Three tips to avoid fraud when you share your ID photo online

Follow these 3 steps to improve security before presenting your ID. (photo: Applesfera)

Internet purchases are having more prominence today as well as the risks that a person is exposed to doing so. And it is that of course, there are many dangers when sending your DNI scanned over the network. They say that doing so implies that anyone can take their name to carry out transactions even with large amounts of money. The risks are obvious, if you are a person who does not pay much attention to showing your ID without measuring the consequences that this may mean.

The experts explain how the identity copy that we send for purchases, as for example happens in Wallapop, or in reservations, can be used to commit fraud. This can cause us big problems, but there are ways to reduce the risk by using Photoshop or any other app edit image to change this ID.

On platforms like ThousandAnnouncements or the recognized WallapopIt is quite common for sellers to ask buyers for IDs, often after offering an item in exchange for a price that at first glance is a “bargain”.

Showing your ID on Wallapop can have consequences.  (photo: Genbeta)
Showing your ID on Wallapop can have consequences. (photo: Genbeta)

If we can already give you some advice, is that if they offer you a tempting price but then they ask for your identification (DNI); be careful, since it could be a scam designed to obtain that identification and commit one or more crimes with it. The scammer may not even need to put a high price on the product: he sends you his identification to prove who he is, and thus try his luck so that you also send him your ID. Of course, the ID that he sent him was not the real one, but he uses it to scam people.

It is for all the aforementioned, that we will give you 3 recommendations to do before sending your ID, and reduce the risks of scam:

Reduce the risk of handing over your ID

There are legitimate circumstances under which they may require us to present our ID. There are procedures that are part of a legal obligation of an entity when it comes to preventing money laundering. Even in these cases, the most common is that we do not have to send copies, photographs or scans of the DNI as we do, and we can identify the modified DNI ourselves so that no one can read it. impersonate our identity.

Photo editing for ID in Photoshop.  (photo: Passport Photo Maker)
Photo editing for ID in Photoshop. (photo: Passport Photo Maker)

To change the DNI, for example, we will need Photoshop, or more simply try using any image editing application to make three simple changes to the photo of the original ID:

1. Watermark: a very useful way to reduce risk is to use a watermark, which is nothing more than overlay text, where it is indicated what a modified copy of the DNI is for. You can even add additional text indicating that other uses are not allowed for this copy of the DNI.

Watermark on DNI.  (photo: Eduardo Garbayo)
Watermark on DNI. (photo: Eduardo Garbayo)

2. Pixel the image: Although some entities may request the original image, you can go through various processes with pixelated images, and none of the entities should cause problems for you. Simply select the DNI area of ​​the photo and pixelate it. Another option is to cover the eyes with a black rectangle or even a very light color.

Pixel photo ID.  (photo: Applesfera)
Pixel photo ID. (photo: Applesfera)

3. Pixel the signature: just like pixelating our faces in DNI, it is also a good idea to pixelate signatures to avoid manipulation.

Pixelear signs in DNI.  (photo: The Case)
Pixelear signs in DNI. (photo: The Case)

These tips will help reduce the risk that our ID can be used fraudulently. But again, it is important in these cases to detect possible scams and never send ID to anyone who requests it, especially on commercial platforms.

The data: You can use the following smartphone apps to edit your photo:

– PicsArt

– Photo Editor


– InShot

– Unfold

PicsArt.  (photo: Caymans CEO)
PicsArt. (photo: Caymans CEO)


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