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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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Could this surprise winning of a huge sum of money be legit?

I received a call from someone claiming to be from a well-known Cashback Coupon Co. He congratulated me and told me I had been selected to receive several thousand dollars a week for life. I was then ...
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Employer asking to open a business bank account. Is this job a scam or legit?

I was recently contacted by an employer that wanted to hire me as a Customer Service Officer. They have three ways to pay you: direct deposit, wire transfer, and cash transfer. I did the training with ...
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COT CODE MONEY TRANSFER [duplicate]

There was a post from several years ago(2018) about being asked for a COT code to transfer money. I am asking if there is an update on this. Also does this also apply to international banking? Thank ...
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Sent someone overseas money from their account to pay their bills

Someone overseas asked me to send money to pay bills out of his account. I did. What can I do to protect myself?
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Do inbound gifted monies require a credit unlock?

My credit has been frozen for the last 20 years and I unfreeze when necessary. I am being told that I need to unfreeze my credit in order to receive these funds. Why would my credit need to be ...
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Is it scam when this sugar daddy ask me to pay like called "international fees" to receive the money? [duplicate]

So this sugar daddy dm me and says he wants to be my sugar daddy. we've been talking for a days and then he asked me about my paypal account. Now he's sending me the money but he said i need to pay ...
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I'm almost certain this is a scam - but how long can the con be, and what's the end game?

TL;DR I've been messaging a "woman" every day, for hours a day for almost a year who hasn't asked for money but also won't video call. What kind of scam is this, why would anyone put in so ...
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How does this scam work (supposed fraud protection)

I’m getting many calls recently fro m “the bank fraud department”, “visa fraud department”, “PayPal fraud department”, telling me they stopped someone from taking £600 to £1200 out of my bank account. ...
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Is it safe to give this info out if I didn't receive an ACH transfer to my account

I won on an online casino and it's been longer than normal. When I contacted the casino they said they had processed it 7 days ago and if it hasn't hit my account they need the following information ...
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Is there a good solution to not paying extra charges when paying by payment card?

One hears about situations where someone legitimately pays using a payment card, but further charges are made unexpectedly. Examples include additional charges determined by the company without ...
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Is this a medical billing spear phishing attempt?

Background info: I recently had a nasal swab sent off during a doctor's appointment, and I've already paid the small Labcorp bill. My medical insurance is not Blue Shield. I got this text message last ...
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Is providing the name of the bank I bank with necessary when creating a check that's sent via email or am I at a risk of being scammed?

I was recently DM'd on TikTok by an artist requesting to use my profile picture for mural art as they were creating art based on human expressions. I didn't mind as my profile is public so anyone can ...
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I was approached to invest in short-term Blockchain node transactions. Is this scam?

Full story: That person contacted me with these details : --edited Before the cryptocurrency discussions initiated by the scammer, our initial conversation took place within the context of online ...
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Why haven't government/banks acted to prevent money laundering and other scams?

I read about so many scams where people are given large cheques to deposit, and then asked to repay most of the money and keep a bit for themselves. The cheques then bounce, and the person is out the ...
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New job turned out to be scam to use received money to buy then sell bitcoin-how do i fix when money is gone?

I accepted a remote secretary position recently, gave my bank information for direct deposit paychecks. It went from he's supposed to mail secretary office supplies to me to asking me to buy bitcoin ...
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I am in a sugar daddy scam and he is threatening me because I want out. What do I do?

I have been involved in a sugar daddy relationship for a little while. He would send me money from Moneygram to Walmart from other people he was working with. I would then send most of the money to a ...
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How does a scammer know the first 4 digits of my card number?

I had a series of attempted fraudulent payments on my debit card, my bank was very proactive and alerted me, and I have received a new card. However I had a call on the same day my new card arrived ...
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Sales company wants me to add an affiliate account to my personal bank account — are they trying to scam me?

I applied recently for a Remote Sales Manager position, everything was going cool in the email and they said I got the job. So I’m reading the contract and something seems odd: "During the ...
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Is this a fake bank?

Is www.firstcapital.com a legit bank? Someone transferred money to an account they told me to set up with this company. Now I realize this may be some type of scam.
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Asked for a Western Union postal deposit receipt before visiting a rental property: is this a scam?

I recently responded to an apartment rental ad in Paris that the owner is managing. Flat is attractive but a smidge on the expensive side, not usually scam territory. However, the following email ...
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Possible customer asking to do a favor of paying the ex owner of house he bought

I got a possible customer and everything was going good. He wanted to pay upfront, but send by mail and then we do the work after we cash the check. Later he asks if we can do him a favor - that he ...
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Can I dispute a credit card charge for a hacked Vanilla Visa Gift Card?

I bought 4 $500 Vanilla Visa Gift Cards from CVS Store #2149 in Alexandria, VA right before Christmas. I used my Citibank MasterCard to pay for the gift cards. They were for my employees as a holiday ...
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Is Dafexcounty bank legit or scam? [duplicate]

I received the payment for my task on Dafexcounty. However, in order to transfer money to another bank. I need to avail VAT Code or they say Virtual Account Token Coin worth 150$. They said that I can'...
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Could this be a scam [duplicate]

I'm asking a couple questions for a friend because I think he is being scammed. Is it possible to receive a check of a very large amount into a banking system (ILC group), but for you to receive it ...
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E-reciept Email scam

I received an email from Jolene saying that I owe $419, then I looked under my transactions and it said “Deposit Id Number : $417.72, but I don’t ever remember buying that much of a subscription……what ...
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What is this scam? Card CVV entered incorrectly too many times

I have a Visa debit card that I use mainly for travel (it has low FX fees). The other day I received loads of notifications from the corresponding app: 2 with 'The CVV was incorrect', followed by 4 ...
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account activate plus stamp duty charge, is this a legit fee for bank transfers

A online bank account was set up for with a bank called cornerstone bank I was told before I could transfer any money or have access to the account that I needed to pay a fee called account activate ...
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LMS Code for making international transfer

I have been asked to make advance payment of 85 usd for LMS code inorder to make international wire transfer. Why are they not deducting. Could this be a scam attempt by the bank. The bank is ...
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How does this scam work where a potential employer emails me the scan of a check to deposit?

Two weeks ago, my husband lost his job. We NEED money and I used to edit and proofread before my son was born. I put my resume on Indeed and was contacted by a law office in California. After my ...
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Bought a lemon and the bill of sale has an incorrect price

I paid $2100 for a vehicle but on the bill of sale he put $839.75. I paid with card through cash app so I have proof of what I actually paid. The vehicle got less than a quarter mile down the road and ...
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Do I have rights to money that was intentionally deposited in my bank acct

I've been talking to this gentleman online who wanted me to open a bank account. So I did. He deposited money into my account and then transferred some out and deposited again. I tried to transfer ...
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Is a tcp code fee a legit fee what is a tcp code [duplicate]

I was told that I have a account with a bank "Ashdean Bank". I never heard of that bank, and a Google search came up with nothing. I was told that a fee needs to be paid to obtain a "...
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A stranger messaged me “please put 10 dollars on my card”, followed by a card number. Is this a known scam?

I got contacted by someone on Telegram with the user name "." with the following message: I am a citizen of Uzbekistan, my child is sick with gout, so can you put 10 dollars on my card ...
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What's app crypto romantic scam?

didn't have...and then I could tell he was frustrated because it seemed like he just dripped the conversation. I tried to contact him a few times, I can see that he saw the message, but there was no ...
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Is this eRupee email from my bank a scam?

I received an email like this, supposedly from my bank. It is unclear to me if this email is just some kind of scam. On the one hand, GMail seems to have put a blue checkmark, indicating that the ...
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The security team has noticed suspicious trading activity. Insurance fee is 25%

On my trading platform(TCI-Investment), I've received a message from security, that I must pay an insurance fee of 25% cause they thinking I'm trading with insider information. "Starting from ...
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Guaranteed Funds from a 9 day trade [duplicate]

Has anyone conducted a simple bitcoin trade with a "financial fund manager" where in 7 to 9 days you received a guaranteed 3-5x return on your investment? were there any charges associated ...
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Why would a text scammer want me to switch to contacting them on a different number?

I was bored on the weekend so started playing along with what I'm almost certain is going to try to turn into a romance scam, or similar. Initial random WA text to wrong number ... "Oh, I'm so ...
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Am I being scammed if someone asks for my full name and email address?

An artist on Instagram asked me if they could do a painting of me. They told me that their client would be sending me the check, but they needed me to send my full name to write on the check and email ...
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Getting paid to like Instagram's posts? Scam?

My dad just told me that he had accepted a passive income job offer on WhatsApp where the task is to like the linked Instagram post every 20 minutes to earn money. The amount is too good for such job ...
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Can a roofing company charge me more money for the cost of the roof 2.5 years after they were paid and job completed?

I had my roof done (in Florida) 2.5 years ago. I paid my deductible and they were paid by my insurance company just after that. Now, just 2 months ago, again 2.5 years later, I get a call from them ...
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PBINFO.com are they scammers?

This was asked back in 2011 but I couldn’t add a comment to that post. I have an “identity theft alert” service from Discover.com. The following alert was sent to me (name erased): We have located ...
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Unsolicited e-transfer: Can I send the money back or am I getting scammed?

Out of the blue, I got sent $50 I wasn't expecting over Interac e-Transfer. Now, the sender has emailed me saying it was a mistake. I want to do the honest thing and send them back their money, but it ...
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Does a company have to have your login information to verify your identity?

A loan company said they needed my logins to my account and got a couple closed and also logged into my id.me and got it locked. Do they need my username and password? He said that he needed another ...
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Somebody sent me a check to deposit into my account, but I now think that it's a scam. will I get in trouble?

I am homeless and have been for the last 8 months. Finding work has been difficult as I am physically and mentally handicapped. This girl on Facebook who was friends with somebody I know hit me up and ...
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Dropship scammer hasn't billed yet - what's going on here?

A family member recently fell for a scammy online merchant who was advertising nice-looking goods at reasonable price. They ordered about $150 US worth of merch, then shortly after the order had gone ...
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Is the bank https://silverexchangebank.com scam or real [duplicate]

Is the bank https://silverexchangebank.com real or scam as they are asking 365$ amount to transfer funds from my Indian account. They are saying that we need to buy VAT as it is in UK and it is ...
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Energy accounts fraudulently opened in Texas

I don't understand this scam. My wife had several energy utility accounts opened in Texas. They were all opened at the same time, for different addresses, and with different energy companies. They ...
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How does this (presumed) recruitment scam work?

Over the last several days, I've been bombarded with private messages on LinkedIn. Each one comes from someone I have no prior history with, and all of them follow the same template: Open Job ...
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How would the "direct bank transfer"-scam play out in The Netherlands?

I was selling a low value item (a tv stand) on a local Craig's List equivalent, and received a couple of scam attempts. One of such asked for me to reserve the item and said they would do "a ...
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