Officials warn against using fake IDs as college starts

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)-  Several colleges started classes on Monday, including Buffalo State, University at Buffalo and Canisius College. Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office warns students not to use fake forms of identification because it can lead to identity theft.

The Governor’s Office said at Darien Lake’s Fall Out Boy concert two weeks ago, law enforcement confiscated nearly 50 fake IDs, supposedly issued from 10 different states.

Businesses in Buffalo told News 4 they see fake IDs almost daily.

“I get a good five or six a night,” said Rick Martin, who works at a Mobile gas station on the corner of Forest Ave. and Elmwood Ave.

Martin told us Buff State students walk down to the gas station to buy beer.

“It was something we were told to keep an eye out for and they’ve been using them left and right,” said Martin.

He told us the ID cards are from across the country.

“Some of them are Pennsylvania, Maryland, Illinois,” described Martin.

Allison Bauman, 25, told News 4 fake IDs are not hard to buy.

“When I was about 16-years-old, me and my girlfriends went up to Canada and got them,” said Bauman. “We just got it off the street.”

Governor Cuomo’s office warns this can put teenagers at risk of identity theft. To get a fake ID, you have to give a stranger your birth date, address, signature and even physical description.

At one concert last year, 15 people were caught with fake IDs and three of those people eventually reported identity theft, according to the Governor’s office.

The Federal Trade Commission said in 2014 six percent of all identity thefts happened to people 19-years-old or younger. Eighteen percent of victims were 20 to 29-years-old.

People using fake IDs can also face charges for criminal impersonation, according to Buffalo Police.

“You get a lot of IDs that people pass around, find someone’s ID and pass it to someone who looks like that,” said Tony Mercado, a bouncer on Chippewa St.

Mercado said it’s not hard to tell when someone is using identification that’s not theirs.

“Normally when they walk up to you, they’re looking down, they don’t have confidence,” said Mercado.

Buffalo Police told News 4 it’s a bar’s responsibility to call police when they confiscate a fake ID. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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