As the world becomes increasingly digitized, more people are using the personal information of others to commit crimes such as identity theft. Identity theft is a crime that occurs when someone uses a victim’s personal information to pose as the victim in order to obtain goods, services, or anything else of value.
Generally, identity theft, also called identity fraud, does not require the theft of the victim’s physical documents. While stealing a person’s credit card and driver’s license and using the items to go on a shopping spree is one kind of identity theft, identity theft laws target a much broader range of criminal activity.
Using a fake ID is a time-honored method of getting around age restrictions for young people who want to buy alcohol or get into a bar. While people younger than the legal drinking age use fake IDs every day without significant consequences, it’s possible that doing so will lead to criminal charges. In some situations the youngster can even be charged with identity theft.