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Fraud

A bill that would make it illegal to tamper with document-authentication features in an effort to commit fraud was included in P.L. 108-21, the Prosecutorial Remedies and Other Tools to End the Exploitation of Children Today (PROTECT) Act of 2003. Under the new law, it is illegal to tamper with authentication features such as holograms, watermarks, or any other item designed to prove a document is valid and unaltered. The law also makes it illegal to use a false authentication feature--a feature that is genuine in origin but is used without authorization, or a feature that has been altered.

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