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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Credit freezes aren't available in Canada. What options are available to protect against identity theft?

It looks like credit freezes aren't possible in Canada. Despite this, there is some evidence that identity theft is a bona fide problem in Canada: RCMP states that in 2009 there were 11,095 identity ...
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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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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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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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