Are you needing laminating sheets, photo paper, and spray glue? Certainly, these are the list of things you need for a school art class. In fact, you need these materials to make a fake ID card. Include Photoshop in your expertise and you’re off to earn £1,000 or $1,500 in a week. This concept is shared by a former vendor, privately educated in a British school, where he sells fake cards for £25 only to his fellow classmates.
This business is even prosperous in America. As the legal age for drinking is 21, there is a higher demand from rich buyers. A former student was able to sell artificial IDs for only $120 each. He also found bar codes and holographs on American driving licenses easy to forge, however, he failed to imitate the magnetic strips. In America, there are states that are now discontinuing the magnetic strips in licenses to favor cheaper kinds with bar codes.
The usage of fake ID is disseminated across the world. China has no restriction against underage drinking, so bar owners seldom check their identity. However, it is indeed difficult for them to get inside an Internet café. In Beijing, a renowned place to get this card is on the east entryway of Renmim University. Vendors say they can earn 100,000 yuan or $16,000 per year.
Technology has provided a boost for the fake ID business. Today’s printers and software has made good fakes more possible. Forgers never need to produce one document; the latest technology allows them to make mass productions. And since the orders can be received through the Internet, the fabricators never need to be nearby their customers.
Beating technology against technology is now possible through replacements of ID cards using mobile phones. In Britain, they have utilized a new system known as Touch2id, where it encrypts fingerprints and proof of age on a smart sticker which is linked to a smartphone. To be served, the user will have to swipe his phone on a chipreader and have his fingerprints scanned.
According to London School of Economics expert, Edgar Whitley, an overseas forger will find it difficult to trick this system. Besides, the system is to expensive that a Touch2id scanner will cost £200 each. Without mandate from the government or paying cash for installation of such devices, fake ID will remain for as long as it is needed.