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I have a person who I want to know is real. He sent me a photo of his passport and the number is###-##-####- Name: ***** ***** from Michigan. How do I find out if it is real.
Submitted: 3 years ago.Category: Intellectual Property Law
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Customer reply replied 3 years ago
Supposedly born January 12, 1950 in Warsaw, Poland
Customer reply replied 3 years ago
My apology.....it is Richard Bryan
Customer reply replied 3 years ago
And he is now an American citizen.
Customer reply replied 3 years ago
Supposedly in Cyprus on a business deal. His e-mail address is***@******.***
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IP Lawyer: Dimitry K., Esq., Attorney replied 3 years ago
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Thank you for your post. Please permit me to assist you with your concerns.
I am going to take a bit of an educated (but a wild) guess and state that you've never met this person in real life, that he stuck in a foreign country, and is seeking financial assistance from you so that he can be released, or his goods can be released, or he is able to pay off some taxes and/or fines. Does that sound fairly close to this situation?
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Customer reply replied 3 years ago
You are correct! We met on an online dating sight. We spoke for a week before he stated he was going to Cyprus on business.
Customer reply replied 3 years ago
Even though I have all this information, red flags are going up.
IP Lawyer: Dimitry K., Esq., Attorney replied 3 years ago
Hi,
Then I am afraid that this is false, this is a romance/business scam that is designed to create an emotional attachment to you, and then create a conflict or an issue under which the other person can ask for help, and essentially guilt you into assistance. Please DO NOT fall for it, do not send any money, this is designed to remove your funds and make you believe that some sort of a payoff or a future is possible. These scams are fairly sophisticated but they share some similarities with one another, which is why I could guess the process without you telling me more information. So please please please DO NOT fall for it.
Sincerely,
Dimitry, Esq.
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Customer reply replied 3 years ago
What if he is truthful? How do I find out if he even exists? I don't plan on sending him any money regardless.
IP Lawyer: Dimitry K., Esq., Attorney replied 3 years ago
Hi,
He isn't truthful. In my 6+ years on this website as well as in my own personal practice off-site I have only seen this to be truthful once, and that is when the parties knew each other in real life prior to this request. He does not exist at all, there is no such person--they either steal or modify pictures of passports, attempt to create an American sounding name, and pursue victims. This is a very sophisticated industry, and there is no chance that this is the truth. If you wish you can summarize what he is requesting the money for, or what he alleged happened and I can provide you with the law or the actual process if there is one, but at least so far I have not yet seen this to be something that passes muster (but have seen amazingly detailed passport images). The only problem with that image is that it is useless--passports have a barcode that is scanned by customs to check validity, so sending you this picture does not in any way prove that the passport is real or it even exists (most are amended via editing software such as Photoshop).
Sincerely,
Dimitry, Esq.
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Customer reply replied 3 years ago
This is all good....why can't I check via his phone number, e-mail address and home address?
IP Lawyer: Dimitry K., Esq., Attorney replied 3 years ago
Because those can all be faked. And even if the name is ***** ***** based on a search online, the person contacting you may still (and is not) the person whose identity they would be utilizing. Email addresses, especcially free emails via hotmail, google, yahoo, and other third party sites can be created in 30 seconds or less under different names, so that is never a good way to check identity, unless it is a governmental (work) email, or a military email. (An email from the government will have a *.gov extension instead of a *.com, and a military email would have a *.mil extension. Those cannot be faked, at least not yet.
Sincerely,
Dimitry, Esq.
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