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`Chinese firm flooding US with fake driving IDs`

Last Updated: Sunday, July 31, 2011 - 19:51

Washington: A Chinese company is allegedly
flooding the US with fake driver`s licenses which law
enforcement officers say are difficult to detect, according to
a media report.

To the naked eye even the practiced eye of most
bartenders and police officers the counterfeits look
perfect. The photo and physical description are real. So is
the signature. The address may be, too. The holograms are
exact copies, and even the bar code can pass unsophisticated
scans, The Washington Post reported.

Just wire money to "the Chinese guy."

Washington: A Chinese company is allegedly
flooding the US with fake driver`s licenses which law
enforcement officers say are difficult to detect, according to
a media report.

To the naked eye even the practiced eye of most
bartenders and police officers the counterfeits look
perfect. The photo and physical description are real. So is
the signature. The address may be, too. The holograms are
exact copies, and even the bar code can pass unsophisticated
scans, The Washington Post reported.

Just wire money to "the Chinese guy."

The "Chinese guy" operation has been linked to a company
called PARTiTek that is based in Nanjing, China, the report
said.

The IDs have shown up in various states, each license
carrying a mysterious hidden tip-off in the bar code that
points directly to the same Chinese company, the report said.

This year, federal authorities in Chicago intercepted
thousands of fake licenses hidden in jewellery boxes and the
soles of shoes shipped from China. Most of them appeared to be
addressed to college students.

Border Patrol officials, who made the seizure in
Chicago, are cracking down on phony licenses, but the IDs
usually come disguised in individually addressed packages,
making the task difficult.

Driver`s licenses took on a new significance in the
aftermath of 9/11 attacks, when it was discovered that the
hijackers carried several that had been fraudulently obtained.

PARTiTek, the Chinese company, responding to an e-mail
inquiry, acknowledged that the bar code is the company`s but
said it does not produce the licenses.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, July 31, 2011 - 19:51

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