A New Generation Of Fake ID’s And Licenses Pose Security Risks [AUDIO]
Homeland Security officials and State Motor Vehicles Agencies are worried about a new generation of phony driver's licenses and I-D's that can get past the newest digital security systems.
No longer the domain of backroom cottage industries, this fake document business is state of the art.
The documents are being peddled from websites overseas...many in China. Their holograms, even the PVC plastic on the cards, has been faithfully replicated. Andrew Meehan of the Coalition for a Secure Driver's License says they are so good that when scanned by a machine, the fake is going to come up as a valid I-D when the so-called, "machine readable zone" is scanned.
And he says there's a lot more at stake here than just college kids getting past the bartender. Meehan says where ID cheats pose a very serious risk is to our homeland and National security.
He says there's a real risk of terrorists being able to pass muster with these fakes through a lot of crucial security challenges. These websites provide their phony wares for prices that range from 75 dollars to 200. To add insult to injury, some of the websites also steal the identity of customers.
Concerns have also been raised about the responsibility that China has to the world community for allowing this kind of dangerous and illegal activity to continue under their noses.
And the suggestion has been made that by allowing the generation of these phony licenses and I-D's, it is actually an affront to the dignity and sovereignty of nations and states.