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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 that they were dealing with the estate of someone who had left money to my ...
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My friend wants to put my name down for a house he's buying. What risks would I be taking?

My good friend, who I have known since we were kids, asked me for a favor today. He originally intended to get a house with his now ex-girlfriend so that he could invest in one and later on, sell it. ...
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What to do if I can't trust myself with monthly wages?

I work in the UK, like most people here I get paid once a month. I've been doing this for about 2 years now (on a modest income) and my ability to make the money last has not gotten better (if ...
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Currently sole owner of a property. My girlfriend is looking to move in with me and is offering to pay 'rent'. Am I at risk here?

I currently own a flat (UK) and have a mortgage for said flat. My girlfriend is looking for a place to stay and it would seem mutually beneficial that she stays with me. She has offered to pay 'rent' ...
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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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1 year old car is dead, called the car dealer they can fix it only if I can bring it, what should I do?

I have a new Toyota Prius (2017 model), bought between 12-13 months ago. The car recently has gone totally mad (Ironically 1 week after the service). So I arranged a booking to get it checked out, ...
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Why don't bond makers just get loans?

I was just looking at investment opportunities, and I found a number of places offering bonds paying up to 12% interest over two years. My first thought was, I can get a loan from my bank for 5% ...
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Looking after a wayward brother in mother's will

My brother has a problem with money; twice personally bankrupt, 3 marriages and 2 kids (from the 2nd marriage). Our mother is getting old and getting worried. She worries that if she wills him money,...
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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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Withdrew £2800, but only £2000 shows as withdrawn on online banking; what are my obligations?

I just withdrew £2800 from the bank. Looking at my online banking, there is only a withdrawal of £2000 listed. The form I signed said the amount I asked for, and the teller weighed the cash out on the ...
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Is this broker a scam?

I was contacted by a 'broker' in January, they said they're based in Switzerland (I'm based in the UK), and they asked to invest some money (as minimum as $1000). They told me that my platform would ...
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On paper I have 1 share in my company. How can I sell a smaller percentage of my company to another party?

To be specific, my wife and are equal partners in our limited company. On paper it says we have one share each. We now want to sell 10% of our company to a third party. How does that work in terms of ...
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One of my stock positions has grown substantially. Should I rebalance my portfolio?

I'm a small beginner investor with less than 50k portfolio. One stock I hold has grown substantially than everything else and makes up 46% of my portfolio, but it is expected to keep growing and has ...
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Didn't apply for credit card but got an application denied letter?

I was recently forwarded a letter by the owner of my old address that turned out to be from a credit card company, informing me my application had been declined. Ignoring that this letter was sent to ...
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Why are low risk investments so strongly advised for first-time investors?

Inspired by the flurry of questions on this site about the returns available from investing in equities over the long term, I decided to approach my UK bank about setting up a small investment fund, ...
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Potential scammer pushing me to click a link and threatens to send the police

I was contacted by someone wanting to buy a bird cage I was selling on Facebook market place. He said he couldn't collect as he was at work he told me he would send a cash envelope via dpd and that I ...
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How do I go about finding an honest & ethical financial advisor?

First things first, this isn't a "recommend a good financial advisor" question. I'm looking for advice on how best to approach the world of assisted personal finance & investing. I'm currently at ...
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Is purchasing foreign currency before going abroad a losing proposition?

A recent question illustrated one of the potential pitfalls of pre-purchasing foreign currency. In short, the poster was unable to pick up currency they had ordered, and a currency purchase is not a ...
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Best way to make sure my son has an income after I have died

I have a son with special needs, he is autistic and has learning difficulties. It is unlikely he will ever have a 'normal' life or be able to financially support himself. I am extremely worried of ...
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How can I help an individual whose bank is writing to them at my address

Over 10 years ago, the previous owners of my house moved away. They didn't leave us a forwarding address and aren't in the phone book. This time every year I get a letter from a bank addressed to ...
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What can I do with a property that won't sell following divorce?

My wife and I bought a property just over 2 years ago for €114,000. We put down a 10% deposit (€11,400) and so took out a mortgage of €102,600. We took the mortgage on a short term (15 years) to ...
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Should I pay down my student debt early?

I just graduated university and started my first job. I have £50,000 in student loan debt at 6.1% interest. My monthly payment on this debt is £10 (direct from my paycheck). I can afford to pay £...
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Do I care if the housing market has gone up or down, if I'm moving from one house to another?

I can see several cases in which it obviously IS important if the market is high or low. e.g: if I'm buying my first house if I'm retired and selling my last house if I'm moving to a very different ...
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Is 0% APR ever a bad idea?

I have recently purchased a few large items of furniture for my new home and paid a ~25% deposit on these. To pay off the remainder I can pay in full or pay monthly with a 0% APR payment plan. e.g I ...
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Car insurance (UK) excludes commute to and from work, will not pay on claim during non-commute

My girlfriend was recently involved in a crash where both parties are claiming it was not their fault. She took out a policy with an insurance company called GoSkippy whose brokers are Eldon ...
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Best way to get my money back from a friend having family problems

Back in 2018, in June, a friend working in the UK (let’s call him Dave), asked me to lend him money because he has “family problems” mentioning he will return them by August, 2018. Things did not go ...
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Bill payee can't find my payment and threatens debt recovery action

TL/DR Bill payee can't find my bank transfer and threatens debt recovery action. What to do? A family member is studying at a major UK university. Quarterly or so, the university raises tuition bills. ...
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How to do the maths on affordability?

I have a bad or no idea on how to budget. We are moving but I don't know If I can afford the rent as the family grows and I need my own study. How can a person measure how much to spend on food, car, ...
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Realistically, how much do you need to start investing?

I don't have a lump sum but may be able to set aside £2k-3k per month. I am already paying into a pension fund but that seems unlikely to go far. Yet I think it's a good safeguard. Can I start ...
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First time buyer- How to decide how much to put toward a deposit?

I live and work in the UK, and am starting to look seriously into buying my first house. I have thought about looking to buy a few times over the last few years, but ended up deciding not to for ...
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Mortgage adviser recommends a longer term than necessary combined with overpayments

My wife and I are currently househunting and have, as part of this process, had a preliminary meeting with a mortgage adviser. They asked all the expected questions about finances to see what our ...
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Dividend Payments - Am I entitled?

Suppose I own 100 stocks in a company listed on the LSE. I purchased these shares through an online broker some time around the 1st of November 2016. Looking up the dividend dates of the company using ...
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Why do real estate agents always ask me whether I am buying property to live-in or as an investment?

Trying to buy a house. Along with -- what is the maximum you are willing to pay -- this is the most frequent question. Why do they care whether I will live in it or rent it out? The two are not ...
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Why do most banks in Canada charge monthly fee?

I am not sure about other countries, but here in the UK we mostly don't need to pay a monthly fee. But I was a bit surprised to learn that most Canadian banks do charge monthly fees that some of them ...
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'Gifting' a house in the UK

In UK news recently, there has been much talk about so called 'dementia tax', that is, the government using assets (such as property) to pay for social care in old age. Whether or not people should ...
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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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A friend wants to use my account for a wire transfer. Is this a scam or is it legitimate?

I have a friend since July online and Exxon owe him for a balance on a 2014 contract off the shores of Liverpool. He is presently in the Gulf of Mexico completing a contract that last for one year. ...
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What happens when a share price reaches £0 in the UK?

With all the coronavirus panic, I was wondering what would happen when the share price reaches £0 for a company, but the actual company itself or their business niche is not that much affected, i.e. ...
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Tips on making a best and final offer

Me and one other buyer have been asked to make our best and final offers on a house after us both making initial offers. I believe I am in a good position as stated here and I will reiterate this to ...
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Does having a credit card make it easier to get a mortgage?

I've never had a credit card and the only debt I have is my student loan. A number of my friends and family who have credit cards have said that having one makes it easier to get a mortgage as you'll ...
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Why would someone who thought they will work until they die contribute to a pension plan?

One of the shocking graphs going round at the moment is from many millennials expect to work until they die: Now I'm a UK millennial who wants to retire early, however if I did think I were going to ...
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Can a company charge you for services never requested or received?

My partner and I have recently moved into our new home and as expected have received a number of letters from companies for the previous occupants. This latest "Letter" (I say letter but It was a ...
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Does Bank Manager's discretion still exist in Mortgage Lending

UK-Based Once upon a time, banks gave mortgages based on the branch manager having known Joe Bloggs for 20 years and making a judgement call about whether he was good for the money. These days ...
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What is the business model of discounted gift cards?

Context: I have an account on a third-party website that sells discounted (first hand) gift cards — because my employer is part of the scheme. For example, you pay ¤95 for a ¤100 gift-card, in the ...
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Is there any point in adding more than 6 months' runway in savings instead of investing everything after that?

I have saved enough to be able to survive for 6 months. I don't have any debt. So far, I've been investing a small part of my income in a diversified portfolio and have seen ~11% returns, which I'm ...
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Estate with negative net worth

If someone dies with a negative net worth, what happens to the bills and debts that they leave behind? If I am the next of kin, or if I am the estate administrator, am I responsible for the debts? ...
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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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Letting Agent proposes relative to rent my house

We live abroad and rent out our family home in the UK. It is managed by a firm of Letting Agents with whom we have a good relationship. The current tenant is apparently about to give notice that they ...
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What's a good strategy for offering low on a house?

We are in the UK and interested in purchasing a house, but the highest offer we could make is substantially below the asking price by around 5%. However, we have some advantages over other ...
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What information do scammers need to withdraw money from an account?

There is a story currently on the BBC news website. The relevant points are: Scammers called Alex pretending to be BT (telecommunications provider). Alex provided scammers with information / help ...

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