of the methods used to detect fraud as early as possible.
Nick Titcombe has been working for the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) for the past 11 years and part of the National Document Centre (NDC) for the past seven years. He is a Document Specialist with considerable experience in travel, identity and civil document verification, training delivery and Canadian border operations and policies.
Nick is recognized as a subject matter expert on the production of secure documents and current trends in fraudulent documents. He has helped partner agencies develop detection techniques, travel documents and training courses. He is the lead CBSA trainer on document examination techniques, and has delivered training sessions to front-line officers and partner agencies from Australia, Canada, the US and FRONTEX.
Prior to his current position, Nick served as a Customs and Immigration Officer at the Windsor-Detroit Tunnel and as an offset press operator.