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Is it possible to get scammed when buying using PayPal?

I bought a small piece of electronics for around 200€ on ebay-kleinanzeigen, the german equivalent of craigslist. The seller seemed honest and we agreed on him shipping the goods and me paying through ...
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Can I correct the name on a check if I'm not committing fraud

A large international car company owes me (person) ~$10-15k and mailed me a check to settle the amount, but they put the wrong name on it and now my bank won't take it. After a month of trying to get ...
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I gave a scammer my address, full name, and phone number. What can they do? [duplicate]

It was for a job as a personal assistant. She is sending me a check. I am suppose to buy some to toys for an orphanage and deduct my check from it. Now I am scared about what can they do with the ...
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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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Trust issues with rental security deposit

I'm in a situation where I will need to rent an apartment without the ability to see it or meet the landlord/sublessor first. This creates a trust issue that I'm not sure how to address. Most ...
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Has my credit card been compromised?

Last week a noticed a $598 charge from build.com. I doubled-checked that I had not purchased anything from them or their network of stores. I was prepared to dispute the charge as soon as it was no ...
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How likely is it to be victim of credit card fraud on a credit card that has never been used?

How likely is it to be victim of credit card fraud on a credit card that has never been used? Assume that the credit card was issued by a financial institution bank in the United States. (Link to ...
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Computer Fraud Related

On 27th of May at around 1:30 P.M. (EST) I tried to order a small toy Online from Walmart. I thought I dialed Walmart Online order 800 number. The person who came to help me, conned me and took over ...
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How do credit card banks detect fraudulent transactions without requiring a travel advisory?

I hold two credit cards in Canada- one from a large financial institution (TD Canada) and one with an online bank (PC Financial). When using these cards for travel, for the TD Mastercard, I am okay ...
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How secure is my data in the hands of a financial planner?

I consult with a Certified Financial Planner who charges an annual fee. The person seems reliable and seems to have integrity, but also has a few people working under her whom I know nothing about. ...
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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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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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What could someone do if they had a check made out to me? [duplicate]

Suppose I receive a check. Maybe it's for employment, or a class-action settlement, or maybe even just a graduation present from a relative. Doesn't matter. Point is, it grants me some amount of ...
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Checking fraud withdrawal with atm bank

I have a pre-paid debit card, which I suspect some fraud cash withdrawals have happened at an ATM machine in Portugal (I'm currently staying there). I'm wondering is there any chance the bank where ...
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Borrowing 100k, paying it to someone and then declaring bankruptcy

What happens if you borrow 100-500k in Australia, pay it to a friend and then declare bankruptcy shortly after? Would your friend need to pay back the bank? Would this be fraud? What would happen if ...
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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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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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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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Opening account for family in my name

Sibling of mine asked me to open an bank account for her in my name. She wants to fill it with her savings and use it on day-to-day basis with a debit card. I have a strong feeling this could ...
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Do gas stations have $1.00 preauthorization charges (Are these fraudulent charges)?

I just received the following alert from my bank, and they want to verify that I made these transactions: Do you recognize all of these transaction(s)? Approved transaction at PETRO [redacted] for $...
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Risks of sending debit/credit cards via conventional mail

If a bank mails a credit/debit card in an envelope isn't there a risk that somewhere on its way the envelope will be scanned and the card number, expiration date and CVV code will be extracted? As ...
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Will fraudulent use of my credit card(s) impact my creditworthiness/score?

I am currently in a predicament where I am living in France but most of my credit cards (the ones I don't really use) are back in the U.S. with my parents. I didn't take pictures of the front/back ...
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How to protect from fraud when giving out CVV

In Australia, it seems like a common practice that when paying for something over the phone, the guy on the other side asks for the credit card number, expiry and the CVV number ! I have never had to ...
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How to recover an inherited dormant account without paying a significant commission?

I settled my parents' estate in 2012. Now I am receiving records of a dormant account from Legal Claimant Services (Keane). They claim to have found $68,000 in a dormant account. I live in ...
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My sister borrowed money on a home thats not hers, how can I protect the home?

After the death of my sister, my mother finds out she had taken a mortgage out on mom's home. The deed and taxes are only in mom's name. The bank came out taking pictures yesterday. Mom is 72 ...
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How do dating website scams work? How can I protect someone from them?

My husband of 50 years has gotten sucked into a Chinese dating site. A woman(?) has 'fallen in love' with him and wants him to open an account at HSBC so she can start a 'fund' for him to give him ...
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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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I submitted my credit card number to an unreputable site. What should I do now?

I was shopping for an uncommon item, found a site that claimed to sell it, and placed an order with my credit card (which went through Verified by Visa). Only afterward did I realize that this site ...
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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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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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What Recourse Do I Have Against Fraudulent Ecommerce? [UK]

Very simple question, I'm surprised it hasn't been asked before. I bought a product form a website a month ago. They confirmed my order, took the payment and gave me an order number... and that's it....
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Non-Profit Accounting Boy Scouts won't fully disclose event budget [closed]

I'm extremely puzzled why the local Boy Scout council won't / can't disclose the budget of a recent 4 day day camp for cub scouts. Several parents have asked how our $100 / scout camp fee was spent. ...
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Two similiar music chest web shops with the same products and no impressum - both are a fraud? [closed]

I wanted to buy a tiny litte music box as a present for christmas since I discovered an advertisement of this website on Facebook: https://www.musicchests.com/ This is their facebook page btw: https://...
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Reported defect, received refund, do not want to return item [closed]

I reported to Graco that the lock down latch system was broken on the base of my car seat. This is the information that was given to me by my child's father. Graco issued me a refund and sent me a ...
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Avoid Paying COBRA Premiums When Unused

I would like to avoid paying for Cobra insurance for a month between jobs if I do not use the insurance. It would not be a lapse in coverage for preexisting condition purposes. Basically for the ...
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Unknown Zelle payment

A Zelle transfer appeared on my bank account that I didn't make. Zelle says to contact my bank for more info on who was paid, but they say money was paid to Zelle! How do I find out who got my money?!...
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What do US banks look for while processing a check

I recently had two issues with banks & checks I deposited a check payable to my spouse & me in our joint account at the bank ATM. It was accepted, then rejected - missing endorsement. Turns ...
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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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contact information for Experian fraud

Someone managed to get my credit card # and ordered a credit card report from Experian. I've called the credit card company + have a new card with a different number on the way, but I need to talk to ...
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Alternate Payment Methods That Protect Sellers With Virtual Services [closed]

I use eBay and my own site (hosted by Wix) to sell a virtual service with uses PayPal as the only payment option. Since the virtual service contains no physical item that gets dispatched, protection ...
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Credit card fraud resulting in credit card account closure + reopening with a different account number: what's the impact on the credit score? [duplicate]

I live in the United States. One of my credit cards issued by a bank based in the US (namely, JPMorgan Chase Bank) was used fraudulently. I informed my bank, who Informed me they would close my credit ...
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Online store buyer trying to scam

I posted an item on OLX and somebody inquired for it. I thought it would be a good deal but when he sent the money, the bank (It's fake) asks for a scanned shipment receipt so that they'll transfer it ...
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To protect against fraud in Canada do I need to go with either Equifax / TransUnion or both?

As per this answer, to protect against fraud, one needs to put a credit alert on TransUnion and Equifax. Isn't it enough to put a fraud alert on just one of them? Why do we need to put it on both ...
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Credit Freeze - optimal option for a person on student visa in US?

I am an international student who recently moved to the US for studies. I have been reading up on identity theft and credit freezes/fraud alerts. After getting a primary credit card (to build up some ...
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Danger of criminals having your checking or savings account number

This question is in relation to the recent Equifax breach: I'm less concerned about my credit card number being out there. That gets stolen and used by thieves on average at least twice a year. I've ...
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Bait & Switch Doctor [closed]

I took my two daughters for a “Free Consultation” to an Orthodontist. They said the doctor may need to take x-rays, Panoramics. These are not included in free consultation. I checked with my ...
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Am I being scammed?

A friend of mine who recently got involved with some money hooked me up with a person and they asked for my debit card and account information. If you’re getting money transferred to you does that ...
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How are fraudulent food stamp redemptions actually turned into cash?

This news article describes a bar being shut down because they were accepting food stamps for drugs and lap-dances. The USDA described how they investigate and fight fraud. Analysis shows that the ...
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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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Free Money Payroll from Ghost Accounts [duplicate]

My friend said he knows this guy who will deposit money into my Chase bank account. The only requirements being that I have had the account for over 4 months and my balance is not negative. His name ...