A fake identity is typically just a single or a few pieces of fraudulent / counterfeit physical identification documents such as driver’s licenses and passports. However, these can only pass visual inspection as they are not linked to any network or database.
A backstopped identity typically encompasses a portion of a subject’s “verifiable” life. Physical identification documents are officially made and linked to the relevant networks or databases.
Furthermore, the identity is constructed (backstopped) with extensive but varying degrees of supporting historical data, personal records and other safely scrutinizable documentation – as well as accounts and social media activity.
Additionally, human assets may be installed or embedded in key positions to further establish cover.