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RSN™ Guide: How To Spot Fake United States Military ID Cards
Right Up Front – If Someone Sends You A Photo Of Their ID Card They ARE A Scammer!
That is because it is illegal for United States Military personnel to copy their ID cards. It is that simple!
However, so many people want to understand how to make sure they are fakes that we have created the following.
NOTE: Before you say it, this page blocks all of African and Most of the Middle East. We do our best to restrict our information to real victims only. However, scammers are actually very slow to adopt new information since it is so hard for them to change once they have learned a working model.
United States Military ID Cards Are Called “CAC” – Common Access Cards
Common Access Card (CAC): The CAC, a “smart” card about the size of a credit card, is the standard identification for active duty uniformed Service personnel, Selected Reserve, U.S. Department of Defence [DoD] civilian employees, and eligible contractor personnel. It is also the principal card used to enable physical access to buildings and controlled spaces, and it provides access to DoD computer network and systems.
CAC Card Types & Eligibility
The four different types of cards are listed below. The card you will be eligible for will be determined by your “Sponsor,” the person affiliated with the DoD or other federal agency responsible for verifying and authorizing your need for an ID card. The uses of the card depending on the component/Command that you support. Each component/Command can customize the CAC to meet its specific needs.
Images are kept small to help prevent potential abuse.
CAC Color Coding
|Blue Bar: Non-U.S. Citizen||Green Bar: Contractors||White: All Remaining Personnel|
It Is Unlawful To Photograph, Scan, Photocopy, or Otherwise Duplicate A United States Military ID Card
It is the same for ALL United States Government ID Cards
The law reads, “Whoever manufactures, sells, or possesses any badge, identification card or other insignia of the design prescribed by the head of any department or agency of the United States for use by any officer or employee thereof, or any colorable imitation thereof, or photographs, prints, or in any other manner makes or executes any engraving, photograph, print, or impression in the likeness of any such badge, identification card, or other insignia, or any colorable imitation thereof, except as authorized under regulations made pursuant to law, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than six months, or both.”
Commercial establishments can ask to see your card to verify military affiliation or to provide government rates for services, but they can’t photocopy it. So if they ask to do so, tell them no. Give them a state driver’s license or another form of photo identification instead.
Photocopied cards might be used for counterfeiting purposes, with no real safeguards against it. Since criminals and terrorists value U.S. government IDs when they’re trying to plan acts against the U.S. military, civilians, or other persons it is best to not give them that chance. Thus, any stranger you meet online who shows you a government ID card is automatically a scammer.
This law does NOT apply to medical establishments like hospitals and doctor’s offices who are allowed to make a copy for filing insurance claims. It also doesn’t apply to other government agencies that are using the copied ID to perform official government business.
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FAQ: How Do You Properly Report Scammers?
It is essential that law enforcement knows about scams & scammers, even though there is nothing (in most cases) that they can do.
Always report scams involving money lost or where you received money to:
- Local Police – ask them to take an “informational” police report – say you need it for your insurance
- Your National Police or FBI (www.IC3.gov)
- The Scars Worldwide Reporting Network HERE or on www.Anyscam.com
This helps your government understand the problem, and allows law enforcement to add scammers on watch lists worldwide.
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