PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A shipment of fake IDs nabbed by U.S. Customs out of Hong Kong led investigators to a large group of college students here, including 20 Duquesne University students.

KDKA Investigator Marty Griffin reports in addition to being in trouble with police, the real fear students now face is an illegal Chinese company that has all of their personal information.

A student, who did not want to be identified, said more than 20 of his friends already have fake IDs.

“You can get into the local bars on the South Side with them,” he said.

State police say there’s a risk involved.

“There can be future repercussions of that when you’re giving anybody your personal information especially someone who is conducting an illegal operation,” State Trooper Herbert Rieger said.

It’s the same story on the Pitt campus. Students with fake IDs are amazed at how authentic they appear and use them to sneak into bars.

For students caught in this investigation, they lose more than the ID which costs up to $400. They face a fine, possible jail time, license suspension and the real possibility their personal information may be sold by a Chinese company to the highest bidder.

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