A fake-proof card verification system allows for the reading of data from an EEPROM memory device. A photographic-type image is stored in the memory device. The data comprises a data table containing randomly distributed unique serialized information. This information may be the serial number of the encoding read/write terminal, or the issue number of the particular identification information created by the encoding terminal. Desired verification data is downloaded from a central processing system. Advantageously, the system uses color cell compression for the acquisition, digitization and compression of the photographic-type image, which may be a facial representation, fingerprint, signature, voice print, eye retina or any other unique personal identification in a compressed form which may read by the decoding system to verify the positive identification of the presenter.