By Staff Reports
(DGIwire) – They’re easy to spot: not quite 21 yet, standing there on a hot summer night, knees shaking, sweat pouring down their backs, trying not to make eye contact with the bouncers. Still, they won’t back down from attempting to get into that cool bar or trendy club. And it all hinges on getting in by using a fake ID.
Not so fast, boys and girls. Getting caught with a fake ID these days could land someone in more trouble than they ever bargained for. According to FindLaw.com, here are five potential consequences:
1. In some states, having a fake ID in one’s possession can be considered a felony.
2. Not only is it illegal to use a fake ID—one could be charged with fraud for having it.
3. In some states, having a fake ID can lead to the loss of a driver’s license.
4. Once someone is convicted of a fake ID-related crime as an adult over age 21, this could mean a permanent criminal record that will follow that person for the rest of their life. As such, it could impact their ability to remain in college or get certain jobs.
5. If the buyer offers any personal information—such as their real name, address and social security number—to the seller of the fake ID, they could be leaving themselves wide open to becoming the victim of identity theft.
Although there are many underage drinkers who realize having a fake ID isn’t worth these severe risks—not to mention the potentially worse consequences of driving home drunk—there are still many who will take the risk to have a good time, impress others and “be cool.”
Maybe those “others” need to be protected from themselves. Who’s going to do that?
Enter Intellicheck Mobilisa, a Port Townsend, WA-based wireless technology pioneer. One of its products, aptly named barZapp™ and available in the Apple and Android app stores, can come to the rescue when such judgment lapses occur. With barZapp, whenever a club owner, restaurateur, liquor retailer or member of law enforcement suspects that an ID is fake, they can use barZapp to instantly discover whether it really is legitimate, if the cardholder is underage, or if it has expired.
Nelson Ludlow, President and CEO of Intellicheck Mobilisa, says, “Research from the National Institutes of Health suggests the percentage of college-age students who own fake IDs keeps increasing from freshman year to age 21. By making fake IDs easier to detect, our technology might act as a deterrent to prevent young people from doing something they could regret.”