Validating fradulent documents


Birth certificates are one of many so-called “breeder” documents that are often used to obtain Social Security cards and driver’s licenses. Birth certificate fraud occurs in three ways: a counterfeit certificate is created, an original certificate itself is altered, or a duplicate certificate is obtained by an imposter. The majority of requests for birth certificates were by mail and most were made for administrative or legal purposes such as verifying age, citizenship, or parental relationship to obtain Social Security cards, passports, and driver's licenses.

A wide variety of documents are involved, ranging from baptismal certificates to INS-issued documents. birth certificates, Social Security numbers (SSNs), and driver’s licenses.

David Simcox, Chairman of the Center for Immigration Studies and an expert in the fields of identification and privacy, made similar points in his testimony to the House immigration subcommittee in 1999.

He referenced the existence of a uniform model vital records statute drawn up by the National Center for Health Statistics and the National Association of Public Health Statistics and Information Systems.

If illegal aliens invent a SSN, steal or borrow an authentic card, or buy a counterfeit one, most likely the SSA will not catch it without the aid of employers. Only 6,000 employers were registered users, and of those, only 211 used EVS.

But few employers seem inclined to offer that cooperation. Employers complain that the feedback is not timely, and Mr.

But the uniform model is not binding on the states. Commission on Immigration Reform recommended in the mid-1990s a series of actions to reduce fraudulent access to birth certificates, including: James Huse, Jr., Inspector General of Social Security, appeared before the House Social Security Subcommittee on November 8, 2001 to discuss the prevention of identity theft by terrorists and criminals.

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