THE PERCEPTION OF SIGNATURE FORGERIES
Alex Morton, William Reid, Colin Buntin, Michael Brockly, Stephen Elliott
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(Spring 2013) The Perception of Signature Forgeries

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The purpose of this survey was to discover the perception of signature forgeries from the general public. We constructed a survey to gain insight on the ideas and opinions of the basics of signature forgery. The survey consisted of a series of questions that we believe would interest participants and give them the perspective of a signature forger. This survey contained several signatures, then asked if they would feel comfortable forging them. Additional information was given on some signatures and then they were asked if this would further help in forging the signatures.

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(Spring 2013) The Perception of Signature Forgeries

  1. 1. THE PERCEPTION OF SIGNATURE FORGERIES Alex Morton, William Reid, Colin Buntin, Michael Brockly, Stephen Elliott Overview Survey Results Intricate Signatures Easy Signatures Conclusions The purpose of this survey was to discover the perception of signature forgeries from the general public. We constructed a survey to gain insight on the ideas and opinions of the basics of signature forgery. The survey consisted of a series of questions that we believe would interest participants and give them the perspective of a signature forger. This survey contained several signatures, then asked if they would feel comfortable forging them. Additional information was given on some signatures and then they were asked if this would further help in forging the signatures. Demographics Have You Ever Forged a Signature Before? • 66% reported to forging a signature before • 85% said that they use minimal effort for “day to day” signatures • 1 out of every 3 people know that their signature has been forged before Our survey showed that participants believed that they could forge about 50% of all signatures presented to them. Combined with pen-up information they believed that they could create an even more successful forgery. Research in this field could be expanded towards signature forgery comparisons, where participants would try to replicate signatures and would then be compared to the original signatures. This research shows the relationship between confidence and actual performance in forging signatures. Pen-up Information: We gave participants additional information on how many times the writer would pick up their pens. The results showed that this information would help in the forging process. Additionally this would increase the confidence for forgers and would increase their success rate of forgery. “Unrecognizable characters with high arches and small spacing makes the reproduction difficult.” “The unrecognizable and almost overrunning characters make reproduction almost futile to even attempt.” “Its easy to read, short, and not complicated” “Few Characters and openly spaced” “Despite unrecognizable characters, the simplicity of the signature makes reproduction easier.” “Two recognizable characters, one small looping, and then a lightly waved line. Relatively simple to reproduce.” “A structured name with unrecognizable characters, a bit of looping, and a stylized ending to the name.” Do you think you would be efficient at forging?

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