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Many organisations around the world rely on the use of official rubber stamp impressions to authenticate their documents. The forensic document examiners at FDS undertake examinations of what purport to be original rubber stamp impressions on all manner of documents to make a number of determinations, including whether it is in fact an original rubber stamp impression. One example is a Refugee Review Tribunal matter in which FDS was asked to examine a document from one of the African countries. The rubber stamp impression was a combination of blue and red ink. On detailed examination we found that the text was original "laser" print, the handwriting was original ballpoint pen ink, but the rubber stamp impressions were ink jet printed, not original rubber stamp ink. Just because it is in colour, does not mean it is an original.