Fake Passports That Work
A foreigner attempting to avoid detection must first locate the proper passport. Expert forgers produce fakes that work, though even they sometimes make errors such as using an incorrect typeface or misspelling words, making a shoddy fakery easy for authorities to spot. Therefore, designers of new passports should take special care in making it hard for anyone else to alter them.
Goal of passport security should be to protect data within booklets and pages while making them easily accessible to people. A comprehensive approach must be taken so that multiple features interact and make it harder for fraudsters to create counterfeit copies of original pages.
Albanian criminals seeking refuge have discovered it is much cheaper to purchase a legitimate stolen passport rather than try and counterfeit one. Anthony Beard, a minor fraudster from South London, pioneered this practice two decades ago; finding vulnerable people in rehab centres and veterans’ shelters and convincing them to lend them identity documents at very little cost before adding photos of wanted criminals and renewing without needing an interview in-person.
He would then sell them on to criminals looking to avoid detection when entering western countries, or asylum seekers who didn’t appear on their home country’s list of individuals seeking refugee status. But even experienced fraudsters can be stopped with simple yet effective security features.