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    Aus Embassy and Son's Passport Stuffup.

    I was in China recently and applied for my son's passport through the Australian Consul General in Guangzhou (where he was born).

    After the usual procedures and protocol and form filling where we had to provide original marriage certificates,child's birth certificate,my passport,hubby's Chinese ID,my HK ID,child's Citizenship by Descent Certificate,verified photos of our son all seemed to be going well and waited for the 10 day period when we could pick it up.

    THEN...bloody hell,my husband received an e-mail (as we BOTH had to give e-mails for contact) that our son's pics were not acceptable as they couldn't contact the guarantor (this person has to sign the back of the pics 'This is a true photo of .....sign,ph number)

    This is fine,the guarantor was in Aus at the time but what Canberra did (where the passport went) was to SCAN all the documents and send them via e-mail with our son's picture,all details to my husbands e-mail and NOT MY E-MAIL as they got my e-mail WRONG.I have a - in my email and they omitted it so it went where??? There are a thousand Momo's well,Monicas in this world.

    To say I am upset about all our confidential private information going to this address is an understatement.All those scanned copies of all our information INCLUDING our application with our address etc.

    I sent the Guangzhou CG an e-mail demanding an explanation so far (two days later) nothing.I faxed Oz passport office and nothing still.What am I supposed to do now? When I applied for our son's passport I had to PROVE I was the mother,not adopting or stealing this child and they contacted all the doctors at the hospital where I gave birth to confirm this.

    Now this.What should I do?

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    probably nothing much.

    chances are the email went nowhere. If by chance most people are gonna see a large attachement in their email from an unknown sender, and just delete it anyway.

    What can you do? not much methinks.

    though I understand you being upset neverthelesss.

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    I can't accept that KingWilly.

    This a a child's scanned passport AND all our details.For any nutcase to copy or use,that's my worry.You hear of ID theft and internet crime and I don't think I am over reacting.If this passport was used in a crime or someone broke into our home you just don't know.My son is just a baby.

    HK will issue me a new ID number and they reported it as 'stolen' and no luck from Oz embassy here,it is Guangzhou's problem and Canberra's problem.

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    Last night I was in a go-go and I bought one bird a lady drink. She kept rambling on about some mystrious e-mail she had received from the Australian government. Said it had all kinds of personal info about a couple of folks and even had a picture of a cuite kid.

    Her "name" was Monica and she said she would give me the same treatment the famous Monica gave to ol' Bill. Needless to say after that there was very little discussion about the e-mail. She changed into her "street wear" and you guessed it she had on a blue dress.

    In any case I doubt she will do anything with the personal info in the e-mail - I told her to simply delete it.

    On a more serious note - this is a crapper for you momo, and all the hassel of chaging all these documents to prevent possible future issues.
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    Why don't you email the address without the '-' and find out who if anybody is there. It might even bounce if the address does not exist. If it doesn't bounce then chances are they are not malicious. Still not acceptable response from the embassy and you can follow that up but at least it might put your mind at rest (unless they do turn out to be malicious nutters!).

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    I think KW's right. The chances of it going to someone who would actually use it are minute.

    The most likely are:

    It's gone nowhere, there's no such email addy

    The person who receives it will delete it, either as none of their business or thinking it a scam or containing a virus.

    The person receiving it will realise what it is & send it back saying it was sent to them by mistake.

    Good luck & try not to worry. I'm sure it won't fall into the hands of someone who would use it to their advantage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bugs View Post
    Last night I was in a go-go and I bought one bird a lady drink. She kept rambling on about some mystrious e-mail she had received from the Australian government. Said it had all kinds of personal info about a couple of folks and even had a picture of a cuite kid.

    Her "name" was Monica and she said she would give me the same treatment the famous Monica gave to ol' Bill. Needless to say after that there was very little discussion about the e-mail. She changed into her "street wear" and you guessed it she had on a blue dress.

    In any case I doubt she will do anything with the personal info in the e-mail - I told her to simply delete it.

    On a more serious note - this is a crapper for you momo, and all the hassel of chaging all these documents to prevent possible future issues.
    You are a fu***g idiot aren't you,if it was your child and your personal scanned copies you would not be such a fool.I asked what and how would you follow it up as the HK Immigration are issuing me a new ID number,and my son can't leave China until this is sorted out as China Immigration won't let him out.Going nutz

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    Quote Originally Posted by Looper View Post
    Why don't you email the address without the '-' and find out who if anybody is there. It might even bounce if the address does not exist. If it doesn't bounce then chances are they are not malicious. Still not acceptable response from the embassy and you can follow that up but at least it might put your mind at rest (unless they do turn out to be malicious nutters!).
    I did and it didn't bounce.I should have used my company e-mail not personal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by November Rain View Post
    I think KW's right. The chances of it going to someone who would actually use it are minute.

    The most likely are:

    It's gone nowhere, there's no such email addy

    The person who receives it will delete it, either as none of their business or thinking it a scam or containing a virus.

    The person receiving it will realise what it is & send it back saying it was sent to them by mistake.

    Good luck & try not to worry. I'm sure it won't fall into the hands of someone who would use it to their advantage.
    I know you believe in the good of every one Rain,but just upset.

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    Quote Originally Posted by momo8 View Post
    You are a fu***g idiot aren't you,if it was your child and your personal scanned copies you would not be such a fool.
    Plenty of folks out there that would agree - regardless of my previous post. Certainly can understand your angst considering the delay this has caused in getting your son out of China.

    Quote Originally Posted by mom8 View Post
    I asked what and how would you follow it up as the HK Immigration are issuing me a new ID number, and my son can't leave China until this is sorted out as China Immigration won't let him out. Going butz
    If it were me in all likely hood I would do very little about the e-mail, with the exception of doing what needs to be done to get me son a passport. As I feel the chances are slim that it would end up on the hands of someone that would use it in some fashion that would end up hurting me. To be on the safe side you could go about replacing all of the forms of ID that were included in the e-mail.

    Even if you get lucky and you do get a reply to the e-mail you sent to the address how much faith can you have in the response you get from the person on the other end?

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