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Why does the introduction of chip & pin appear to be so controversial in the United States?

The past few weeks there have been many news articles about the introduction of chip & pin in the United States; most of these articles are against it and citing such 'issues' as: "Some people ...
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Is it safe to give out one's bank account number?

I am managing the utility of the house I am sharing with another person. He asks me to provide my bank account number, so that he can transfer his money to my account when paying the utility. I ...
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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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How safe is a checking account?

I'm 19, and I've been working since high-school. I still live with my parents. All of my money is in a checking account and I often use my Visa card for my purchases. My question is, how safe am I ...
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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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Robocall claiming to be IRS saying they are about to sue - Is it legit?

We got a recorded call with a message claiming to be from the IRS. It said they were giving final notice and preparing to file a lawsuit against us. In our case, the message went to voicemail so the ...
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Need advice recovering money lost due to debit 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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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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Why don't banks allow more control over credit/debit card charges?

Why don't most banks have a system where, when you charge something on your credit or debit card, you then have to log into the bank and approve the transfer of funds? Alternatively, why don't they ...
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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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Recourse with Credit Card company after victimized by fraud?

I signed up for a service that was advertised as "$200 per month." I didn't know the company was under investigation by my state's Attorney General for fraud and questionable business practices. ...
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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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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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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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Disputing charge made with chip card

Last month we saw a charge from our local Best Buy store on our Bank of America credit card statement. We had never been to Best Buy in years, and I can't remember when or if I've bought anything ...
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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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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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Most common types of financial scams an individual investor should beware of?

We've probably all heard of the Ponzi Scheme, made famous first by Charles Ponzi and more recently by Bernie Madoff: In March 2009, Madoff pleaded guilty to 11 felonies and admitted to turning ...
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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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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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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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At what point does a rate bait and switch become fraud?

I'm currently in the process of buying a house. Once the price was negotiated and agreed upon, I solicited quotes from various mortgage brokers. One offered a lower rate than the others, so we picked ...
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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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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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I made an investment with a company that contacted me, was it safe?

I am a French person living abroad who invested a bit of money with a company that contacted me some time ago. This leading to that, I am a bit doubtful (legitimately?) that I will ever see my money ...
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Military personnel funds transfer scam

I was contacted by someone who claims he is in the military stationed overseas. He said he could transfer fund from his account to mine. Just wondering if this is true. I am not interested in ...
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Limited personal checks for elderly father?

Is it possible to have printed on personal checks "Not valid for an amount over $500" or something similar to reduce the risk of fraud my elderly father might be exposed to in his encroaching dementia?...
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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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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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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 (1040....
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I've started two credit agency disputes with the originators of the credit (CC company and a bank). Is there anything more required from me?

I found a CC that I had nothing to do with opening on my credit report. I called the issuing company and told them as much and they opened a dispute with the 3 agencies. Also, in an effort to increase ...
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When can I be sure a questionable check has cleared?

Someone has sent me a check for $250 in payment for property damage they caused in a car accident. It would have been better if I had gotten a cashier's check or official check, but I'll have to make ...
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Constant credit card fraud - is this normal?

I have a Chase Sapphire credit card that has only two authorized users: myself and my husband. We are the only ones who have the card. We both use the cards safely following the "rules". I pay using ...
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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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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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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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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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Which bank is responsible if a fraudulent check is spent: the victim's, the scammers or the one on the check?

I was recently scammed by someone claiming to be from a work-from-home company. She sent me a check that I was supposed to use to pay the "vendor" for my work supplies. I deposited the check and once ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Money transfer via western union

I met someone online three weeks ago. Supposedly an electrical engineer from Miami. Went to Lagos for one week to do an electrical job. Now is in Dubai to sign contract on another electrical job. ...
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Is This Money Laundering?

Recently while browsing for computer parts I don't need, I came across a 1050W power supply on Amazon listed for $50,000. I also used to have a screenshot (which I unfortunately can't find right now) ...
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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 pre-...
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I gave a scammer my name and address; what can they do with that information?

I accidentally gave my name and address to a scammer. What can I do? Is that bad? What can they do with that information?
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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?