How do I know if someone’s picture is really them?

kmcd November 21, 2014
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How do I find out if a person is really the same person in a picture they showed me?

The person I’m talking about states that he is a United States Marine and can not use web cam.

I have verified that his mobile phone is in the location that he told me overseas.

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  1. Mark
    November 21, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    Another good think to remember in this situation, Even if the image search agrees with the information he has given you, You still have to go with your gut without any other verification because he could be using someone else's information. When we were house searching, there was an ad on craigslist using this old couples house and information, but asking for rent and security deposit to be sent to their "Vacation home" in florida. We stopped at their physical house and as soon as we mentioned craigslist for rent their immediate reaction was "Not again!". So, Online scammers are abundant and they will use other's information to their advantage, you just have to remain vigilant and if something sounds fishy just get out.

  2. Oron J
    November 21, 2014 at 9:00 am

    As others have said, you can do image searches, but it only goes so far.

    Start by doing a reverse image search on the image you were sent. If the results coroborate what you were told, that's fairly good evidence (though not absolutely conclusive). If the result shows you different details, you know you're being conned. If you can't find the image, you remain in the dark.

    Next, you could search for the person by name and look them up both in the ordinary search & image search. Bear in mind that many people may share the same name! Still, if you find "your" guy, it can help to coroborate their identity.

    In the end though, nothing will guarantee that the person has sent you their picture, and even if they had, it could be photoshopped out of all recognition. Proceed with great caution!

  3. ha14
    November 21, 2014 at 8:00 am

    3 Smart Visual Search Engines To Find The Images You Want
    http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/3-smart-visual-search-engines-find-images/

  4. Matt
    November 21, 2014 at 4:02 am

    You should try a Google image search since that will likely handle most instances of fake photos

  5. Andrew
    November 21, 2014 at 3:48 am

    You cannot. Just because the mobile phone is in the country which he states it is does not mean that the picture belongs to the owner. You really need to follow your gut instincts with this kind of thing (and never send money to anyone that you have never met, especially if they want it sent via Western Union).
    You could always do a image search using the photo he gave you to see if it brings up any red flags though (https://images.google.com/imghp?hl=en&gws_rd=ssl) and you could always contact the Marine Corp and see if you can get in contact with him via another means (e.g. via their phone system) to verify that it is him that you are talking to.