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Kovaks Street Scam Forums • View topic - "Passport Control"
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"Passport Control"

PostPosted: Wed Sep 17, 2008 9:52 pm
by KOVAKS
Contributed by <Name witheld> on 8 October 2005:

I think I may have barely avoided problems based on Mrs. Hancock had to say about "Passport Control" guys. I was walking back from the Zoo to my hotel near Catalan Square, when a car pulled up and the man in the passenger seat asked if I spoke Spanish (which I don't). When I said I did not, he flashed some kind of white card (which I was too far away to read) and claimed to be from Passport Control. (Note, this was the middle of the afternoon, and there were some other people on the street, but not close enough to where I was for them to see or hear anything in detail)

There were three men in the car. Two well dressed in front, and one comparatively shaggy looking individual in back. The guy first asked (in accented English!!) if I was from Hungary. Why he would expect a Hungarian in Spain to respond to English queries, I don't know. I was extremely doubtful about these guys. Fortunately, there was a row of parked cars between the sidewalk and the street, and I never fully emerged from between them. The talker kept trying to draw me to the car, attempting to reassure me by repeating "Only Control" over and over. While he did get to touch my passport, fortunately it is one of the newest "tamper proof" variety, that has a direct-printed, rather than laminated, photo, otherwise I suspect I would have never seen it again. They asked a bunch of "obvious" questions, like did I have a gun, or illegal drugs, and how much money I had. (No, No, and Not much). I did not let my wallet out of my hands, though I did show him its relative emptiness from a "safe?" distance.

Once I got back to the hotel, I did a search, and found your site. Had I seen this before, I wouldn't even have started talking to them, but in the hopes of saving someone else some potential problems, I wanted to add my story to your collection.

Please do not include my full name or e-mail on your site, as these people did see my passport, and presumably my name.