Questions tagged [fraud]

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Why am I not on my checkbooks bank account?

My boyfriend says that he added me to his Wells Fargo account and I received 5 checkbooks, a balance book and wallet from Wells Fargo. Packaging appeared official but when I went to the bank they said ...
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Is my sugar mamma scamming me [duplicate]

So I like an idiot wanted to make money and fast so I picked a sugar mamma who I then gave access to my online banking. **After! Agreeing to an amount of 300$ ** she then told me she was going to need ...
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What is the goal of this spam?

I'm working In sales for one company and we usually recieve a couple of mails like this per month: Good Day!! This is [Person] from [Company] in [Location] We find out that your product are very ...
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Scammer gave me their banking info. What can go wrong? [duplicate]

I see would-be scammers all over the place trying to get my personal info. You know, they want to be generous and pay off my debt or be my sugar momma. They're all so terribly obvious. But a would-be ...
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What can I do when I get a call I think is a Social Security scam?

I received a phone call representing themselves as an SSI officer telling me that my disability payments will be canceled. They said I did fraud in Texas. I asked them what name they have; they could ...
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Fraud of HMRC check?

I have quick question. I have been informed by HMRC that I overpaid income tax. However, I never received any check in post. It turns out it happened not long after I moved form, one address to ...
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Who can you report wire fraud to?

Today I found that someone had accessed my brokerage account, added an external account, and transferred out thousands of dollars. This is wire fraud. While I'm not concerned about the return of the ...
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Is Saikyo Sakura Assets Holding a legit company?

Today I got a cold call from an alleged representative of Saikyo Sakura Assets offering me a trading opportunity. At first I was very skeptical as this raised several red flags, but I am also ...
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Why do US banks cash cheques without verifying them first with the issuing bank?

This is my first question on this site and may be a weird one. Thank you for being gentle and telling me if I'm off. My question is simple, but I'm guessing that the answer probably isn't. Also, ...
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Friend sent me $6500 through his company and told me just to send it back

I started helping out my friend's business a couple of months ago as a part-time worker. He's been paying me hourly through square. Couple of days ago he told me that he'll be sending me $6500 from ...
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How to prevent credit card number from being stolen?

I have a small business, and my credit card number for the business was recently stolen and used for two purchases: (1) a burger place in my home town of Boston and (2) a Walmart in Arkansas. I was ...
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Where's the scam in this bank fraud call?

Callee C, in the United States, receives a text message nominally from Bank B's fraud center, from a short SMS code, noting first that it's a "FreeMSG" asking about a particular purchase; "If valid ...
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Check if a financial firm/advisor is fraudulent/a scam in the UK (with an example)

I'm trying to understand the steps to follow to check if a financial firm/advisor is actually a scammer. For simplicity, lets stick to The UK. I have found that there is something called Financial ...
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Protection laws against fraud when investing in ETFs and/or index funds

I would like to understand what protection provides the law against frauds like Ponzi fraud scheme when investing in ETFs and index funds. Quick note: When I say 'fraud' I mean actual fraudulent ...
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Fraud or not: a stranger wants to transfer a lot of money to me [duplicate]

I have recently received an email from a stranger that says she wants to send me a big deal of money for some specific reason and she said that she has talked to the bank (Banque Atlantique Groupe ...
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Money is credited from unknown source

If money is credited from unknown source is it legally binding to inform the bank?
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Could anyone explain these kinds of transactions on paypal?

From the following transaction history, we could see that Despiau Bruno (Probably fake name) added 229.22 USD to my paypal account. Then he, without my knowledge, use it to buy 225x Kaspersky Internet ...
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Insurance for my brokerage held investments

This is not about protecting the VALUE of my investments against market fluctuations, stock prices drop ...etc. What I am looking for is to protect my investments in shares and options that I am ...
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99.9% sure I have someone trying to scam me but have a few questions [closed]

So this girl messaged me last week just to talk or whatever, one thing lead to another and we started chatting on the phone. She “lives” 9 hours away from me and very very quickly developed a romantic ...
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What do I do if someone forges my check

Someone recently forged my signature and used that to withdraw money from my account. I already called the bank (Chase) and they put a restriction on that account and open a new account for me. They ...
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Is it a scam if a persons asks for my name, email address, bank name, age and nationality? [duplicate]

In return for being his personal assistant and replying to emails and stuff, a man said that he'll pay me weekly. He told me to send him a screenshot after emailing his clients. He also sent me his ...
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Received a package but didn't order it

My boyfriend's little brother received 2 packages today. One from Eastbay and the other from Office Depot. They were addressed to him but never ordered by him. We called both companies and they gave ...
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To what extent is it worthwhile to report check fraud / refund scams?

I listed a car for sale on behalf of a 90 year old, and attracted scammers. One has now sent me a "check" for $4000, for a $1500 car purchase. I'm supposed to deposit the check, then pay the tow ...
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Friend from China wants to hire me via contract to receive money and then distribute this money to pay his contracted employees in various countries

Going by the first contract, I'd be receiving a one-time payment of ~40k total and then divvying up and forwarding the money to 5-7 employees in different countries in Southeast Asia and Europe. Then ...
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"Discover® Identity Alerts (is there a downside to this free service)

I got the offer today. Other companies have made similar offers. Is there a downside to this kind of thing? Are they getting some sort of access that they will somehow market some junk to me? Here's ...
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Verified by Visa - payment site is asking for social security number

I've wanted to pay a merchant in the European Union. We've done business with that merchant for over 10 years and they are absolutely trustworthy. They handle their online credit card payment service ...
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Dispute Of Unauthorized Transaction on CANCELLED card?

I have two questions regarding the dispute request of an unauthorized (fraudulent) transaction. If the answer depends on whether the card is credit or debit then kindly tell me. First question: The ...
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Fraudulent online order, we but we don't recognize the card

My son just turned 18. Someone gained access to his Walmart account and placed an order for ~$120. The order was processed and shipped to a trailer park in San Jose. The billing address is our address ...
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Unrecognized debit card charge

This monday i got an email from my bank saying that i have an unrecognized charge from my debit card. That is an old debit card( about a year and a half i no longer use), with no money in the account,...
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My credit card was unexpectedly charged 1$, the merchant wants my SSN and personal data to tell me why, do I risk identity theft?

I received a phone message from my credit union's fraud detection department about a transaction for $1 that raised a flag. I called them back and was given the information recorded with the ...
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Scam? Checks via Email

I'm in contact with an individual who wants to send me money. I'm wary about this so I decided to ask here. He wants to email me a photo of a check and for me to use that to deposit money into my ...
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Is the apartment I want to rent a scam?

I am currently looking for an apartment in the near city. Yesterday I found an entry on an online-platform where people rent apartments to students, all in all a serious platform which I have used ...
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How do you send money when you're not sure it's not a scam?

I've been hunting around for an apartment recently, and along with the countless posts on Craigslist, I found one with a good price but slightly strange story. The poster claims to have been sent to ...
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Can I get a confirmation that a pending card transaction details are real?

I'm going to make a deal over the Internet with a payment onto my Mastercard debit card (for providing some service online); a part of the payment will be done up front. I'll have a (not editable or ...
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Credit card details stolen every 1-2 years. What am I doing wrong? [duplicate]

Background I just had my credit card canceled because of fraud. This is actually a perfectly normal occurrence for me, which is the impetus behind this question. The card in question was only about ...
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Is there a general way to prevent fraudulent bank accounts from being opened in your name in Canada?

In the wake of the Desjardins data leak, several of my friends have become aware of fraudulent bank accounts (not credit accounts or lines of credit, to the best of my understanding) being opened in ...
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Ali Express and credit card frauds?

A lot of people around me claims that they have been victims of credit card thefts after shopping on Ali Express (one person even claims it happened several times). I am very sceptical to this because ...
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Fraudulent account opened, order shipped to me, how does the scam work?

This happened a while ago, but I still don't know how the scam was supposed to work. Someone opened a Fingerhut account in my name and had an air conditioning wall-unit shipped to me. Fortunately, I ...
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I received a seemingly legitimate welcome email for a bank account I did not open. What do I do?

I received an email which was apparently from Sun Trust Bank. It was welcoming me to their online services. I have not signed up for such services. I looked at the following data and it appears ...
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checking credit report for disabled adult child

I am the legal guardian of my disabled 26 year old son. I want to check his credit report to make sure noone is using his identity. how can I do this?
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Counterfeit checks were created for my account. How does this type of fraud work?

Two days ago, first thing in the morning I updated my quicken accounts and saw that my primary checking account had two unidentified checks totaling several thousand dollars, wiping out the account ...
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Does a bank have to tell me if a check made out to me was cashed there?

I moved out of a place and I was supposed to receive my last pay check there. I think my housemate deposited it in his account. I know banks are not supposed to, but it's in a small town so people ...
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Bank account got shut down for fraud from my sugar daddy? [duplicate]

I recently met some sugar daddy and gave him my bank username and password for him to deposit money into my account. I had about 9.00$ in my account and he tried depositing 800$, then next day I tried ...
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What should I do if no party wants to act on fraudulent transaction

In reality, this problem was acknowledged and resolved by one of the parties, but I want to know what to do in theoretical future scenarios. My Airbnb account was recently hacked. I don't know why, ...
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Taxes for “on the job” training for non U.S. Citizens and the W-8BEN

The Story: Two years ago two students from Germany went to U.S. to recieve a 4.5 months long "on the job" training at an international company. They each get a monthly allowance of 850$ via checks. ...
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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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