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Local teens using fake ID risk criminal record and identity theft

Thursday, 12 April 2018

TEENAGERS in Omagh are being warned that if they carry or use fake identity documents that they are committing an offence and could face arrest and risk a criminal record which would threaten their future careers.

They are also being told that they are putting themselves at risk of identity theft in future by buying fake documents online, as to purchase them they often have to provide extensive details about themselves to non-UK based websites that manufacture forged identification cards.

This latest warning comes on top of the recent seizure of nine fake IDs in a number of local premises.

A spokesperson for the PSNI said most of these had been 'borrowed' from older brothers and sisters so there was a certain family resemblance in the pictures and it was difficult to catch anyone out on questions about their addresses and dates of birth.

"Most if not all of the young folk detected will be referred to the Alcohol and Drug Awareness Course (with a parent or guardian) where the dangers associated with underage drinking will be explained to them. Keep your photographic ID secure and do not lend it to anyone else.

We hold on to the ID until the owner calls in to the station, in person, to claim it. We have a little chat and invariably they promise to keep their ID more carefully in the future."

 

Full story in this week's Tyrone Constitution...

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