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May We See Your ID, Please?

Sunday, March 25, 2012 by

The simple truth is that the web hosting industry is the target of, and host (pun intended?) to, a large percentage of individuals who attempt to perpetrate identity theft. This is an unfortunate situation, but sadly people often attempt to purchase web hosting with fraudulent credit cards and other stolen credentials. Generally the motivating factor in using a stolen identity to purchase hosting involve things like warez or other copyrighted materials such as music and movies, or for spamming or phishing purposes; none of which HostGator tolerates on our network.

The efforts of our Pending Department prevent upwards of 6,000 fraudulent sign-ups each month. One of the means used to prevent such sign-ups is a request to provide us with a copy of a government-issued identification card. In that we are a global company with Customers in virtually every non-embargoed nation in the world, we are dealing with countless types of identification cards. Sometimes, they are genuine. Other times, not so much. Below are a few of the more interesting responses we’ve received to our request for the aforementioned identification cards. These images are exactly as we received then, save for the black boxes covering the personal information of those who did not actually intend to sign up for web hosting.

This unfortunate gentleman appears to suffer from some type of carnival funhouse mirror condition… or perhaps an inability to properly use the crop and resize functions of Photoshop. He may, or may not, be named Megan:

Obviously a fake, but what is most concerning is his mouth and nose seem to be fading out of existence. Never mind his height being listed as “7.2”:

What may not be clearly visible in this image is the text under the picture, which says “See How Cute Is The New Addition To Our Family.” Also note “Restrictions: Must Wear Diaper”:

Moving right along, to “Lara” here, who was apparently born in 2009 and has a rather unique height of “19”:

Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce to you “Batman Bin Suparman,” from Singapore:

We’ve also had a few notable individuals attempt to sign up for hosting. You may be familiar with Mr. Brendan Frasier:

Here’s “Connie,” from Delaware, whom vaguely resembles Brad Pitt. I’m not too certain the relevance of including Graduation Celebration instructions on an ID, but I digress:

The lovely and talented Keira Knightley. I was under the impression that she was from the UK, but apparently she’s actually from Florida. Obviously a conscientious individual who cares about her fellow man, being an organ donor and all:

Agent Mulder, surely desiring to create a site involving aliens. The truth is out there, and so forth:

The grand finale is a two-parter. This individual sent in not only their “ID,” but also a picture of themselves holding the ID, to further prove their identity.  So, initially we received this:

Followed shortly thereafter by:

All of the above were clearly failed attempts to Jedi Mind-Trick us.  Fortunately, The Force is strong within The Gator!

Want see some more Fake IDs?

  • HostGator
    26 March 2012 at 9:47 am

    I am happy to say that a new newsletter is actually being worked on at this moment and will be sent out very soon.

    • CandleForex
      11 May 2012 at 2:25 am

      Yeah? Looking forwards to that. Please consider injecting a bit of humor inot the newsletter like that of your blog.

  • Ryan Ash
    26 March 2012 at 9:13 pm

    Wow! Pretty crazy stuff!

  • Nuno Peralta
    27 March 2012 at 9:39 am

    I’m just curious, when do you ask for identification? I never had to give mines. The post is very funny btw!

  • epearl
    2 April 2012 at 2:16 am

    i must say, this is hillarious!! i did photoshop part time, but these guys are hillarious, if they can change a head on photoshop, tehy should be able to do otehr good imaginative things.. these guys have made my day. hope they try to get tehir pals out of jail with those id’s .. they will just join them..

  • CandleForex
    21 April 2012 at 1:33 am

    You would think scammers would try a little harder to get the ID look passable ..[palmface]

  • HostGator
    24 April 2012 at 12:58 pm

    We actually have part 2 ready to go, you’ll see it in the near future. :)

  • Subash Poudel
    4 May 2012 at 5:26 am

    :D hahaha ! Very funny. These peoples must try odesk and earn some money from photoshop work ate odesk! :)

  • Cheap Unlimited Web Hosting
    25 June 2012 at 1:43 pm

    The last picture in the post HAS to be the best. LOL! Buddy took the head off the license, blew it up, and stuck it on his body. I wonder what kind of holographic makeup he has on lol.

  • Vipin Webster
    4 August 2013 at 6:58 am

    This post made my day :) Me too own a web hosting business from last 2 years, came across a guy who many time in a revisit our website and provided many id’s

  • Shyuan
    11 November 2013 at 9:25 pm

    I commented on this blog post about 1-2 years ago, but I still couldn’t forget about how you made fun of the “Batman Bin Suparman” and I commented that it was a real name (of a Singaporean) but you do nothing. Now again, I just wanna let you know you are making fun of the real identity Batman Bin Suparman which I think is very irrespective. Read here, this guy indeed has a legit name, unfortunately he’s now a bad guy: Probably because of people like you who made fun of him, stress given from society.