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Fake IDs Leading to Identity Theft

Written by Renee Morad for NortonLifeLock

Using a fake ID is against the law, but here’s another reason teenagers should avoid this type of purchase: It could lead to identity theft, which could affect their financial future for years to come.

Underage teens sometimes seek fake IDs to get around drinking laws. Fraudsters are targeting some teens attempting to purchase fake IDs in order to gain access to personal data that could help them commit identity theft.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned about the dangers of providing sensitive information to those who claim to sell fake IDs online. Often, these people are pretending to sell fake IDs as a front intended to lure victims into handing over sensitive data, Cuomo says.

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

“Our message is simple: It's just not worth it—both for the immediate consequences of getting caught with a fake ID and for putting their financial future at risk,” Cuomo told WIVB.

The same risks could apply to anyone who seeks to buy a fake passport, immigration card or Social Security card, depending on what information they provide when they try to make the purchase.

Editor’s note: This content was lightly edited and updated on Jan. 24, 2018.

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