I know this kind of story.....

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Posted by Stefan Beck on October 30, 1996 at 05:56:44:

In Reply to: POLICE in the internet - no news, just an insert to this RS posted by rainer ganahl on October 19, 1996 at 12:45:21:

Dear Rainer, this is very nice story. This could have
happened to me - but the other way round. Did I
tell you the story how the police caught me in
Tokyo at 3AM in the morning and accused me of
driving a stolen bicycle??
You will agree that the answer: This bicycle belongs
to a friend of mine is not a very good excuse if
have little information about this friend because
all you knew about him was contracted via email.
So, a "email-friend" is no real body for the police.
There is normally no last name, because you write
to his acronymous account, and there is no "adress" because
the email-account can be everywhere.
If the Tokyo Polive didnt believe me that I had his
"real" phone-number at my hotel at Shinjuku, and I
was really lucky that I made a copy of it the evening
before, I would have been in the same situation
that I had to "track" him down via his email-account
- in order to prove that I was not riding a stolen
The lesson? You can use "real" things, but they belong
only to "virtual" persons. Next time "viruatl" police
can give you "real" punishment?!?

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