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Officials are seriously concerned by fake IDs

Recently, the WKBW has made a report regarding the situation with the fake IDs in New York. They have timed it to fall, the beginning of the first semester in state colleges and universities. The main message of the report is to stay away from fake IDs, because of the serious legal consequences: criminal charges and possible identity theft. As Chris Jacobs, who is a clerk at Erie County administration, has stated, that anyone trying to order a fake ID via the Internet and providing his name and other details online, is putting himself in danger, literally “rolling the dice”. Governor Andrew Cuomo has issued a warning, according to which any student who is looking for a fake ID is at risk of becoming a victim of identity theft. This is not uncommon: during the last year, the New York DMV has become aware of several dozens of identity theft crimes, and most of the victims were the students with fake driving licenses, ordered those from Asian companies (particularly, Chinese). Not
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A package sent to an American student from China is suspicious by its nature. Why would a 19-year-old freshman order something like a bead bracelet, a photo frame or a teapot from an unknown company in China? Not because the good has its own value, for sure. It has become a kind of initiation ritual to order a fake ID from Asian region for any student who wants to have fun with his older friends, senior students or even his peers. E-mails and websites of fake ID producers are handed from older students to their younger friends like a sacral key to an adult life. It is hard to find the origin of that information; the company also changes from college to college, from university to university. The one thing that they have in common — some students have already purchased fake ID from that company, and it worked for them. When underage drinking and even possession of alcohol has become illegal, and the age limit was set to 21 years in most states, the fake ID has become a top-priority
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Government and modern technology make fake IDs popular

Last year, the government of New York has claimed to arrest over 800 underage citizens and confiscate more than 850 fake driving licenses. The governor Andrew M. Cuomo has put it as some kind of achievement of the law-enforcement units, while in reality this is just a sign of a larger problem. This is the new record for yearly arrest and seizures of fake IDs, which shows that the law is flawed, making more and more individuals hunt and purchase fake ID from unreliable sources. This tendency is scaring. The government enforces total monitoring and leaves the citizens no other choice but to try to evade it by any means possible. The sales of fake ID from China and other Asian countries have increased significantly during the last few years. This is nothing but a need to feel safe and make decisions on your own, not letting the government decide for you. The pressure increases. As we all know, the Real ID Act has been delayed for years, but recently, under the new person in the offi