Fake driver's licenses flooding into US from China, other countries, US says
Nearly 20,000 counterfeit U.S. licenses were seized at Chicago’s O’Hare airport in the first half of 2020, according to a report.
Counterfeit documents are giving a license to commit a host of offenses, including , U.S. officials say -- and young adults who are lax with their personal information may be their biggest enablers.
In the first six months of 2020, seized nearly 20,000 U.S. driver’s licenses at O’Hare airport alone, according to a report.
The 19,888 licenses and other fake documents were included in 1,513 overseas shipments, mostly from and Hong Kong, CBP said, according to FOX 5 in New York City. Others were from South Korea and Britain.
Ralph Piccirilli, CBP’s acting area port director in Chicago, called the counterfeits (made mostly for people in their twenties) 「very realistic.」
"These counterfeit driver's licenses can lead to disastrous consequences," he said in a statement, according to "Criminal organizations use these counterfeit IDs to avoid attracting attention to their illegal activities."
"Criminal organizations use these counterfeit IDs to avoid attracting attention to their illegal activities."— Ralph Piccirilli, CBP’s acting area port director in Chicago
Dallas-Fort Worth CBP Port Director Timothy Lemaux said seeking out a counterfeit license overseas is risky because you have to give your personal information.
Fake U.S. licenses seized by CBP agents that were headed to New York from China last fall. (Customs and Border Protection )
"What is most disconcerting about these interceptions, besides the volume in which we are experiencing, is the ease in which so many young people freely share their personal information with counterfeiters abroad," Lemaux said in a statement. "We'll continue to collaborate with local law enforcement to educate the public, and anyone who is contemplating purchasing a counterfeit ID online, on the potential dangers of sharing your personal, identifiable information with a criminal element."
"What is most disconcerting ... is the ease in which so many young people freely share their personal information with counterfeiters abroad."— Timothy Lemaux, CBP port director for Dallas-Fort Worth
Dallas has seen an influx in counterfeit document seizures, around 2,000 since 2019.
Dallas-area CBP officers have partnered with local universities to educate students about the dangers of giving their personal information online to get a fake license, said.
Last fall, CBP agents in Kentucky intercepted nearly 3,000 fake U.S. licenses and more than 3,000 blank card stocks for counterfeiting licenses that were headed for New York City, the reported.
One of the shipments was postmarked to a convicted child rapist in New York, leading agents to believe they might attract minors with the promise of fake I.D.s, CBP officials said.
Source: RTHK, Fox news