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Questions tagged [scams]

any question related to scams where funds are siphoned off innocent victims by one way or other. Related tags "fraud"

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Two Craigslist “Buyers” were trying to scam me

I posted an item I was selling on Craigslist. This is two different buyers who want to buy my item. One was $150 and the other was $100. And these two separate buyer had sent me a check that was over $...
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Contractor wants client to open checking account

I recently heard about a construction contractor who's building a house for someone, and this contractor wants the client to open a checking account with the contractor's name on it so that the ...
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If I have given my bank details to someone by email what should I do now? [duplicate]

I have given someone my bank account details including my home address and phone number by email, supposedly so that money can be transferred into my account. I am now quite sure this is a scam. ...
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How do Scammers Know What Bank I Use?

I got a letter today from "Credit Fraud Detection" in Ohio claiming that they have detected fraudulent activity on my account. They also tried to call my cellphone but I didn't answer. Since this isn'...
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Online store buyer trying to scam

Good day, I posted an item on OLX and somebody inquired for it. I thought it would be a good deal but when he sent the money, the bank (It's fake) asks for a scanned shipment receipt so that they'll ...
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Lady on FB offering to pay my debts. Scam?

On thanksgiving day some lady posted in a facebook group that her father had just passed away (left her money) and in good deed because it was thanksgiving she was offering to pay people’s debts. Well ...
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Job offer Purchasing manager

Been talking with a lady from Germany that wants me to be a purchasing manager. Here is the info I got This work-at-home position is responsible for generation of purchase orders using Company's ...
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Capital Hall. Has anyone reported them to the FCA? [closed]

After a few months with this company it seems impossible to withdraw anything, even the remaining deposit, supposedly due to some obscure bonus I never asked for or signed up to. They say we have to ...
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Scam victim needs help [closed]

Before reading these commentaries I did what you advised against: transferred money for my online “lover” by logging into his account. What can I do to protect myself against potential criminal ...
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Is my Forex broker manipulating my trades?

I am doing Forex trading with MetaTrader4 and I think I saw the price of the trade change during the trade. When I look at the history I see this: The order says: 'buy nas100 for 7280.67 at 2018.11....
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Transferring money for someone [duplicate]

I met someone and we have been chatting via phone for awhile. He asked me to access his bank account and transfer money to someone else because he is in Thailand on business and he can't access his ...
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Is it illegal to going to someone's bank account and do a transfer? [duplicate]

A person I've been talking to for a while asked me to go into his bank account and make a transfer to a US beneficiary account. It's a continental account. It showed the date that the account was ...
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How to report a money laundering scam that is recruiting on a college campus via social media? [duplicate]

I know, I know; "Is this a scam?", yes, I had to ask. As of recent, I have heard 3 separate people in conversation on my campus mention a "sales job" they undertook after being contacted on LinkedIn ...
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I'm supposedly eligible for an inheritance from a distant relative. Offer appears to be legitimate

About 12 months ago I received a letter ostensibly from a company carrying out genealogical research for law firms. It said they were dealing with the estate of someone who had left money to my late ...
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Apartment rent possible fraud

I permanently moved to Spain in September and rented a one apartment through a Russian agency. I never met the Russian owner who I was told lives in Canada. A woman from the agency signed in his name ...
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Is InitiativeQ just another scam? [duplicate]

Today I've received several messages of people distributing invites for InitiativeQ. The first red flag is that the only way to participate is by being invited, which smells like a pyramid scheme. If ...
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Overly generous offer from buyer - is it a scam? [duplicate]

I'm selling an item online. Someone contacted me and, after a question about whether the item is available, said the following: "Good,Am okay with the price. but right now am currently out of the ...
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InitiativeQ - new currency some sort of get rich quick scheme?

I was recently invited to join InitiativeQ via a friend on Facebook. The underlying idea makes rough sense to me (as a non finance expert). However their 'hook' seems to be that early adopters will ...
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A man on a work project in West Africa asks me for 2000 - is this a scam?

A man that I met on Facebook was called to do a job in West Africa. He got there and found out that there is a problem with his Swiss bank account. He needs 2000 to finish the job so he can come home....
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I've been scammed, but have the scammer's bank information

I was scammed by a person who 'rented' us a home that was listed for sale that he didn't own. There were a lot of red flags along the way, and I noticed them, but didn't act as we were desperate to ...
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Transfer of my gift received from US to India

I am a resident Indian who received a gift from a trust abroad sources legally approved and authorised by abroad country. It is transferred through an associate bank abroad where the trust has money, ...
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How can this iPhone scam be economically viable? [closed]

If I understand this article correctly, they buy a new iPhone, replace an expensive part of it with a cheap knock off, return the "broken" phone to have it replaced and finally sell the expensive part ...
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Is it a scam if they ask for my bank account username and password instead of the account number? [duplicate]

Someone I met told me he was in the military and was willing to give me “allowance” each week. But, his excuse was that he was not allowed to leave base so he had a “bank manager” that took care of ...
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setting up an account for a compny to deposit funds that will be transferred to another person

My friend needs an account opened for a previous company to help him out with his current contract. It cannot be in his name so the current company can't accuse him of making money on top of his ...
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Someone gave me their account and routing number [duplicate]

A friend of mine who is away wants to help me pay off my credit card debit. I don’t want to give my personal info out. He said that until I’m comfortable I can pay it using his account and routing ...
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How does this Interac e-transfer scam work? [duplicate]

I posted a Craigslist ad for selling iPhone 7. Next day I got a text asking of Is this item still available... [NAME OF MY AD EXACTLY AS IT'S SPELLED] . So I already was suspicious it's a bot. ...
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How can I save myself after falling for an alarm scam?

Last week my wife let in an alarm salesman that she had spoken to earlier in the day and asked me to sit down with him. I have no internet at home so he showed me a set of good reviews on his phone ...
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A new employer I met over the internet wants me to open a bank account and do money transfers. Is this a scam? [duplicate]

I began virtual assistance as a hobby and I posted a few ads. A guy contacted me and gave me his Linkedin profile and phone number and asked me to contact him if interested. He said that he's a ...
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I was asked for a COT code to transfer money to my account. Is this a scam?

Someone gives you their bank information and asks you to log on to their account in order to transfer money to your account. When you attempt this, it asks for a COT code which you do not have. ...
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Nigerian scammer openly say they are from Nigeria - but why?

I know that a significant part of Nigerian scammers are indeed working from Nigeria. A scam starts with exchanging messages. Physical contact is not to be expected. It is widely known that scammer ...
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Money Laundering? Scam?

Seems shady, here is what has happened so far: job offer in newspaper, they are looking for a personal assistant, 10-15hrs/wk, $500/wk took job, didn't have to fill out any W-2s or anything gave them ...
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Is it a scam if they want my email, name on bank account, and bank name?

A stranger told me that he will give me an allowance of $ weekly. I know the saying "If it sounds too good to be true, then it is". He told me that he would email me his check and I would be able ...
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What would prevent me from taking advantage of scammers?

Inspired by 20% monthly mining vs 5% monthly trading What would prevent me from investing $1,000 for a month, pulling out, investing with a different scammer, rinse & repeat? This question is ...
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20% monthly mining vs 5% monthly trading

I recently meet a guy who invested his money in 2 systems. 1) The first one is mining. He gave 20.000 euros to this company ([redacted]) and they promised to give him back 20% a month. There are ...
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Forex trading with a specific website

I am considering to start trading Forex and registered on a specific website (capitalhall.com) They are promising me huge gains and I would like to identify if they are legitimate. What are the things ...
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Funds deposited in my bank account. Account closed for suspicious activity. Is this a scam?

Here's an interesting story. I lost my job and I needed extra income so when I was looking for a sugar daddy on Instagram, I met a guy. He claims that he is a Business Contractor and is working ...
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Username/password change, can I be scammed later?

I gave my bank account log in and username along with security answers to someone. If I changed my username and password as well as my security questions, could I still be scammed later on?
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Offer to send me 5000 and then send 4000 to his daughter. I think this is a scam. Is it? [closed]

My question is to find out if I'm being scammed. This guy says he's from California (area code 909) and we met at an online dating site. Says he has a daughter in TX, 30 yr old. He is asking if he ...
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Does IRS Direct Pay use Bank of America or is this a scam?

I went onto the IRS website today to make a payment. In the security part of the address bar it is written Bank of America: My question is this: Is this truly the IRS payment site, or some kind of ...
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How did this scam involving a college freshman and sports tickets work?

BuzzFeedVideo recently released a video on YouTube where a woman describes a truly bizarre series of events that occurred to her and made her think she was accidentally part of a scam: In college, ...
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Am I right to believe this online car-purchase opportunity is a scam?

I was looking to purchase a specific car at autoscout24.com. I found it and I then contacted the car dealer for the next steps. After they provided additional information about the car and I provided ...
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Wife posted her social, address, dob fake PayPal sure!

My wife fell for a fake email and ended up entering her social, dob, address... on a fake website. How to dig out of the hole now? Can they clean out the bank accounts?
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A scammer has my full name, address, age, occupation and s photo of my ID. What do I do [duplicate]

A scammer has my full name, address, age, occupation and s photo of my ID. What do I do This is the email I received “Dear Friend Thanks for your mail, sorry for my late response. I have read ...
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How can a retailer automatically get details of my new payment cards

I recently found out I got tangled into some sort of scam which I wrote about it this question. The other mysterious bit of it is that the scammers were able to hold on to my new card details even ...
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How to recover years of monthly payments to a scam website? (UK)

Not sure if this is the best place to ask the question. It's kind of related to finances. I somehow got tangled into a scam (in my opinion) called completesavings.co.uk I found out that somehow 3 ...
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Is this work legal? Someone promises payment for converting money transfers to Bitcoin

An online company hired my friend as an account assistant. They told him they are a business consulting firm, and that they need an account assistant in every area. His job is the following: Some ...
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Foreign money comes to my account

A foreign friend wants to help me by transferring money to my savings account. I got an email from RBI telling me go for online procedure through a link. After completing 3 out of 2 steps, asking me ...
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Is this Paypal request a potential scam

I have put a laptop for sale on Gumtree for £180. I have received a Whatsapp message today as below "I am interested in purchasing your laptop. I will offer you the asking price for the item and £18 ...
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How does this dating site scam work? [closed]

First of all, it's a scam. "Is this a scam" questions on here always are. I just don't understand how the moving pieces work. I was approached on a dating site by an attractive person. This person's ...
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Do I have to transfer money to a USA bank for the release of a inheritance fund into my bank?

My Grandmother from USA gave me all her inheritance. Now in order for me to get the fund in my bank they are asking me to transfer 1000 USD to the bank.