Fake IDs made in China a national threat: lawmaker

ENHANCING SECURITY: Lai Jui-lung voiced support for an Executive Yuan plan to switch to national ID cards with integrated chips that would be harder to counterfeit

Taipei Times
Date: Jan 22, 2019
By: Chen Yu-fu and Sherry Hsiao  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

Fake Republic of China (ROC) identification cards made in China pose the same level

A genuine Republic of China ID card, left, is juxtaposed with a Chinese made forged sample in a photograph released by the government yesterday.
Photo courtesy of the Ministry of the Interior

of threat to national security as African swine fever, Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Lai Jui-lung (賴瑞隆) said yesterday.

The national ID card has the best anti-counterfeit technology among all identification documents in the nation, a Ministry of the Interior official said yesterday on condition of anonymity, but added that the ministry has noticed recent cases of fake national IDs “that looked almost authentic.”

China’s ability to supply anti-counterfeit paper, color-changing ink and other materials — some of which can be purchased via the Internet — to produce ROC identification cards could have an impact on Taiwan’s security, the source said.

People could use fake national ID cards to apply for passports, impersonate others or take out loans, or Chinese intelligence officers or spies could use them to engage in clandestine work, the source said.    [FULL  STORY]

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