FLASHBACK: UK Reporter Obtained Fake Syrian Passport in 4 Days
A Daily Mail reporter who said that he obtained a forged Syrian passport, ID and driver’s license in just four days discussed the Paris terror attacks on "Fox and Friends" this morning.
A Syrian passport was reportedly found near one of the terrorists after Friday's attacks, raising fears that ISIS is infiltrating Europe among the wave of refugees fleeing Syria.
Nick Fagge traveled to Turkey to meet with the forger, and paid him $2,000 for the documents.
Fagge reported in September:
The genuine documents were stolen from Syria when they were blank. The forger added our reporter's picture and gave him the identity of a Syrian man from Aleppo killed last year.
The passport book MailOnline acquired is genuine, made from a batch seized from one of the many Syrian government offices captured by advancing opposition forces.
The forger explained that the militias fighting the forces of Assad make a beeline for government offices when they over-run a town. They know the value of the documents there and steal the passports, papers and even the printers that are used to create identity cards and driving licenses.
Fagge said today that it's "impossible to say" how many fake passports are floating around, adding that he doubts European border officials can put a figure on it either.
He said that the problem isn't just Syrians coming to Europe, but also Europeans who travel to Syria, become radicalized, and then return to Europe.
Fagge said after his story was published, he met with a forgery expert from the German police force, who wanted to look at the documents he obtained.
The expert explained that it was tricky verifying documents presented by refugees from Syria.
"He said he found this very difficult because he couldn't compare their documents with a real or a forged one," said Fagge.
Fagge recalled that the expert could tell the driver's license and ID card were forgeries, but said the passport looked "genuine."
"He said, this is a real passport," Fagge said.
Watch the interview above and Greg Palkot's report on the passport that was discovered at the scene below.