How can I confirm that the photos I have been receiving actually belong to the person I am corresponding with? Most people think that it is very easy to verify how someone looks like, or to obtain a photo of a person. Nothing could be further from the truth.
The only place where the photos could be guaranteed to be accurate are government archives, such as passport applications or driving license applications. No other source has a reliable source of pictures for citizens.
So, usually you have only four options that you can really count on: We can try to check whether your lady has a profile on one of Russian social network sites. Network sites are very popular in Russia and Ukraine, and many people include their photos in their profiles there but many don't!
This, however, is not a very reliable method of verification. First of all, your penpal may not even have a profile on any social network sites at all. Second of all, she may not post true authentic photos on her social network profile. Photos there could be purposefully misleading. Despite these drawbacks, the Interner research is the fastest and most hassle-free option. If your lady has a social network profile, we could obtain all the photos she posted there.
We recommend starting with this option and then looking at other possibilities. Usually it is done under some pretence that is used to call the needed person to the door for a brief conversation. Please note that this method is best for comparing the photos visually or for obtaining a verbal description of a person, but it is not a good method of obtaining a photo. It allows the investigators to obtain photos of a person, but it is a very expensive option, plus the quality of the photo may disappoint you.
Unlike what you see in movies, the quality of surveillance photos is USUALLY very poor, due to distance, camera resolution and the speed at which the camera can focus on a moving subject, not to mention the lighting and weather conditions. Good quality photos are relatively hard to obtain. A florist with a bouquet of flowers could visit the apartment, present the flowers to the recipient, and ask the recipient to allow him to make a picture of the delivery process.
If the recipient agrees, a couple of photos of the recipient with the flowers are made. If the recipient declines the request, then, unfortunately, the florist would have to honor that refusal. We used to offer flower delivery services on www. The rest of the time the addressee did not show up for the meeting.
Eventually, we cancelled this option to avoid enless back-and-forth with florists and refunds. How can I found out who the person is in the pictures that I have been receiving? If you have a picture of a supposedly Russian or Ukrainian citizen and you would like to find out whom it belongs to, then there are two possibilities that we could check: If so, we could establish that using the picture verification methods listed above 2 the pictures do not match that person.
In that case, the only option that we know about is to use the Online Photo Search to see if the pictures source can be found online. Unfortunately, there is no database of photos of citizens of Russia and Ukraine, so most of the time it is impossible for the investigators to find a person by using his or her picture.
If the pictures match the real person, then she is not a scammer? There are several types of dating scam that never use false pictures see section below. Even in the travel scams, some scammers specialize in using real pictures. So, it is never safe to assume that a person is genuine, even if you met this person face-to-face. Unless you can read this person's mind, you do not know who is genuine and who is a pretendor.
Do the scammers use their own pictures? It depends on the scam. Scammers usually have 3 options as far as acquiring pictures: