How to Spot a Fake Military ID
Spotting fake military IDs doesn’t require extensive knowledge or practice; all it requires is some common sense and an open mind. With practice comes an increased ability to recognize such fraudulent documents – something which will keep you and your finances safe from potential scammers.
How to Spot a Fake ID Card
First and foremost, be aware that there are various kinds of military ID cards, including Common Access Cards (CACs), Defense Employees Identification System (DEERS), retiree IDs and others. Each type has different features and standards; study the U.S. Identification Manual carefully so as to be aware of these features and identify any that appear suspect.
Make sure that the ID carefully and closely for any changes such as smudging or bleeding that would indicate falsified documents. Also look out for physical changes like overlays and glue lines which might signal tampering with it.
Photographs can often reveal whether an ID is fake. If its photo is blurry or features someone wearing facial hair, this could be a sure sign it’s likely not legit.
Pay grades and ranks can also be telltale signs that an ID is fake; oftentimes these features have been added onto fake cards to deceive officials into issuing it to people they don’t really belong with.
Love bombing is a common online romance scam in which participants quickly exchange a large volume of personal information in a short amount of time, usually within 24 hours. While it should be alarming for anyone involved, particularly military service members.
If you are dating or considering dating a military service member, do not send any money until you’ve confirmed they are legit. Scammers have become adept at perpetrating fraud; therefore it is wise to end any relationships which seem questionable.