Laurent Gauthier, an expert of the French Office of False Documents and Identity Fraud, shows false passports.
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Your lost or stolen passport may have found a new life in the shady underworld of a crime gang or in the pocket of a terrorist plotting an attack.Fighting bogus identities is now a top security priority, with France's interior minister pushing for Europe-wide action, and Interpol pleading for tougher document policing as it warns that the world is awash in 38 million lost or stolen passports that are ripe for doctoring.A fraudster's den discovered in a Brussels suburb indicates the scale of the crime, and how hard it is to vanquish: It held some 1,000 digital images used to make false documents. Weeks after authorities raided the site in October, three people connected to those documents joined in the attacks on Paris. One of those passports had been listed by Interpol, the international police agency, as among a batch of stolen blank passports.Its database had nearly 38 million travel documents reported lost or stolen by 166 countries as of July 2013, the latest figures available.
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