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Fake IDs Can Lead to Identity Theft

fake IDs, identity theft, ParentsLEAD

Submitted by Dena Kemmet, Extension Agent/Family and Consumer Sciences

The idea of a fake ID as a harmless thing that most teens and young college students do is utterly false. Obtaining, making, or distributing fake identification cards has very real consequences.

Using a fake ID is against the law, but if that's not reason enough to stay away from this type of purchase, here's another: It's also likely to lead to identity theft, which could impact the financial future of teens for many years to come.

People are selling fake IDs as a front intended to lure victims into handing over sensitive data. Dozens of cases of identity theft have occurred after teens attempt to buy fake IDs online.

Even when teens submit an application for a fake ID that includes a different birthdate, they also provide a bunch of valid personal data, including name, address and driver's license number, as well as a valid photo. Then, they submit a credit card number, and often, a phone number and email address as well.

The message is simple: It's just not worth it —for the immediate consequences of getting caught with a fake ID or for putting their financial future at risk.

Possessing a fake ID or acts related to the usage of a fake ID can amount to a serious felony charge. Not only is it illegal to use a fake ID, but you could be charged with fraud (for the crime that you attempted to or did commit by using the fake ID).

Once you turn 18 and are convicted of a fake ID-related crime, this could mean a permanent criminal record that will follow you to school and job applications for the rest of your life.

Why has it become common for young adults to purchase a fake ID? 

According to ParentsLEAD.org, nearly 40% of all North Dakota college students under age 21 consume alcohol at least once per week. Of those, 43% consume five drinks or more during those times. These numbers raise concern when research is also continuously showing that drinking younger, even in college, is more dangerous than once thought. In fact, the brain isn’t fully developed until age 25, so those who consume alcohol before that time put themselves at risk of causing severe changes in the parts of their brain that control impulse control, judgment, learning, and memory. What’s important to know is that this damage doesn’t only have an immediate impact; it can be long-term and irreversible, potentially impacting functioning in school or the workplace down the line.

If you have teenagers or young college students that are in your home, and they are not 21, do not serve them alcohol. You are liable if they leave your home and kill themselves, or someone else, in an accident. Be smart! You can have fun without alcohol.

If you or someone you know intends to purchase or has a fake ID, keep in mind the potential criminal consequences.

Sources: www.parentslead.org/collegeyoung-adult-student; http://www.absoluteadvocacy.org/the-dangers-of-fake-ids-and-how-to-spot-them/



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