From the (Glasgow, Scotland) Sunday Herald of Jan. 29, 2006:
It’s easy to get your hands on a birth certificate ... even the First Minister’s
Holes in the system
YOU don’t have to get into bed with eastern European gangsters to start your career as an ID thief. In fact, all you have to do to get the ball rolling is pop into your local office for registering births, deaths and marriages and start culling easily available personal documents.
It took the Sunday Herald about half and hour and less than £50 to get hold of the birth certificates of two dead children ... and Jack McConnell, Scotland’s First Minister. With these documents, the Sunday Herald could have begun hijacking the identities of the dead children and started to assume the identity of the First Minister, wreaking havoc in his financial life.
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