Can YOU spot the fake ID
They look like real IDs: They have a picture. They have a hologram. They even pass scanner tests. it’s possible that even the police can’t spot them.
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Like so many college aged kids, the local student carries a fake ID, a ticket to places those under 21 aren’t allowed, places like Keenan’s Irish Pub in North Wildwood.
“It was kind of socially acceptable. But until it hits home, until it starts taking money out of your pocket, and your staff’s pocket, it becomes personal,” said Scott Keenan. They found some, making for Keenan’s 4th violation. It was enough to get his bar closed for 90 days, scannable fake ids during peak season.
Keenan took a hit to his bottom line.
“It was just under a million dollars, $900,000,” said Keenan.
Keenan doesn’t profess to be innocent. He admits the fakes got through his door. But, he says, they got though for good reason. He couldn’t spot the fakes.
“My reaction was wow this looks real. I mean it really was convincing,” said Trooper Denea Durham of the Pennsylvania State Police.
Trooper Denea Durham is among many officials who are seeing more of fake ID’s on the street bought on web sites. One site specializes in selling what it calls “novelty Id’s”, scannable fake ids and pitches them as picture perfect, complete with holograms and bar codes that scan.
That is where our local student and her friends bought their fakes, and they say they have worked pretty much everywhere.
Scott Keenan says that’s the problem. Despite bar owners’ best efforts to keep fake ID’s out, detecting them is getting harder and harder. And the onus is on them, not the people pretending to be someone else.
Nowhere else, he says, does the perpetrator virtually escape punishment.
“A person carrying it would be in violation of a summary violation,” saysTrooper Durham, which is an offense less than a misdemeanor.
“If someone goes to Macy’s and they use a fake credit card or someone else’s credit card, and they get caught, best fake id Macy’s doesn’t get in trouble,” says Keenan.
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