With easy access to many anti-counterfeit technologies, criminals are able to counterfeit passports & IDs with ease, especially copying documents that have insufficient security measures. Since the past decade, Dark web marketplaces are thriving with advertisements for counterfeit identification documents.
One of the ad in such a marketplace reads: “We are selling original UK Passports made with your info/picture. Also, your info will get entered into the official passport database. So its [sic] possible to travel with our passports. … You can even enter the UK/EU with our passports, we can just add a stamp for the country you are in! Ideal for people who want to work in the EU/UK.” The cost is £2000 or 12.883 bitcoins.
Some are fraudulent traps and some unfortunately not but the only mitigation to this menace is combination of digital technology, encryption and anti-counterfeit inks & films.
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