Background: My friend is rep of a romance scam education and warning group on Facebook in Japanese language. She had visit from police, and the police officer asked her for help to identify the ROP. She is an author, counselor and appears on TV programs regarding to romance scams, and became quite famous in Japan for this kind of scams. Even police come and ask her question about romance scams. She asked me if I could help her on this.
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What local Police wants: They are investigating for a scam victim, and wants to identify the ROP and confirm that the person in photo has nothing to do with the scam. They even want to contact with Chaplain Kim in photo to talk and confirm that he had nothing to do with the scam, so that police will know that the calpit is impersonator.
My answer to my friend:
I told my friend that this ROP is not a public figure, so that we can not even find out the real identity of the person. In addition, the instagram account that is said to be the ROP's seems to be suspicious. The followers of the person are all Asian women (most likely scam victims including potentials). Most likely a fake account.
I suggested my friend to tell the police that the Japanese police can contact US army in Japan to support their investigation.Pictures and name stolen from the social media of the real Yuo Kim W.
In addition, if police officer's purpose is to prove that the person who has reported to them was really being scammed by scammers in overseas who is not really the person in photo, it should be sufficient to show the link of romacescam.com and some other antiscam sites with this Korean American Chaplain's photos being reported from different parts of the world from multiple people.
What I told her is right way to do or could have advised something better?