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Fraudulent Travel Documents: A Key to the World

NCJ Number
International Journal of Forensic Document Examiners Volume: 2 Issue: 1 Dated: (January-March 1996) Pages: 44-47
E F Peszat
Date Published
4 pages
Fraudulent travel documents such as passports and visas are discussed with respect to their role in contemporary society, their fraudulent use, and recommendations for reducing their illegal use in Canada and other countries.
The most common fraudulent travel document has been legally issued, lost or stolen, and altered and provided to someone other than the legal bearer. Some documents are totally counterfeit. The spurious documents are used with little or no chance of detection. They support illegal immigration, drug law offenses, terrorism, welfare fraud, the protection of fugitives, and other crimes. During the last decade the Royal Canadian Mounted Police have recognized the increased use of these documents and has taken proactive measures that include increased training for police and other agencies and the development of a printed guide for law enforcement personnel. Recommended actions for other countries include increased training for both police recruits and experienced police personnel, interagency cooperation, and improved dissemination of information regarding fraudulent travel documents. 23 references


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