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February 08, 2018, 10:26:43 PM
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Hi guys, as many of you already know, many ICOs are asking for passport verification. Is it safe to give pictures of your passport to groups we don't even know well, I mean there is something called passport misuse and identity theft or even using you passport for loans! It is concerning.
Of course it is not safe, many icos are scams, and I would not be surprised if they are using the new regulation regarding these policies and are going to take advantage of it and sell those documents in the future, if an ico ask for those documents look for another coin, it is that simple, do not tolerate this behavior and if you still want to invest in the coin wait after the ico and buy the tokens from other people that way you do not have to give your documents to anyone.
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February 08, 2018, 11:58:56 PM
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It has been one of the condition for purchasing ICO, most of the ICO now are heavy regulated, so it has becone requirements to buy ICO, I dont feel safe to hand over my identity to unknown site, but now most of exchanges now also require kyc documents, so if you still want to stay in crypto world, one day you will also need to hand over your identity

I get that it is a part of KYC policy or requirements however the passport contains information which may be potentially used for scams or identity theft. It's nice that valid identification is not made a requirement to invest in ICOs however there should be safeguards to give some protection for the investors as well. We can't impose this since you have the liberty anyway to back out or choose not to invest in that certain ICO if you are not willing to share your passport information, the risk will be in your own hands anyway.
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February 09, 2018, 07:21:52 PM
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I think these are the good steps being taken in order to secure investor, We must take this as positive and I think there is no  harm if we provide docs like passport, identity cards for verification.
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I agree.  If you really want to be assured you are not being scammed, this is what the landscape will look like for ICO very soon.  Likely to be more requirements and identifications not just a passport. 

In my opinion, this is what you want.  The ability to steal your identity requires more than just your passport information or driver license information.  Is this is a start? Yes.  But no financial institution or credit company will take just the photo of you passport and extend you a line of credit.  You have to provide much more than only this. 

What you want to do is look for an ICO with a strong security advisor in place.  Someone who has experience in Government Security or Tech/Network Security.  Anyone with security experience will tell you (even if they do not have a strong TECH Security Background) that segregation and compartmentalization is essential to protecting information.  Especially coupled with encryption.  So find the ICO that takes this stuff seriously and your personal information should be well protected. 
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February 10, 2018, 02:51:34 PM
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yes,it is safe,it is neccesary for ico,they can be know custumor,and if you are citizen of some country then ban,you can ppl ico of them
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February 11, 2018, 03:17:17 PM
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It has been one of the condition for purchasing ICO, most of the ICO now are heavy regulated, so it has becone requirements to buy ICO, I dont feel safe to hand over my identity to unknown site, but now most of exchanges now also require kyc documents, so if you still want to stay in crypto world, one day you will also need to hand over your identity

I get that it is a part of KYC policy or requirements however the passport contains information which may be potentially used for scams or identity theft. It's nice that valid identification is not made a requirement to invest in ICOs however there should be safeguards to give some protection for the investors as well. We can't impose this since you have the liberty anyway to back out or choose not to invest in that certain ICO if you are not willing to share your passport information, the risk will be in your own hands anyway.
Its your own choice if you would take the risk or not if you do find out that its really worth to invest on that certain ICO then its your choice as long you do know the risk about on the document that you have given into them. Its not really totally safe when you do give any information on this online world anyone can steal it and use it on other purposes which would really put you in trouble.


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February 11, 2018, 03:21:05 PM
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Before you send out your passport or any Id's to a complete stranger on the internet. ask them first to send you their passport or show their true identity.  KYC process should begin with the owners. Ask them to post their Passport publicly.

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February 11, 2018, 09:41:29 PM
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I have never seen a passport registration request.but I would certainly not share my information, I think it's too risky..
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February 11, 2018, 10:38:00 PM
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It has been one of the condition for purchasing ICO, most of the ICO now are heavy regulated, so it has becone requirements to buy ICO, I dont feel safe to hand over my identity to unknown site, but now most of exchanges now also require kyc documents, so if you still want to stay in crypto world, one day you will also need to hand over your identity

I get that it is a part of KYC policy or requirements however the passport contains information which may be potentially used for scams or identity theft. It's nice that valid identification is not made a requirement to invest in ICOs however there should be safeguards to give some protection for the investors as well. We can't impose this since you have the liberty anyway to back out or choose not to invest in that certain ICO if you are not willing to share your passport information, the risk will be in your own hands anyway.
Its your own choice if you would take the risk or not if you do find out that its really worth to invest on that certain ICO then its your choice as long you do know the risk about on the document that you have given into them. Its not really totally safe when you do give any information on this online world anyone can steal it and use it on other purposes which would really put you in trouble.
I would rather find another good ICO than compromising my identity to any strangers in the internet even if they say it's part of the KYC policy because the government told them. Never ever expose your identity to any strangers over the internet, you will never know if you have been sold already at the black market or someone would be using your identity already by copying all of your information.



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February 12, 2018, 02:39:12 AM
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Hi guys, as many of you already know, many ICOs are asking for passport verification. Is it safe to give pictures of your passport to groups we don't even know well, I mean there is something called passport misuse and identity theft or even using you passport for loans! It is concerning.
Maybe it is safe. If there is an agreement for the document they going to ask so that we have proof in this terms of conditions that this is a legal project. Better to know the projects before you fill or pass about your identity to the project. So better research about the project and joined if this is a legal.
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February 13, 2018, 02:40:02 PM
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if you are not sure about the ico then dont give your identity. some ico required passport copy as one of the KYC requirements. if you are doubtfull of giving a copy of your identity you have the right to live and find another ico which is not strickly required your real identity.

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Of course not. Some hire photoshop experts for that so good luck.
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February 15, 2018, 05:45:33 PM
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It has been one of the condition for purchasing ICO, most of the ICO now are heavy regulated, so it has becone requirements to buy ICO, I dont feel safe to hand over my identity to unknown site, but now most of exchanges now also require kyc documents, so if you still want to stay in crypto world, one day you will also need to hand over your identity

I get that it is a part of KYC policy or requirements however the passport contains information which may be potentially used for scams or identity theft. It's nice that valid identification is not made a requirement to invest in ICOs however there should be safeguards to give some protection for the investors as well. We can't impose this since you have the liberty anyway to back out or choose not to invest in that certain ICO if you are not willing to share your passport information, the risk will be in your own hands anyway.
Its your own choice if you would take the risk or not if you do find out that its really worth to invest on that certain ICO then its your choice as long you do know the risk about on the document that you have given into them. Its not really totally safe when you do give any information on this online world anyone can steal it and use it on other purposes which would really put you in trouble.
I would rather find another good ICO than compromising my identity to any strangers in the internet even if they say it's part of the KYC policy because the government told them. Never ever expose your identity to any strangers over the internet, you will never know if you have been sold already at the black market or someone would be using your identity already by copying all of your information.
Even myself will definitely pass into this ico and will proceed into another one and I have been doing this for years already on joining up ico and as I have observe to those past projects that is to strict in KYC policy haven't any progress as of now for most of them which I do considered as failure. People doesn't really like on having too strict compliance specially on exposing their identity to someone.



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February 17, 2018, 02:40:16 PM
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I don´t think it is safe. I´m sure there are some ICO´s, or there will be, that are going to abuse this info in some way. They can take loans on those documents, forge fake passports / ID´s or sell them to whoever is interested.
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February 17, 2018, 02:57:56 PM
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Hi guys, as many of you already know, many ICOs are asking for passport verification. Is it safe to give pictures of your passport to groups we don't even know well, I mean there is something called passport misuse and identity theft or even using you passport for loans! It is concerning.

I disagree with the passport just to complete the KYC process of an ICO. I mean that is you, your personal information that that must be private and you would just give it to a stranger's website just to buy his tokens? It was insane. That information can be used on illegal activities specially fraud. Stay safe, if you think that that website won't harm you and the team was great or better you know them really well, then you can go but stay safe.

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February 17, 2018, 05:04:13 PM
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I found quite interesting service called ICOSID.

They say that you could apply there for all KYC procedures only once and then be able to participate at many ICOs without the further KYC-related steps.
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February 20, 2018, 08:03:42 AM
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No, it is not safe. You are applicable to psyching which definetly works according to recent scams. They could register us on some websites etc. but I do not believe that could hurt financially. If you are an important person who has to cover his resume you could probably contact me to help you in the investing processes.

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February 20, 2018, 08:12:44 AM
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When I'm will make ICO, also think about to ask passport for verification Roll Eyes
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February 23, 2018, 08:27:12 PM
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Was excited for the project until this KYC bullshit.I'm not against KYC,but they want us to contribute first and then KYC.If we fail KYC tokens get locked up and we aren't refunded.That's bullshit and the opposite of trustless smart contracts.This ICO removed everything that made ICOs gain traction.
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February 23, 2018, 08:50:35 PM
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Of course, such procedures are unsafe, you provide personal information to unknown persons. I think in the near future there will be safe mechanisms for such procedures.
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February 24, 2018, 08:39:18 AM
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Before you send out your passport or any Id's to a complete stranger on the internet. ask them first to send you their passport or show their true identity.  KYC process should begin with the owners. Ask them to post their Passport publicly.

I don’t think they will do that but for me if they ask too much information that can be a scam so you better stay away from that. Don’t be greedy when participating on any ICO always protect your personal information so you will not suffer later on, look for good ICO instead.
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