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How to Spot Fake Passports – 3 Secrets Revealed

Fake passports and other phony travel documents are increasingly being used by criminals – and even common individuals – all around the world to deceive the concerned authorities and get away with petty crimes by assuming a new identity – one that does not actually exist.

Nowadays, it has become quite easy to buy passports that are fake and this trend has greatly facilitated financial crimes, identity theft, fraud, smuggling, illegal immigration and other kinds of crimes. In some instances, legitimate or original passports may be issued using entirely fake documents, which makes it all the more difficult to tell whether a passport itself is fake or not. In most cases, a mere birth certificate is required for a passport, which is often quite easy to obtain. Therefore, without access to the fake documents used for the passport, it is nearly impossible to tell whether a passport is legitimate or not.

One thing should be noted, however, that if criminals have become savvy and rely on fake passports to escape the law, authorities have also devised new ways to spot a fake passport. Here are some ways you can tell a fake passport from an original one:-

  1. Some fake passports are quite easy to distinguish – even with the naked eye; all you need to do is look for tell-tale signs. For example, a photo that has been removed and replaced with another, or control numbers with missing/altered digits that are mentioned at the bottom of the first page of the passport. Another way to spot an illegitimate passport is to simply check whether the security images are embossed on the laminate – if it is the contrary, then it is most definitely a fake passport.
  2. Some features of a legitimate passport are visible only under the beam of a laser or special kinds of lights. Therefore, it is a good idea to get a passport checked by a security professional, who can easily determine the authenticity of the passport by running it under ultraviolet lights and exposing features that are discernable by the naked eye.
  3. Watermarks, security threads, micro-line printing, plastic discs embedded in the document, and reflective coatings are other characteristics through which it can be determined if a certain passport is fake or not. For this, however, you need to be aware of the latest techniques of producing fake passports and the technology that is used to discern them, which is often easier said than done.

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