Fake ID ter­ror fears We ex­pose doc­u­ments scam used by bombers

The People - - NEWS FEATURES & - By Scott Hes­keth

BO­GUS util­ity bills used to cre­ate fake iden­ti­ties can be bought on­line for less than £4, a Sun­day Peo­ple in­ves­ti­ga­tion can re­veal.

The scam al­lows ter­ror­ists and other crim­i­nals to open bank ac­counts, get credit, hire ve­hi­cles and take out loans un­der a cloak of se­crecy. We saw Bri­tish Gas bills for the equiv­a­lent of £3.70 in bit­coin and UK driv­ing li­cences for £7.50 on the in­ter­net’s dark web.

Another site of­fered fake driv­ing li­cences pro­duced on HD print­ers and boasted: “We of­fer fea­tures such as bar­codes, mag­netic stripes, smart chips and holo­graphic over­lays”.

Iden­tity theft was a key part of the plan­ning for the Brus­sels and Paris ter­ror at­tacks. Only last month a Dublin-based Al­ge­rian was ac­cused of sell­ing bo­gus pa­pers to IS fa­nat­ics in the UK.

Cy­ber­crime ex­pert Robert Ha­madi said: “Once you’ve got a driv­ing li­cence, ID theft be­comes straight­for­ward.” los­ing your hair wasn’t so scary.” Af­ter chemo, Seren will have tu­mours in her kid­neys and lung re­moved. The growths have al­ready shrunk by 80 per cent. And last week she vis­ited class­mates and whipped off her head­scarf to show them her bald head. Jenny said: “She’s an in­cred­i­ble lit­tle girl with such spirit.” For more in­for­ma­tion on the cam­paign see bravethe­shave.org.uk.

TOP CROP: Seren and her mane at­trac­tion CROP LOP: Seren, with bob cut, clips mum Jen

FORGED: Util­ity bill

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