A fake ID is any kind of a modified, altered or forged proof to establish the false identity of a person. Fake IDs are growing more accurate and common these days. With the availability of various editing software and HD quality printing, it has become quite easy to create fake IDs. Today, a huge number of online templates are available for making a fake ID of any kind. They are easy and simple to use and a lot of them are free. In an organization, if suspicion arises, more proofs of identity should be asked for; if the potential employee fails to present them, this can serve as a ground for a penalty or even firing the employee.
It is also important to train and educate employees on how to differentiate between fake IDs and genuine identities.
Using a fake ID, a person who doesn’t belong in an organization can access private and secure data without permission.
Using fake ID might seem harmless in some cases but getting caught with it can cause serious penalties. Fake ID laws cover a wide range of activities such as making, selling, borrowing, possessing fake IDs or using them on someone else’s behalf. The possession or use of false identity is a crime and a person might face charges and penalty for this illegal activity, depending on the situation. The stakes get higher when it comes to false IDs for employment verification; for government and military, tempering of IDs is a very serious matter.
Fines: Fines are the most common penalty for using fake IDs. It ranges from $500/- to $1000/- in misdemeanor offenses; up to $100,000/- for a felony offense.
Probation: Mostly, a probation sentence of 12 months or more is given to the offender, with specific conditions, depending on the crime. The conditions typically include reporting to the probation officer on a regular basis; in case the person is leaving the city or connecting with known criminals etc. If a person is unable to fulfill these conditions, the probation can be extended to a jail sentence.
Jail: A fake ID crime can bring up to 90 days to a year in jail.
If a person is convicted with a felony offense, the conviction remains on permanent record forever. Even for a misdemeanor offense, it can make a person untrustworthy with fellow employees. It can even make it hard to find a decent job.
A number of security printing techniques are being used to enhance the security of ID cards. A combination of high-security features such as biometrics, barcodes, holographs, and centralized database verifications can be effectively used for preventing fabricated IDs. A number of applications are also developed to check the legitimacy of IDs, using electronic chips and enhanced biometric identifiers. In organizations, fully automated visitor registration systems can be used, including signature capture, electronic time and date stamping etc.
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