Posts Tagged ‘fake ID’

You can’t have a burner phone without a prepaid SIM, so I guess it’s only fitting that Telstra is using my Fake ID to illustrate their identity requirements

There is a long history of people having their photos nicked without attribution and payment by large corporations. It is the reason the very excellent ‘for exposure’ exists. I’ve never actually had a photo deemed steal-worthy til now, as alerted to me by an AllThingsVice reader.

Terry Davis was recently filling out an application for a prepaid Sim card “for a friend” when he thought something looked oddly familiar.

 

He clicked on the photo of the sample licence to enlarge it and sure enough, there it was:

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WARNING (JUNE 2014): BUYER BEWARE ANYONE COMING HERE THROUGH A LINK FROM A WEBSITE THAT CLAIMS THIS BLOG IS ABOUT THEM. THEY ARE LYING TO YOU 🙂

Unless you’ve been under a rock, you would be aware that there are thriving underground black markets on the darkweb, offering everything from drugs to shrunken heads for sale.  Many of these markets offer the purchaser a new identity.

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I figured if I was going to be anyone it might as well be the Mother of Dragons

The difference between buying drugs online and buying a fake ID is that the purchaser of the latter is forced to lose some anonymity.  Drug purchasers can use a fake name and a ‘drop’ address, such as a vacant house where they can access the letterbox.  When purchasing a licence or passport the purchaser can take the same precautions but must, of course, provide a photograph.  So it’s no surprise that potential buyers are wary of anonymous sellers on black market websites.

Most people assume the sellers to be scammers, whilst the more paranoid are concerned that law enforcement is creating a honeypot. One such seller on a marketplace on the darkweb made me a startling offer – he would provide me a NSW driver licence for free to use in an article I’ve been researching on identity theft.  An offer too good not to take up. (more…)