High Quality Fake IDs from China???

  But don't get too excited. If a cop runs the ID thru a computer check it will probably show us as non-existent.

Well unless the Chinese are also as skilled at hacking computer systems as they are at making fake IDs.


Fake IDs coming from China, can fool experts

by John McAuliff - Jun. 9, 2012 11:45 AM

USA Today

Not even fake IDs are made in America anymore.

Overseas forgers from as far away as China are shipping fake driver's license and other IDs to the United States that can bypass even the newest electronic digital security systems, according to document security experts and the Secret Service.

The new IDs are "an affront to the very sovereignty and dignity of the states that issue them," says David Huff, a senior special agent in enforcement for Virginia's Department of Alcohol and Beverage Control, which has investigated some of the frauds.

Most troubling to authorities is the sophistication of the forgeries: Digital holograms are replicated, PVC plastic identical to that found in credit cards is used, and ink appearing only under ultraviolet light is stamped onto the cards.

Each of those manufacturing methods helps the IDs defeat security measures aimed at identifying forged documents.

The overseas forgers are bold enough to sell their wares on websites, USA TODAY research finds. Anyone with an Internet connection and $75 to $200 can order their personalized ID card online from such companies as "ID Chief." Buyers pick the state, address, name and send in a scanned photo and signature to complete their profile.

ID Chief, whose website is based in China, responds personally to each buyer with a money-order request.

Brian Zimmer, president of the Coalition for a Secure Driver's License, said the ease at which people can get fake documents is alarming. "If the ID buyers are terrorists, the list of protected targets they can now access is a Homeland Security nightmare," he said.

In August of 2011, federal prosecutors uncovered a counterfeit ring of Chinese foreign nationals in Albuquerque forging New Mexico IDs for illegal Chinese immigrants. They ran advertisements in Chinese-language newspapers in New York offering false identification for $1,500.

The website "Link-i-d" is another popular source of identification registered in Panama. According to its website, the company sells ID cards that will pass security scans, have accurate holograms and ultraviolet-sensitive ink. Customers can send a money order of $100 for two cards. The website launched this year.

ID Chief in particular is a major source of concern because the IDs are cheap, easy to obtain and entirely legal -- until buyers use it to lie about their age. The risks go beyond easier underage drinking.

The security risks include immigration, employment verification and, most important, aviation security, said Andrew Meehan, a policy analyst for the Coalition for a Secure Driver's License. He said the most concerning threat is that the U.S. government can do very little about it.

"Short of filing a complaint to the World Trade Organization, the request has to be made to the Chinese government," he said.

According to Huff of the Virginia agency, it has always been easy for the untrained eye to be fooled by fake IDs. The difference is, Huff said, that the new generation of forged IDs is "good enough to fool the trained eye."

For buyers from ID Chief and other companies, the easy-to-use online form does not come without risk. Buyers have reported identity theft and hundreds of thousands of dollars of debt in their names after buying from the Chinese forgers, authorities say.

Fake IDs cause identity theft??? What BS!!!!

Cops tend to grossly exaggerate things. And in this article they seem to say that if a teenager gets a fake id to go drinking with they will be a victim of identity theft. What BS.

And of course in the article they didn't document one real case of identity theft that occurred as a result of a teenager getting a fake ID to drink beer with.

Any ASU student that got a high enough SAT score to enter ASU certainly knows that you should never use your REAL name on a FAKE ID card.

Of course the real question here is why are the Tempe cops wasting their time hunting down college teenagers who get fake ids instead of hunting down real criminals like robbers, rapists and murderers.


Teens take risk of identity theft when they order fake IDs from China

by Daniel Rasmussen - Jun. 28, 2012 01:44 PM

Special for The Republic

A fake driver's license made in China works as well as the real thing.

These IDs look perfect, they scan, and they have the correct holograms. Anyone with Google and the desire to drink can get one. They're every underage drinker's dream. But little do they know they may also be their worst nightmare.

When buyers submit personal information to China, they are sending it through a network of organized crime, putting their identity in the hands of some of the world's most sophisticated criminals, officials warn.

But some teens in the Southeast Valley don't see the problem if they can buy their friends alcohol, interviews show.

After hearing good reviews, one Arizona State University student, who asked not to be identified, got a couple of friends to join him on an order for IDs. Three weeks later, the IDs arrived inside the sole of a shoe, one of the methods used to get them past customs. Decks of cards, teacups and children's toys are also popular stash spots.

Universities have become a prime target for fake-ID companies. The IDs have become popular across the nation, with batches intercepted by customs officials in San Francisco, Chicago and New York.

In a 2010 study, University of Missouri Professor Julia Martinez concluded that 32 percent of all undergraduate students would own and use a fake ID by the end of their sophomore years.

In 2011, the Tempe Police Department said, police seized 2,247 fake IDs in the downtown district alone, up 8 percent from the previous year.

The IDs' sophistication means that more may be getting past doormen than are not. When tested at a popular Scottsdale bar, a fake ID scanned positively, meaning a barcode scanner verified the license as legitimate.

"To the naked eye, these look perfect," said Andrew Lebowitz, a former bouncer at American Junkie in Scottsdale. "Anyone could get in with one of these."

When the bouncers at five popular Scottsdale bars inspected the ID, they eventually found minor flaws, such as fuzzy printing and poor image quality, he said. However, inspections rarely get that far. "The truth is, on a busy Saturday night, no one would be suspicious about this ID. It's that good," Lebowitz said.

John Sileo, an identity-theft expert who has worked with the Federal Trade Commission and U.S. Department of Defense, says an identity can be stolen with as little as a phone number. By using Google, Facebook and public records, a skilled hacker can eventually gather the information to access a Social Security number.

By filling out the ID order form, you're just saving them the time.

"They're giving you a fake ID in the process, but they are essentially buying your data," Sileo said.

Janice Kephart, director of national-security policy at the Center for Immigration Studies, said there's nothing more valuable than an American identity in the black market.

She said the ID company could be a front for a multimillion-dollar identity-theft ring. "Building a large database of young American identities is extremely valuable in the smuggling world," she said.

Owen McShane, director of investigations at the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, headed an operation that traced fake ID websites back to organized-crime groups in China.

"Your information is marketable and they will sell it faster than you can imagine," he said.

McShane said that when these websites first surfaced, China's technology was defeating every security feature in U.S. drivers' licenses. New York's license was one of the most widely counterfeited.

New York has since added new technologies to its license, including a radio-frequency identification chip that verifies personal information for border officials.

It's a technology China has yet to replicate. New York driver's licenses are no longer available on the fake-ID website.

The latest technology is costly, McShane said, and some states cannot afford to improve their licenses. These states' IDs, including Arizona's, are still being produced in China.


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