I have been approached by an investor saying that he wants to wire money to my account as a "gift" to avoid taxes. I would get to keep 5%. He has shown many documents showing proof and successful transactions. Is this a scam?

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    ignoring the scam part, tax fraud is also probably a crime. Calling something a gift that's not actually a gift is tax fraud.
    – user253751
    Nov 11, 2021 at 9:49
  • thank you ! I had no idea the reasonings all behind someone wanting to do this.
    – Sblaker
    Nov 11, 2021 at 14:19
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    Ask yourself why, if this person is legitimate (tax fraud aside), he'd be asking a random stranger to do it.
    – jamesqf
    Nov 11, 2021 at 16:06
  • I think it’s bad practice to use a closed question as the target duplicate. So, with 6 answers at the linked post, I’ve reopened it. Nov 11, 2021 at 19:20
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    "A stranger wants to wire me money". You don't have to read anything after that to know it's a scam. Nov 11, 2021 at 20:56

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Yes, it's a scam.

At best you will lose money, for example he's going to claim he needs your bank account login info to validate that the transaction has arrived and will then clear you out, or he's going to send you money via a reversible route and require you to send 95% of the money on via a non-reversible route, after which the original transfer will be reversed and you'll be left having sent money you can't get back).

At worst he's money laundering (the money he sends you comes from crime, directly or indirectly and he needs it to go through a "clean" account) which would leave you liable for criminal charges.

A genuine investor would not approach a stranger online. Why should he trust you?!

Do not engage further; delete the messages, block him and move on.

  • thank you so much !!!! I knew it sounded too good to be true
    – Sblaker
    Nov 11, 2021 at 14:18

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