The best way to get around the country in style is to buy a fake travel document, a new study has found.
The report from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) suggests that fake travel documents are one of the most common ways people cheat online.
A survey of 4,500 people by Pricewaterhouses show that just over half (52 per cent) of people use fake documents to get round the country, and the majority of them do it for free.
“The majority of people are using the fake travel papers for a variety of reasons, ranging from a way to circumvent a payment system or to get into a local shop to circumvent customs.”
Some of the more common reasons for using the document are to avoid customs duties and to gain entry to a particular country.
“The study found that people who use fake travel passports are more likely to be male, in the UK and live in the east Midlands.
They are also more likely than people who do not use a fake document to be from a non-EU country, although they were more likely in the west of England and in the south of England.
PwCM said people who used fake documents were also more aware of the rules surrounding them.””
This suggests that the main reason people use a travel document is to avoid paying a fee and is not as a means of getting around,” the report said.
PwCM said people who used fake documents were also more aware of the rules surrounding them.
“People who use the fake documents are more aware that they are not required to pay a fee, and that there is no guarantee that they will be allowed entry to the country,” said Prof Peter Woodhead, PwC’s senior vice president for security, and co-author of the report.
People who used a fake were also less likely to know about the risks of using them, including that using a travel passport could make you a “potential national security threat”.
“In addition, many people who are using a false travel document are not aware that using it could make them a potential national security risk.”
The report said the use of fake travel and identity documents is likely to increase as the number of people travelling online grows, and this could result in a rise in fraud.
PwCs security chief said it is important for people to be aware of how fake travel can affect their privacy.
“In many countries, fake travel is a common way to gain access to social networking sites, where people can be photographed or posted photos of themselves and others without their knowledge,” he said.
“It also allows people to use false identities to gain a foothold in a wide range of social networks, including online dating sites, on dating apps, and in online shopping.”
For example, a person using a ‘fake’ travel document might appear to be a member of a particular group on social media sites, but this could in fact be false.