In 2014, the Federal Trade Commission received over 1.5 million fraud related complaints, costing consumers over $1.7 billion. These thieves target children - as many as 500,000 each year. Half of those child victims are under six. Children are 51 times more likely to have their identity stolen than adults.
Federal law requires states to enforce laws that prohibit persons under 21 from drinking alcohol, yet counterfeit IDs in the college environment have been largely treated by society as a minor juvenile offense. However, they are still illegal, and have serious ramifications. Being caught using or possessing a counterfeit ID can lead to jail time and serious fines, and result in a permanent criminal record. The primary risk in using a fake ID is being arrested and charged. The other risk in using a fake ID is to have your identity stolen by the person who made your fake ID, or by the person you gave your own legitimate ID to. Fake IDs aren't worth the risks, and the college community needs to understand that.
Possession of a Fake ID directly influences the availability of alcohol to underage persons. If the fake ID was removed from the equation, that underage person's access to alcohol would be significantly reduced. This is a problem that few are looking at.A study, "demonstrated that false ID use led to increases in drinking frequency and quantity," said A.M. Arria, director of the Center on Young Adult Health and Development at the University of Maryland School of Public Health. Two-thirds of underage students who drink use fake IDs to purchase alcohol. While underage students tend to drink less frequently than older students, the use of fake IDs allows them to drink more frequently.
The Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration (MDOT MVA) received the 2018 National Security Excellence Award from Keeping Identities Safe on December 11 for its decade-long commitment to enhancing the security and integrity of the state's driver credentialing system.
At the award event in Glen Burnie, Maryland Secretary of Transportation Rahn said "MDOT MVA is serious about keeping the personal information of the millions of Marylanders that we serve safe and secure."
"We appreciate receiving this recognition of the steps that have been taken to secure Maryland Driver's Licenses and Identification cards, helping to protect Maryland residents from identity theft and fraud. We are committed to ensuring the documents our customers entrust to us are protected and the documents that we issue are as secure as possible," said Administrator Nizer. Click here for the story.