Month: March 2014

“A CELL PHONE APP HELPS SPOT FAKE IDs”

 

 

People dressed to the nines stand in front of Z330 Bar in Fayetteville, cold and wet from the rain, on a late Friday night in March. They seem eager, as they wait for their identification cards to be scanned by a bouncer, who uses a national cell phone app created by an Arkansan, Rick Crisman.

Crisman, deputy director of the Alcoholic Beverage Control in Arkansas created a .99 cent app known as Mobile ID Guide. Several employees at bars and restaurants in Northwest Arkansas say they use the app, and that it is effective at catching minors trying to illegally drink.

As Josh Rivers, a bouncer at the bar scans an ID using the handy app, a bright red light becomes another neon glow in front of the bar. A fake has been detected.

“I can’t take this. This is a fake,” Josh Rivers, employee at Z330 bar says. Agitated, the minor says, “No it’s not. Try it again.”

As Rivers gives the minor a look of irritation, the minor turns around, and walks away alone into the dark night. Within seconds, the color red fills the dark night sky, and another ID is confiscated.

The night continues on, and with every passing hour, more IDs are caught.

By the end of that particular Friday night, nearly 10 fake IDs were confiscated, which resulted in 10 people leaving alone and embarrassed, and without a stiff drink.

This is nothing new, Rivers says. “Nearly five to 10 a night are taken up— easily that many.”

With that many fakes confiscated each night; it’s no wonder that the ABC and Fayetteville Police Department obtained more than 2,000 IDs during 2013.

There’s a large demand for forged identification cards because of several places internationally in which people may purchase fake IDs. Some businesses like Kopy Kats in the Dallas area, and many websites including ID ChiefReally Good Fakes, and Novelty ID, create and sell the sophisticated fakes.

ID Chief is a website out of China.

“They’re like the COSCO for fake IDs,” Crisman said.

People may purchase fake IDs from that website at $250 a pop. A ‘buddy discount’ is offered for bulk orders. More people means less prices.

Crisman said he became interested in the rising problem of fake IDs while he worked as a corporal for FPD. He began with bar controls; sometimes he was dressed in his blue police uniform, and other times in street clothes.

Street clothes were also worn when he did undercover busts at liquor stores known as “cops in shops.”

“I really, really enjoyed it,” Crisman said. “I started studying about IDs and what makes a fake a fake.”

A few years passed, and Crisman began thinking of ways to make the process more efficient, and nearly ten years later, the cell phone app was created.

During the process, Crisman said he spent hundreds of hours taking photos of illegal IDs.

“I examined IDs with a fine tooth comb; everything about them, and took nearly 500 pictures.”

Crisman then created spreadsheets explaining the security features, put that information into files by state, and downloaded those files to his phone and into the app.

“I memorized all IDs while studying,” Crisman said. “I looked at so many for so long, and learned everything about every single one of them.”

Some ways fake IDs are spotted are by tiny dots surrounding the federal seal, the lines of the bar code on the back, font types, color, and existence of federal seals that are not visible with the naked eye. 

But what if someone uses an ID that hasn’t been altered or is fraudulent?

“If someone uses someone else’s ID, both people in that matter will have consequences,” Cpl. Dan Montgomery of the FPD, said. “Both will be subjected to a fine, and will lose their licenses for 30 days or more.”

Possession of a fake ID and minor in possession are the two main alcohol-related arrests among students at the U of A, according to University of Arkansas Police Department reports.

Since January 1, 2013, 41 busts for possession of fake IDs occurred at the U of A, Crain said.

“Whenever a police officer has reason to contact and identify a person, the officer will be on the lookout for fake identification. There is no legitimate reason to have a fake ID,” Crain said.

Fayetteville police are alert to the pattern, too.

 “Ultimately I want to reduce the number of underage drinking because unfortunately some very poor decisions get made when there is alcohol consumption. We see a lot of people who are away from home for the first time and whenever they’re caught for the underage drinking, it can not only impact them criminally but also financially. Some can really hurt their academic career, or someone could end up in a dangerous situation,” Sgt. Craig Sout, public information officer for the Fayetteville Police Dept. said.

Also, that person will be subjected to alcohol classes, counseling, fines, and fees. If the minor is a student, a report is sent to the Office of Student Conduct at the university, but it doesn’t stop there for U of A students, Crisman said, as multiple punishments may occur.

When a person is caught with a fake ID, a citation is given, and if the person isn’t compliant, more consequences may occur, Sgt. Craig Stout, public information officer for FPD said.

The citation given in that situation isn’t the same as a citation given while driving.

“It looks just like a speeding ticket, but it’s a criminal citation, as opposed to a traffic citation. So, it’s a must appear ticket. They have to go to court, or will get failure to appear,” Crisman said. “It’s not something they can just pay and move on from.”

A large number of citations for possession of a fake ID are written to students.

 “Odds are in Fayetteville, about 95 percent of the people using them are university students,” Crisman said. “Kids today are very bold. They get these IDs, and it gets in their head that they’re [IDs] great. They’re [IDs] phenomenal, and they may use them in several places and get by with them. Then they get this confidence, “I can’t get caught”, and then they meet me. It’s like a big game of cat and mouse.”

Police say they have dedicated a certain amount of resources to try and curtail underage drinking, and the app Crisman created has made the process easier.

“A student could get hit several different ways— at least six, just because of one beer,” Crisman, said. “There is so much to lose because if that person is involved in Greek life, we’ll contact them. If that person is an athlete, we’ll let the athletic department know. We send it to all of them. It’s not worth one beer,” Crisman said.

 

A Cell Phone Help Catches Fake IDs

People dressed to the nines stand in Fayetteville stand in front of Z330 Bar, cold and wet from the rain, on a late Friday night in March, eager- as they wait for their identification cards to be scanned by a bouncer who uses a national cell phone app created by an Arkansan, Rick Crisman.

Crisman, deputy director of the Alcoholic Beverage Control in Arkansas created a .99 cent app known as Mobile ID Guide. Several employees of bars and restaurants in Northwest Arkansas say they use the app, and that it is effective at catching minors trying to illegally drink.

As Josh Rivers, a bouncer at the bar, scans the IDs using the handy app, a bright red light becomes another neon glow in front of the bar. A fake has been detected.

“I can’t take this. This is a fake,” Josh Rivers, employee at Z330 bar says. Agitated, the minor says, “No it’s not. Try it again.”

As Rivers gives the minor a look of irritation, the minor turns around, and walks away alone into the dark night. Within seconds, the color red fills the dark night sky, and another ID is confiscated.

The night continues on, and with every passing hour, more and more IDs are caught. By the end of that particular Friday night, nearly 10 fake IDs were confiscated, which resulted in 10 people leaving alone and embarrassed, and without a stiff drink.

This is nothing new, says Rivers.

“Nearly five to 10 a night are taken up— easily that many,” Rivers says.

With that many fakes confiscated each night, it’s no wonder that the ABC and Fayetteville Police Department obtained more than 2,000 IDs during 2013.

There’s a large demand for forged identification cards because of several places internationally where minors purchase fake IDs. Some businesses like Kopy Kats in the Dallas area, and many websites including ID Chief, Really Good Fakes, and Novelty ID, create and sell the sophisticated fakes.

ID Chief is a website out of China.

“They’re like the COSCO for fake IDs,” Crisman said.

People may purchase fake IDs from that website at $250 a pop. A ‘buddy discount’ is offered for bulk orders, but they have to call for the price.

Crismans’ cell phone app assists the Alcoholic Beverage Control, law enforcement agencies, and businesses in America in determining whether identification cards are legitimate, fraudulent, or altered.

He became interested in the rising problem of fake IDs while he worked as a corporal for FPD. He began with bar controls; sometimes he was dressed in his blue police uniform, and other times in street clothes.

Street clothes were also worn when he would do undercover busts at liquor stores known as “cops in shops.”

“I really, really enjoyed it,” Crisman said. “I started studying about IDs and what makes a fake a fake.”

A few years later, Crisman began thinking of ways to make the process more efficient, and ten years later, the cell phone app was created to assist the ABC, law enforcement agencies, and businesses in America in detecting the fakes.

During the process, Crisman says he spent hours upon hours taking photos of illegal IDs.

“I examined IDs with a fine tooth comb; everything about them, and took nearly 500 pictures.”

Crisman then created spreadsheets explaining the security features, put that information into files by state, and downloaded those files to his phone and into the app.

“I memorized all IDs while studying,” Crisman said. “I looked at so many for so long, and learned everything about every single one of them.”

Ways fake IDs are spotted are by the tiny dots surrounding the federal seal, the lines of the barcode on the back, font types, color, and pixilation.

But what if someone uses an ID that hasn’t been altered or is fraudulent?

“If someone uses someone else’s ID, both people in that matter will have consequences,” Cpl. Montgomery of the FPD, said. “Both will be subjected to a fine, and will lose their licenses for 30 days or more.”

Possession of a fake ID and minor in possession are the two main alcohol-related arrests among students at the UofA, according to University of Arkansas Police Department reports.

Since January 1, 2013, 41 busts for possession of fake IDs have occurred at the UofA, Crain said.

“Whenever a police officer has reason to contact a police officer has reason to contact and identify a person, the officer will be on the lookout for fake identification. There is no legitimate reason to have a fake ID,” Crain said.

Fayetteville police are alert to the pattern, too.

 “Ultimately I want to reduce the number of underage drinking because unfortunately some very poor decisions get made when there is alcohol consumption. We see a lot of people who are away from home for the first time and whenever they’re caught for the underage drinking, it can not only impact them criminally but also financially. Some can really hurt their academic career, or someone could end up in a dangerous situation,” Sgt. Craig Sout, public information officer for the Fayetteville Police Dept. said.

Also, that person will be subjected to alcohol classes and counseling, fines, and fees. If the minor is a student, a report is sent to the Office of Student Conduct at the university, but it doesn’t stop there for UofA students, Crisman said, as multiple punishments may occur.

When a person is caught with a fake ID, an arrest may be made, but if the person is compliant, a citation is only given, Sgt. Craig Stout, public information officer for FPD said. The citation given in that situation isn’t the same as a citation given while driving.

“It looks just like a speeding ticket, but it’s a criminal citation, as opposed to a traffic citation. So, it’s a must appear ticket. They have to go to court, or will get failure to appear,” Crisman said. “It’s not something they can just pay and move on from.”

A large number of citations for possession of a fake ID are written to students.

 “Odds are in Fayetteville, about 95 percent of the people using them are university students,” Crisman said. “Kids today are very bold. They get these IDs, and it gets in their head that they’re great. They’re phenomenal, and they may use them in several places and get by with them. Then they get this confidence, “I can’t get caught”, and then they meet me. It’s like a big game of cat and mouse.”

Police say they have dedicated a certain amount of resources to try and curtail underage drinking, and the app Crisman created has made the process easier.

“A student could get hit several different ways­— at least six, just because of one beer,” Crisman, said. “There is so much to lose because if that person is involved in Greek life, we’ll contact them. If that person is an athlete, we’ll let the athletic department know. We send it to all of them. It’s not worth one beer,” Crisman said.

A Phone App Catches Fake IDs

 

People stand in front of the bar, cold and wet from the rain, as they wait for their identification cards to be scanned by a bouncer who uses a national cell phone app created by an Arkansas homegrown. His name is Rick Crisman.

 

Crisman, deputy director of the ABC in Arkansas created a .99 cent app known as Mobile ID Guide. Several bars and restaurants in Northwest Arkansas say they use the app, and have caught many minors trying to drink illegally. Once the app is bought and downloaded, an ID may be scanned with a cell phone.

 

It’s been a long week, and you’re ready for stiff drink— or five. Finally, it’s Friday night and you’re dressed up to the nines, standing in front of a bar, eager to get in. Your cold in and wet from the rain. As you smile and pass you’re ID to the tall man dressed in a black shirt that says security, you act cool, calm, and collected. You just know you’re going to get in. He looks at you, continues to examine your fake, scans it on his phone, and a bright red light becomes another neon glow in front of the bar.

 

“This is a fake,” Josh Rivers, employee at Z330 bar said.

 

Forged identification cards are more popular than in recent years, and the amount of those confiscated is also on the rise. It’s because of Crismans’ cell phone app, which assists the Alcoholic Beverage Control, law enforcement agencies, and businesses in America in determining whether identification cards are legitimate, fraudulent, or altered.

 

Crisman became interested in the rising problem of fake IDs while he worked as a Cpl. for the Fayetteville Police Department. He began with bar controls; sometimes he was dressed in his ‘blue suit’, other times in street clothes.

 

Street clothes were also worn when he would do undercover bust at liquor stores known as “cops in shops.”

 

“I really, really enjoyed it,” Crisman said. “I started studying about IDs and what makes a fake a fake. I call it the bug.”

 

A few years later, wheels began turning, and Crisman began to streamline.

 

He partnered up with the guy who designed the app for the Washington County Detention Center, and together they created the app for nearly ten years

 

During the process, Crisman says he spent hours upon hours taking photos of illegal IDs and scanning them into the Microsoft program, Paint, and then into PowerPoint, as he didn’t have the fancier program at the time, Photoshop.

 

“I examined IDs with a fine tooth comb; everything about them, and took nearly 500 pictures.”

 

Crisman then created spreadsheets explaining the security features, put that information into files by state, and downloaded those files to his phone and into the app.

 

“I memorized all IDs while studying.”

 

Ways fake IDs are spotted are by the tiny dots surrounding the federal seal, the lines of the barcode on the back, font types, color, and pixilation.

 

“Most fake IDs show the person is from Mississippi,” Rivers said. “Nearly five to 10 a night are taken up— easily that many.”

 

The ratio of male and female is about half-and-half.

 

We view the UofA as a city-within-a-city because there are more students there than most towns in Ark. The average age of a citizen in that ‘town’ is 19, and alcohol is socially acceptable, and so it’s a major, major problem.”

 

Young adults ages 18-25 have the highest rates in the nation of alcohol abuse, according to the Arkansas Department of Human Services.

 

Possession of a fake ID and minor in possession are the two main alcohol-related arrests among students at the UofA, according to University of Arkansas Police Department reports.

 

“Between all the students here, some don’t drink at all, some began to drink before they even began school here, and some begin to drink once they get to college. It is also just something that in our society has become more socially acceptable,” Capt. Gary Crain, public information officer at the UAPD said.

 

 

Since January 1, 2013, 41 arrests for possession of fake IDs have occurred at the UofA Crain said.

 

“Whenever a police officer has reason to contact a police officer has reason to contact and identify a person, the officer will be on the lookout for fake identification. There is no legitimate reason to have a fake ID,” Crain said.

 

Results from the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health show that the rate of binge drinking was 40 percent among adults ages 18-25. For the same age group, heavy alcohol use was reported by 13 percent, and an estimated 63 percent of males and 58 percent of females are current drinkers.

 

Fayetteville police are alert to the pattern, too.

 

“Ultimately I want to reduce the number of underage drinking because unfortunately some very poor decisions get made when there is alcohol consumption. We see a lot of people who are away from home for the first time and whenever they’re caught for the underage drinking, it can not only impact them criminally but also financially. Some can really hurt their academic career, or someone could end up in a dangerous situation,” Sgt. Craig Sout, public information officer for the Fayetteville Police Dept. said.

 

 

The ABC and FPD say they work together to catch the minors trying to use fakes.

 

If a minor is caught with a fake ID and another alcohol-related crime has taken place, an arrest is made. Additionally, the license of that person is confiscated and suspended for 90 days, according to the ABC.

 

Also, that person will be subjected to alcohol classes and counseling, fines, and fees. If the minor is a student, a report is sent to the Office of Student Conduct at the university, but it doesn’t stop there for UofA students, Crisman said, as multiple punishments may occur.

 

“A student could get hit several different ways­— at least six, just because of one beer,” Crisman, said. “There is so much to loose because if that person is involved in Greek Life, we’ll contact them. If that person is an Athlete, we’ll let the athletic department know. We send it to all of them. It’s not worth one beer,” Crisman said.

 

When a person is caught with a fake ID, an arrest may be made, but if the person is compliant, a citation is only given, Stout said. The citation given in that situation isn’t the same as a citation given while driving.

 

“Physically it looks just like a speeding ticket, but it’s a criminal citation, as opposed to a traffic citation. So, it’s a must appear ticket. They have to go to court, or will get failure to appear,” Crisman said. “It’s not something they can just pay and move on from.”

 

A large number of citations for possession of a fake ID are written to students.

 

“Having a university in your town, there’s a demand,” Crisman said.

There are several places where minors purchase fake IDs. Some businesses like Kopy Kats in the Dallas area, and many websites including ID Chief, Really Good Fakes, and Novelty ID, create and sell the sophisticated fakes.

 

“Everyone’s trying to make a buck,” Crisman said.

 

ID Chief is a website out of China.

 

“They’re like the COSCO for fake IDs,” Crisman said.

 

Minors may purchase fake IDs from that website at $250 a pop. A ‘buddy discount’ is offered for bulk orders, but minors have to call for the price.

 

Those purchasing an ID from that website take a picture of them, write their signature on white computer paper, and send both items in with their lump of cash. When the ID is it’s sent back to the customer, it’s inside a free gift, Crisman said.

 

“It may be sent in a purse, chess game, toy, or other items like that,” Crisman said. “One guy told me he got a purse, ripped the lining out, and underneath that was the ID.”

 

Police say they have dedicated a certain amount of resources to try and curtail underage drinking, and the app Crisman created has made the process easier.

 

“Odds are in Fayetteville, about 95 percent of the people using them are university students,” Crisman said. “Kids today are very bold. They get these IDs, and it gets in their head that they’re great. They’re phenomenal, and they may use them in several places and get by with them. Then they get this confidence, “I can’t get caught”, and then they meet me. It’s like a big game of cat and mouse.”