Notary Bulletin Hotline Tip: What Is Imposture? By NNA Staff on December 01, 2009 in Hotline Tips Imposture is when a dishonest person obtains a genuine identification document from a state or federal issuing agency by posing as another person and falsely submitting the other person's name. Identity thieves often seek to steal a victim's personal information in order to use the victim's name for imposture. For example, an ID thief might obtain a copy of someone else's birth certificate and try to use it to apply for a driver's license under a false name. Imposture is one of the most difficult types of fraudulent activity to detect. One way to try to spot imposture is for the Notary to ask the signer about information on the ID. If the signer can't recall the birth date, address or other descriptive elements, it's likely the person is an impostor. An additional screening method is to ask for a second form of identification. Email Share Leave a Comment Required * Name * Email *(for verfication purposes only) Comment * Enter the text shown in this image *(text is case sensitive)All comments are reviewed and if approved, will display.