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How insurance companies use the code on the back of a Polaroid photo
How to Check Polaroid Photos for Fraud
Insurance companies are subject to a substantial series of fraudulent claims.
In the course of handling a claim, often photographs are submitted as "proof"
of either ownership of an article that has been claimed as stolen - such as
a car or stereo system, or as evidence of a scene of an accident or similar.
Polaroid cameras are now popular and a Polaroid photograph is commonly offer-
ed as this form of substantiation.
By checking the letters and digits stamped on the back, an investigator can
determine the manufacture date of the film to determine whether the claimed
evidence falls within an appropriate time frame or not. Clearly, if the film
was produced after the time that the photograph was supposed to have been
taken, then the photograph is fraudulent.
Locate the code on the back of the photograph. The first two digits refer to
the month of manufacture, the next digit refers to the year, the next two
is the production machine number, the next digit is the shift number, The
next two refer to the day of the month, the next three is the production run
and the last is the type of film.
For example if the number is "034212064230", then the breakdown would be as
03 = March
4 = 1994
21 = machine number
2 = second shift ( 1 to 5 )
06 = 6th day of the month
423 = production lot number
0 = type of film
These codes are not evident on the exterior package of the film. They are
only visible on the exposed picture.
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