Forgers of identity documents are becoming more creative

28 april 2020

Figures from The Royal Netherlands Marechaussee show that the number of people arrested for committing identity fraud is rising. The total amount of found false identity documents was 1487 in 2019, of which 80% was found at airports. The rest was found between Dutch boarders and neighbouring countries. 

Why identity fraud?

A large part of the fraudsters consists of refugees who are travelling from Greece to the Netherlands. Besides, there is a group of serious criminals and terrorists who try to reach the Dutch boarder with a false identity document.  

The false passports are becoming increasingly difficult to distinguish from the genuine documents, but the employees of The Royal Netherlands Marechaussee are constantly trained to distinguish the identity documents.    

 

Methods of Forgery

The most common method for forging an identity document is to modify the personal details. Another way in which fraudsters forge is by reproducing the entire document.  

Fraudsters are also becoming more creative with their methods. They use a valid identity document of another person who resembles to the person in question. By using this method all security features are correct by a validation. The Royal Netherlands Marechaussee tries to counter this method by looking at facial features such as scars and moles. 

 

Verification of the identity document and the identity of a person

The figures show that identity fraud is a major problem in the travel industry. The methods which are mentioned before are also being used in other sectors. People with bad intentions often use a false identity to work in the Netherlands for example.  

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