The rising seizures of counterfeit identification documents at US airports and ports is setting off alarms with officials concerned about fake IDs being used to facilitate increasing cases of identity theft, human and sex trafficking, and terrorism.
The warning comes from the Document Security Alliance, a collaboration of more than 80 government, industry, and academic organizations dedicated to improving the security and authentication of critical value documents to combat criminal acts.
“Inspecting tens of thousands of seized counterfeits, we have confirmed that a subset of US citizens willingly provide their true name, address and date-of-birth to an overseas criminal. Don Morrison, analyst at the Transportation Security Administration said. “What underage drinkers and parents may not know is that criminals use your information to create false credentials that harm vulnerable individuals, to steal your identity and money, or even to disguise violent offenders and terrorists.”
Given the uptick in activity, airport authorities are cooperating with law enforcement agencies to educate the public about dangers associated with ordering fake IDs online. One example is a public awareness campaign launched by the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG).
The campaign, developed with the Document Security Alliance, is designed to raise public awareness about the greater risks posed by the fake ID business.
“Airports are in the business of facilitating the efficient movement of people and goods,” said Seth Cutter, director of communications at CVG Airport. “Therefore, airports are ideal locations to provide the public with messaging and information about the dangers of fake IDs.”
The airport partnered with DSA and the TSA to place the campaign on flight display monitors throughout the airport. Travelers can learn more information at the campaign website, nofakeids.org, Cutter continued.
“DSA members have worked diligently for years to strengthen citizen credentials to help families avoid these terrible outcomes,” said Tony Poole, president of DSA. “Making IDs more counterfeit resistant to stop the pipeline of fake IDs coming into our country will stem the tide of money and private information used by criminal organizations.”