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Signature forgery explained: Types, prevention, legal remedies

Discover the ins and outs of forging signatures, its risks, and its impact on personal and business security, with Signeasy today!

Rachana Chotia
Rachana Chotia
September 26, 2023
2023-09-26
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Signature forgery explained: Types, prevention, legal remedies

Frequently asked questions

What are the types of signature forgeries?
Signature forgeries include free-hand simulation, blind forgery, skilled forgery, and electronic forgery.
What is a signature forgery?
Signature forgery is the unauthorized imitation or alteration of a person’s signature on documents, checks, or other legal instruments, intending to deceive or commit fraud.
What are the characteristics of a forged signature?
Characteristics of a forged signature may include inconsistent pen pressure, unnatural strokes, shaky or unsteady lines, deviations from the genuine signature’s baseline and proportions, and lack of the genuine signature’s unique features, resulting in an overall unnatural appearance.
Who can verify a forged signature?
A forensic document examiner or a handwriting expert is qualified to verify a forged signature. They have specialized training and expertise in analyzing signatures to determine their authenticity and identify signs of forgery. 
Can you forge an online signature?
Forging an online signature is possible but illegal. Online signatures, typically used for electronic documents, are subject to the same laws as physical signatures, and forgery can result in criminal charges. Advanced security measures and digital authentication methods are used to prevent online signature forgery.
What are the 3 types of forgery?
The three types of forgery are document forgery, signature forgery, and art forgery.
Is forging a signature a felony?
Forgery of a signature can be a felony or misdemeanor, depending on factors such as jurisdiction and the severity of the forgery. It often involves significant legal consequences.
Rachana Chotia
Rachana Chotia
Rachana is the Content Marketing Manager at Signeasy, where she works with the product & customer teams to create content related to eSignature and contract workflows. In her free time, she enjoys going for walks, watching anime, and reading a good book.
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