Fraudulent acquisition or use of passports
Other Names: Forged travel documents
Nature: To obtain a passport through deception or to use a passport issued to another is a crime. The most common practices are substituting a page with a legitimate visa into a passport without a visa, substituting a photograph on a stolen passport and stamping a forged visa on a passport.
Incidence: In one instance, a Portuguese consul stole 2000 passports which he sold to wealthy Chinese who used them to enter the EEC/EU as Portuguese citizens from Macau. Officials believe that a high proportion of the 50,000 Dutch passports that go missing each year end up with forgers.
Problem Type: E: Emanations of other problems
Date of last update 01.01.2000 – 00:00 CET