How is Birth Certificate forgery prevented? My own certified birth certificate copy is a lousy second or third generation xerox (it’s even crooked) whose only fraud prevention measure is an embossed seal.
Give me a CNC milling machine, some aluminum stock, and an hour, and making my very own embossed seal as the Registrar of Podunk County would be trivial. With Photoshop, a typewriter, and a copy machine I could make my own authentically lousy looking form.
A Google search on this topic revealed nothing interesting but a twenty-year old govt. report on what a lousy job we were doing preventing this type of fraud. Please tell me we are doing better by now…
Admittedly, getting a SSN based on your fake certificate might be tough (they verify the birth with the issuing authority.)
However, you can obtain a passport without a SSN, and I can imagine all sorts of nefarious uses for a valid passport obtained under false pretenses, even if you might have difficulty getting a job.