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Is identity theft going out of style? – fake id

July 31, 2007

An article by Iain Thomson, 24 Jul 2007 illustrates recent developments in ID theft.
On a more serious note, see his earlier article revealing that 4 million UK users hit by ID theft with average losses of £3,000 and the research that the growing concerns of the user are resulting in avoidance of online transactions.
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MU says that the use of fake IDs grows during the early part of the year – fake id

July 31, 2007

A new University of Missouri-Columbia study shows fake identification is a risk factor for additional underage alcohol consumption, UM Extension announced yesterday.

A team of psychologists discovered an increasing number of students obtained fake ID during their first two years of college, and that resulted in more drinking.

Researchers tracked more than 3,700 students during their first four semesters. During that period, fake ID ownership rose from 12.5 percent to 32.2 percent among students younger than the legal drinking age.

The study also revealed that students belonging to fraternities or sororities were more likely to own a fake ID.

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How to Make a Fake ID

July 31, 2007

Recently found this online, if only it were really that easy to make a fake id.  


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need



Step One

You need an old fashioned laminated driver’s license or ID card, preferable with your picture and name on it. This example works well with the older Washington State ID and most similar laminated cards.


Step Two

Scan the ID as is with your trusty flat-bed scanner at a decent resolution. You’ll need to scan both sides of the ID. Open the files with Photoshop or your favorite image editor.


Step Three

Change the birth date to make yourself (or the hot young girl you’re dating) at least 21. Make sure the expiration and issue dates are valid.


Step Four

Print the photos with the best color printer you can find. Try several times until the size and color match perfectly. Remember, until this time DO NOT touch the original ID card.


Step Five

Cut your copies perfect to size and set aside for later.


Step Six

Take a razor blade and split the laminated sides of the ID in half. Start at one corner and work slowly. Do not hurry and do not tear the plastic.


Step Seven

Pull any cardboard out from the middle. Don’t worry if you can’t get it all.


Step Eight

Get a pan of boiling water going. Drop both pieces into the water and let them boil for 20 to 30 minutes, or as needed.


Step Nine

Remove any excess cardboard or paper. At this point there still may be an impression of the photo on the front piece. Don’t fret.


Step Ten

Take a pair of tweezers and pull the impression off the inside of the front piece. It should peel off like a piece of skin. At this point you have 2 blank sides of the ID with the gold stripping / logo (or similar) still in tact.


Step Eleven

Place the perfect copies between the two sides and re-laminate. Don’t try this at Kinko’s unless you know the night manager. You many need to get your own laminator, but they shouldn’t be too expensive.


Step Twelve

That’s it, have fun at the clubs!

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Fake IDs: Barbara Bush’s Fake ID

March 29, 2007

A scanned copy of the fake ID first daughter Barbara Bush had confiscated when she tried to buy alcohol at a bar in New Haven, Connecticut.

A scanned copy of the fake ID first daughter Barbara Bush had confiscated when she tried to buy alcohol at a bar in New Haven, Connecticut.

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Fake Ids: Green cards and fake id are a growing problem

March 29, 2007

For illegal immigrants, green cards are like gold. They mark the difference between freedom and security versus deportation. So when the real thing is unobtainable, a forged resident alien card is pretty tempting. Coupled with fake i.d, it’s the next best thing.

Issued by the US Immigration and naturalization Service, green cards are necessary for citizens of other countries to live and work as permanent residents of the US. So long as   an employer sees what appears to be valid identification and a valid green card, that employer can hire an immigrant. Employers can only be prosecuted if they know an employee to be illegal. They are not expected to identify false i.d. or counterfeit green cards. Meanwhile, the cards can be had for as little as $40 on the streets.

Recently two Indianapolis “card mills” aimed at targeting Hispanics were shut down. The dramatic increase in manufacture and availability of the counterfeit cards indicates that Mexican workers are headed to Indianapolis for jobs. And they appear to be from inner villages deep within Mexico, which also suggests that the word is spreading far and wide.

Even unskilled workers can earn $8 an hour here in the US, which is substantially more than many Mexicans can earn at home. In addition, having a job can lead to eventual permanent status if the employer files a petition. Getting a foot in the door, even with illegal documentation, is worth the risk to many.

In 1986 Federal law was changed to require that all employers verify legal status in the US before hiring an employee. That change put a significant crimp in the illegal work force’s style. If immigrants could not present a green card, they could not work. That is when the counterfeit market saw its boom.

The two mills in Indianapolis were discovered quite by coincidence, not due to any investigation. Far more common are such operations in border areas; just three years ago 2.2  million phony i.d. and green cards were seized in a California raid.

Of the recent discoveries, local police said they were the first of their type found in Indianapolis, though they were not surprised. Some suggest simply raising the limits on legitimate green cards to eliminate the problem. Others feel that there is far too much immigration as it is.

None of this will likely go on much longer, however, as the INS has already implemented a 10 year validity/renewal program for green cards, and a physically more complex and encoded green card is on the way soon. No doubt those who need to will work around the next glitch somehow.

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Fake Ids: Doctor sued for taking a Fake ID

March 15, 2007

Some Texas physicians who provide abortions might be contemplating an in-office display of the “We Card Hard” sign often found in stores that sell alcohol and tobacco.

…. In what’s believed to be the first lawsuit of its kind, a Texas patient who presented a fake ID and the patient’s father were allowed to go forward with a civil lawsuit against a physician who gave the girl an abortion without contacting her parents.

Cherise Mosley Hughes first came into the clinic where Houston general practice physician Douglas Karpen, DO, works in the summer of 2000. She didn’t have an ID, so the office staff turned her away, court records said. She later returned with an ID that said she was 18. It was not government-issued but did contain a birth date and Social Security number.

Dr. Karpen said he didn’t contact Mosley Hughes’ parents because he had no reason to believe the girl was younger than 18.


Now married and a mother of two, Mosley Hughes, along with her father, sued Dr. Karpen and the Aaron Women’s Medical Center in Houston. They argued that the ID was obviously fake and that the doctor should have seen through it.

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Thirty Six Factory Workers busted with fake ids

March 15, 2007

A day after 36 Mishawaka factory workers were arrested in a federal immigration raid, there are new questions about how some of them were able to get their jobs.

Investigators suspect some of those workers may have used fake documents. That stems from another arrest three weeks ago at the Janco Composites plant, where a worker was accused of using a fake Social Security card to get her job.

Her case is just one example of something police call one of their most rapidly growing problems.

“(Fake ID cards) are easy to come by. For $40-60, you can buy a Social Security card on the street. For about $200-300, you can buy a resident alien card or whatever legal documents you may need,” said Detective Crystal Garcia of the Elkhart Police Department.

It’s a growing problem. Illegal immigrants used to just make fake documents, with fake numbers, alter their children’s valid cards or name their newborn after themselves, and use that legal card.

But Garcia says that won’t work anymore.

“Now, since the employers are verifying the Social Security numbers, they’re purchasing legal documents that actually belong to somebody,” she said.

We hit the streets in Elkhart to find out how easy it is to do that. While many we spoke with said they knew it was happening, most said it’s not a local problem. They claim you need to go to Chicago.

But Garcia says there are so many cases in Elkhart alone, she’s working them full time.

“It’s a hot commodity on the streets right now. Then they get car loans, house loans under that false identity. So it is a growing problem.”

A problem police hope to stop before it gets any worse.

This new trend of purchasing legal documents has made it much harder for employers to spot fakes and it’s also caused a big spike in identity theft cases, so police say it’s important to protect yourself.

Make sure you shred any sensitive documents — especially those with your Social Security number on them and don’t give your Social Security number out to anyone you don’t trust.

If you suspect your identity has been stolen or you run across what you believe to be a forged document, call your local police department.

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