I believe the person I have been talking to for over a year (I sent money long time ago and lost it) is definitely a scammer... I have his name and birthdate and he now says he went from Kuala Lumpur to where he is living now in Langkawi. He says immigration is holding his passport and has given him some sort of temporary papers (work papers too?) and he can come back to the U.S. only after he pays overstay charges of $2300 and shows immigration he has a ticket booked back to the United States. He has asked me to send the money to a guy that works and lives in Langkawi... I'am suppose to send it to his friends bank.... he said he would give me the bank information. By the way, this scammer (Kyle Johnson) says he is from Spain and is not an American citizen. He says he has a visa and work permit papers to work in the United States where he lives. I have a telephone number and e-mail address. Is there ANY possible way to check with immigration to see if they are in fact holding his passport or any way to catch him?
I DID CONTACT IMMIGRATION IN MALASIA BY SENDING AN E-MAIL AND CALLED THEM. THEY NEVER ANSWERED MY E-MAIL OR WAS HELPFUL IN MY PHONE CALL TO THEM
Thank you for your question and thank you for posting this question here with JustAnswer.Please permit me to save you a little bit of money, and hopefully a bit more heartache. There is no such thing as an 'overstay charge' to come into the United States. The U.S. does require potential visas or other documentation to enter the country, but they do not take someone's passport or force that person to somehow pay before they can enter the country. Plus, the whole concept of sending money to a friend's bank is suspicious at best, XXXXX XXXXX as least (which this clearly appears to be). So immigration would not be holding the passport, and by definition funds would not be required.As for catching him, that is a very tough question but what you can do is contact the Internet Crime Complaint Center and file a complaint with them--this is a multi agency venture including the U.S. Secret Service and the FBI who specialize in researching and attempting to apprehend individuals just like this. Here is their link below.http://www.ic3.gov/default.aspxGood luck.
This man says Malaysia immigration is charging him overstay charges not the United States. He says he gave immigration his passport and explained the situation to them. They supposedly gave him some papers so he can work. He says he has to pay the $2300 to the Malaysian immigration for overstay and show them that he has a ticket to leave the country. I don't believe this to be true but would you need you to confirm my feelings.
I did file a complaint with the website you gave me. Thanks.
Thank you for your follow-up, RobinMy apologies but that is very much not how it works. The country that charges or pursues fines is the country where the individual is traveling into, and based on my research I did not find any laws that would substantiate his story. I am sorry about that, truly, but this does not appear to be a valid response. Consider saving your money.Good luck.