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Ukrainians warned against buying fake driver's licenses: what are the risks

Lilia RagutskaSociety
The driver's license. Illustrative photo. Source: hyser.com.ua

The purchase of fake driver's licenses can create a lot of problems. A citizen who buys such a "document" will have problems with the law and will have to pay a significant fine.

At the same time, under the guise of "services" for the sale of fake driver's licenses, phishing resources have become more active, capable of "cleaning out" the bank accounts of a gullible "client". This was reported by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine.

Law enforcement officials urged Ukrainians to think twice before deciding to buy fake driver's licenses. After all, it is now quite easy to detect a fake.

"Thinking of buying a license? Remember the consequences! What do fakes look like? Counterfeit driver's licenses look similar to the originals, but they are not in the state registers and are not displayed in the Diia app or in the Driver's Cabinet," the statement said.

At the same time, the law provides for liability for the use of falsified documents: it is spelled out in Article 358 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

"Forgery of documents is punishable by fines or probation, restriction or even imprisonment. The use of deliberately forged documents is punishable by a fine of up to 50 non-taxable minimum incomes or probation for up to 2 years, or restriction of liberty for the same period," the Ministry of Internal Affairs said.

Ukrainians warned against buying fake driver's licenses: what are the risks

However, the threats to buyers of fake driver's licenses are not limited to this. They may well lose their savings as well.

"Attackers create websites where they offer their services for the sale of fake driver's licenses. Or they create phishing resources. In this way, they gain access to citizens' electronic wallets and then misappropriate people's money. Please note that the state service always has the domain "gov.ua". You can check your document on the website of the Main Service Center of the Ministry of Internal Affairs," the agency said.

Ukrainians warned against buying fake driver's licenses: what are the risks

They also summarized: the only legal way to get a valid driver's license was and still is to go through the procedure of obtaining the service at the service center of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

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