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Australian Passports being sold for $16,000

The fake travel documents let the asylum seekers enter Australia on commercial flights instead of fishing boats. 

Travelers into Australia with passports issued from the Gulf States, namely Bahrain and Oman, may well come under greater scrutiny after media reports that fake Australian passports and travel documents are being sold in Malaysia.

Lebanese nationals have been targeted by a syndicate offering travel documents for up to $16,000, an investigation and report by the ABC Four Corners program has revealed.

“In a series of meetings in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur [in November 2013], an Iraqi national known as Abu Tarek was secretly filmed offering the travel documents to potential customers”, the ABC reported.

The syndicate’s operations involved providing asylum seekers travel documents to board the flights to Australia with instructions that they destroy the documents prior to arriving in Australia and then seek asylum upon arriving at an Australian airport. 

The travel documents essentially let the asylum seekers enter Australia on commercial flights instead of fishing boats. 

DIBP figures indicate that the number of Lebanese applying for asylum at Australian airports has jumped from 182 to 327 in the past year. DIBP has today tweeted a warning about the Malaysian scam.

By Jerry Gomez, Editor, Migration Alliance


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  • Guest
    Mike Barrett Sunday, 22 December 2013

    Apparently there is a conduit person based in Perth who does this for Asylum seekers overseas. He arranges passports of 2 or 3 different countries and distributes them to their relatives in those countries.

  • Jerry-Gomez
    Jerry-Gomez Monday, 23 December 2013

    Offences under the Australian Passports Act 2005 are indictable offences and can attract terms of imprisonment of 10 years or massive fines or both. The Australian Passport Information Service (APIS) may be reached on 131 232 to discuss any issues in respect of passport fraud.

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