Questions tagged [scams]

any question related to scams where funds are siphoned off innocent victims by one way or other. Related tags "fraud"

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How can I convince my friend not to send money to scammers?

I have been in contact with a guy from Ethiopia for a while. He is desperate to leave the country as soon as possible. Recently he started chatting with some person who claims to represent a ...
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How does this scam involving buying a used car cash-only work?

I'm in pursuit of a used car. I came across this 2010 Camry for 4200 CAD. The car is good, I test drove it in the city and on the highway and there are no problems with it as far as I can tell. ...
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Are my friends trying to scam me or help me?

Some people I know IRL are saying then can make me $10-30k per day, and they need all my bank info including the security questions. They also said that I don't need money in the account. Is this a ...
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Scam? Phone call from “Department of Social Security” asking me to call back

I have gotten two phone calls this week from a 210 area code. A clearly automated voice claimed to be an officer with the Department for Social Security. I was informed there are legal proceedings ...
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random paypal payment - is it a scam?

I've received a small amount in my PayPal account which I don't recognize. The mail and notification on my phone seem genuine and I was not asked to accept the payment, it just went trough. I do not ...
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Are those flyers about apartment purchase a scam?

Let me start by stating that I know the golden rule: "If you need to ask if it's a scam, it very likely is". In this scenario my "spidey-sense" is tingling, however I can't quite see how would this ...
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How do I turn a person who is trying to scam me to the authorities?

I'm looking for a contact or website to turn in a person I believe is part of a huge scam. He's offering 5.5 million dollars :-) It might be money laundering.
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A stranger from Norway wants to have money delivered to me

A man from Norway who says he's from Florida wants me to invest a suitcase full of money. I told him to send it to the local police department and I would pick it up there. Of course he insists he ...
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Sugar daddy scam? [duplicate]

I’ve entered into a sugar daddy arrangement, but this is entirely new to me. I’ve read many things about scams and not to give out my bank account login. Well I was stupid and gave it out but as of ...
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How does “you got some unknown money” scam work?

My understanding of cheque and similar scams is that you receive a promise of payment (a cheque for instance) you give something of value in exchange (an item, or you wire money, ...) Essentially ...
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I was contacted by a private bank overseas to get my inheritance

Someone I knew, who was in a Mexican prison, has passed away and apparently this person has left me money. The bank called me and gave me details to log into an online bank account where I could see ...
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Is this GoFundMe response a pattern of scam behavior?

I have a GoFundMe campaign, and I received what looked like donations taking me to my target level, and then were rescinded by GoFundMe on a message saying something like the funds not being obtained. ...
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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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How could a thief buying plane tickets with stolen credit card details benefit personally?

An acquaintance had over £2,000 taken from her credit card account to pay for two flight tickets. Here's the part that I don't understand: If I buy flight tickets with someone else's credit card, is ...
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What are “redemption” schemes?

I am reading a page by the FBI on the Sovereign Citizen Movement. The article goes on to say: Not every action taken in the name of the sovereign citizen ideology is a crime, but the list of ...
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Is the apartment I want to rent a scam?

I am currently looking for an apartment in the near city. Yesterday I found an entry on an online-platform where people rent apartments to students, all in all a serious platform which I have used ...
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someone is seeking me to apply for a bank account [duplicate]

i recently met a woman who wants to meet she said she will pay my bills on so on. To good to be true i know so I'm just asking to further prove she is scamming me. Anyone know what this might do or ...
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Is this partnership offer for a property I am selling a scam?

I have published an advertisement on a classified website to sell undeveloped land I own in Sri Lanka. Through this, someone contacted me by email saying he wants to "invest" in the property. He ...
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Is this guy trying to scam me?

I met a guy online and we FaceTimed and used Skype to make sure that we both were the people in the pictures. He’s from Estonia but lives in Alabama. He had to go home because his mom passed away but ...
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How do you send money when you're not sure it's not a scam?

I've been hunting around for an apartment recently, and along with the countless posts on Craigslist, I found one with a good price but slightly strange story. The poster claims to have been sent to ...
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Daddy wants my login [duplicate]

I've been offered a "weekly allowance" he's asking for my bank login to do mobile check deposits. I know it's probably a scam but i created a completely new bank account. I know my information is on ...
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Is this claim fraudulent: “I Can't Believe This $16,728 Social Security Bonus Was So Easy”? [duplicate]

When I browse the Motley Fool Website, I see an advertisement that says "I Can't Believe This $16,728 Social Security Bonus Was So Easy", and it seems a fraud. Does any one on this forum have ...
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Can I be arrested for not returning money someone else deposited in my bank account?

Someone sent me a check willingly for $4800 and now they want it back because I refused to send it to other people after it was sent in fear of me being involved in crime. And said I scammed them and ...
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Is the job opportunity that I received legit?

I found a job posting on LinkedIn. The post stated that they were looking to hire a virtual assistant. As a University College Student, I of course, thought this would be the perfect job for me during ...
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do I need to send my online access information if someone is depositing money into my account is this a scam? [duplicate]

I met someone online. She says she wants to help me with legal issues. She said her late father left her a business and she says she is selling the business and sending the money to my account. She ...
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Is it illegal to transfer money to people in foreign countries? [duplicate]

A friend keeps sending money to foreign countries to guys she calls friends and recently began asking me to do it for her through Western Union. Can I get in trouble for this?
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How to deal with account scam and fraud?

I gave someone my account information for my bank account because they said they could help me financially. They put $820 in my account and said I could keep some if I sent it to this guy. I never ...
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Fraudulent account opened, order shipped to me, how does the scam work?

This happened a while ago, but I still don't know how the scam was supposed to work. Someone opened a Fingerhut account in my name and had an air conditioning wall-unit shipped to me. Fortunately, I ...
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Is this car delivery via Ebay Motors on Craigslist a scam?

I found a Craigslist posting selling what looks to be a wonderfully maintained vehicle for low miles and a very low price. I contacted the seller and she responded with this. I've omitted personally ...
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Shipped package arrived - didn't order, possible scam?

Two days ago I received a text message from DHL with a link to a DHL track parcel page. I can confirm that it is the official website. I even took the tracking code, and manually went onto the DHL ...
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Western Union request : any risk?

I live in France and I have been sharing a student accomodation with somebody from Morocco for nearly 1 year. The guy is pretty nice, and I had no problem with him so far but two days ago, he asked me ...
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Why would someone need Articles of incorporation from us?

Recently I got email from total stranger asking us, our company, to send him electronic copy of Articles of Incorporation. I don't know what to do. He could have legitimate purpose that I cannot think ...
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Fell for Delta Airlines scam (they charged my credit card before contacting me!) What now?

Last night I received a phone call from "Delta Airlines Purchase Verification Department" claiming that I had purchased a flight. Since I was not travelling on the flight, they wanted to verify that ...
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Guy I met online has posted me money, is this illegal? [duplicate]

So I was talking to a guy online & then we exchanged numbers. After a while he said he had got me something as a gift & would like to post it, so I gave him my postal address After I gave it, ...
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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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Sugar daddy scam or no? [duplicate]

So I have someone who is interested in a sugar daddy/sugar baby arrangement but in order to receive the money he wants my mobile banking username and password. Is it a scam ?
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Western Union Hacker wants to send me money

A hacker wants to help me. I send them $400 USD through Western Union (Turkey) and they send me back $8k. Is this a scam?
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Is this app buyout company a scam?

I have a couple of modestly successful android apps in the store and I've recently been approached by a company to buy out two of the apps from me. The company was webuyapps.top. There are a couple ...
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Any risk in providing my address for a “trial product”?

I run an online store and received an unsolicited message through the customer contact form. They claim to be a manufacturer producing items which would fit well in my store. Their website and ...
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Trying to acess an Open OffShore Account for Someone

A person that has left the states to work says he can't get into his account from current work area, Dubai. He has sent me Access code, username, password and pin to see if I can access it from US. ...
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Am I being scammed by a sugar daddy?

I met a guy on a sugar daddy dating site and we talked, I told him my situation and he said he would help. So he asked for my bank account information and I told him you can use cash app or PayPal to ...
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A lady contacted me said lead by faith that im a good person to donate money to me

A lady contacted me by a name of Pierrette Mala said she is about to die and is an orphan and has no family to leave her money wth and has been lead by faith that im a good person to leave this money ...
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US doctor working in Tripoli wants me to open online account

A man I recently started talking to over Facebook says he is a doctor from the US working with the UN in Tripoli. He wants get out of Tripoli because of terrorist attacks on his camp. He is asking ...
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Employer asking for online access to bank account - Is this a scam?

I just recently got a freelance job as a virtual assistant. The employer I have looks like a reputable person with his own agency and everything. I'm new to it, so he asked for my bank account number, ...
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Is this a scam or not a scam?

I received the below email. Is is a scam or not a scam? Attention: Mohamed Atef, May the peace of the Lord be with you. Yes He left an ATM/VISA CARD with me before he traveled out of the ...
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Too good to be true raffle

There's a raffle here which seems too good to be true: https://www.winapetloversdream.com.au/ It's a $59 entry fee for a $1m+ prize. I am particularly suspicious because there are no T&Cs ...
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What information do scammers need to withdraw money from an account?

There is a story currently on the BBC news website. The relevant points are: Scammers called Alex pretending to be BT (telecommunications provider). Alex provided scammers with information / help ...
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“Homeownership investment” company - what's the angle?

Today I received a mailing from Unison, which claims to be a "homeownership investment" company. Their sales pitch is that they grant a 0%-interest loan to homeowners in exchange for a partial equity ...
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I gave my personal details to a clairvoyant who happens to be a scammer, what are the consequences that awaits? [duplicate]

Please don't judge me for believing stuff like horoscopes and astrology, though I did not send any amount nor my bank account number. But she knows my birthday, full name and address. What could ...
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Is it safe ? Is it scam or real? [duplicate]

I started talking to this sugar daddy for a week. But we barely talk much... he said he would help me with ALL my bills. He only wants to see me 1-2 a month. I told him my bills. And he said he’ll put ...