Images of Research: Progress through partnership

Behind The Mask: Identity Fraud

Category: Collaboration for impact

A close up image of a person’s face split to show a hyper-realistic mask that disguising the real face, nest to a photo of a passport with an airport interior in the background

How well can you trust the person in front of you? Are you sure the face you are looking at is genuine? Fraudsters are now using hyper-realistic silicone masks to conceal their identity or mimic another person (e.g. someone who’s passport or identity document they have stolen). We are now developing partnerships with policing and border control agencies to enhance mask detection and reduce identity fraud attacks.

Entrant: David Robertson , Psychology

Copyright: David Robertson

Funding: The research was partly funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, UK (ES/J022950/1) (AMB). The London Science Museum contributed £1,107.40 to cover the travel/accommodation costs of the experimenters (DJR, JS, AT, RSSK, JS, AB). The funders had no role in the study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.

Collaborators: Rob Jenkins, Mike Burton, Alice Towler, Jet Sanders, Josh Spowage, Radek Rudnicki


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