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Reported defect, received refund, do not want to return item [on hold]

I reported to Graco that the lock down latch system was broken on the base of my car seat. This is the information that was given to me by my child's father. Graco issued me a refund and sent me a ...
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Challenged an apparently bogus credit card charge, what happens now?

Last month, I noticed a $15 charge from an apparently legitimate business that I had never heard of and never done business with. They sell data management software. I can't imagine what they would ...
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Tangerine's Android app asked me something about noting my location. What did it ask, and what did I agree to?

I live in Canada. I use Tangerine (formerly ING Direct). Tangerine is the "direct banking" division of Scotiabank. The upside of using Tangerine is that it charges no monthly fees. The downside is ...
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What is a good plan for checking credit score/report monthly?

I would like to monitor my credit score/report on a monthly basis (to make sure nobody is opening credit cards in my name or other fraudulent activities). I remember hearing that too many requests ...
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U.S. tax return fraud after I've already filed

I filed taxes for 2014 months back, got the return, and all was well. Then I got a series of tax return emails over the course of two days (in June 2015) from a different seemingly legit site ...
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Can I use prepaid cards to minimize damage of credit fraud

I'm interested in using prepaid cards as a way to minimize the damage that I might sustain if (for instance) a major retail company is hacked and my credit card information is stolen. Does the ...
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How to recover an inherited dormant account without paying a significant commission?

I settled my parents' estate in 2012. Now I am receiving records of a dormant account from Legal Claimant Services (Keane). They claim to have found $68,000 in a dormant account. I live in ...
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What do US banks look for while processing a check

I recently had two issues with banks & checks I deposited a check payable to my spouse & me in our joint account at the bank ATM. It was accepted, then rejected - missing endorsement. Turns ...
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To whom should I report fraud on both of my credit cards?

I have two credit cards with separate banks. In the last two weeks, I've had one fraudulent charge on each of them. Both fraudulent charges were from businesses in the same city, that is not where I ...
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Can I freeze my credit file with no credit history?

I recently received notice from a major company that my personal information (SSN, DOB, address, etc.) has been compromised. As such, I would like to put a freeze on my credit. However, I have no ...
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Credit card issued against my express refusal; What action can I take?

About a year ago, I walked into my local Wells Fargo branch, where I have several personal and business accounts. I had several transactions to take care of and I asked the banker to be quick because ...
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Sales tax “trick” while buying a used car; i.e. declaring sale at lower than actual transaction value?

I am selling my car and have found a potential buyer. After I transfer the vehicle ownership, the buyer will have to transfer the vehicle title to himself, and will also need to pay sales tax on the ...
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Is knowingly providing an incorrect/fake reference for a car loan fraud?

I'm not sure if this is the right area to ask this, so forgive me if I'm in the wrong place. My work recently hired a new employee, and she was looking for a new car. However, to get the car loan ...
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How do I protect my credit/debit cards from being stolen or scanned?

Until a few years ago my credit card number had only been stolen once, about 15 years ago. But in the last two years it has been stolen four times. The first recent time was a few years ago in Hawaii, ...
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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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I Lost $1000+ on EntroPay - How should I best pursue getting my money back?

I wanted to buy a laptop from Lenovo shop, but it turned out they were not accepting my card, so I went on to the EntroPay. This website, as it mentions, provides Virtual Credit Cards for online ...
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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 ...