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What happens if I keep cash sent to me instead of keeping a portion of it and returning the rest to an address in the United States? They have my address but no other information that I can recall. They did not ask me to send them a card or deposit into my account. I was told to keep $100.00 and return the rest of the cash to them.

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    You said that they “sent” you $5000, but that they have “no other information” than your address. Did they mail you a check? – Ben Miller - Remember Monica Mar 24 at 12:21
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    @BobbyScon This is on-topic, but if you want to suggest a duplicate question, feel free. – Ben Miller - Remember Monica Mar 24 at 12:22
  • How do you know this person? – Nosjack Mar 24 at 12:30
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    Voting to close. If you have to ask the question "is it a scam" then the answer is almost always a "yes!". Not only that, how does common sense not let you see the obvious? Why would someone you don't know send you $5k, say "keep $100 for yourself" and have you send the other $4900 back? – RiverNet Mar 24 at 12:43
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    @Stian Yttervik: But how would either benefit the sender? If it's counterfeit, the sender gets 49 of his 50 hundreds back. (Unless the OP is supposed to deposit them and send a check, or otherwise pass the bills.) If it was dirty, I don't see how just sending it back would launder it: "Someone sent me this money in the mail" really isn't going to fly. – jamesqf Mar 25 at 4:11
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It sounds like you were sent cash? In the mail? If that's the case, I would strongly advise you either return the money in full and insist you never be sent funds again, or call the police. I would opt for option 1.

This money is surely coming from organized crime, you are being used as a "money mule", or as a vector for money laundering. These could be very dangerous people, and they have your address.

Here's why I would return the money in full and tell the people never to contact me again:

In my old neighborhood there was a guy who I used to see around, fairly young and chatty always smiling, the kind of guy who hangs around and talks to anyone who will listen. One day we were waiting at a traffic light, and he told me "I woke up this morning and found out I was rich! I went to the bank machine this morning and I couldn't believe it! This guy I met in jail got me a job, just like that, I'm rich!"

A couple weeks later I saw him again, he wasn't so cheerful, both his arms were in casts from his shoulders to his hands.

Don't take thousands of dollars from organized criminals.

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