ip address showing up as a usa address instead of one from overseas

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my friend says he's is in europe and he took his laptop with him, but when we went on skype to chat, i picked up his ip address that was coming from his city and state here in the usa. is that possible, or did he lie and he's not in europe?

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just to add to the question, the same ip address shows up every time i talk to him on skype and he’s the only person i know that lives in that city and state

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The simple answer is that there is no way for you to know. In a commonly recognized scenario that most people might recognize, consider the use of PCAnywhere or even basic Remote Desktop. Discussions of how ISPs assign addresses and how technologies such as used by Skype or IP phone services quickly make things far more complicated.

He could also be VPNed into his office here in the US in which the IP Address that Skype shows could be from his company in the US.

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  • Kevin Beaver
    Skype uses peer to peer networking to communicate so I'd think the call could originate from any IP. If you're concerned, have him go to www.whatismyip.com and tell you what it says.
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  • carlosdl
    I agree. There is no way to be sure. I could go to 'www.whatismyip.com' and have it show an ip-address from Africa, and 5 seconds after that, make it show an ip-address from Germany.
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  • Alittleconfused
    [...] Alittleconfused asks whether a friend is pulling their leg after a Skype video call shows their hometown IP address - when they’re supposed to be in Europe. MrDenny, TomLiotta, KevinBeaver and Carlosdl all say there’s no way to be [...]
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