Forgeries of Fingerprints in Forensic Science

  • Christophe ChampodEmail author
  • Marcela Espinoza
Part of the Advances in Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition book series (ACVPR)


The objective of this chapter is to provide an account of the considerations made in forensic science regarding issues associated with potential forgeries of fingerprints. We will start with a clarification of terms and define the production of forgeries and the fabrication of evidence based on fingerprints. A short historical account will be given to highlight that the raised issues coincide with the early days of fingerprinting. Various methods of production of forged fingers as published in the forensic literature will then be exposed, distinguishing the techniques requiring the cooperation of the donor and the techniques without the cooperation of the donor. Examples of the various types of forgeries with associated images will be shown. The ability of forensic experts to distinguish between genuine marks and fakes will then be discussed. Although manual inspection techniques, they may also provide a reference to biometrics practitioners in their development of computerised techniques.


Crime Scene Biometric System Forensic Expert Extrinsic Feature High Clarity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Law and Criminal Justice, School of Criminal JusticeInstitute of Forensic Science, University of LausanneLausanneSwitzerland

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