Yes, e-apostilles are safe from fraud as the Legalisation Office digitally signs both the e-certificate and the related documents to maintain integrity.
Additionally, each digital apostille will have a reference number that can be verified in an online registry.
Electronically issued apostilles are a great idea and, if executed properly, will eventually benefit everyone that needs documents legalised.
However, at the moment, all an e-apostille does is save the time that mailing ‘some’ documents takes. Remember that not all documents qualify for the UK e-apostille.
For the e-app to make a real difference, more countries must step up and take part and officially recognise the electronically issued apostille.
Electronic legalisation might be the future – but unfortunately, it is not quite ready for the UK or international use for all documents.
There are proposals that blockchain-secured technologies should manage e-legalisation. It has to be seen if the UK government will consider adopting this technology in the future.