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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Are ads on YouTube asking donations for sick children via drove.com a scam?

The past few weeks YouTube has been showing me advertising asking to make donations to help pay medical bills for sick children via a crowdfunding site called Drove. However, the ads look very ...
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Sugar mama threatening to send someone to kill and blackmail me. Is it a scam? [duplicate]

I will admit I am ashamed at what I did, and a little anxious, but I’ll also share this in hopes that someone will either learn from this, or that someone will know what to do (or even give advice). I ...
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How many accounts can a scammer take money from? [duplicate]

Someone wants to give me a check over the internet to deposit into my account. If I have a checking and savings account, can they access both? or can they just get to one account?
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SD wants me to purchase Prepaid card for international fees through paypal. Is this a scam? [duplicate]

A SD contacted me in regards to me becoming his SB. He wants to send a monthly allowance through Paypal but he is in Germany so Paypal is requiring a 100$ international transfer fee. He is not asking ...
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Under what circumstances can a bank transfer be reversed?

Under what circumstances can a UK high street bank reverse, refund or cancel a bank transfer and do they need to contact the account holder beforehand? I had been under the impression that if I log ...
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Sticky Situation in Negotiation - Should I walk away from contract if I already did the job?

I am in a very sticky situation, I agreed with a customer I'd do a job that takes 1.5 months for 25k$. The customer sells my job artifacts to a very reputable client and adding that client to my ...
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Inquiring does this sound like a romance scam

I met an individual on Facebook dating, he stated that a contract came through and he has to go to Turkey for three months to do the job. Individual states that he is a engineer for oil rig company ...
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A man had a friend send me cash to convert to Bitcoin to send him to pay for medical expenses [closed]

I am an underwater pipeline engineer and I run a small contracting firm in Dallas. We are contracted or hired for services like full installation and maintenance of heavy duty pipeline offshore and ...
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Person on dating site asks for my cell number. I'm very suspicous. What kind of scam could this be?

I recently signed up on a dating site. I was promptly deluged with messages from women (or people claiming to be women) that, either on their first message, or after a very brief exchange, ask for my ...
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Was this “phone message from Amazon” an attempted scam?

My US phone rang and a recording came on. The lady asserted it was "Amazon" calling and they had "detected suspicious activity on my account". I was supposed to "press 1"...
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got text from paypal telling me i paid for something i didn't

I just received a text from paypal telling me I just paid around $25 to some game company. There was a link to a receipt. I looked up the number the text came from and Google tells me it was Paypal, ...
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Am I about to be scammed?

GBPA-LTD.com want me to receive funds that are in my name, allegedly, but in order to do so I am to put 5% of the total value in an external wallet. They will then send an API for me to access the ...
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Can an on-line retailer request ID and a photo of the credit card?

Recently while shopping on-line, a store sent me an E-mail to say in short, "The transaction failed to verify, please send us a copy of your ID and a photo of the credit card you used for the ...
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Do you have any idea about payback-ltd? I was scammed by the broker on MT4 [duplicate]

I was scammed by a broker on MT4. In the beginning things were going well but when I wanted to withdraw money, the broker evaded my messages and ignored my request. In the end he blocked me and I ...
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How should I handle a request for payment from a bitcoin investment company to recover coins they sent to me that are “stuck in limbo”?

I made a bitcoin investment with a company online. The first return sent back to me was fine but the second has issues. They sent me an email like the first time stating that the money was sent but I ...
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Is there any risk in sending copies of my ID and utility bills to a company that cold-called me?

I'm shopping around for solar and a company called me. I'm a bit suspicious, due to some what I think might be red flags: The first caller could answer few questions, spoke with a heavy accent, could ...
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Equitable: financial advice out of blue

I was approached out of the blue by a financial advisor from Equitable. He told me that the people from the company referred me and that they provide free financial advice and services because they ...
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Eaga Trust - Information for Cash - Scam?

My father recently received an email from the Egea Trust, offering essentially £500 cash in exchange for generic information about his offspring. The link in the email which points to an email list ...
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Am I in a sugar momma scam? What’s should I do in my situation? [duplicate]

I was approached through direct message by a female account on Instagram (which seemed to be catfished) saying that she is a “sugar mummy” willing to pay $300 weekly for a sugar baby. “She” basically ...
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Sending Goods and Bank Transfer Scam?

I have an online clothes webshop on Aliexpress. Recently I have been approached by a buyer on Aliexpress who only wants to buy the goods directly and through (international) Bank Transfer. The buyer ...
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I unwittingly laundered money. What should I do?

Recently, I gave my bank account details to somebody who said they will be using my account to transfer money between personal accounts, and that I would get a commission out of each transfer. ...
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Sugar daddy wants money returned to bitcoin for his son [duplicate]

I have been talking to a gentleman who says he’s a sugar daddy and would love to spoil me for a personal online connection because he is lonely. He has my banking information and is sending me a check ...
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Getting letters addressed to someone else. Scam?

I am starting to get more and more letters addressed to someone else even though I've lived at the current address for more than 10 years. There have been 4 different names with few different ...
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Asking for my phone number while offering hard-to-believe low rent in Manhattan — is this a potential rental scam?

Today, I responded to a couple of Craigslist ads for rentals in the heart of Manhattan, NYC, where I currently live. The rent advertised is about half of what I currently pay, so naturally I am ...
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Is this a Bitcoin scam?

Someone wants to e-mail me a check, take the check to my credit union's ATM, deposit it, withdraw a smaller amount in cash, and use the cash to buy Bitcoin to send to him. Is this a scam?
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Is this a phishing attempt?

Several days ago I applied for an Amazon store card and was turned down without any explanation. I was told a letter would follow within 30 days (I'm assuming it would be an explanation as to why). A ...
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Mandela coins and iTunes gift cards — is this a scam?

I joined this group on Facebook about Mandela coins and asked how much they would offer me for my 38 coins. One person offered me 2 million South African rands and another person offered me 5 million ...
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Is it possible to chargeback a “legitimate” transaction which occurred due to a scam?

A family member was recently duped into topping up a foreign pre-paid Visa card, and our domestic bank said they can't help due to them having verified the transaction with a One Time Password (OTP). ...
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What is the type of scam where a con artist sells different advice to two groups of people?

On this site, I often see posts that mention a type scam where a con artist sells an investment newsletter containing a particular advice to a group of people, while selling the exact opposite advice ...
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I saw the place and have a signed agreement, might this still be scam?

Note: This is happening in Germany so the relevant document is in German. Translations to English are my own. TLDR: After visiting a place the landlord and I signed a document "Protokoll des ...
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Selling a bike, they offered to buy it through a courier; how does this scam work? [duplicate]

My sister is selling her old dirt bike through Gumtree. She got an email this morning saying the following: Cheers for the prompt responses! please consider it sold and cancel every other appointment ...
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Were the shareholders of ZTNO (Zoom Technologies Inc.) just hustled?

According to most financial sites, shares of Zoom Technologies Inc. (ZTNO) just suddenly went to zero. Before anyone panics, I'm not referring to Zoom Video Communications Inc. (ZM), the maker of the ...
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Will I be investigated if I regularly profit from pump and dump scams?

Suppose I regularly profit from other people's pump and dump scams (assume that this is possible). I don't organize these scams (they are illegal); I merely hop on and hop off at the right times (...
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Does this type of scam exist?

I am not sure if I should be asking this in these forums, but I am going to do it anyway. I am a 16 year old boy who has overheard my mum speaking to some guy on the phone. I heard her talking about ...
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A friend wants to use my bank account to receive $50K and forward 65% of it to himself. Is this money laundering?

A friend of mine says that 4 years ago he invested $500 in bitcoin and now the bitcoin company is paying off $50,000. He wants me to use my bank account to receive the money. He says he needs my ...
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Why do scam artists use Western Union?

Most of the scam emails I recieve ask for money via Western Union. For example, I rescently recieved a scam email where the scammer claimed I had won a 2,000,000 British pound lottery ticket. However, ...
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In the movie “The Wizard of Lies” Madoff was raising money for an exclusive fund. What investment reason would there be for making a fund exclusive?

The movie "The Wizard of Lies" is a movie about Bernie Madoff's story running his Ponzi scheme. There is a scene where he realizes that he is low on money, so he tries to convince an ...
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Someone claiming to be from my phone provider called asking me to add money to my account. Is this a scam?

Someone called me to ask whether I have recharged (added money to) my mobile account. He told me that he was calling from the network provider and wanted to assist me with the recharge. Unlike an ...
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Is there a way to have a bank confirm that a deposit is no longer reversible? [duplicate]

A lot of the [scams] questions involve a reversible deposit followed by a non-reversible withdrawal. A common method is a bouncing check that can take over a month to bounce. As the recipient of a ...
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Lost $10K to scammers, found out their home address and want to take action

Lost $10K to scammers. I’ve been able to locate them. I know their home phone, their bank details, who they are renting from, their street address. I want to go there and take action. Does this ...
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Current renter wants me to mail application and check to them instead of landlord — is this legitimate?

I responded to an ad on Facebook Marketplace for an apartment. The ad said that they weren't the landlord, but were looking to move out before their lease was up. When I contacted them for a showing ...
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Sugar daddy wants money back and makes threats — what should I do?

This sugar daddy has been texting me and telling me to be his baby. Jokingly, I told him yes and he sent me a lot of money. Now, he wants it back. I tried sending it back in multiple ways but it won't ...
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A stranger requests to buy eBay item in installments

I have an item on sale on eBay for the relevant price of about 750€, I am having a hard time to sell that and I don't want to get rid of it for little money because of supply/demand law. A buyer with ...
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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 kind of scam did someone claiming to be from UPS attempt?

I received a phone call early yesterday morning from an unknown number. I answered it and someone asked "Is this bitmaker?" (they had my real first name). I said yes, and then they said they ...
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Receiving an unsolicited large amount on PayPal. Is this a scam?

I just got an email from PayPal asking me to verify my account in order to be able to receive a payment someone sent me, which exceeds European legislation maximum amount for a non-verified user. ...
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How to check if somebody in Nigeria is in need or a scammer?

My girlfriend has a remote friend in Nigeria with whom she has corresponded from time to time for a couple of years already. He never asked her for money in the past. However, he is now writing to her ...
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A man asked for my username, password, account number and routing number. Do I need to be worried? [closed]

A man wants to transfer money to my Green Dot debit card. He asked for my username, password, account number and routing number. However, there is no money in the account. Should I still be worried?
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Sugar daddy prepaid card scam

I’ve been talking to a sugar daddy for a couple weeks now and he sent me a “prepaid” card which is now activated but he wants me to withdraw a large amount and deposit into his Bitcoin wallet. Is this ...

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