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Cuomo to college students: Fake IDs pose identify theft risk

August 26, 2015 Associated Press
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, Pool, File
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is warning college students about the risks of buying fake IDs online.

Cuomo says state investigators have discovered “dozens” of cases of identity theft that occurred after the victim tried to purchase fake IDs online.

Officials say the victims went online to buy fake driver’s licenses and handed over their name, address, date of birth and other personal details to scam artists who used the information to commit identity theft.

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Cuomo notes that the effects of identity theft can linger for years and says getting a fake ID isn’t worth the risk of getting caught or of being victimized by identity thieves.

The warning from the Democratic governor comes as thousands of students return to college for the start of fall classes.

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