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Unexpected goods delivery - is this a scam, and what kind of scam?

My wife received a small package, containing a pair of Ray Ban sunglasses (whether original or fake I don't know) in a nice leather-looking case. It is addressed to her, correct name, street, postcode,...
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What strategies could be employed so as to avoid identity theft and credit card frauds?

Other than getting a credit card with a minimal limit and using it exclusively for online purchases, what other strategies could be employed so as to avoid identity theft and credit card frauds?
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Visitor Shopping in the US: Would I get tax refund? Would I have to pay anything upon departure?

I plan to do some shopping when I'm in the US. I wanna know two things: What items will I get tax refund on? and in which states/cities? Will I have to pay anything at customs when I am leaving the ...
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How to use a cash budget and buy items online?

Using a cash budget, say we save $100 for household items. Typically, we would withdraw $100 from the ATM, put it in an envelope, and then later, go to home depot or walmart or wherever and buy an ...
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What tax rules apply to selling of digital goods, specifically in-game currencies?

We are selling an in-game currency to be used to buy virtual objects that will be used and consumed in the game. How do taxes relate to this type of purchase as compared to selling physical goods ...
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I have an American Express gift card and I need to enter a “Name on Card” to buy something, but it’s a gift card and is unnamed?

Exactly what’s in the title. I’m on Etsy and I’m asked the name of the card. I can’t pay without inputting it in. I tried just my name and I’m a minor so I’ve never done this before. There is a user ...
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Product and refund offered in exchange for Amazon Verified Purchase review

A few days ago, out of the blue I was contacted by a purported Amazon seller who is probably based in China, about sending me a product in their catalog in exchange for a review. They probably got my ...
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E-shopping, the store refunds less money, how act?

I've ordered some product online. The next day I got an email: On 1st time orders, our company requires transactions to be completed via Paypal. We have refunded your credit card for the total ...
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How do “held” amounts appear on statements and affect balances of traditional credit cards?

I use a pre-paid Vanilla MasterCard credit card for online shopping. Every time I make a purchase, the companies I purchase from "hold" some similar amount which reflects negatively on my balance. ...
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How are 3rd party services able to determine if a card is a prepaid or a credit card?

Prepaid cards typically advertise being usable anywhere that (Visa|Mastercard) is accepted, and yet I've noticed an increasing number of places online and physical which accept (Visa|Mastercard), but ...
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How can I get a refund when I am in a country and I bought something that is based in other country?

I hope this is a good place to ask about this, if it is not please let me know in a comment and I will delete the question. I have bought a downloadable game in a website which its based in a country ...
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Are software license keys from 3rd party sellers (like on ebay) legit or a scam or …?

On eBay and probably other sites you can easily find listings for very inexpensive software license keys for all sorts of programs. Here's a screenshot of an example for Windows 10: And you can find ...
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Can I report knock-off company as scam/fraudulent to credit card company?

I saw a video ad on Facebook for a product that looked interesting and high-quality. (I believe it actually is.) Later, I ordered the product—but I ordered it from a different site than the actual ...
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Can an online store say they don't have a refund policy as part of their customer agreement?

I am not sure this is the right place to ask. So please let me know in a comment if it is not and I will delete the question. I have seen some online stores that sell digital content and don't have a ...
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How to compare the different methods for checking out for online shopping?

When I shop online, I often find that there are different ways for checking out creating an account on the online shopping website choosing guest checkout option. Use some third party like Amazon or ...
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Why is shipping for a small item cheaper to a commercial address? Can I take advantage?

Browsing eBay (USA) I saw an item with these characteristics: 24 x 18 x 12 inches (60 x 45 x 30) About 60 lbs Shipping was running about $145 to my address, which was ~40$ of the price of the item. ...
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What's the best time to start holiday shopping this year?

I am planning and making a list of things I need to buy this Christmas. Can you please tell me the best time to start holiday shopping so I can benefit from best deals online for electronics and etc. ...
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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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Online Return Policies

I purchased merchandise online from a retailer that has a 365-day return policy. I followed the steps to return the merchandise, filled out the forms to do so, and sent the merchandise back to the ...
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Online Shop won't deliver - What's my best choice of action? Inkasso or PayPal?

I ordered something online (~150€) from a shop that had ~30k mostly. positive reviews online. (After the fact I realized that all reviews from the last few weeks were horribly negative, though.) I ...
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What information is sent to merchant with online/POS credit card and “no name” gift card purchases?

With credit card and online: your full name, full billing address and maybe some numbers from the card? Is there a difference in this regard between a "normal" merchant account or Paypal's credit card ...
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Tax/VAT when buying from USA in Argentina?

I am going to Argentina for a month, and are therefore wondering if I can buy things (wooden puzzles) from the US and receive them in Argentina without having to pay tax/VAT? Or is there perhaps a ...
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I’m getting a refund for a product that I did not return

I recently bought an item during Black Friday from Best Buy and I just received an email stating that the item I bought was returned and they’re going to give me a full refund. This must be a mistake ...
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VAT and duties payable when importing personal goods from Switzerland and the Channel Islands to the EU?

Switzerland is a pretty murky one: it's part of the Schengen zone (so there are no physical borders) but it's not part of the European Union Customs Union so you have to pay duties when exiting and ...
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Double charge while paying online

Lately I've started encountering this double charge procedure on almost every online payment I do. For example, I've ordered some food from UberEats and the bill was 20,00€ (€10,00 x 2). I ...
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Consumer protection purchasing online course offered by USA company from another country: Which law applies?

I'm from Argentina. A big online learning platform from San Francisco offers course at a price (11 USD) in private navigation, but following the link with common navigation the price change (to 20 USD)...
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Webshop - where to pay taxes?

Say I would have a website that sells products and ships them worldwide. Say that I am personally located on a continent that is different from that where my supplier is based. Moreover, assume that ...