Dates and Numbering
Nowadays most numerical work is computerised. However, alterations to handwritten dates and numbers can still occur in cases of document fraud.
When examining handwritten numbers, answers to questions such as the following can be provided by a forensic document examiner:
- Who wrote these numbers?
- Have the numbers been altered?
- Were the numbers written in one period, or on different dates at different times?
- Was the alteration to the date made prior to signing and concluding the contract, or before?
Types of cases involving altered dates and numbers
- Stock sheets – fictitious quantities entered to hide theft of merchandise.
- Sick notes – alterations to the date.
- Time sheets completed fraudulently – fictitious dates and times all entered onto the time sheet in one go.
- Professional or semi-professional sports score cards – fictitious entries.