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ABOUT NOVELTY ID : CARD TYPES : AVOID SCAMS

ABOUT UK NOVELTY ID

**THIS ADVICE IS FOR UK / EU NOVELTY FAKE ID ONLY** - WE EXPRESS NO OPINION ABOUT ID AVAILABLE FROM THE USA.

Most of the ID sites in the UK operate legally and produce 'novelty' fake ID cards. While these may resemble many types of ID available from institutions they are all unique designs, not copies. The company issues the ID on the understanding that you will not use it to infer an official status upon yourself. Because the cards do not infer any official status you can have any details you want printed onto them, however you could be breaking the law yourself if you attempt to use these cards in an improper manner (such as using them to misrepresent your own personal details).

The novelty fake ID industry started in Britain in 1989. At this time, novelty fake ID companies advertised for business solely in the classified sections of magazines and sold ID card kits for completion at home. At the end of the 1990's the novelty ID industry was shifted onto the internet.

phatism ID was launched in 1999. The cost efficient, internet only order method of phatism and the vastly better level of service (same day delivery rather than 28days or never) resulted in phatism growing very quickly at the expense of established companies. Since then, many novelty ID card companies have been launched and many collapsed. phatism is still here!

 

CARD TYES

Laminate kit.The oldest and cheapest technology. Cards like these have been on sale for more than 10 years. You will get a printed card and a self seal laminate pouch. You stick your own photo onto the card and write on your own details, then seal the card yourself. Any holograms on these cards will be small stickers that you stick onto part of the card.

Pre printed PVC. The latest and best thing in novelty fake ID. Uses plastic cards (like a credit card) and prints all your details (photo/signature are scanned) onto the card surface. Very professional looking and is the type of card issued by college's / universities / identification schemes. Holograms on these cards are either laser etched or contained within a layer fused to the card front.

The best PVC cards will be printed by HDP / Film printers. These print onto a layer of plastic which is then sandwiched between another layer of plastic (or a holographic layer) and the blank PVC card. With this technique you get cards printed right to the edge of the plastic and colour quality and image definition better than any photo inkjet printing on photo paper. Most ID sites, however, use old style dye sublimation printers. These also produce great cards (most uni / college cards are dye sub because it is cheaper) but cannot print consistently to the edge of cards and produce less sharp pictures with more muted colours.

HOW TO AVOID SCAMS

Email the company before buying!!
Lots of ID companies simply do not respond to your email. Much better for you to find this out before ordering.

Don't trust people on message boards.
It is easy to post messages under false names in an attempt to mislead you

Be sure that the company has cheques payable to the company name.
This ensures they at least have a company bank account to trace them through.

It is preferable that the company is a real UK Limited Company.
This ensures you can trace the owners very easily

Anyone offering illegal fake ID is a scam.
If a site is really selling something illegal they will get closed down fast. Illegal fake ID includes: fake passport, fake drivers licence / license, fake prove-it card, fake verify uk card, fake garda card, fake pass card + fake immigration certificates.

See a real scan / photo of the card before buying
Lots of ID sites do not show you any detailed scans of their cards. Demand that you see a real scan. After all, you want to see what you are paying for.

A lot of ID sites simply lie.
About delivery time, time they've existed, customer testimonials and everything else. Don't blindly trust them.

So, to sum it all up,

Email the company first.
and
Buy from a company where you know someone who's got a card already.
and
See a real scan/photo of the card you will be buying.

INVESTIGATIVE LINKS

These links will be helpful in checking up on UK novelty fake ID companies

Search for UK company info - http://www.companieshouse.gov.uk/info/
Look at old versions of websites (shows you when a site first went online, and as what) - http://web.archive.org/

CARDS ARE FOR NOVELTY USE ONLY - NOT PROOF OF AGE - MISUSE MAY BE ILLEGAL
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