From Social Security cards to birth certificates and driver’s licenses, illegally obtaining and selling government documents is big business for thieves.
How does government documents fraud occur?
From illegal immigrants to criminals, there’s a substantial customer base for fraudulent government documents. Identity thieves can steal your personal information, such as your Social Security number and address, to create and sell Social Security cards, driver’s licenses, birth certificates, identification cards and more.
What are the effects of government documents fraud?
With your identification information, illegal immigrants, criminals or even terrorists can obtain licenses and other government documents. These documents could aid in the smuggling of drugs or illegal immigrants. Or they could use fraudulent identification to gain government benefits, travel state lines or commit crimes. No matter the offense, they could be doing it with your identity.
- From April 2006 through July 2010, the Document and Benefit Fraud Task Forces (DBFTFs) generated $22.6 million in seized assets.1 Led by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the DBFTFs work towards fighting document and benefit fraud.
1 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. “Fact Sheet: Document and Benefit Fraud Task Forces.”
February 24, 2010. http://www.ice.gov/news/library/factsheets/doc-bene-fraud.htm
† Federal Trade Commission. “Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book For
January – December 2011.” February 2012.
† Javelin Strategy & Research. "2012 Identity Fraud Report: Social Media and Mobile Forming
the New Fraud Frontier." February 2012.