Questions tagged [fraud]

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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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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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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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Detected fradulent charges to my account but I cannot close the card until another payment goes through

Today I detected two charges to my card, both on the same day. I called my bank (chase) but the only solution offered was to block and close the card. However, I am currently doing some processes ...
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What can I do if I believe I made a debit card purchase from a fraudulent 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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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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What happens with fraudulent transactions on my credit card? Do the fraudsters win, at the expense of the bank?

I have a credit card account with Barclaycard in the UK. A few weeks back, I wasn't able to log in to view my account online. I called them, and they said the account had been locked due to some ...
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Is this person doing illegal money transfers?

This girl that I'm friends with and have actually seen in person before, keeps posting [on social media] that she "loves when the transfer goes through" and gets $2000-$6000 for free quite often. She ...
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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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How do “cash giveaway” scams on Twitter work? [duplicate]

I noticed that some people are giving away cash to "first 500 to re-tweet this" or something like that. Sometimes it looks legitimate, e.g., the account is verified, old, and has real ...
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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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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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Is being asked to pay for business supplies via Bitcoin an employment scam?

I applied online for a job, but my profile does not involve my qualifications, only my age and my name. The next day an email was sent to me by a company based in Florida. I was hesitant at first to ...
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Check Cashed By someone else [duplicate]

I am facing one weird situation. I am about receive check for my kid’s summer camp refund. Summer camp agency issued a check and it was never delivered to me. When I contact them they said its ...
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My broker brother-in-law and sister managed my father's stock and estimated million dollars disappeared before his passing [closed]

My broker brother-in-law and sister managed my father's stock. I know he made illegal trades and used my fathers account to buy sell trade to cover his purchases. He was fired from three companies for ...
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Is using a firewall debit card (curve) a good solution to protect my main credit card?

I'm using Curve, a physical debit card that connects all your credit and debit cards in one and let you decide which one to use at each transaction by using its own app. I've used it with my lower ...
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Scammed by Boiler Room & Now Fake German Law Firm - LAWMUC Rechtsanwälte & Kanzlei Herfurtner

Late last year I invested heavily in what is now apparently a "Boiler Room" run by Foley Asset Management. After trying to find any way to get my money back I came across a law firm "Herfurtner ...
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Invested 600 , now cot is required to release payments

I invested 300 with this company Called CRYPTOPAIDOPTIONS and Option Flix. My concern is they are asking for cot to be sent to them before sending my payout . While another company name Alis Capital ...
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Gift card fraud: To whom to report? How to recover funds? Is the party which issued me the card liable?

In September 2011, I redeemed credit card points I had with Citibank for a $100 Walmart gift card. I did not try using this card until March 2014, when I discovered there was no balance in it. I ...
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Is it possible to steal money from an account/card by knowing only the card number and PIN?

I have an ATM card, it is a local bank issued card without any international payment service like Visa, MasterCard or such. If someone knows only the 16 numbers on the card and the PIN (and also ...
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Asked to carry out cash purchases of collector coins - Is this a scam?

I have learned that a person (A) I know is being asked to carry out cash purchases of expensive coins by their neighbour (B) under the pretense of working close to the (brick-and-mortar) store which ...
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Stranger sent me $12,100

I have a small landscaping business and I advertised through Facebook. Some guy reached out to me via text message, asking me to do a job for him. He asked for a quote for installing sod in his ...
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unordered merchandise [closed]

I received a bunch of items from wish.com that i did not order. I messaged wish and they said the name and address were from me so I'd have to return them to get my money back. I put return to sender ...
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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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How to verify that money transferred to you is really and irreversibly yours [duplicate]

There are countless examples of the overpayment scam on this StackExchange. Whereby the victim believes that they've been sent money and is asked to send some of it elsewhere, and then the original ...
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What are the risks of using money sent to you by a scammer, once the transaction is irreversible

Take as a premise for this question, that there does exist some process by which you can get a bank to confirm that a transfer is completely valid and irreversible. See here for any discussion of that ...
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Paypal Credit account charged and repaid by unknown party. I reported it, and PayPal sent ME a check. Do I need to do anything else?

I apparently set up a Paypal Credit account years ago (when it was called BillMeLater) and forgot about it. Last year I started receiving emails "Statement balance" and "Payment received!" Checking ...
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can I file a small claims court to get a wire transfer reversed due to fraud?

Wired $7,175 to a fraudulent website to TCF bank. It's been 7 months now and neither bank will help me.
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I shared my bank account number and my name, can they drain my account?

I shared my bank account number and my name with my gmail info with an online trading company. Do I need to worry? Can they drain my bank account?
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Changing Bank Account Number regularly to reduce fraud

4 others and myself are going through the motions of renting a student accomodation in the UK. So far we have had to pay a holding fee to secure the flat. To do this we were given an account number ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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