Social Security Cards for Sale & Fake Passports

March 14, 2009

Selling Saipan Social Security Cards
An investigation of the sale of thousands of social security cards issued to Saipan workers and then sold in the U.S. mainland for criminal activity is part of an ongoing FBI investigation according to the Saipan Tribune. The paper said that Bridgette M. Camacho, district manager of the Social Security Administration on Saipan said, "Because of the ongoing probe by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, SSA cannot comment on the issue, based on guidance from the SSA regional office after consulting with the Chicago Regional Office, the Chicago Office of Inspector General, and the National Press Office."

In January 2009, I reported that a crime syndicate was busted in the East Coast of the U.S. in the post, Crime Syndicate has CNMI Ties. The investigation led to 17 being arrested.

The Washington Post (January 2009) revealed:
The agents then met a friend of Cho's named Dong Young "Dereck" Shin, 47, who was in the business of selling Social Security cards, court records say. The cards were issued to Chinese nationals in the Mariana Islands to allow them to work, Ramsey said, but recipients were selling them, sometimes with passports of family information.

The Social Security cards were then used in the continental United States to obtain driver's licenses and credit cards. And then mortgages. Special Agent Ashan Benedict said people were able to establish good credit scores by making timely payments for months or years, all under false identities.

The investigation also uncovered a Department of Motor Vehicles employee in Illinois who was knowingly providing fake driver's licenses to people, often from Virginia. Those people would then trade the Illinois license for a legitimate Virginia license.

"Identity fraud really is a national security matter," Benedict said. "They're living here as a normal citizen. Is that the only thing they're going to do? Or are they a sleeper cell, are they up for criminal activity?"
The syndicate stretched to Chicago where thousands of social security cards starting with the number '586' were were being sold to illegals wishing to get a driver's license. In February 2009, I reported that the Chicago arm of the syndicate was busted in a post entitled, 586: Saipan Connections to Chicago Crime Syndicate.

From the February 27, 2009 post:
From the 156-page Criminal Complaint filed today in the US District Court of Northern District of Illinois (emphasis added):
Further investigation of the social security account cards utilized by this criminal enterprise has revealed that a large portion of the cards were originally obtained, through legal means by Chinese nationals temporarily working in Saipan. Upon the return of these temporary workers to the PRC or while still in Saipan, their issued social security account cards were collected and transported in bulk to the U.S. for eventual use by this criminal enterprise.
From the Atlanta Examiner:
The identity kits included a counterfeit or genuine but altered Chinese passport, prosecutors said. The passports were matched to legitimate Social Security numbers, many acquired by Chinese nationals working on the Pacific island of Saipan.

A photo of the buyer was inserted in the passport along with one of the legitimate Social Security numbers and bogus proof of residency such as a utility bill, prosecutors said. They were then taken to driver's license facilities.
Fake U.S. Passports Easy to Get

GAO, the investigation branch of the Congress, reported that fake passports are easy to get and proved it by conducting four tests using falsified information. All four attempts at passing false information and documents netted the investigator passports.

CNN reports:
Individuals with "even minimal counterfeiting capabilities" can obtain genuine U.S. passports, which can be used to travel overseas, open bank accounts and prove U.S. citizenship, the GAO report says.

In the "most egregious" case, it says, the investigator used the Social Security number of a man who died in 1965 to obtain a Social Security card. In another case, he used the Social Security number of a 5-year-old child and obtained a passport, even though his counterfeit documents and application indicated he was 53 years old.

"A U.S. passport is a key to virtually anywhere in the world," said Sen. John Kyl, R-Arizona. "It is very troubling that in the years since the September 11 attacks someone could use fraudulent documents to obtain a U.S. passport."

Kyl and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, both members of the Senate Judiciary Committee's subcommittee on terrorism, requested the test.

The investigator used the counterfeit documents to obtain a genuine Washington, D.C., identification card.

For three of the tests, the undercover investigator submitted passport applications and supporting materials at U.S. Postal Service locations that accept passport applications.

For the remaining test, it submitted the application and materials to the State Department's regional passport office in Washington.

"State and USPS employees did not identify our documents as counterfeit in any of our four tests," the GAO report says. The State Department "issued a genuine U.S. passport in each case."

"All four passports were issued to the same GAO investigator, under four different names," it says. The tests occurred between July and December of last year.
The AP reports:
Criminals and terrorists place a high value on illegally obtained travel documents, U.S. intelligence officials have said. Currently, poorly faked passports are sold on the black market for $300, while top-notch fakes go for around $5,000, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigations.
Fake Passports Online
Fake passports are not only a problem in the U.S. This week the Australian press reported that over 100 illegal Chinese workers have been discovered in the Australian meat industry. From the Austalian Network News:
Australia's immigration minister, Chris Evans, says an operation across the country's eastern states has uncovered an alleged labour hire racket within the meat industry.

The investigation followed a tip-off about Chinese workers being brought into Australia to work unlawfully in meatworks.

Senator Evans says a case of alleged identity fraud has also been identified which is believed to be widespread, coordinated and targeted the meat industry specifically.

He says the immigration department believes up to 100 illegal workers are involved in the racket.

The suspected ring leader has been identified and a large amount of evidence, including fake passports, has been seized.
Another March 2008 article from the Brisbane Times reported that websites are selling fake passports and driver's licenses for the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Canada, U.K., Belgium, France, Germany and other countries. claims:
Our passports produced with high quality and have no difference from the original documents. We accept all security features like special paper, watermarks, security threads, intaglio printing, microprinting, fluorescent dyes, color-changing ink, document number laser perforation, latent image, laser image perforation while producing passports.

There is also a possibility to affix almost all kind of stamps into the passports. The price for this service should be discussed with our operator and may be variable.

Attention! There is a new option of document duplicates producing, i.e. cloning of the real existing document but with your photo. We select suitable document from our database considering on your age, sex, nationality, ect. This service is available for not all countries, pricing is not fixed too.
The main page states that "your privacy is 100% guaranteed." They have a sample page that shows the different passport from each country, a question and answer page, an order page, a services pages and a news page.

The order page lists states how the payment is to be made and details the terms of agreement.

A March 10, 2009 Brisbane Times article reported:
The site asks for 750 euros ($1500) to be sent in installments to Chisinau, Moldova, via money order services, Western Union or money gram.

The anonymous operators of Buyfakepassports told AAP via email that their passports would "successfully pass all existing tests, like UV-test, MRZ (Machine Readable Zone) check, machine check and so on".

"In fact we haven't got any complaints from our customers on the problems with customs, airports or any other law authorities during travelling.

"We also provide [the ability] to affix almost all kind of stamps into the passports to make you feel more confident."

The number of improperly documented arrivals at Australian airports varies year to year.

In 2007-08, Australian officials overseas detected 128 improperly documented arrivals, while 143 were detected at Australia's entry points.

Between 2004 and 2008, Iraq, China and Sri Lanka were the most commonly claimed nationalities.
The article stated that there was another fake passport website, This site seems radical:
Passports are connected with the right of some protection abroad by the government of the country of which one is a national, and with the right to enter the country of which one is a national. However, the right of protection does not arise from a passport, nor does the right to enter. Each right arises from nationality. A passport proves the nationality of the bearer, and, consequently, their right of protection and right to enter.

In modern times, the passport has become a symbol of national sovereignty and control by each nation-state. That control works both for citizens within a nation and all others outside. All nations thus collude in the system of control of travel rather than its freedom. If freedom of travel is one of the essential marks of the liberated human being, as stated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, then the very acceptance of a national passport is the mark of the slave, serf or subject.

Your personal privacy is your fundamental right, but in today's modern technological world, it is too often compromised. Nobody likes being hassled. An alternate identity might be just the thing to avoid unwelcome attention.

You may have a multitude of additional reasons why your true identity could put you in an undesirable position, particularly if you are high-profile and wealthy. You can never actually know before some nasty streak of events whether you are really in safety or not. Think of all the possibilities inherent in a social and political system based on conformist and permanent state controlled brainwashing. And if that's not enough: how about the IRS or your local equivalent to that agency?

But persevere and you will be well rewarded. Be aware that the storm clouds of future fiscal and personal oppression are already appearing on the political and legal landscapes of many formerly civilized nations. Getting a second passport now might prove to be one of the best insurance policies you ever buy.

Just don't leave it too late. Good luck !
Here are the other pages from this site.

Aren't these types of businesses illegal?


captain said...

This is just another reason not to delay the Fed takeover another 180 days.
The reasons just keep mounting.
I hope the powers to be are aware of all of the present and future problems if this delay is allowed with no one knowing what will be happening. Go according to schedule and then maybe the new Casino's in Tinian and Rota and other project can get back on track.

the teacher said...

Who do you suspect wrote the bill, Siemer with Cinta to take the credit?

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

and that's why there won't be a Chinese visa waiver.

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

well, that and the Chinese run drugs, prostitution, and gambling...

Anonymous said...

My god, stop promoting these two scams! Those two passport "sellers" from the internet you mentioned are SCAMMERS! You would know this if you just typed in their e-mail address into google followed by "scam" or "scammer" or "ripped me off!"

They don't supply passports! / ( SCAM! ) / / ( SCAM! )

Wendy said...

No one is promoting the scams -this is a post revealing that they ARE scams. Read the title and reread the post, please!