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Passport Fraud Risk Mistrust Of SA Documents Abroad

Passport Fraud Risk Mistrust Of SA Documents Abroad…  Identity thieves and South Africans who sell their personal information to illegal foreigners are putting the country at the risk of being severely scrutinised for international travelling, says independent crime and policing analyst Prof Johan Burger. 
Passport Fraud Risk Mistrust Of SA Documents Abroad

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Burger was reacting to the arrest of 500 people accused of luring South Africans to sell their personal information to foreigners who want to come into the country illegally. In some cases, the foreigners apply for passports and other travelling documents using details of South Africans they have paid.

Burger said SA’s identity system could be compromised if identity fraud syndicates are not stopped by authorities.

It is a very dangerous situation … if these syndicates are not stopped they could compromise the whole identity system of this country in terms of home affairs. You would find eventually that other countries could tighten up the control in terms of South African ID documents. They would simply argue that they cannot rely on the South African authorities in terms of assuring that our system is effective and protected against fraud. It could compromise the credibility of all South African identity documents and make it difficult for South Africans to travel abroad,” said Burger.

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