International Criminal Uses Of Fake Identity Documents

A number of crimes involving fake IDs had been reported recently (link). A man from Georgia identified as William Wilson made an attempt to buy a Mercedes Benz G Class vehicle using fake identification card, and was promptly arrested when signing the deal.

A manager at car dealership suspected the forgery when doing credit check. Police was notified immediately and a plan to detain the suspect was outlined and executed. The man is charged with felony an is held in federal prison. (Source )

Meanwhile in Canada, a woman wanted in $300k mortgage fraud. Allegedly she used a fake ID impersonating the real home owner to apply for a second mortgage on a residential property. She was able to find the financing through mortgage broker and receive $300k through her real estate lawyer.

Few days after the deal went through, mortgage documents were received by real homeowner through the post. The homeowner contacted local police immediately and currently the investigation is underway, reports NationalPost.

At the same time in United Kingdom a criminal was able to open an account at Nationwide using falsified identification document and subsequently commit so called "transfer fraud". This kind of fraud commonly consists of the interception and re-routing of email correspondence with subsequent changing of legitimate payment details for those of the criminal. Thus unsuspecting victim sends money to a criminal's account, believing they are paying into the account of a company the owe.

In most of the confirmed fraud cases, banks refund victim's account. But sadly, it does not happen always. Media attention was sparked by a case of Balazs Kelemen who fell victim to transfer fraud for the amount of £8,700. Mr Klemen believed he was paying car dealership for his new BMW, while in reality funds went to fraudster's account.

The criminal was using Romanian fake ID card. He was caught and sentenced to 1 year in prison on fraud and money-laundering charges, reports British tabloid Telegraph

Still, Nationwide refused to be held responsible for the fraudulent account, claiming it was a case of negligence and not fraud.