one of those arrested with a forged Israeli passport was an Iranian national.
The takeaway from this little lesson; if you have a new prospective international client who is presenting you with one of the old types of passport, you will be well-advised to demand secondary government-issued identification, of the type that you can easily verify. It may even be necessary to inquire at the embassy or consulate of the country where the passport was issued to verify identity to your satisfaction, if you have doubts about the passport. Inquiries with your local law enforcement contacts may also help.
Remember also that a national of a country will be fluent in at least one of that country's official languages, and knowledgeable about its geography. Ask questions during the CIP process, to ascertain whether he or she possesses that language capability, and familiarity with information that a national of that country will have.
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