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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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How does this money-transfer scam work?

I'm in the market for an apartment on Craigslist, and a person emailed me with a too-good-to-be-true offer for an apartment that I can't visit because he happens to be out of the country. He then told ...
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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 $1210.check ...
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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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Scammed by Boiler Room & Now Fake German Law Firm

Late last year I invested heavily in what is now apparently a "Boiler Room". After trying to find any way to get my money back I came across a law firm. I found nothing about the lawyer ...
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How did Theranos have any value at all?

Theranos, an infamous case of a tech startup gone bad, was valued at over 9 billion dollars for audacious claims of revolutionizing the blood-testing industry. The trouble is, it had done so with ...
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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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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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At what point does a rate bait and switch become fraud?

I'm currently in the process of buying a house. Once the price was negotiated and agreed upon, I solicited quotes from various mortgage brokers. One offered a lower rate than the others, so we picked ...
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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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My eBay account was hacked and a fraudulent listing was made- Scam?

Recently my eBay account was hacked and a fraudulent listing was made, it was for a mobile phone with a sale price of just £12 (about 5% of its RRP) with 10000 units. I received a notification to say ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Tax implications of long term financial advisor fraud

Our family trusted financial advisor that was entrusted with over a million dollars (over the past 10 years) filed for his company and personal bankruptcy earlier this year. He admits sending out ...
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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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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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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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Detected fraudulent 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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