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Lose your passport and get a new one without all this fake permit nonsense. (Edit: more precisely, wash it nice and hot as this answer https://travel.stackexchange.com/a/146620/4188 suggests.) Lose everyone between you and relevant authorities, well meaning but clueless family members and also less well meaning agents (also known as scammers, conmen, ...


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Do NOT continue speaking to this man, for your own safety! It's clear that you feel lonely and desperate for intimate companionship, and that's who these people target. This man may either keep you in Jordan as a sex slave, use your identity for (further) criminal activities, force you to aid him in getting to the US illegally, or anything else. We don't ...


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Thankfully your card hasn't been charged. Do not continue to deal with this service ONLY use the government site, NOTHING else. Not only are you likely to be charged much more; they may not even submit the application correctly, which could have devastating immigration-related legal consequences for you.


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It says that, when you hand them 500 INR bills, they replace those with 100 INR bills since they look similar. So in the first case, when you hand them 500 INR and the object costs per say 50 INR, they will give you 50 INR change instead of 450 INR. When you ask them about where the rest is, they will show you 100 INR and tell you that you have given them ...


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Yes - it does increase the risk of identity theft, however for most successful identity thefts, the attacker would need various other bits of information as well. The best way to think of it is that every piece of information about you an attacker has, the less effort he has to expend to impersonate you. Once an attacker can impersonate you they could ...


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"This doesn't really answer the question" but it is important enough to ensure it gets noticed! (If moderators disagree, they can "fix it.") Sex trafficking and other forms of slavery are real and widespread. While it seems to me that no one would spend that much time and effort to get a victim, one never knows. I recommend, without this person's knowledge,...


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If you have a sufficiently modern iPhone (eg. anything that runs iOS 9 would be fine), then enable a passcode, set "Require Passcode" to "Immediately" (so you have to enter it every time you open the phone) or something short. The phone's memory is encrypted using a key derived from the passcode. No passcode, no personally identifiable data. If you do this, ...


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Yes, the ban for fraud or willful misrepresentation, in INA 212(a)(6)(C)(i), is a lifetime ban. Whenever the law says that someone is "inadmissible" without any other qualification, that means it is a lifetime ban (i.e. the person will still be inadmissible no matter how much time has passed). For the bans that last a fixed amount of time, the law says ...


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This has happened to me multiple times with local cards as well so I doubt they target foreign cards. Every time the police have helped me rather swiftly, provided me with a copy of the case registered which I took to the bank who then changed the money for me without delay at all. But yes dealing with Chinese police can be frustrating and take a long ...


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This person has offered to pay for me to go to the UK and pay for my accommodation, food, internet, everything, and give me a year to start making money from it on my own. I don't know much about it since it all came out of nowhere, but he's saying I can get famous and has never seen anyone grow like this. Saying I can make lots of money and wants to help me ...


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If you paid by credit card, dispute the invalid charge immediately with your credit card company/bank and let them handle it. You'll get the money back quickly, and it becomes their problem from then on. If you did not pay by credit card, things get more difficult. If you're still in Thailand, contact the Tourist Police, who should be able to help you ...


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Other visa officials might check your travel history for a new visa, and if they detect the forgery then it will be very difficult to get a visa. Visa officials will hold you responsible for what that agent did in your name. You lied with that first fake. Why should they believe that you are telling the truth now? The best option for you is to get a new ...


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I had this same issue with a hostel in the UK. I pressed the hostel for an explanation, and also found a forum thread of hostel managers discussing this policy. Both gave the same explanation. From their point of view, it was so they could take the money out my account if I didn't show up. They said they do it only in busy periods when they know they'll be ...


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A passport copy can often contain sensitive information such as date of birth which can be used to access other sensitive information such as bank accounts. However, most transactions where you need to get in touch with customer care to get access will also require additional details such as secret passphrases, PINs, address information, or account numbers - ...


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None, as long as you lock your phone with a password. It took the FBI several weeks of efforts to crack an iPhone belonging to the San Bernardino mass shooter, so a random low-level thief won't have the skills or tools to access your encrypted information. I would worry more about information stolen on your laptop, although that also can be mitigated by ...


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Put the passport in the pocket of a shirt you don't like, and put that shirt in the washing machine. Wash it nice and hot. Result: the passport is damaged but still extant. Send in the remains and apply for a replacement passport on the grounds of being damaged. This way nobody can accuse you of the fraud where the passport is 'lost' but in fact ...


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The info I got from hotel showed that it charged $1 to my card This is an authorization rather than a charge; it indicates that the hotel checked to see whether your card was valid, but does not tell you whether they submitted an actual charge. As it is only a dollar it will have no practical effect and you should expect it to "fall off" on its own. As I ...


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Why do they want item 3? Almost certaily so they can charge your card either now or in the future, and probably whether you show up or not. You should check what the cancellation terms etc are for this stay. You should also read this question, and note some of the risks involved in just emailing out your credit card details. As for ensuring the offer of ...


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The 500 and 100 Indian rupees bills are almost identical in size and also looks somewhat similar. So to answer your first question, when you pay someone with INR 500 bill for some service/good, the person might trick you by saying that you paid him/her just INR 100 and return you the change. Suppose one item costs INR 70 and you paid the vendor INR 500 for ...


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The information page of a passport is an identity document and contains several fragments of personal information that could be useful to an identity thief: your full legal name, date of birth, photograph, etc... Somebody could potentially use that information, along with other details they research about your life and some social engineering, to impersonate ...


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If you want to travel to and from Mumbai airport (international/domestic) look for taxi counters inside the airport. Don't hire from unscrupulous persons (this way you wont get scammed). You can also book a cab by calling Merucabs.com or Easycabs.com anywhere in the city Regarding staying safe in the city, usually Mumbai is very safe, except minor incidents ...


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What can they do? Not a whole lot: unlike a passport, a visa is not considered a valid form of identification, so it can't be used to verify a (fake/cloned) identity and it can't even be used to enter a country without a matching passport. That said, while visas vary considerably, some do include sensitive information like your full legal name, your ...


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Was that fake visa ever used? One hopes not, because if it was detected it is on the record and will cause future difficulties. The best advice I can offer is to apply for a new clean passport ASAP directly from the issuing authority in your country. Tell the passport issuing authority your current one was accidentally destroyed. Apply for your study permit ...


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Giving out your security code via a non secure connection is a very bad idea. By doing this you essentially turn your bank account into a self-service account. Storing the CVV code in any form is against the PCI DSS Requirements (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard), and by sending it via email it will be stored on someones computer which might ...


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Most people that target identify theft are not looking at your cellular phone; they are looking at things that can be used to impersonate you - so your id card, passport, etc. People stealing phones are looking at reselling them for a quick buck. So, if you put a passcode on your phone, it makes it less of a target for being sold on. iPhones in particular ...


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Unless you need that specific device, I would get a throw-away device to carry in questionable situations. You can get decent Android devices for under $100 US.


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Another thing an attacker can do is to take over your social network account (Facebook, for example) or Gmail, by calling the support, pretending to be you who "lost a phone" and "got locked out of email", and sending them the scan of your passport to "prove" he is you. This has happened in past (see for example "Aaron Thompson lost control of his Facebook ...


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