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How can I report pump and dump scams?

I recently received a mass-mailing purporting to be a free introductory issue of an investment magazine, but consisting of hyperbolic, untrammeled promotion of a penny stock. In other words, it ticked ...
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My sister borrowed money on a home thats not hers, how can I protect the home?

After the death of my sister, my mother finds out she had taken a mortgage out on mom's home. The deed and taxes are only in mom's name. The bank came out taking pictures yesterday. Mom is 72 ...
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How to protect yourself from fraud when selling on eBay UK

I have my Mid-2013 MacBook Air up for sale on eBay, and have already had to go through resolution processes after previous auctions were won by obvious scammers (fake PayPal emails, etc.) What I want ...
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Avoid Paying COBRA Premiums When Unused

I would like to avoid paying for Cobra insurance for a month between jobs if I do not use the insurance. It would not be a lapse in coverage for preexisting condition purposes. Basically for the ...
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How a company in India can misuse my PAN number and its scanned copy that I provided as an interview candidate?

Two companies in Bangalore and Pune (India) asked me to send PAN number (government ID number used as ID for income tax return and transaction, like social security number in the US) and scanned soft ...
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What are online payment options with no chargeback protection?

What exactly are chargebacks and chargeback fraud? Is it a complaint about not receiving the product, or is it about the customer saying that he did not authorize the payment? If I understand ...
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What happens if I have to return something that I purchased with a credit card that is now canceled?

I bought a few things on Amazon.com that I need to return. However, the card I used was just canceled because of fraud/unauthorized use of the account (apparently a copy of it was made). What will ...
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$1147.99 lost on Entropay.com

I wanted to buy a laptop from http ://shop. lenovo .com but it turned out they were not accepting my card, so I went on to the website http ://ww w. entropay .com. This website, as it mentions, ...
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Gift card fraud: To whom to report? How to recover funds? Is the party which issued me the card liable?

In September 2011, I redeemed credit card points I had with Citibank for a $100 Walmart gift card. I did not try using this card until March 2014, when I discovered there was no balance in it. I ...
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Is it safe to give someone the following information?

An organization outside of the USA (I'm in the USA) is going to wire money into my bank account and has asked for the following information: Bank Name Bank Address Bank City/State Bank Zipcode Bank ...
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What can a customer do to reduce damage from a data breach?

A larger retailer admitted recently that hackers were able to steal credit and debit card data for about 40 million customers. Reports say that names, payment card numbers, expiration dates and ...
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Dealing with fraudulent criminal records resulting from identity theft

What should a victim know about criminal identity theft, where someone is arrested under your identity, and the best way to deal with it? I'm wondering if there is some standard way to find out, or ...
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How important are records of fraudulent applications?

How important is it to try to get copies of the fraudulent applications/materials used by the thieves? This appears to be a consumer right according to the FTC, but the companies seem not to want to ...
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Any reason to be cautious of giving personal info to corporate fraud departments?

Given that someone is a victim of identity theft, I'm wondering if fraud departments of companies where identity thefts occurred should still be considered totally trustworthy, as in send them what ...
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Stock buyer and seller information, and abuse of anonymous markets?

Is it possible to know who offered/offers and who bought stock? If not, what prevents a group of people to buy and sell stocks between them to "fake" interest in that stock and pump up the price?
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Why I can't view my debit card pre-authorized amounts?

I have a Mastercard debit card. When I pay an amount of money, I can see (with more or less delay) how much I've paid, when, in favor of who, etc. Now the question is: why I can't see the ...
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How did a fradulent charge get on my credit card?

I stopped by Subway to pick up dinner. I get a text from my bank while the guy is making my sandwich, "Did you just charge $117.38 at a Kroger in Ohio?". I responded to the text "no". By the time my ...
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How are brokerage accounts protected from theft, computer glitches and fraud?

I'm thinking about investing in stocks, but I'm worried about losing my investments for reasons unrelated to changes in the market. I know that brokerage accounts are not FDIC-insured. What if a ...
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Is Tradeking collecting too much information when I open an Roth IRA?

I recently signed up with Tradeking a Roth IRA account. During registration, I entered my home address DOB and SSN. I was ok with it. But then Tradeking started sending me emails (1) the first one ...
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Account with NatWest compromised. Will I get a refund?

Someone from Cambodia has managed to withdraw over £500 from my account about 36 hours ago. I just found out now and been on the phone to Natwest fraud team. They say they will get back to me within 5 ...
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How to create a college savings account for a kid without his mom being able to tap into it?

I am divorced with 2 kids. My mom wants to setup a college savings account of some type for my older kid. Last time she did this, she used my kid's SSN and deposited some money. I do not know what ...
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What's my risk of buying a house for a friend and sell back to him?

I'm in a situation and need some advice. A friend of mine is in the middle of Chapter 11. He asked me to help to buy his house and in a few months sell back to him, so he can force the bank to lower ...
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Fraudulent Options, and Losing Money

In Batman The Dark Knight Rises, Bruce Wayne's account gets drained by fraudulent option buys that expire quickly. Is it possible for fraudulent options to be reversed?
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Is there such thing as a Checking account requiring pre-approval / white-list?

Since account numbers are re-useable for fraudulent transactions, anyone you write a check to has the opportunity to print their own check with your account number on it. One way to help reduce the ...
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A merchant requests that checks be made out to “Cash”. Should I be suspicious?

My barber accepts only cash or checks made out to "Cash". Is there a likely legitimate reason she might want the checks made out to "Cash"? Or am I helping her hide her revenue from the IRS?
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Legitimate unclaimed property that doesn't appear in any state directory?

I received a letter from 'Legal Claimant Services', a division of Keane claiming that my recently-deceased father has some assets in a Georgia bank. Of course, for a fee, they would help me recover ...
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Cashing a fishy cheque addressed to someone else

I agreed to cash a cheque for someone I don't really know. In hindsight, this was very stupid, but now I need to figure out how best to get out of this situation. We both endorsed the cheque, it ...
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How can I determine if a debt consolidation offer is real or a scam?

A friend of mine recently attempted to go though debt consolidation. He received a phone call and was offered really good terms to consolidate his current debts. A promise was made that the company ...
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contact information for Experian fraud

Someone managed to get my credit card # and ordered a credit card report from Experian. I've called the credit card company + have a new card with a different number on the way, but I need to talk to ...
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Do “safety cheques” really provide added security and reduce fraud?

I came across an article/advertorial, in print, describing the virtues of safety cheques. Safety cheques are purported to be a good tool for fighting cheque fraud. The features of the cheques ...
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Someone has my check: any risks?

Some time ago I found a room to rent in another city (via Craigslist). I talked with the lady renting out the room on the phone and after we made a deal I sent her a half of the month rent ($375). Not ...
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I unknowingly bought pirated software and now the original developer wants to offer me a deal. Should I go for it?

I've bought software from a vendor for $299. It turned out that the vendor had no right to sell this software - he essentially bought a single license from the original developer, setup a website ...
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What is a good way to keep track of your credit card transactions, to reduce likelihood of fraud?

I hear of scams where people take your credit card number and then just occasionally take out $20 here and there. On your statement it'll just look like something innocent to make it look like a trip ...
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How do I freeze my credit?

If freezing your credit is a better way to protect your identity and the associated credit that goes along with it, how do I freeze my credit?
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Is transferring money in multiple small transactions dangerous?

I've got a transfer limit of 1k on my account at a bank. At one point in time, I wanted to transfer a larger sum (upper 4 digit range) from this account to another account at a different bank. To work ...
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Can't the account information on my checks be easily used for fraud?

My Bank of America checks contain my routing & account number, which I've used in the past to make purchases online, among other things. Anyone whom I pay with a check has this information. It ...
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Am I liable for ATM skimming? (Bank of America claims $0 fraud liability)

I've been reading that ATM skimming is a fast-growing and lucrative crime and consumers should be very careful. Normally I think the customer is limited to $50 liability if they report in 2 days, and ...
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What strategies could be employed so as to avoid identity theft and credit card frauds?

Other than getting a credit card with a minimal limit and using it exclusively for online purchases, what other strategies could be employed so as to avoid identity theft and credit card frauds?
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Could my insurance company be giving my healthcare providers kickbacks?

This may seems like a far-fetched conspiracy theory, but this has happened to me twice now... Scenario goes like this: My insurance policy covers X but not Y (or X has a lower deductible than Y). I ...
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Need advice recovering money lost due to credit card fraud! Bank wont help!

I was recently the victim of credit card fraud. My number and some of my info was compromised and subsequently used to run up about $500 worth of online charges within a week's time. This was on my ...
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Is there a website that lists the latest financial scams, similar to Snopes.com for urban legends?

It strikes me that if we, as a worldwide or nationwide community had a repository into which we could list our negative experiences or fraud, we could alert others in advance of them themselves ...
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What should I be doing to protect myself from identity theft?

You see ads all over the place for services that purport to protect you from identity theft, but my gut tells me that most of these are at best marginally effective and at worst outright scams. Are ...
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What are the most common types of financial scams to look out for, as an individual investor?

We've probably all heard of the Ponzi Scheme, made famous first by Charles Ponzi and most recently by Bernie Madoff: In March 2009, Madoff pleaded guilty to 11 felonies and admitted to turning ...