It's time to play a game, are you ready to Play?
A place? I am the same. I don't change day to Day.

Do you know who I am, managed by Registries?
Even if I'm used to scam, your identity they Seize.

Someone who knows me may be able to change what I am, even when you cannot.

What am I?

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    But the dynamic ones change every day? Maybe you've only had more expensive plans or live in less populated areas. Where I'm from it's a premium service for extra monthly pay to have it never change day to day. Kinda flaws the riddle a little. – user1306322 Aug 10 at 19:41
  • Most people keep static, which is why I included the last line. Or at least, as far as I know in the USA, most people keep static. I should have done more research on this one. sorry – Joe-You-Know Aug 10 at 19:43
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Well, you've already told us:

IP ADDRESS

It's time to play a game, are you ready to Play?
A place? I am the same. I don't change day to Day.

IPs are constant and stay to your location

Do you know who I am, managed by Registries?
Even if I'm used to scam, your identity they Seize.

They're managed by registries, and are crucial for identity theft

Someone who knows me may be able to change what I am, even when you cannot.

Those who are experienced with IPs can certainly do a lot of damage

But most importantly

The first and last letter of each sentence spell out an acrostic: IP ADDRESS

And as for the title

Everyone viewing this must have an IP

  • Oh i think you are right. Nice catch with that acrostic – Cubemaster Aug 10 at 14:43
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    I think El-Guest barely beat you to the answer, but great job. – Joe-You-Know Aug 10 at 14:45
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    @Joe-You-Know Actually, the timestamp shows Simon ahead by 4 seconds (14:41:37Z to 14:41:41Z). You can mouse over the "answered x minutes ago" to see the timestamp. – hagfy Aug 10 at 14:48
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    @hagfy, Thanks! El-Guest answers a lot of my questions anyway. I'll give you the accepted answer Simon. – Joe-You-Know Aug 10 at 14:50
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    @Simon close race! Great answer :) – El-Guest Aug 10 at 14:54

Are you

an IP address?

It's time to play a game, are you ready to Play? A place? I am the same. I don't change day to Day.

Your IP address doesn't change day to day

Do you know who I am, managed by Registries? Even if I'm used to scam, your identity they Seize.

It is managed by a central registry, and hackers mimicking your IP address can steal your online identity

Someone who knows me may be able to change what I am, even when you cannot.

Computer people and registry officials might be able to change IP addresses, even if we can't

The title

refers to the fact that everyone with a computer has an IP address

The secret hint

every capital letter at the beginning and ending of lines spells IP ADDRESS

  • This would work, but you can change your ip address yourself. – Cubemaster Aug 10 at 14:42
  • That's it. By the way, you can find the answer in the puzzle. I wouldn't call it acrostic, but see if you can find it! – Joe-You-Know Aug 10 at 14:42
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    IP Address as each capital letter in the poem spells it out. – Chad Aug 10 at 18:21
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    But my DHCP lease is only a few hours. – ctrl-alt-delor Aug 10 at 18:31

Could you be a :

Social Security Number?

A place? I am the same. I don't change day to Day.

Not sure about the "Place", but SSN does not change (usually)

Do you know who I am, managed by Registries?

The Registry of Motor Vehicles, or something by that name depending on where you live, needs your SSN to give you a license.

Even if I'm used to scam, your identity they Seize.

Identity theft goes hand in hand with SSN

Someone who knows me may be able to change what I am, even when you cannot.

If your identity is stolen, you can get your SSN changed, but you cannot change it yourself.

  • It's not this, but this is a great guess. – Joe-You-Know Aug 10 at 14:42
  • Why should everyone who sees this puzzle have at least one social security number? – GoodDeeds Aug 10 at 15:09
  • Okay, perhaps not strictly a SSN, but some National Identification Number. – Cubemaster Aug 10 at 15:15
  • This was my guess too. You beat me to it. – chevybow Aug 10 at 18:21

IP Address as each capital letter in the poem spells it out.

  • Welcome to Puzzling.SE! When answering questions, please ensure to use spoiler tags >! in order to hide your answer. Also, please check in future to ensure you're not duplicating previous answers (as both myself and Simon answered this question correctly three hours ago). – El-Guest Aug 10 at 18:23
  • Aw man, nice one! I kept looking up things for rot13(CQEF), but ignored the rot13(svefg yrggref bs rnpu yvar)! – elarr Aug 10 at 19:24

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