My foreign client requested me to send him a copy of my passport page


I am a business translator/interpreter in Hangzhou, China. A British client said that he is going to China and he will hire me as his interpreter when he is in China. He asked my bank information except the pin. After that he requested me to send him a copy of my passport page. Do you think this request is normal/acceptable? My previous clients never asked me for a copy of my passport page.

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asked Aug 19 '11 at 19:48
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  • What this have to do with OnStartups? – Ross 12 years ago
  • @Steven Please see my note below. You are being scammed. Don't provide any more information. And we would love to answer any questions you have about starting up your translation business. – Joseph Barisonzi 12 years ago
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  • @Huperniketes, we know well what type of questions Steven asks here. Maybe I am too suspicious, but it seems like he promotes again his translation business. – Ross 12 years ago
  • @Ross, isn't whether he's repeatedly promoting his business a matter for the meta site? and a matter entirely different from whether his question has applicability to other startups? – Huperniketes 12 years ago
  • My opinion is that his question is off-topic. – Ross 12 years ago

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A passport includes lots of information which, when combined with the banking information, could be very useful when trying to steal an identity. Some banks will ask for a copy of your passport page. Beware of people that ask for one thing, then just one more thing, and so on. I bet there will be another request for another piece of personal information. Do a web search on the person and email address.

answered Aug 19 '11 at 22:21
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I suspect the request is probably innocent so that they can see what you look like etc, though to be safe I would say yes and tell him you will be masking out certain items for security precautions (such as part of your DOB or passport number).

answered Aug 19 '11 at 21:48
Lloyd S
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  • He requested me for a picture of me before he requested me for a copy of my passport page. – Steven 12 years ago
  • +1 for blocking out passport ID, address, etc. – Tim J 12 years ago


Do not underestimate the power of reciprocity. If he asks for a copy of your passport, why don't you ask for HIS copy too?

If all he wants is a picture, you can send him a picture instead of your passport. Do you know who your client is? Do you have good references about him?

answered Aug 19 '11 at 22:15
A. Garcia
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  • No, I didn't know who my client was. I had no good references about him. – Steven 12 years ago
  • He already got a picture of me before he requested me for a copy of my passport page. – Steven 12 years ago
  • Never heard of that practice before. Does he also have your banking details? – A. Garcia 12 years ago
  • Yes, I gave him my banking details. – Steven 12 years ago

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