Questions tagged [scams]

A scam is a fraudulent business or scheme that takes money or other goods from an unsuspecting person. Related tag is "fraud",

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A person I met on Instagram took money from me and then asked again [closed]

A person I met on Instagram took money from me and then asked again. What should I do?
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I wonder COT code and personal bank information [duplicate]

I searched for it. It's a bank in London, https://www.alphaguarantee.com Is this a bank that exists and a site?
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online bank bank transfer [duplicate]

I have meet a boyfriend online and ask me to make an online bank account because theres a so-called bank manager will transfer the huge amount. He helps me make a personal online bank account and ...
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Paying an invoice for someone through his offshore account as he has an unsecured line at his remote location [duplicate]

Someone who I have been romantically linked to for the past month but have not met in person other than Skype and email etc. wants me to pay a million dollar plus invoice out of his offshore account ...
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Money transfer cot code number [duplicate]

My fiancee opened an account for me at hazlabank.com, it was credited $3750000, but the banl requests for cot code of which I will get after activating the account.The banks mailed me to send ...
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I paid R3999 for registration R4,799.05 for IMF now R3,768 for C.O.T is this not a scam? They will need another money after this? [duplicate]

I apply for a loan I pay 3999 for registration after IMF of R4,799.05 now I must pay R3 768 for C.O.T and they say I will get the money back is this not a scam?
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Why have I started receiving pre-approved credit card offers for strangers?

I've been living at my current address for a couple of years now. It's not unusual to get mail for the previous residents, and as such I'm fairly familiar with their names and so on. In the last ...
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Is "bank.gov.ua" the official website of the central bank of Ukraine?

Numerous websites have been encouraging people to donate to Ukraine, to their official government, via this website. (Note: ctrl+f "en" to find the English switcher.) Is this website legit (...
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Is this a scam using Zelle, or am I being paranoid? [duplicate]

I listed an item for sale on Facebook marketplace. I immediately received one or two messages, asking me for my email address and full name. The claim is that they will send me money on Zelle, and ...
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is it ok to withdraw the money that a scammer put into your account that you "won" to save for yourself and then tell the bank you were scammed?

Would it be really bad if I withdrew some of the money the scammer sent me that I "won" to keep for myself and then tell my bank that I think I've been scammed?
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A stranger messaged someone I know via an online listing and gave them their credit card details and encouraged them to use it. Is there a scam here?

A family member of mine (female, not sure if that's relevant) was contacted via a listing on Facebook for an item of clothing by a someone (male) who then sent through their credit card details. The ...
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I won $9500 in a game. Now they're asking me to send it back via different means, promising me more money if I do so

I played a guessing type game. I won and ended up giving them all this info. I got $9500 in my account but now they are asking me to send it back through different means. They say it's to prove to the ...
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Am I being scammed? [pay off my debts] [closed]

I’m talking to someone who wants to pay off my credit cards. He asked which credit cards I have. I told him I didn’t feel comfortable giving out my information. He said he would give me his ...
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LLC set up at someone else's home - what's the scam?

This didn't happen to me, but this was posted on a local blog I follow and I was curious what the scam was. Someone setup an LLC using my home address. It is a single-family home, and we have owned ...
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Can I trust Zelle to credit my account for added charges?

I listed a dress for $300 on FB Marketplace. The buyer uses Zelle so I set up an account because D said that was the only way she sent funds. She said she sent Zelle the money. So I get an email ...
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How Do I report a scammer requesting money as PayPal bill?

Today I received a PayPal request for payment for over $41000 from a party I don't know with a gmail address that looks like it was created just for scamming. Obviously I cancelled it, but is there ...
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Possible scam for security deposit - bank operation

I am looking for apartments to rent in Switzerland and I came across a bank operation that is rather new to me. In order to put down the security deposit, I would have to do the following: Fill in a ...
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Don't KYC - is it legal/legit to have a debit Visa/Mastercard without KYC checks?

I recently found out about this service, called "Don't KYC" (see edit revisions if you really want to find the link, but by the time of the edit the website is down) that has its own ...
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Why might a Fan Duel bettor want to launder his winnings through someone else's bank account? [duplicate]

A friend of my son's won a lot of money from betting on Fan Duel. We can't figure out why the friend asked my son to receive payments related to the guy's winnings. After receiving the transfer of $...
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Just want confirmation this is a scam

I recently posted on fb in a group that helps people out, basically people donate to you for whatever you need, food, rent, etc. I feel like this is a scam, but am a little unsure So, this woman ...
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Did anyone has been recently hired by [redacted scammer name]? [closed]

Did anyone has been recently hired by [scammer name redacted] as J. payment Associate for converting money transfers to Bitcoin? We did contact the Florida corporation department to verify if the ...
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Trader I met online is asking for more money as a transaction fee to process withdrawal of my gains [duplicate]

I met a trader on telegram and after discussion I was convinced to invest $300 and then after 24 hours I got a message to increase the investment to $500 otherwise trading will not be done. After 2 ...
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Is European Economic Commission Cost Conversion Clearance Certification Code required [duplicate]

My boyfriend was doing wire transfer to the Philippines from his online bank account in a European bank. Transfer was not effected and asked for COT. Bank said his money still liquid and he needs to ...
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Turning hundreds to thousands profile on Instagram, scam?

I had a friend tell me that she gave this girl on Instagram $1,000 and she turned it into $25,000 in minutes. She apparently does some sort of crypto/stock investing. She was told she has to pay a $3,...
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Private sale: Buyer requests receipt for payment before payment was transferred. How does this scam work?

I am selling something on ebay Kleinanzeigen (German equivalent to craigslist in the US). A potential buyer first acted like a private person in writing, rather young at age, maybe even a teenager. ...
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Is it a scam if a non-Amazon merchant sends two items from Amazon when I ordered one?

During Cyber Monday I was searching for a specific camera as a gift for a family member. I found it available at a merchant I had not heard of before for around $100, which is $25 cheaper than Amazon....
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Are indexed universal life insurances of any use from a tax mitigation standpoint (= looking at after-tax returns) vs. a regular investment account?

I am a US lawful permanent resident. I am interested to know whether indexed universal life insurances have any upside from a tax mitigation standpoint compared to a regular investment account. I.e., ...
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How does this WhatsApp scam work?

I am trying to work out how this attempted scam on me could possibly work financially for the scammers as it just seems like the time and effort involved as well as the low potential for payoff isn't ...
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Buyer from abroad wants to pay by bank transfer and let it fetch by someone else. What should I pay attention to if I want to accept the offer? [duplicate]

I want to sell a couch over the internet (ebay-kleinanzeigen.de, the german pendant to craigslist). A potential buyer wants to pay almost the full price, but he is somewhere else (+1 504) and wants to ...
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What do the scammers do when they get access to someone's online banking?

Lately all the banks around here (Latvia) have been sending out warnings about scammers that try to get access to your online banking. Fair enough. But what confuses me is - so, what can they do after ...
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How does this Norton "upgrade" scam work?

I frequently get spam like this: Your Payment Received for upgradation. We upgraded your plan to pro-version. In_Voice Number: MKZP-98540. The details are below: Service: Nort-One 360 Deluxe ...
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How does scammer get money by spamming their 'Ethereum password' in comments?

I've noticed on a certain website the same message keeps being spammed as a random reply to comments. The message is: Hi. How can i withdraw tokens? ethereum pass 0x(long hex ID here) I'm sure they ...
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Someone asked me to log in into their bank account

For almost two months, I have been talking online to a guy who allegedly owns a mining company in Australia but works in NYC for his current job, gem dealer! Allegedly, currently, he is on a cruise ...
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Money transferred from Google Play/ iTunes Store to a bank account

If someone transfers money from Google play/ iTunes store to their bank account (which takes 1-3 business days) and the account is deactivated when the transaction is pending (due to e.g. scam report),...
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Sugar daddy requested that I verify my bitcoin on Cash App — is it a scam? [duplicate]

A "sugar daddy" requested that I send him my Cash App tag (username) so that he could put me on his payroll. He told me that I would then need to verify my bitcoin and pay a small fee of $70 ...
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Someone wants to wire money to me as a gift to avoid taxes — is this a scam? [duplicate]

I have been approached by an investor saying that he wants to wire money to my account as a "gift" to avoid taxes. I would get to keep 5%. He has shown many documents showing proof and ...
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How can fraudsters set up believable foreign accounts?

I often read of the risk of wiring money to a fraudulent recipient. For example, on a real estate closing, a common scam is to trick the buyer into wiring the closing costs to an account belonging to ...
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Received a check in the mail, realized a day after depositing it that it was a fake

About a week and a half ago, I received a check in the mail. I stupidly deposited it and contact my bank, the fraud department and signed papers a day after doing so. I am receiving few answers from ...
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Potential scammer pushing me to click a link and threatens to send the police

I was contacted by someone wanting to buy a bird cage I was selling on Facebook market place. He said he couldn't collect as he was at work he told me he would send a cash envelope via dpd and that I ...
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How do I let Facebook know they are trying to bill the wrong person

I bought my domain Wadeswebworks.com I was in web dev school and we had a project to create a FB ad. So I did even though I thought FB was a waste of time. Back then you could not delete the Ad so I ...
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Why are older people more likely to be a victim of romance scammers than young people? [closed]

I have this curiosity. Statistics show that most people who are victims of romance scams are middle aged or elderly people(and female) but younger people rarely fall for this kind of fraud. Young ...
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How to avoid being scammed while purchasing unimproved land online?

I am currently in the process of purchasing a piece of land I found for sale online, by what looks like a small business that buys and sells land. I have had a friend in the area check out the ...
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Someone tries to use cancelled card

In the UK, a debit card is stolen and the card's owner cancels the card. The thief tries to use the card for a contactless payment, but it is declined. Would the bank have a record of this? Would ...
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I deposited a cheque from my sugar daddy and then sent someone money. What do I do now? [duplicate]

I deposited a cheque from my sugar daddy and then he asked me to send someone money. I only sent a little bit, but then I canceled the transactions before they were completed and my sugar daddy hasn't ...
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Reloadable visa scam

So, I had someone message me. Then have me buy a reloadable visa. Set it up. Sent the card info then I got an email from [scam site redacted] stating I have had a new account made for me with some ...
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Someone recently gave me his banking information so that I could log into his account. Could I get in trouble?

Someone sent me their online banking information so that I could log in and check their balance. Could I get in trouble for that? I reported it to two different places that I thought I was scammed. No ...
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I was asked to pay $412 just chanje from transferring my earnings from bank to Bitcoin wallet after I requested to withdraw my earnings

Someone called himself Mr Franklin Gordons told me to invest on his company website called bluegatefx.com from $300 I'll get $2900 in 4 of which I did then 2 days of trading then my investment just ...
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How to Get Out of Time Share [duplicate]

One of my friend bought a time share (in the Las Vegas of Midwest) about 5 years ago. He has barely used it since then. And recently he had some hard time with some financial troubles and death in the ...
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Did my insurance company scam me when they paid less for my car than I saw it selling for at a used car dealership later?

Tree fell on my car, windshield smashed. Other than that I can drive it, I can still get in and drive it around (obviously with limited visibility) had to wear extra protection so I wouldn't get cut. ...
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Is this a Sugar daddy Bitcoin scam or not? [duplicate]

I’ve been talking to this acclaimed “sugar daddy” and I’m trying to figure out if it’s a scam. He hasn’t asked for any bank info or any other private information. He told me that my fee for receiving ...
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