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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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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Possible scammer claims to be “missionary” for the UN [closed]

I got an email from someone who I suspect is a scammer. Several red flags, I won't go into details, but one that I wonder about is, she (assuming it really is a "she") says that she is a &...
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Someone asked me to login to his bank account and make transfers to another account

Someone I knew online asked me to log in to his account in Pioneerbanking.online and make a few transfers for him as he "couldn't do it by himself for a couple of reasons". I foolishly did ...
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On creating a new bank account for “sugar payments” [duplicate]

Recently, I became a sugar baby and found a daddy who wants me to create a new bank account for him to send money to. He doesn’t want to use a cash app because he has been scammed in the past. Is ...
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Grindr Sugar Dad Scam? [duplicate]

A few months ago I was on Grindr and a profile claiming to be a sugar daddy messaged me and I think now it's a scam, I should've known before but I was kind of desperate and in need of money at that ...
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What kind of scam is this message for package tracking, and do I need further steps to protect myself?

I received a strange SMS which my Android phone classified as spam (first time that has ever happened to me): It says Hello [My surname and name, misspelled] Your package is still pending. Confirm ...
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Someone sent me $5000.00, told me to keep $100.00 and return rest of money to an address. Can I keep that money and do nothing? What could happen? [duplicate]

What happens if I keep cash sent to me instead of keeping a portion of it and returning the rest to an address in the United States? They have my address but no other information that I can recall. ...
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Is this new job a scam? [duplicate]

Hi so I was applying for online jobs and randomly received an email for a Personal Assistant job from JRN Financial Solutions, everything went by super quick and I got the job which I don't feel I was ...
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How to avoid 'authorised push payment' scam before transferring lots of money?

There is a scam called 'authorised push payment' where customers are persuaded to transfer money to a scammer, thinking they were transferring it to a reputable business, such as a conveyancing ...
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Is thomastradingservices legit? [duplicate]

I have invested in a company called thomastradingservices (link removed) and got profit. Now to withdraw they say I need to buy bitcoin worth 20% of the profit and send it to their wallet to receive ...
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Is this check safe to deposit?

About 5 years ago, I participated in an educational training program. Recently, they sent me an envelope with a check for $300 in the mail. There was no explanation attached. The check looks okay, has ...
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How can I have Credence rsrc stop calling me?

First of all I am child. I am 16 years old, I want the calling to stop. The calling started about 2 days ago I believe. They call me multiple times a day, I never answer because I have no idea what I ...
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Loan com. Sent me $$ and asked me to send it back to get a larger loan [closed]

A loan company sent me $$ and then asked that I send it back on a Google Play Card. In order to receive a larger sum loan. Is this a Scam
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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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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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