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Mitigating Risk at the Border:
e-Passport / e-ID Document Authentication
In several studies of criminal activity involving border transit, document fraud has been identified by law enforcement as supporting most of these activities, including drug trafficking, fraud, migrant smuggling, money laundering, property crime, terrorism, and trafficking in human beings.
In fact, according to the European Union (EU) Serious and Organised Crime Threat Assessment 2017 (SOCTA 2017), document fraud and money laundering facilitate most, if not all, other serious and organized crime. The report states that “the use of fraudulent documents in the EU has significantly increased and represents a significant threat as it is a key enabler of all types of criminal activity as well as terrorism”.
Document fraud is also expected to emerge as one of the fastest growing criminal markets over the coming years, and according to SOCTA 2017, fraudulent IDs are the most commonly traded type of fraudulent document.