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Document Security


 

Document fraud has created exceptional sales opportunities. To help you take advantage of these opportunities we offer the following document security features:


 

Security Papers


These are used to deter or expose fraud attempts while providing instant document authentification.
 

Pantographs


They are intricate screens and background designs that do not copy or scan well. They are generally printed in lighter colors so that they disappear when copies are attempted. Pantographs are also used to just make a document more aesthetically appealing. Genoa Business Forms offers several Stock Pantographs, or we can create a custom pantograph for your customer. By viewing our pantographs with Acrobat Reader you will get a general idea of what they look like. To get a more accurate representation of our pantographs we advise you to print them. You may also want to keep the printed version as a handy reference guide.
 

Borders


These are also intricate designs that add security to your documents. Unlike pantographs, borders can be scanned. Many pantographs and borders are protected by copyright. Contact us for further information on how pantographs and borders can be used with your secure documents. Stock Borders To get a more accurate representation of our borders we advise you to print them. You may also want to keep the printed version as a handy reference guide.
 

VOID Pantographs


These are intricate screens and backgrounds that make the word "VOID" appear when copied.
 

Prismatic Printing


A pantograph background using two or more ink colors printed from the same press tower. Colors merge in a varying, uneven manner creating a spectrum affect which makes them difficult to reproduce using desktop publishing and some color copiers. Also called split-fountain printing.
 

High Resolution Graphics


These are graphical elements, such as icons, logos, illustrations or borders, containing intricate line detail which cannot be reproduced accurately by copiers or scanners.
 

Warning Bands


These are explanations on documents alerting document handlers, processors and potential forgers that specific security features are present. Many bands also explain how to use the features to detect a forgery attempt.
 

Padlock Icons


The padlock icon, which is printed at the end of the dollars line on a negotiable document, indicates that at least two security features are included on that document. Details of the features are printed on the back of the document. This feature was created by the FSA (Financial Stationers Association).
 

Microprinting


This is text printed so small (about 1/100") that it appears as a solid line. It must be verified with a low powered magnifying glass. If photocopied or scanned, this small text becomes a solid line, revealing the document as fraudulent. Microprinting is generally used on the signature line of a check, but can also be used in the border and on the back of a check to separate the bank of first deposit area from the transit endorsement areas. The letters "MP" indicate that microprinting is used on that line. Microprinting is recognized by the Financial Stationers Association (FSA).
 

Security Endorsement Backers


These contain the words "Original Document" screened on the back of the check. This screening is very light, so it cannot be easily duplicated by scanners or copiers.
 

Artificial Watermarks


They are an excellent deterrent because they cannot be photocopied or scanned. They are printed in a transparent ink which is clear, but visible when viewed at an angle. Unlike true watermarks, which are visible from both sides of the paper, artificial watermarks are visible from one side only. Artificial watermarks can be printed on the face or the back of a document. You can use Genoa's stock artificial watermark which contains the words "Secure Document" or we can create your own custom design using your customer's logo.
 

Ghost Printing


It is achieved using white opaque ink. Ghost printed items can be seen by viewing at an angle or by marking with a dark highlighter such as blue or green. This ink has also been referred to as coin reactive ink, because it will darken in color when rubbed with the edge of a coin. Ghost printing is nearly impossible to photocopy or scan, and can be printed on the front or back of a document. You can use Genoa's stock ghost image which contains the words "Secure Document" or we can create your own custom design using your customer's logo.
 

Fluorescent Printing


This ink can only be seen under an ultraviolet (black) light, where it fluoresces revealing authenticity or any erasures. Fluorescent printing cannot be photocopied or scanned, and can be used on the front or back of a document. You can use Genoa's stock fluorescent image which contain the words "Secure Document" or we can create a custom design for you.
 

Foil Stamping


This is a thin layer of foil stamped onto a form often in the shape of the company logo. This foil scans poorly and is impossible to reproduce with printers or photocopiers. As with pantographs, foil stamping is also often used for its aesthetic value.
 
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