RSN™ Guide: How To Spot Fake ScammerScammerA Scammer or Fraudster is someone that engages in deception to obtain money or achieve another objective. They are criminals that attempt to deceive a victim into sending more or performing some other activity that benefits the scammer. Passports
Scammers Use Fake Documents All The Time
Updated October 2018
Scammers create fake documents to support their fake identities! Ironically with just a little common sense they are easy to spot!
However, spotting fake documents is not hard – all you need to do is look with a skeptical eye.
Here are the key things to look for:
Look at the race – such as a Caucasian or Asian in an African country – that sounds racist, but it is simply prudent
Look for the typical stolen photos – famous usual suspects eith men or women
Phony Watermarks Or Holograms
Look for signs of altering of the image
We all know that passports are complex documents that have laser and other anti-fraudFraudIn law, fraud is intentional deception to secure unfair or unlawful gain (money or other assets), or to deprive a victim of a legal right. Fraud can violate civil law (e.g., a fraud victim may sue the fraud perpetrator to avoid the fraud or recover monetary compensation) or criminal law (e.g., a fraud perpetrator may be prosecuted and imprisoned by governmental authorities), or it may cause no loss of money, property, or legal right but still be an element of another civil or criminal wrong. The purpose of fraud may be monetary gain or other benefits, for example by obtaining a passport, travel document, or driver's license, or mortgage fraud, where the perpetrator may attempt to qualify for a mortgage by way of false statements.
A fraud can also be a hoax, which is a distinct concept that involves deliberate deception without the intention of gain or of materially damaging or depriving a victim. marks – these don’t photograph well, but are seamless.
Look for hologram marks that are broken or are clearly a very visible design
Look at the machine type face/font down in the bottom for any irregularities
Look to see if the passport name is a different font than the rest of the machine text in these rows
Is it consistent with real passports – do a Google search for the type of passport and compare
Text On The Passport
Look for inconsistent contrast in the text in the document
Very dark and sharp focus compared to other text that is fainter and out of focus
Inconsistent Passport Numbers
Look for differences in the passport number – it will appear in several places and should all be the same
Look if the signature is the s
ame name as that that appears in the fake passport
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Look at the following as a guide:
Gallery Of Fake Documents
How can you know for sure?
There a couple of simple ways to know for sure:
Do a Google Search for real passport examples and compare.
Contact your local embassy for the country that supposedly issues the passport so they can tell you if it is fake or not. Most embassies have an email address where you can send a copy of the passport or document image that you received – they should be happy to confirm that it is valid or false – this also serves to notify that country that someone is creating fake documents.
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It is essential that law enforcement knows about scamsScamsA Scam is a confidence trick - a crime - is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their trust through deception. Scams or confidence tricks exploit victims using their credulity, naïveté, compassion, vanity, irresponsibility, or greed and exploiting that. Researchers have defined confidence tricks as "a distinctive species of fraudulent conduct ... intending to further voluntary exchanges that are not mutually beneficial", as they "benefit con operators ('con men' - criminals) at the expense of their victims (the 'marks')". A scam is a crime even if no money was lost. & scammers, even though there is nothing (in most cases) that they can do.
Always report scams involving money lost or where you received money to:
Local Police – ask them to take an “informational” police report – say you need it for your insurance
Your National Police or FBIFBIFBI - Federal Bureau of Investigation
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is the domestic intelligence and security service of the United States and its principal federal law enforcement agency. Operating under the jurisdiction of the United States Department of Justice, the FBI is also a member of the U.S. Intelligence Community and reports to both the Attorney General and the Director of National Intelligence. A leading U.S. counter-terrorism, counterintelligence, and criminal investigative organization, the FBI has jurisdiction over violations of more than 200 categories of federal crimes, including financial fraud. (www.IC3.gov)
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