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

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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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natural resources investment trust - were you able to locate this firm? [on hold]

I have been victim of an elaborate scam concerning a buyout and the firm Burke Law who initiated the offer. Would like some guidance as to how I can make them pay me my dues the latest email suggests ...
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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 new to Forex trading, registered with a website and deposited money. I made a profit of 80% in one month and I'm not sure what to think of it. What is the best way to approach an investment ...
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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.
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Is it possible to get scammed when buying using PayPal?

I bought a small piece of electronics for around 200€ on ebay-kleinanzeigen, the german equivalent of craigslist. The seller seemed honest and we agreed on him shipping the goods and me paying through ...
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Someone wants to send me cash by DHL. How's this scam supposed to work?

This raises a bunch of red flags (also confirmed by googling the email address it came from), but I don't quite understand how this scam is actually supposed to work. So, here it goes: I put up an ad ...
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Sugar daddy wants my online banking login info to make deposits — is it a scam?

Someone is offering to pay me in a sort of sugar daddy/sugar baby arrangement. They want to make online deposits to me, and they're asking me for my online banking username and password. Is that ...
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Neighbor is being scammed by an online romance scam - What can I do? [closed]

I hope this is the correct forum for this query. Anyhow, I have a next door neighbor who is currently being scammed. I know this because the person scamming her is passing himself off as Johnny Depp (...
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RAM Solutions Group [duplicate]

I have received a phone call from RAM SOLUTIONS GROUP offering to buy my shares at a higher price than I paid, they later sent me a email with an offer for this stock, in the past i was contacted by ...
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What's the scam? [duplicate]

Two strangers have sent us money to our paypal account in the past week; the total is almost $700. What kind of a scam is this? I've had no contact with either of these people; the money just appeared ...
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Random and anonymous `western union´money transfers into my account, is it a scam?

Two months ago I received a money transfer of around 200 € into my account from a company called Custom House Financial UK, which turns out to be an affiliate of Western Union (ie. they do money ...
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Is this $200 “welcome money” (from a major bank) some sort of scam?

I googled around (this in the US) about "bank accounts you can open online", I noticed: https://www.us.hsbc.com/checking-accounts/campaigns/offer-2018/#advance-checking-details Notice they will (...
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What should I expect when receiving a very large sum in a domestic wire transfer into my bank account?

I am anticipating receiving a very large sum of money in a domestic wire transfer between banks into my personal bank account from a domestic company's business account. What should I expect once the ...
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Military man says he's in Syria he is working for US Army

How and what do I need to do. I did give my information on a credit card. He paid off my card and then asked me to get him itunes 100 dollars each of the full amount and send him the money. Is this a ...
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Boutique Investment firm cold called me offering me the chance to purchase stock in a private placement. Legit or scam?

A week ago I got a cold call from someone doing "research about investment experience" which ended with "we might call you if a investment opportunity comes up". A couple of days ago a person from a "...
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Someone's asking me to transfer money from their bank account using their login information. Is this a scam?

A person that I met recently has asked me if I could make some payments in his name. He's offshore and has bad signal. He would give me his account details, bank account, and password. Is this a scam?...
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Cold email from DeVere Germany, who are they?

I recently received an email out of the blue from deVere Germany talking about my UK pension and Brexit. I've never had contact with the company before and never gave out my email to them. Apparently ...
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Potential debt collection scam from National Credit Systems?

Yesterday I received a letter in the mail from an organization called National Credit Systems. In the letter, they say that I owe them $230 to the apartment manager that I rented from 3 years ago. I ...
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What could a scammer do with just my signature?

I signed a form, and now I'm trying to decide whether I fell for a scam or not. Whatever way I look at the situation, it doesn't make any sense to me, so I'm wondering if anyone else has more insight ...
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How do I protect myself if a scammer has my name, email, state and birthdate? [duplicate]

I gave a scammer my first and last name, gmail and birthdate. How can I protect myself from credit card and loan theft?
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How can “can you hear me?” phone scammers attack me without any lines of credit?

I answered the phone to a very convincing voice that was breaking up, and the person asked "can you hear me"? Only after I said "yes" did I realize that it was either a very lifelike robot or a very ...
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How does this money-transfer scam work?

I'm in the market for an apartment on Craigslist, and a person emailed me with a too-good-to-be-true offer for an apartment that I can't visit because he happens to be out of the country. He then told ...