Passport fraud is a world crime and not the one to be taken as a joking matter. The U.S. Department of State’s enforcement arm, Diplomatic Security (DS) Service, uses special agents that coordinate with various other federal and international law enforcement agencies/agents in more than 150 countries around the world to investigate passport and visa frauds. This editorial will first provide some education on the crime of passport fraud, and then report the detail of its forensic examination. The offense related to Passport Fraud is committed by the offenders who cover their identity for the gratification of their own desire in order to execute financial crime, bank fraud, and other unlawful activities. Fugitives and terrorists also involved in illegal activities such as drug trafficking or alien smuggling through passport forgery.
Thousands of the cases linked to passport forgery and visa fraud were investigated in recent years on a worldwide scale. In the year 2012, U.S. Department of state investigated over 3,900 new cases of passport and visa frauds. Without a valid passport, legal international travel is impossible, however, using a deceitful travel document/forged passport the terrorist and disorderly element continues to cross the international borders and thereby frightening the country’s core security. A key Visa-cum- Passport forgery had come to light in the year 2004 where the involvement of a Tour and Travel Agency in New Delhi was found. The Police assembled the advanced printing entity and number of Visas of different countries, including the United States and Canada along with Counterfeit Indian Passport.
Recently incident of Hajj passport Scam occurred. A Hajj passport is based on the allocations for a country set by the Saudi government to control the huge amount of Muslims from all over the globe wanting to make the pilgrimage to Mecca. The Filipino travel facilitators were charged and taken into custody when they returned to the country after the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Authorities concluded that around 500 Indonesians faked their identity to be able to use Filipino Hajj passports and join the religious pilgrimage. The Immigration Commissioner stated that 17 individuals were reprimanded by the National Bureau of Investigation and were being interrogated on the degree of their involvement in the Hajj passport scam. The Authorities investigated around 17 Filipinos who had escorted around 500 Indonesians posing as Filipino Hajj pilgrims to Saudi Arabia. Most of the Philippine passports were released by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and some by Philippine’s consulate in Malaysia.
According to the narrative, If found guilty of acquiring a Fake Philippine’s Hajj passports as otherwise, an individual would have to wait for about 20 years to get a slot in the general Indonesian quota for pilgrims. The task force was able to recognize and take into custody another 103 Indonesians and 18 Malaysians who also illegally obtained Hajj passports from the Philippines