A person that I met recently has asked me if I could make some payments in his name. He's offshore and has bad signal. He would give me his account details, bank account, and password. Is this a scam?

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    His 'signal' isn't so 'bad' that it prevents him from sending 'his' account details, etc to you, but it's so bad that he can't do the operation himself? Of course it's a scam - and you're the fall-guy who's going to get caught and punished.
    – brhans
    May 2, 2018 at 18:42
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    Someone you just met wants to send you money so you can pay his "bills", think about that. Yeah, it's a scam
    – Nosjack
    May 2, 2018 at 19:23
  • Completely different question but you can respond the same way as described in the first paragraph: money.stackexchange.com/a/71013/17718
    – TTT
    May 2, 2018 at 19:42
  • He's might have given you stolen account details as the source and his as the recipient, and want you to handle the login with stolen details, i.e. get you to act criminally. Of course he'd also try to get money from you as well.There may be a "further small problem" involving the need to pass through your account,when the transfers to your account will myteriously fail, which those from it will work.
    – Chris H
    May 4, 2018 at 14:13
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    @brhans I've been in a position where I could get a signal good enough to send/receive emails (for several hours, in fact I had to wait until nightfall to send the emails), but not to complete an online form, so that's the least implausible part of the communication. (US, near Death Valley, shared satellite internet, no better signal within two hours' drive, for example)
    – Chris H
    May 4, 2018 at 14:15

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Yes, it's a scam. You should stay far, far away. I'm assuming you haven't actually met this person face-to-face, since you said he's "offshore." So, you "met" by receiving an email from him (or a text, etc). Let me know if I'm wrong.

In situations like this, I find it helpful to imagine myself in the other person's position, and try to figure out how he got to the point of sending emails to random strangers with a request like this. When you think it through, it becomes pretty obvious that this plan makes no sense.

Does he not have friends or family that he could ask to do this for him? Why would he trust his bank account details to a complete stranger otherwise?

If he can't get signal to make the payments himself, how was he able to contact you electronically?

Setting aside the question of his signal, how did he get your contact details? Does he know one of your friends? Why didn't he just ask them to do this instead?

Has he been sitting around plugging random email addresses into his computer until he found one that didn't bounce back as invalid? Does that sound like a solution any rational person would engage in, especially when he's planning to divulge bank account information to the recipient?

If he really doesn't have any personal friends to ask, why can't he just contact the people he owes and ask about making special arrangements, by the same means he used to contact you? Even if he can't make payments that way, they want the money he owes them, so they should be willing to help him find a way to give it to them.

If nothing else, he could give them his bank account info and let them withdraw the money themselves. (It's not any riskier than asking random strangers on the internet, after all.)

So yes, this is a scam. I don't know exactly how it works, but were I in your position, I wouldn't want to find out by participating.

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    I know I'm late, but the way it works is that the money gets transferred to another account he can take the money out of quickly, and the trace of who 'broke into' the account does not come from the scammer himself, but from you. as you are the one who did the transfer, you are the one who's on the line for criminal charges, not the scammer
    – SeanC
    Aug 9, 2018 at 16:05

Yes this is a scam. Stay away and don't respond or make any contact. There are multiple ways this can progress, the account may not be his, and he is using you to conduct a fraudulent transaction that will have originated from your computer.

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