The effort to make fake documents look like real leads to the use of crickets and beverages to produce artificially aged papers, as land titles, based on causing yellowing by the use of using. An old practice in Brazil, called “cricketing”, has led to the misappropriation of Brazilian land using these documents. We propose a rapid, simple, instantaneous and non-destructive method to identify artificially aged papers by easy ambient sonic-spray ionization mass spectrometry (EASI-MS) analysis.
Three typical aging procedures were used to obtain artificially aged papers using coffee, cola drink, and crickets, with the papers being analyzed by EASI-MS. Multivariate statistical analyses were performed on the data to find the sample groups and to study the most relevant ions of each ageing procedure. High-resolution MS (HR-MS) was used to obtain the exact mass and attribute formulae to relevant ions present in the samples.
The combination of EASI-MS and multivariate statistical analyses allowed us to identify the most relevant ions to classify the adulteration of documents and HR-MS identified most of these relevant ions. TMS fingerprinting in combination with multivariate analysis also demonstrated that this approach can qualitatively differentiate all the examined paper samples.
We developed a cheap, fast and easy method that can help to elucidate counterfeit documents that have been artificially aged, helping to identify chemical additives and one that can be used in forensic laboratories.

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