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Teens risk ID theft for beer

More than a dozen Saratoga Springs, NY, teenagers allegedly gave up valuable personal information in exchange for fake driver's licenses.

By Giselle Smith Apr 6, 2012 3:55PM

Image: Beer (© Corbis)Fourteen teens arrested in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., over the past month are suspected of doing what a lot of young people have done for generations: trying to get their hands on some alcohol. But they may have bought themselves a whole lot of future trouble.


The teenagers allegedly traded their photos, Social Security numbers and $75 money orders for extremely realistic-looking driver's licenses via a website in China, according to the Albany Times Union. 


The teens face a misdemeanor charge. Meanwhile, their personal information has been sold to identity thieves, authorities said.


Once upon a time, having a fake ID meant changing a number on your license, or maybe getting a duplicate identity card from an older sibling or friend who looked like you. But authorities say the licenses obtained by the teens could have fooled not just a bouncer or store clerk but even police, border patrol and airport security.


Police said some of the forged Florida, Maine, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania licenses had magnetic strips that could be swiped in card readers and holograms visible under a black light, The Saratogian reported. (Post continues below.)

The IDs would have fooled police scanners on a traffic stop, Saratoga Springs police Lt. John Catone told The Saratogian:

"Not until two, three, four days down the road when that information downloads into the DMV database would we find out there is no such person in that particular state," he said. "That's how good they are."

Saratoga County District Attorney James Murphy said at a press conference that personal information sent to the overseas website has been sold, and that those who supplied their information should consider themselves a target for identity theft.

"As these kids get older and try to get jobs, try to be stockbrokers, or get a mortgage or credit cards, they will find in 90% of the cases that they have thousands in credit card debt, that they will have several mortgages they have yet to pay, holds on their licenses to states they've never been to, Interpol holds, because they gave their information to a foreign Web-based company," Murphy said.


"They're teenagers," Catone told the Times Union. "Mortgages and loans 10, 20 years from now are not what they're thinking about."


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Apr 9, 2012 12:01PM

  What ever happened to finding some homeless cat and offering to buy him a bottle of Mad Dog 20/20 or or a couple 40s in exchange for his services??

 I was stupid when I was a teenager too but I wasn't a retard.

Apr 9, 2012 9:48AM
Well, if they gave their REAL information, they are getting what they deserve, but I doubt they were that stupid. 
I wonder how many credit cards were applied for under the name McLovin, a 29 year old organ donor from Hawaii.

Apr 9, 2012 10:37AM
So much for technology, hahahaha, billions of dollars wasted on technology, and some chinaman pucks it all up with a simple program, equipment and website, hahahaha. What a waste. Do not get credit cards or a mortgage. To hell with the banks, they already screwed us and told us to go to hell.
Apr 9, 2012 11:25AM
hahahahaha thats awesome. stupid kids. i feel no pity for such obvious stupidity. now maybe they'll learn to think about the consequences. 
Apr 9, 2012 1:24PM
This is where we drop the drinking age to 18.
Apr 9, 2012 2:16PM
What kind of idiot provides their REAL information for a FAKE license?
Apr 9, 2012 3:10PM
There's plenty of competent forgers in this country, who will charge a kittle more, but won't want your real information. KIDS!
Apr 9, 2012 2:48PM
It's all right calling these people idiots because they gave some foreign company all their information.  Some of you are forgetting where your Social Security call center is.  Yes it's in India, and the government has provided the call center with all of your SS numbers, addresses and phone numbers.
Apr 9, 2012 2:27PM
hahahaha its their loss. The teens financial future will be screwed for a long long time. Traded something that sticks around forever for a beer that will be gone in several seconds.  hahahaha idiots. Screwed for life.

Apr 9, 2012 11:55AM

If they are that stupid to give away their info. to some on in china then they deserve it. Not that china is a bad place, I mean really they own the usa and walmart.


Despite all the fake i.d stuff. Im glad they didnt kill anyone while drinking and driving.


A ss # can be replaced, a dead family killed buy drunk drivers cant be replaced. They are lucky they are alive.


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