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January 15, 2012

Free valid and phony government issued photo ID

Free Valid and Phony Govt issued Photo ID

I have been a notary for well over a decade. I am not often shocked. Today I had a phone call and learned of a threat to notaries everywhere. It’s an amazingly illogical and frankly astonishing situation. Read very carefully what follows; it happened to me moments ago.

I receive a call for mobile notary work. The caller identifies himself as a former prisoner who has been “just released”. He needs a property pickup form notarized to receive the items taken from him prior to incarceration. He tells me that he has his Social Security card, his Birth Certificate and his prison release ID. Of course the first two are not photo ID, but he states that the prison release ID; of which he has the original – does have his photo.

It sounds OK so far. But now the anomaly: The name on the Government issued prison release Photo ID differs from the name on the other two items! He “explains” that when he was arrested he gave the police a phony name! So the name on his Photo ID is fictitious! He wants me to notarize his real name, as on the Birth Certificate & Social Security card.

Whoa, this does not make sense. If the prison has his property under the phony name, how can the “property claim” form work with a different name? Even scarier is that he is in possession of “Government Issued Photo ID” – with a fraudulent name! Naturally I could not notarize anything for him as one name has no photo; and he has stated to me that the other is phony!

My message to fellow notaries: Do not accept a “prison release photo ID”. The name on that ID is the name given when the person became a “resident” of the facility – apparently without any further verification. This is a really weird situation – the New York City Police Department is issuing photo ID – to convicts with any name of their choice!

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  1. WOW! Now this is something that I would have NEVER considered.!! The is valuable to me personally because I often go to jails myself. And often they don’t have their ID. It is often in lockup from when they got arrested. You have saved me and I am sure others from what could be a VERY serious situation. Thanks Ken!

    Comment by Carmen Towles — March 4, 2012 @ 5:41 pm

  2. It almost has a humerous aspect. Picture this. You are notarizing an identity thief, inside a prision; presenting you a picture ID with a false name. And the document to be notarized is a continuation of the exact same crime that put the conman in the clink!

    Comment by Kenneth A Edelstein — January 2, 2013 @ 4:24 pm

  3. I had an interesting ID situation recently. It was for some partnership agreement. He showed me a photo of his DL on his smartphone. I said I had to see the real thing and asked where it was. He said it was at work and he would see me late after he picked it it up. Very strange, would a cop accept it for a traffic stop? Did not make sense other than something fishy.

    Comment by alan — August 19, 2014 @ 11:42 pm

  4. p.s. The above never showed up.

    Comment by alan — August 19, 2014 @ 11:43 pm

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