How to Differentiate Between Real and Fake FBI Badges

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How to Differentiate Between Real and Fake FBI Badges
Check an FBI agent's badge and his identification card before letting him into your home. (Digital Vision./Photodisc/Getty Images)

The Federal Bureau of Investigation began issuing badges in 1908 shortly after its inception. FBI badges identify FBI agents as true agents of the law an differentiate them from police officers. It is important to know if the agent is an actual officer and carrying a legitimate badge before divulging information and letting them into your home. For your safety, learn how to identify a real badge from a fake by verifying a few characteristics of the FBI badge.

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  1. 1

    Look closely at the badge to check if it is completely gold in colour. Fake badges may be silver or have multiple colours.

  2. 2

    Look for the words "Federal Bureau of Investigation" not FBI along the top of the badge. Fake badges may have the abbreviation.

  3. 3

    Identify Lady Justice in the centre of the badge. She is wearing a blindfold and holding a scale and a torch. The letter "U" is to her right and the letter "S" is to her left. The "U" and "S" stand for United States.

  4. 4

    Look for the words "Department of Justice" along the bottom of the badge. Many fake badges do not have any words written along the bottom.

  5. 5

    Check that there is an eagle on top of the shield-shaped badge. Fake badges may only have the shield and resemble the badge of a police officer in design.

  6. 6

    Estimate the size of the badge. A real badge is 3-by-3 inches.

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