DMV: People Buying Counterfeit Licenses Often Are Unaware of Identity Theft Risk, Criminal Prosecution

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March 10, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
 

People Buying Counterfeit Licenses Often Are
Unaware of Identity Theft Risk, Criminal Prosecution

WETHERSFIELD – The Department of Motor Vehicles is warning that stepped up numbers of people buying fake driver's licenses sold overseas risk increased chances of identity theft and having credit-card numbers stolen in these transactions.

And when they use the fraudulent licenses they face criminal penalties and license suspensions from the state.

This risk can be higher for underage people because some often seek these fraudulent documents to illegally buy alcohol or enter bars.  Many are unaware of the financial and other problems that come with identity theft. They also often do not know about penalties, such as fines, possible jail time and suspension of their drivers’ licenses, for using the fake licenses.

“It is illegal to present these fraudulent cards under false pretenses. The buyers need to know that.  But, they are also putting themselves at great risk for having their identity stolen and that could also cause them continuous problems,” said Commissioner Melody A. Currey.

Web sites, some with overseas operations, are producing counterfeit Connecticut look-alike licenses and ID cards. To obtain these false credentials, buyers often provide their real names, real street and town addresses, accurate e-mail addresses and valid credit-card numbers to obtain the fraudulent documents.

This critical information can be used to steal someone’s identity or obtain a social security number to aid the theft process.  In addition, buyers risk financial problems by giving unknown sources a valid credit-card number. The department does not keep statistics on identity theft, but wanted to issue a consumer warning about the risks.

The DMV has obtained examples of these fraudulent cards and is studying them. To the casual observer, the licenses can look like a cheap imitation when compared side-by-side to the actual Connecticut driver’s license. That is one way to tell the difference.  There also are other ways, which the DMV has shared with law enforcement.

Real DMV licenses have many security features that law enforcement can use to tell the difference.  Employees of stores and restaurants selling alcohol along with any other business suspecting a license is fake, should immediately call their local





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