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Comical mail error leads to fake ID bust

Andrew Hudson   ||   Feb 27, 2015  ||   

A lesson for all the Dean's out there. Following a rather embarrassing case of mistaken identity, a group of Pennsylvania college students are now in hot water after trying to purchase fake IDs from a Chinese website. The fake IDs were discovered when a package delivery mistakenly arrived on the desk of a high-level college administrator, rather than the student who placed the order.

The Delaware County Daily Times reports that a dean at a local college received a package that had been mistakenly delivered to him. The package was intended for a student with the first name Dean, but not realizing the mixup, the university dean opened the package and found an empty picture frame.

When the dean turned the frame over, he found eight fake IDs hidden inside. One of the fake ID cards was printed with a student’s real name, and after the university investigated the incident, police were contacted. Police spoke with the students involved and learned that the they had used a Chinese website to purchase the phony credentials -- made to double as state-issued driver licenses -- which were shipped from the city of Guangzhou.

Upon further investigation, it was discovered that website sells ID cards for any US state along with a host of other countries. The site enables users to input their birth dates, height, weight, eye and hair color.

According to police, $250 will get a customer two fake IDs, while a group rate is applied to three people paying $450 for a total of six cards. For groups of 10 or more, police say that the website requests direct contact prior to determining rates.

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