The Forensic Examination of Skillfully Simulated Signatures
Written by Dr. Linton A. Mohammed & Lloyd Cunningham   

Signatures have long been utilized as a non-invasive biometric identifier. However, signatures have also long been the target for simulation or imitation. A person’s “John Hancock”—real or simulated—may appear on fiduciary documents worth many millions of dollars. In cases where it becomes necessary to verify the authenticity of a signature, the forensic examiner can look for a number of indicators of a skillfully simulated signature.

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