Identity theft has the potential to cripple an employee's or business' finances. With a social security or driver's license number, a criminal has the capability to open up a bank account and make fraudulent purchases through a credit card in a victim's name.
At the University of Arizona, authorities are investigating more than 100 students who allegedly obtained fake IDs from states from around the country, News 4 Tucson reports. Sergeant Steve Tritz of the Department of Public Safety told the news source that his agency, in collaboration with others, has confiscated approximately 200 fake IDs. The broader issue at hand is the identifications are real and weren't copied or developed by a criminal. Two students that spoke with the news source feel there may be many more fake IDs on campus, and authorities have only skimmed the brunt of a widespread fraudulent ring. "This campus has 38-thousand people so I would guess like a thousand. I wouldn't be surprised," student Faris Qadri, told the news source. Businesses that ask for secondary sources of identification may be less likely to face a criminal who is using a stolen identity.