Unless you’ve been under a rock, you would be aware that there are thriving underground black markets on the darkweb, offering everything from drugs to shrunken heads for sale. Many of these markets offer the purchaser a new identity.
The difference between buying drugs online and buying a fake ID is that the purchaser of the latter is forced to lose some anonymity. Drug purchasers can use a fake name and a ‘drop’ address, such as a vacant house where they can access the letterbox. When purchasing a licence or passport the purchaser can take the same precautions but must, of course, provide a photograph. So it’s no surprise that potential buyers are wary of anonymous sellers on black market websites. Most people assume the sellers to be scammers, whilst the more paranoid are concerned that law enforcement is creating a honeypot.
One such seller on a marketplace on the darkweb, frustrated at being stonewalled by suspicious potential purchasers, made me a startling offer – he would provide me a NSW driver licence for free to use in an article I’ve been researching on identity theft. An offer too good not to take up.