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How To Spot Fake United States Military ID Cards – A SCARSSCARS SCARS - Society of Citizens Against Relationship Scams Inc. A government registered crime victims' assistance & crime prevention nonprofit organization based in Miami, Florida, U.S.A. SCARS supports the victims of scams worldwide and through its partners in more than 60 countries around the world. Incorporated in 2015, its team has 30 years of continuous experience educating and supporting scam victims. Visit to learn more about SCARS. Guide

Right Up Front – If Someone Sends You A Photo Of Their ID Card They Are A ScammerScammer A Scammer or Fraudster is someone that engages in deception to obtain money or achieve another objective. They are criminals that attempt to deceive a victim into sending more or performing some other activity that benefits the 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.

Card Type

 CAC Recipients

Armed Forces of the United States Geneva Conventions Identification Card

The standard card for active duty personnel in accordance with Geneva Conventions requirements.

  • Active Duty Armed Forces
  • Selected Reserves
  • Reserve and National Guard Members on active duty more than 30 days
  • Contracted Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) cadets
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • U.S. Public Health Services (PHS)


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