You can do a background check on this person and corroborate information that they given you with what you have from them to check how authentic they are being. However I have never seen background checks that include photographs.
If this is a dating situation you may want to suggest skype for some of your communication. This will tell you a lot about the way they live and a bit more about who they are and how they look, if that is your concern. Otherwise a first date would be key even if it is distant and you need to travel.
Best wishes, Dori
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No you will need a last name.
Personally if you do not feel comfortable getting to the place of a last name or skype. I would stop texting or communicating...and I would question any sort of meeting.
However, if you like this level of communication then leave it at that and forget if they are telling the truth. You need to know though that it will stay that way and dont expect anymore...enjoy it as a long distance friend who you will never meet and never have any depth of relationship.