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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Trader I met online is asking for more money as a transaction fee to process withdrawal of my gains

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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My sugar daddy wants personal information to make me a member of "staff" in his company

I met a guy who wanted to be my sugar daddy and we started talking. He’s sweet and we have actual conversations but he wants to make me a member of “staff” in his company and wants my information. I ...
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Does this job offer and link business' bank account sound like a scam?

I'm broke. I'm looking for a job. I find a guy offering me a job on reddit doing crypto transfers. I don't really know how they make money just trading crypto, but apparently that's the job. Now he ...
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I think I got scammed by sugar daddy

I went into the sugar daddy Instagram accounts because I was in need of money. Then, I realized he was a scammer because he asked me to pay for some “fee” money. A lot of it. He kept sending me ...
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Was this "sweepstakes" phone call a scam? And how would it work?

Earlier today I got a phone call from a man claiming to be from the city I live in. He said I had randomly won a sweepstakes from a pamphlet I filled out while shopping some time ago, and I would have ...
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Japanese scammer through shipping proxy

Someone close to me was scammed the following way and I'd like to know which course of action to take is best. The buyer is based in Denmark and bought a product from Yahoo Auctions (Japan). To do ...
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SwissGap savings platform, is it legit or scam?

Recently I found this ad for something called called SwissGap. They promise very high returns like 5% a month on 1000 USD investment for their savings account. So I registered and got called by one of ...
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Why would scammers use PayPal?

I've been getting tens of ads in Instagram lately, about GPUs and PCs selling at 1/10 the normal price. The method of payment from is PayPal. I am wondering how would this work in any way for the ...
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Ordered bike parts, paid with Paypal, received face masks. How do I get my money back from this scam?

My wife fell victim to a scam that she will not let go of. She was looking for a bicycle online and came across what appeared to be a legit web site. My wife assumed that it was safe to use Paypal ...
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Someone is trying to sell me something online with Venmo. Is it a scam?

I wanted to buy a GPU online from someone who listed some a fairly affordable price. However, this person wanted to transact using Venmo or Cash App, not PayPal Goods and Services. PayPal G&S has ...
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Anyone hear of Aionbtc? How does this scam work?

I got this message below. I signed up for a lot of giveaways without thinking, but I don't remember this one specifically. Is it a scam? Their site looks pretty cool: [link redacted to minimise the ...
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Online Sugar Daddy and Bitcoin [duplicate]

I met a guy through Snapchat and he says he’s a sugar daddy. He claims he’ll pay me an allowance weekly through Cash App. But before he starts giving me an allowance he wants me to download and create ...
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Using online friend's account to get an employee discount, is it a scam?

I was advised to ask my question here so here it is: I'm in the market for a desktop and I met an online friend who happened to be an employee at the company that I want to buy from, he gets an ...
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Totaled the car *after* repairs were already made; is this insurance company incompetent or is someone engaged in a scam?

The basic scenario and question My car was "totaled" by my insurance company, but they did so only after repairs were made. They wound up paying the body shop for the repairs, as well as ...
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A scam? Has anyone here had dealing with fxhubinvesments or sonicfxtraders - please advise?

I've lost 1800.00 in a FX exchange investment. They are now promising that after one more final payment I'll get paid out 12 k. This was a bitcoin exchange over 3 weeks. The profit seems exaggerated ...
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Possible scam using another person's email, but we don't see how it is working

I have a friend who has been getting quite a lot of traffic to his personal email account that is not his activity. This would include someone in California requesting auto insurance quotes. This ...
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How to check if a bank is legit

I would like to check if an online bank is legit. It is a Astroibank. I cannot find anything online and I have some money that was supposed to have been sent there. The bank is asking me to pay a lot ...
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What will happen if I deposited a check that was part of a scam and I already spent some of the money?

I deposited a check and spent a 700 before knowing it was a scam and I got lured but my bank account isn’t set up to do overdrafts because I’m still consider a minor what will happen??
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What are the intentions of those seeking to buy shares in mini-tender offers?

Consider this mini-tender offer: Notice of Offer to Purchase for Cash Up to 2,000,000 Shares of Common Stock Of Microsoft Corporation at $280.00 Net Per Share by Tutanota LLC On the surface, this ...
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How do websites ban prepaid cards?

A small number of websites prevent customers from checking out using a prepaid card. How do websites manage this when there are so many prepaid cards out there? Are there any prepaid cards known for ...
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What do I do if a sugar daddy who sent me money is asking for money back or threatening me with FBI asking he needs a $1000 to pay off his workers? [duplicate]

I’m confused on what to do. Recently, I was talking to a guy who came to me first on Snapchat wanting me to be his sugar baby and I agreed. Long story short, he told me he would be giving me an ...
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Is it a scam when a contract employer asks me to forward money to other workers through my bank?

I have applied for a job as a translator in a UK based company via Indeed, working from home. Everything about it looked legit - regular contact information, addresses, interview (even though ...

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