Why do people have to send found "lost" passports back to the passport office?

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Found 22nd Feb 2008
I lost mine and then sent off for a new one then my old one was handed in so now I have it and the guy placed great emphasis on returning it, id rather just burn it here myself personally then risk sending it away, I mean what do they even do with them or why would they need them.....crazy

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black market i suppose

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yeah but if a passport is reported lost they have no way of knowing if the original is ever found, either way in my experience I think I would rather destroy it myself then count on them

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Proximo;1618578

yeah but if a passport is reported lost they have no way of knowing if … yeah but if a passport is reported lost they have no way of knowing if the original is ever found, either way in my experience I think I would rather destroy it myself then count on them



destroy it then:?

Proximo;1618578

yeah but if a passport is reported lost they have no way of knowing if … yeah but if a passport is reported lost they have no way of knowing if the original is ever found, either way in my experience I think I would rather destroy it myself then count on them



I think they'll do something their end, and then send it back to you with one of the corners cut?

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sassie;1618587

destroy it then:?


oh make no mistake about that...I will...... http://almightylol.org/images/smilies/planned.gif


was just wondering they they wanted it.....like it matters
hodsey77;1618589

I think they'll do something their end, and then send it back to you with … I think they'll do something their end, and then send it back to you with one of the corners cut?


interesting......but yeah I think i might take the matter into my own hands and shred it

keep it as a spare i have three all still valid and yes all they do is cut the corners and return it unless it (AHEM accidently ) gets lost in the post and then some bloke called gustav becomes you and you end up with a 20k debt on your head without even knowing it

no offence to all the legit and nicely normal guys called gustav who would never use a stolen passport...

Source. Home Office

For security purposes, before posting it, please cut off the top right … For security purposes, before posting it, please cut off the top right hand corner of the passport in order to physically cancel it. When we get the passport we will either cancel it and dispose of it safely on your behalf or cancel it and return it to you. Please let us know which you would prefer. If no preference is indicated IPS will dispose of the passport upon receipt

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They ask for the old passport so that they can confirm that it's been destroyed, rather than just having your word that it has.
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