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Are Unique Options FX and Unique Options a scam?

I invested in Bitcoin through Unique Options FX uniqueoptionsfx.com I paid fee after fee after more fees. Unique Options FX was closed and Unique-Options has been opened. Now unique-options.com ...
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Could this surprise winning of a huge sum of money be legit?

I received a call from someone claiming to be from a well-known Cashback Coupon Co. He congratulated me and told me I had been selected to receive several thousand dollars a week for life. I was then ...
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Sold my car, but buyer used fake driver's license and fake TD bank draft

I sold my car in an ICBC office in Vancouver. The buyer came with a fake driver’s license and a fake bank draft. I deposited the bank draft via mobile app, and it was accepted. Then I signed the paper....
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How does a scammer know the first 4 digits of my card number?

I had a series of attempted fraudulent payments on my debit card, my bank was very proactive and alerted me, and I have received a new card. However I had a call on the same day my new card arrived ...
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Could this be a scam [duplicate]

I'm asking a couple questions for a friend because I think he is being scammed. Is it possible to receive a check of a very large amount into a banking system (ILC group), but for you to receive it ...
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What is this scam? Card CVV entered incorrectly too many times

I have a Visa debit card that I use mainly for travel (it has low FX fees). The other day I received loads of notifications from the corresponding app: 2 with 'The CVV was incorrect', followed by 4 ...
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Unauthorized withdrawal of money from my savings account by Bank

I have a Savings Account in a Bank. The bank withdrew money (₹ 1,75,000/-) from my savings account by account without any authorization (no check, no withdrawal slip, or anything of the kind). My bank ...
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LMS Code for making international transfer

I have been asked to make advance payment of 85 usd for LMS code inorder to make international wire transfer. Why are they not deducting. Could this be a scam attempt by the bank. The bank is ...
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A stranger messaged me “please put 10 dollars on my card”, followed by a card number. Is this a known scam?

I got contacted by someone on Telegram with the user name "." with the following message: I am a citizen of Uzbekistan, my child is sick with gout, so can you put 10 dollars on my card ...
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Why would a text scammer want me to switch to contacting them on a different number?

I was bored on the weekend so started playing along with what I'm almost certain is going to try to turn into a romance scam, or similar. Initial random WA text to wrong number ... "Oh, I'm so ...
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How does Klarna remain in business when all a customer needs to pay with Klarna is a simple phone number?

I just ordered my first product using Klarna's buy-now-pay-later online payment service. I was shocked to find out that all they want from you is a valid phone number. Once you've entered it they'll ...
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How can banks & credit cards fall victim to what seems obvious fraud?

I'm trying to identify the company that is a payee on my credit card statement where fraudulent transactions were paid, but I'm having a difficult time. There are a couple of scams that have ...
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I've come across IBAN & SWIFT numbers of a large international healthcare organization (in a publicly accessible document). Anything I should do?

A little more detail. I was searching a European health authority website for documents related to a specific healthcare conglomerate. I've done this many times in the past (looking for regulatory ...
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Multi Member LLC Fraud

My husband is part of a multi member (2 members) LLC for recovery houses. Currently they have one house and 5 or 6 men living there. The rent the other member has been gathering from these men is not ...
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Working around IRA contribution limits using options

Lets say I have a taxable brokerage account with $1k of shares for ABC. I'm reasonably sure ABC will go down over the short term but don't want to sell it so I buy puts. But since I just opened a Roth ...
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Energy accounts fraudulently opened in Texas

I don't understand this scam. My wife had several energy utility accounts opened in Texas. They were all opened at the same time, for different addresses, and with different energy companies. They ...
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GnuCash: Should I Record Fraudulent Charges?

I'm catching up on reconciling my checking account in GnuCash, discovered a fraudulent charge on the February 2023 statement, and noticed another fraudulent charge pending. Should I enter the ...
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Should I report stolen card or damaged card if the CVV was stolen?

I was in a public concert today and I went to buy food. It was a brand new card but the services men suspiciously said it didn't work by swiped it very slowly, and then tried to record the card number,...
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AML Check & Refundable Deposit for releasing the payment

As a freelancer, I have recently accepted a project and the employer agreed to make an upfront of nearly $3000. I asked him to send the money to my uncle's account in the UK. He agreed. I provided him ...
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10 Trading.com - Fake or not?

I invested small amount of money 5 years ago and then panicked and withdrew it all, 10Trading was the company and I believe they were closed down, however periodically I receive emails suggesting I ...
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How does SIPC insurance help a small investor with a fixed portfolio that is currently down below original value?

If your original portfolio was worth $500k started a year ago but the same amount of shares holdings is currently only worth $350k, does it mean you are insured at most $350k? Or all of the stock ...
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Can a single file tax as "married file jointly" to take advantage of more standard deductions?

Can a single file tax as "married file jointly" to take advantage of double the standard deductions? Why or why not?
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Confirmation email and shipment sent for order I did not place - but not charged for it?

I received an order confirmation email completely out of the blue recently, thanking me for a $200 purchase of CBD gummies. This was not caught by a spam filter and went to my regular inbox. See below,...
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Bank loan related fraud in India

I am asking this question on behalf of an Indian friend of mine. My friend (A) is planning to sell a house. The prospective buyer (B) will take a bank loan to buy the house. Now B suggests that an ...
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A paid website subscription subscribed me on two additional paid websites without my consent. Do I need to do more than cancel on those websites?

I am hoping someone can help me determine if I was scammed (and need to cancel my card). My gut says scam but I want to be sure. I was trying to obtain a PDF textbook by signing up for a free trial on ...
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"Check" created from multiple overlapping checks

I use Bank of America and wrote a check for rent in September this year for an amount of $2850. I turned in the check physically to the landlord and the amount was drawn from my account normally, but ...
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How to fight an unemployment tax bill that I do not owe in NY?

Back in the summer I received a tax bill saying I owe money for unemployment, but I do not as I never filed it. It's most likely fraud claim under my name or company. Below are the redacted documents ...
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Can I notify a card-holder or their bank that their card is being used fraudulently?

I'm an online merchant based in the USA, and I received an order that failed my fraud checks. I believe the "customer" is using a credit card that doesn't belong to them. I don't want to ...
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How can a retail investor check whether a cryptocurrency exchange is safe to use?

In the wake of the ongoing FTX debacle, I wonder the following: How can a retail investor check whether a cryptocurrency exchange is safe to use, at least minimize the risk? By safe, I mean no losing ...
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Does debit card fraud indicate that I did something wrong?

I'm quite careful with my debit card; I don't enter it on non-trustworthy sites. I just had a fraudulent transaction, so I'll need to get a new card. When I get the new card, do I need to be more ...
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Can I sue the car dealership for fraud if they let my ex finance a car under my name?

About 4 years ago (2018), i was living with my ex and I leased a car for 3 years but under my name only. 2 years later (2020), we broke up but i let her use the car for the last year of the lease. ...
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How to vet a gold bullion supplier

In some sense, this question is a general one and not specific to my case. I am looking to order gold bullion from a seemingly reputable website. Funnily enough, I've ordered countless things before ...
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Why would a credit card company reject a transaction for suspected fraud, but not contact me?

My bank offers a debit card, which I can use to perform online purchases. Recently, I tried to purchase clothing online, but the card was declined. I was certain that I had enough funds on the card, ...
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Is it a scam if someone asks for my full name, email, and bank name?

I was approached on Instagram by a painter who wants to use one of my posts as a reference for a painting for a client of his. He said my cut would be $500 and he needs my full name, and bank name for ...
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Are online purchases using PayPal safer than using a debit card?

I have a PayPal account that is linked to my Mastercard debit card, which is linked to my bank account. I usually make online payments using PayPal instead of directly using the debit card. PayPal ...
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Why don't online scammers charge more money to the associated Debit Card?

I got hit with a cleaning service scam where the Facebook group had > 30k likes, positive reviews from real looking people, etc. They charged me over $200 and didn't provide any service. There is ...
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what is more to Market Capitalization formula?

I wonder what is more to Market Capitalization formula ? I am mostly an ETF investor, but follow some stocks with few # of shares and when I look at SPCE about 4-5 years ago its market capitalization ...
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Is COT FEE a Scam? [duplicate]

I read another question about the COT FEE Scam, but what if they're not asking you to log into their account? I was working with A Private Money Lender & was supposedly approved for a $200,000.00 ...
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Does it matter how long an apartment is gifted to a child to cause any tax liability by the IRS?

If we choose to gift an apartment of ours to a child, can they gift it back to us in a few years without them and us having to owe any tax for any reason? If so, how much time is the minimum that the ...
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How can I stop fraudulent recurring credit card transactions being forwarded to a 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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