Thursday, October 7, 2004

Scam targets license seekers

"The ad in a local Spanish-language newspaper tries to draw Hispanic immigrants to a south Nashville motel with the promise they will be able to buy a driver's license good anywhere in the country."

"The operation is getting attention from both immigrant advocates and the state's chief of homeland security, but for different reasons."

"Advocates, alerted to a similar operation in Memphis, are concerned that immigrants who buy the document will forgo getting a valid Tennessee license, and ultimately either face arrest or a citation."

"Homeland security chief Maj. Gen. Jerry Humble, told about the business by The Tennessean, said he believes its claims amount to 'a scam' that could fool those asking for IDs into thinking the documents are valid."

The Tennessean

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