Spotting a Fake ID with Identity Proofing

A reporter at the Arizona Republic recently wrote a great article about the booming fake document market in Arizona, illegal immigrants, identity theft and how business is about to get even bigger.

The State’s new employer-sanctions law requires verification of worker eligibility through a federal system called the Basic Pilot Program.The system works to weed out made-up social security numbers but it won’t detect when someone is using a stolen identity.

This program makes it kind of hard to comply with the new law I blogged about last week and how employers risk prosecution if they don’t fire workers whose names and social security numbers don’t match.The agency that manages the program is rolling out a new feature soon which will match photos on green cards with photos stored in a government database.

It sounds cumbersome especially when there is a much easier way for employers (and the government!) to spot a fake id that won’t break the bank or slow down the process.

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