North Korea has been producing “super notes,” counterfeit 100-dollar bills practically indistinguishable from legal tender, even since 2007 when the U.S. released North Korea from financial sanctions. North Korea has also tried to bring some of the notes into South Korea.[From Daily NK – Super Notes Still in Production]
There’s no need to get Korean ultraforgers on board so far as the new UK national identity card goes. In fact, our indigenous forgers have been doing an excellent job, selling first-class forgeries of the UK ID card even before the UK ID card existed. Why they are bothering is not entirely clear.
Darren McTeggart tried to use the £30 card to pick up a replacement credit card from a branch of Santander – formerly Abbey – in Manchester, where the scheme was rolled out on a voluntary basis last year. Mr McTeggart, one of the first people to get the card, said: “They said it was not on their list of approved ID.[From Man can’t prove ID with ID card – Telegraph]
I’m sure this is just a hiccough. But how are indigenous ultraforgers creating their dastardly fake ID cards? Are they breaking into the government’s factories and stealing the chips? Have they got corrupt insiders working for them? Sadly, nothing that interesting. It’s apparently so easy to forge documents like this that the police are now asking the companies who sell printers to report suspicious customers, much as banks have to do when opening new accounts.
U.K. police are trying to get wider participation from printer manufacturers and makers of specialist equipment in a voluntary program designed to cut off criminals from the tools they need to make fraudulent passports and ID cards.[From UK Police Engage Print Industry to Stop Fake IDs – PCWorld Business Center]
Oh come on. You can’t seriously tell me that criminals can just walk into PC World and buy printers that can produce a fake ID card? I don’t believe that for a moment. Oh, wait…
The Met has shut at least 20 [fake ID] “factories” in the last 18 months and believes more than 30,000 fake identities are in circulation. Police examined 12,000 of them and established they were behind a racket worth £14 million. One £750 printer was withdrawn from sale at PC World after detectives revealed it could produce replicas of the proposed new ID card and EU driving licences.[From Police war on fake ID factories as fraudsters net millions | News]
Whoops. I’m sure this isn’t what former Home Secretary David Blunkett had in mind when he was outlined his plans for the national ID card way back whenever.