It is without question that one of the most unfortunate yet easily preventable forms of identity theft in the United States involves our youth, but as thousands of high schoolers and college kids enter bars with fake IDs every weekend, WISH TV 8 reveals an increasing amount of cases are being reported.
Indiana Excise Officer Sanford Swanson recently arrested a 20-year-old female who entered a bar with her fake ID. She informed police that her friends also got in with fake IDs. Each year, more and more fake IDs spread through the city of Bloomington, Indiana. According to the news source, there were 1,500 individuals arrested in 2010 for alcohol-related identification fraud. "We usually get an influx of a particular state for several months, then that state will change," Nathan Biesemeier, assistant manager of a local Bloomington bar, told the news source. “Illinois was really popular last year. Now we're dealing with a lot of Pennsylvania. There's a lot of theirs going around. Who knows what the next one will be."