What is Passport Fraud?
Since August 2007, the U.S. has been issuing only e-passports, which have a computer chip embedded in the back cover containing a digital photograph and other biometric information. Although some technology experts say this information is easy to copy, this technology should reduce future forgery.
Passport fraud crimes include:
- Issuance by a Consular Officer without Authority;
- False Use of Passport;
- Misuse of Passport;
- Safe Conduct Violation; and
- Fraudulent Obtaining of Visas and other Entry Documents.
How are Passports Typically Forged?
There are numerous ways to forge a passport to gain entry into the United States. A forger may steal a passport, then erase and reprint information. A passport forger might also obtain a passport with a pre-printed number but no biographical information from a corrupt government official at a U.S. embassy.
A passport forger may also obtain a valid US passport by using a fraudulent name and other information. Furthermore, a forger could steal a valid U.S. Passport and assume that person’s identity.
However, with increased security measures it’s becoming harder to successfully forge a passport..