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Questions tagged [fraud]

For questions related to fraud awareness, prevention, and resolution.

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How do fraudulent brokerages make money except for commissions?

I just read about "rip-off" brokers that try to lure you in for a deposit with very high leverage and then cash in your deposit when you lose the money. But how does this work? If you lose all your ...
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Find number by reference number [closed]

Someone used my bank card to make their T-Mobile phone payment. How can I find out what number that the payment was payed for?
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Tax preparer for my parents claiming me as a dependent

My parents run a family farm, and use a professional accountant to keep track of the business, and also prepare their taxes. However, he (the accountant) wants me to amend my tax return so my parents ...
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I believe this to be fraud — hired, then asked to cash check and send cash as Bitcoin

I have been "hired" by Nissan Motor as a key account specialist. My first assignment is to cash two checks that I have received. Both were written by a customer who has already received the engines. ...
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My Account was used to commit fraud

I started dating Sven at the end 2016, I had just been divorced. He left for Congo in December 2016 and returned in December 2018. Upon his return, he advised that he needed a card where he can ...
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What can someone do with the last four digits of my credit card number, last four digits of my social security number, and my zip code?

I recently got a call from my “bank” telling me that there have been several fraudulent transactions on my credit card. Naively I believed them and gave them he last four digits of my credit card ...
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Is this a scam?

My husband of 50 years has gotten sucked into a Chinese dating site. A woman(?) has 'fallen in love' with him and wants him to open an account at HSBC so she can start a 'fund' for him to give him ...
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Victim of mandate fraud

I'm hoping somebody will be able to help me with my situation. I have summarised it as concisely as possible below. I had been dealing with a kitchen company who were to provide me with a new kitchen ...
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I submitted my credit card number to an unreputable site. What should I do now?

I was shopping for an uncommon item, found a site that claimed to sell it, and placed an order with my credit card (which went through Verified by Visa). Only afterward did I realize that this site ...
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Is this a cashier check scam?

I'm a personal trainer and I've received an email stating that someone wants me to train their kids while they are in the US for vacation. The request was for many sessions and would total well over $...
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Is there any danger of my neighbor having my wife's signature?

On Monday my next door neighbor came over and asked my wife for her signature. He said they were having a contest at work (he works at the local grocery store) that whoever got the most signatures got ...
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Free Money Payroll from Ghost Accounts [duplicate]

My friend said he knows this guy who will deposit money into my Chase bank account. The only requirements being that I have had the account for over 4 months and my balance is not negative. His name ...
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Does SIPC protection apply if a brokerage doesn't actually purchase securities?

Suppose there is a brokerage (not like Madoff case), where investors buy ordinary stocks/ETFs (qqq, brk-b orcl or any stock traded on NASDAQ/NYSE, not pink sheet or unlisted) at a time (and never sell)...
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Opening account for family in my name

Sibling of mine asked me to open an bank account for her in my name. She wants to fill it with her savings and use it on day-to-day basis with a debit card. I have a strong feeling this could ...
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Another person is letting me use their bank account to make purchases, what are my risks?

I met someone online. They posed as a sugar momma. They NEVER asked for any account or personal info of any kind, and they never received any of my personal information. They gave me, I have texts ...
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Unknown Zelle payment

A Zelle transfer appeared on my bank account that I didn't make. Zelle says to contact my bank for more info on who was paid, but they say money was paid to Zelle! How do I find out who got my money?!...
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Is it more difficult to reverse a fraudulent check if it is cashed at a check-cashing service rather than deposited at a bank?

Say that someone gets ahold of my checking information and writes a fraudulent check from my account. Then they cash it at a check cashing store. I notice a week or so later, call my bank, and report ...
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Alternate Payment Methods That Protect Sellers With Virtual Services [closed]

I use eBay and my own site (hosted by Wix) to sell a virtual service with uses PayPal as the only payment option. Since the virtual service contains no physical item that gets dispatched, protection ...
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How likely is it to be victim of credit card fraud on a credit card that has never been used?

How likely is it to be victim of credit card fraud on a credit card that has never been used? Assume that the credit card was issued by a financial institution bank in the United States. (Link to ...
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Which term describes fraudulently recording an asset more than once?

Imagine someone was working out how much my company was worth, and had tallied up the value of some machines that were in one of my factories, but then I move the machines to another factory (before ...
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What can I do if I believe I made a credit card purchase from a fradulent site

I made a purchase (via a debit card but without the PIN, so I believe that falls under credit card rules) and upon further investigation I'm pretty sure the site is fake and will shut down without a ...
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Can BofA seize the money from my account after closing it via Anaytcal department?

I am a new small business owner and I recently opened a small business account through BofA. I receive wire transfers from a liaison with the company I contract for to process invoices. Through BofA’s ...
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If/how check security features really prevent against fraud

So I buy "blank check stock", or security-enhanced thick paper for printing checks. I then print a check with the appropriate MICR font at the bottom space, and put all the other relevant info on the ...
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Can I purchase gift cards this year and deduct as a business expense, and spend the cards next year?

If my friend was to buy 5k in Amazon gift cards for himself before the year end knowing that he was going to spend those during the 2019 fiscal year, with the idea that he would be writing this off as ...
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Victim of being used as money mule. What should I do next?

Between June-July 2018, an Instagram page called 247cashouts messaged me on Instagram asking if I wanted to make some extra money. He told me the way it would work is; he collects money from ...
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Online store buyer trying to scam

Good day, I posted an item on OLX and somebody inquired for it. I thought it would be a good deal but when he sent the money, the bank (It's fake) asks for a scanned shipment receipt so that they'll ...
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What Recourse Do I Have Against Fraudulent Ecommerce? [UK]

Very simple question, I'm surprised it hasn't been asked before. I bought a product form a website a month ago. They confirmed my order, took the payment and gave me an order number... and that's it....
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Apartment rent possible fraud

I permanently moved to Spain in September and rented a one apartment through a Russian agency. I never met the Russian owner who I was told lives in Canada. A woman from the agency signed in his name ...
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UK Issuing Bank blocked Debit Card. Said card was used fraudulently on ecommerce website. How can this happen?

I was using my UK bank account debit card in India, to buy few flight tickets for my inter city travel. Using my own laptop, in a co-working space. Website used : www.makemytrip.com -- is one of ...
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Someone gave my sister a bad cheque, what should she do?

My sister's ex-boyfriend convinced her to lend money to him so that he can lend it to some unidentified person. She lent him $25 000, and her ex probably lent $63 000 of his own money to this ...
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Does my bank's use of Voice ID put my assets at risk?

This week, I learned that Chase has introduced voice ID for my account, meaning when I call them, they will match my voice with their stored information, and allow phone access to my account based on ...
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Job offer in Sweden: Confused about the salary breakdown

I have received a job offer in Stockholm for a Software Engineering position and have had a verbal discussion about the same. What I have been informed is that I will receive 31000 krona (after tax) ...
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How are fraudulent food stamp redemptions actually turned into cash?

This news article describes a bar being shut down because they were accepting food stamps for drugs and lap-dances. The USDA described how they investigate and fight fraud. Analysis shows that the ...
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Do gas stations have $1.00 preauthorization charges (Are these fraudulent charges)?

I just received the following alert from my bank, and they want to verify that I made these transactions: Do you recognize all of these transaction(s)? Approved transaction at PETRO [redacted] for $...
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Proper response to restaurants taking extra tip?

When visiting full-service restaurants in some places (this seems very common in the US, for example), the server brings a check at the end of the meal detailing the amount owed for food and drink and ...
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Stolen Check honored by bank (maybe after being cancelled). What should I do?

My daughter's checkbook was stolen last Saturday, she reported it to the bank Monday morning 10am and told them to cancel all the checks. She told the police earlier. We're in the USA. Her account ...
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Dealership wants more money years after vehicle is paid off?

I bought a used car in August 2014 when I lived in Texas. A few months later I paid off the vehicle. I have the title and I never heard from the dealership after the final payment. Today I got a ...
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Does IRS Direct Pay use Bank of America or is this a scam?

I went onto the IRS website today to make a payment. In the security part of the address bar it is written Bank of America: My question is this: Is this truly the IRS payment site, or some kind of ...
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Bank claims debit card was physically scanned - half a continent away. What could have happened?

I have had the same debit card for several years, and I've never had a problem with any fraudulent charges until yesterday. I am careful about where I use my debit card number online, and I am fairly ...
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Wife posted her social, address, dob fake PayPal sure!

My wife fell for a fake email and ended up entering her social, dob, address... on a fake website. How to dig out of the hole now? Can they clean out the bank accounts?
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Someone is asking for my bank account. Am I going to get hacked or robbed?

If some guy wants to give me money and is asking for my account number, account name and the routing number for my bank. Is he trying to steal from me or take money from my account? Am I going to get ...
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Is it possible to get scammed when buying using PayPal?

I bought a small piece of electronics for around 200€ on ebay-kleinanzeigen, the german equivalent of craigslist. The seller seemed honest and we agreed on him shipping the goods and me paying through ...
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Someone wants to send me cash by DHL. How's this scam supposed to work?

This raises a bunch of red flags (also confirmed by googling the email address it came from), but I don't quite understand how this scam is actually supposed to work. So, here it goes: I put up an ad ...
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Non-Profit Accounting Boy Scouts won't fully disclose event budget [closed]

I'm extremely puzzled why the local Boy Scout council won't / can't disclose the budget of a recent 4 day day camp for cub scouts. Several parents have asked how our $100 / scout camp fee was spent. ...
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Can I correct the name on a check if I'm not committing fraud

A large international car company owes me (person) ~$10-15k and mailed me a check to settle the amount, but they put the wrong name on it and now my bank won't take it. After a month of trying to get ...
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someone deposit money on my credit card

someone activated my new credit card while I was still using the old one. the same day they deposit 980 dollars in my credit card, they didnt have a chance to use it because I blocked right away both ...
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Trust issues with rental security deposit

I'm in a situation where I will need to rent an apartment without the ability to see it or meet the landlord/sublessor first. This creates a trust issue that I'm not sure how to address. Most ...
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Endorsed cheque [closed]

I am trying to understand the underlying contract of an endorsed cheque a bit better, and would love to know how the liabilities are determined in the following situation: Alice writes a cheque to ...
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Boutique Investment firm cold called me offering me the chance to purchase stock in a private placement. Legit or scam?

A week ago I got a cold call from someone doing "research about investment experience" which ended with "we might call you if a investment opportunity comes up". A couple of days ago a person from a "...
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Someone's asking me to transfer money from their bank account using their login information. Is this a scam?

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?...