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Chronological Review of Fingerprint Forgery

NCJ Number
Journal of Forensic Sciences Volume: 44 Issue: 5 Dated: September 1999 Pages: 963-968
Boris Geller M.Sc.; Joseph Almog Ph.D.; Pierre Margot Ph.D.; Eliot Springer M.Sc.
R. E. Gaensslen Ph.D.
Date Published
6 pages
This article reviews the history of fingerprint forgery chronologically, based on about 70 papers, books, and private communications.
More than 30 known cases of fingerprint forgery are considered. Various techniques of fingerprint forgery are described, as well as fingerprint forgery detection methods. The authors indicate that information is not always complete in fingerprint forgery cases. Sometimes, important details are omitted, such as the method of forgery, the way the forgery was detected, and circumstances of the case. The most widespread fingerprint forgery techniques are stamping, lifting, and photo montage. Stamping involves using a fingerprint replica made by casting or photolithography and lubricated. Lifting involves the transplant of inked, latent, or already developed fingerprints from one surface to another using a suitable sticky agent. A photo montage refers to a composite photograph made by super-imposing a number of images. 68 references