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How to stop fraudulent recurring credit card transactions being forwarded to new card?

I have a mastercard credit card issued by a U.S. based financial institution. Several billing cycles ago the card information was compromised and several hundred transactions were initiated. The card ...
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Credit card replaced due to fraud, new card has exactly the same information as the old one. How does this address the fraud risk?

My credit card company detected fraud on my account. They contacted me about this fraud, we identified fraudulent charges. I was also told my current cards on the account would not work and I would be ...
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Can I trust Zelle to credit my account for added charges?

I listed a dress for $300 on FB Marketplace. The buyer uses Zelle so I set up an account because D said that was the only way she sent funds. She said she sent Zelle the money. So I get an email ...
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Is remote card scanning (contactless payments) a viable attack for fraudsters? Has it been done?

With the advent of contactless payments there are people who are afraid that this could be used to steal their money remotely without them even noticing. I used to be in that camp too until the ...
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My Schwab 401k account has been emptied inexplicably, can I get my money back?

Today, while I was preparing my 2021 tax, I was checking my 401k account and shocked that my account is empty. Somebody sold my ETF holding and transferred out on Sep 01 2021. It's Saturday, nobody ...
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How can I confirm ownership of shares in a stock?

I purchased Rivian pre IPO shares with my stock holding of Starlink pre IPO. The company has since floated in the US. There was a lockout period before I could sell. However my broker (Scott Sorensen ...
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Did the Hospital Mis-Bill My Insurance Plans?

Some months ago, I received treatment at a hospital in New York City. While I was there, I provided them with the insurance information for two plans under which I was covered. Company A sent me an ...
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Trader I met online is asking for more money as a transaction fee to process withdrawal of my gains [duplicate]

I met a trader on telegram and after discussion I was convinced to invest $300 and then after 24 hours I got a message to increase the investment to $500 otherwise trading will not be done. After 2 ...
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Why is my bank unable to track a direct transfer I made to another (fraudulent) account?

I was the victim of a scam. The scammer posed as a person I wanted to do business with, and I was tricked into sending money from my bank account to another bank account using an account number and ...
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Are there any legal risks/implications of this indirect gold purchasing process

Setup: My wife and I live in UK. My In-Laws are UK expats currently living in Switzerland. They are investing some of their savings into Gold Bullion. (not interested in any assessment of that ...
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How can fraudsters set up believable foreign accounts?

I often read of the risk of wiring money to a fraudulent recipient. For example, on a real estate closing, a common scam is to trick the buyer into wiring the closing costs to an account belonging to ...
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Received a check in the mail, realized a day after depositing it that it was a fake

About a week and a half ago, I received a check in the mail. I stupidly deposited it and contact my bank, the fraud department and signed papers a day after doing so. I am receiving few answers from ...
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How can someone hack our bank account?

Can someone hack and withdraw money from my bank account if they have my full name, bank name, last four digit bank account number and my phone number. Yes or No, Please explain why?
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Why are older people more likely to be a victim of romance scammers than young people? [closed]

I have this curiosity. Statistics show that most people who are victims of romance scams are middle aged or elderly people(and female) but younger people rarely fall for this kind of fraud. Young ...
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Someone tries to use cancelled card

In the UK, a debit card is stolen and the card's owner cancels the card. The thief tries to use the card for a contactless payment, but it is declined. Would the bank have a record of this? Would ...
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Internationally issued Visa Credit Card fraudulently used in the US, possibly because merchant bypassed card security features. What are my options?

My internationally issued credit card was stolen, along with a lot of my personal items in the US. There was also a Apple credit card issued in the US that were stolen, but the fraudulent charges were ...
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Mother using my details and committing fraud

I’ve lived with my single mother all my life in the UK. My bank accounts and all details, electoral etc are at the same address I’ve lived my entire life with her at. Growing up, whenever we (my ...
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Am i being used for bank fraud [duplicate]

I have been speaking to a girl in Nigeria she promised to visit me but but twice didn't show up said she loved me although never met. Asked for money multiple times asked for bank details and says she ...
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Can my Zelle payment be reversed? [duplicate]

I was contacted by a fraudulent person and I sent them 3 payments under false pretenses. They walked me through the process and instead of receiving money, I sent it. My bank basically stated that I'm ...
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What obligation do banks have to return money after fraud?

I'm interested in what happens when money is stolen from a UK bank account. I have read on the Citizens Advice Bureau website that Your bank should refund any money stolen from you as a result of ...
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What will happen if I deposited a check that was part of a scam and I already spent some of the money?

I deposited a check and spent a 700 before knowing it was a scam and I got lured but my bank account isn’t set up to do overdrafts because I’m still consider a minor what will happen??
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Best way to trace possible root cause of card fraud?

I recently had a fraudulent transaction on my debit card (in the UK, where I am based). Having blocked the card, my main concern is to determine how much information has been stolen and how? As this ...
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Ex-husband is trying to find out my banking info

My ex-husband keeps trying to find out my banking information. We have been divorced for 3 years but still involved in the family court system. Over the past years, he's opened closed accounts, ...
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Current state of 3-D Secure / Verified by Visa acceptance in USA / Canada?

In the EU, 3-D Secure is more or less a must have and all credit card payments done online are secured by that what reduces fraud to nearly zero. I know that in the past 3-D Secure (or Verified by ...
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Is JRN financial solutions a SCAM? [duplicate]

JRN Financial Solutions, i have been applying for Jobs online and got a random mail offering me a personal assistant role! Is it safe to go ahead with this?
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Is this new job a scam? [duplicate]

Hi so I was applying for online jobs and randomly received an email for a Personal Assistant job from JRN Financial Solutions, everything went by super quick and I got the job which I don't feel I was ...
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Inherited bank stock

In 1977 my grandfather passed. In his will he left his grandchildren stock he purchased at a local bank. The will stated that the stock could be claimed when the youngest of us reached 18 years of age....
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What stops someone from inflating the price of a stock by engaging in bogus transactions?

For example, lets say Bob owns $1m of stock in company X and Alice is his willing accomplice. The stock is currently trading at $100/share. Bob then puts out his stock up for sale at $200/share, which ...
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Can someone clear your bank account if they have your name, expiry date, and 16 digit card number but don't have the CVC?

As the title says, I am wondering if someone finds out the details on the front of your card can they commit online fraud with it or is the CVC and OTP providing enough security.
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Paid under the table prior to putting me on the books- recently told me they're issuing a 1099 for all the income they paid

I worked for a bit over 4 months under a verbal agreement that I would be paid off the books for purposes of still collecting unemployment during the pandemic. My employer recently let me know that I'...
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Why are cheques so insecure?

I was reading this question about fraud committed by printing and cashing checks and the thought occurred to me that is should be trivial to prevent such scams. There are many ways that this could be ...
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Company Received Unemployment Claim - I Still Work There

Company received unemployment claim in my name (with slight mispelling of my first name) I still work for the company. I have no filed anything. The paperwork has my SSN. What are my next steps and ...
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When doing a SWIFT transfer between two banks, which entities can stop the transfer due to suspicion of fraud?

I'm guessing that both the source bank and the recipient bank have the ability to stop the transfer. Can the other entity, e.g. SWIFT, stop the transfer due to suspicion of fraud?
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What do i do about a loan check, received in the mail, being cashed by someone other than myself?

I don't know how to resolve this with my name upheld and all monies intact. I recently was approved for a small personal loan. This is the first time I've ever gotten a loan. I received a check for $...
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How much money do you need to pump a stock?

I'm asking this because I still don't really know enough about market capitalization as a source of valuation. A company's market cap is determined by the last transacted price, so theoretically you ...
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Victim of fraud - what about taxes on the unauthorized stock sale?

I was recently a victim of fraud on my investment account. Someone gained access and sold multiple stocks and also transferred money to their bank account. The brokerage firm is investigating and I'm ...
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I unwittingly laundered money. What should I do?

Recently, I gave my bank account details to somebody who said they will be using my account to transfer money between personal accounts, and that I would get a commission out of each transfer. ...
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Identity Theft: Counterfeit Checks but no Traceable Bank Account

I've been dealing with an ongoing identity theft problem for the past 4 months. Back in March, somebody stole my wallet at a restaurant and it was returned to me by the staff completely empty. All I ...
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What if a counterfeit check had no mistakes or errors?

Last year my uncle came to learn that someone was able to draw out $15,000 from his account. This guy was good. Someone successfully made replicas of the checks my uncle would use. The placement was ...
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Financial crime involving reporting a higher price than paid, receiving reimbursement, and pocketing the difference

Here's a very simple example of the crime I'm describing: A company has a policy of reimbursing salesmen for money spent on things intended to build relationships with potential clients: dinners, golf ...
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Somebody I haven't met wants me to open a bank account without having money, but won't tell me why. Is this a scam? [closed]

I've already bought her gift cards and sent the information online.
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I saw the place and have a signed agreement, might this still be scam?

Note: This is happening in Germany so the relevant document is in German. Translations to English are my own. TLDR: After visiting a place the landlord and I signed a document "Protokoll des ...
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Selling a bike, they offered to buy it through a courier; how does this scam work? [duplicate]

My sister is selling her old dirt bike through Gumtree. She got an email this morning saying the following: Cheers for the prompt responses! please consider it sold and cancel every other appointment ...
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What can someone do with a stolen wallet for a few seconds?

I was recently in the gym and left my keys, phone and wallet together on top of my jumper. I took my eyes off of them for maybe 5 seconds, which I now know is too long, whilst I went and got some more ...
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What protection is offered to payment of 1 week holding deposit

I am based out of London, Great Britain. We came to the UK last month and are a bit in-experienced with the UK market. Me and my wife are currently viewing properties around the London area and came a ...
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I thought I was a boat owner with a loan, only to find out I was used as a cosigner. What are my rights? [closed]

I thought I purchased a boat. I signed the paperwork as a borrower, only to find out I was used as a cosigner. He filed for divorce and took off with the boat. He is always 2 payments behind. What are ...
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How can I verify that an investment advisor is not a ponzi scheme if I do not trust the auditor?

In general, clients can trust that their investment advisor is not executing a ponzi scheme based on the reputations of the advisor's auditors. One of Wealthfront's auditors (EY) has recently lost a ...
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So I was used as a money mule and now I have a CIFAS marker I desperately need to get rid off?

so some time back I was used as a money mule without realising by someone I trusted very much. Once he had everything he wanted (money) he then blocked me leaving me with a debt of more than £5000. I ...
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Where do I report a scam text like this?

I know this is a fake. I would like to know who I can report this text to. A "Government Official" is asking for help to move &18.5M out of Lybia, 30% will be for me.
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risk on selling home and never receiving funds from settlement company

I was about to sell a home where I have good equity, my question is what are the chances that settlement company never pays me the proceeds and runs away/abscond. I see there is FDIC insurance for ...
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