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Sugar daddy wants my online banking login info to make deposits — is it a scam?

they're asking me for my online banking username and password. is that information alone enough for them to be able to take my money out of my account, or am i safe? They don't need that ...
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Is this work legal? Someone promises payment for converting money transfers to Bitcoin

It's a scam. It's called a money mule. Typically the way this will work is that the scammers will make a fraudulent money transfer into your friend's account. Your friend will convert the funds into ...
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Why do banks seem to be indifferent about identity theft?

Banks are not indifferent to identity theft. They are just not sharing with you what they are doing. As well as the privacy reasons cited in the other answer, and the inability of the banks to conduct ...
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Is this work legal? Someone promises payment for converting money transfers to Bitcoin

It’s a money-laundering scam, and your friend is likely to get into serious trouble, and possibly lose a lot of money, if he takes part.
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Why is a transfer from an account to another not done instantly when it's not the same bank?

Because banks still rely on processes and software that were established many decades ago, when constant, semi-instant communication was not technologically possible. Instead, you would have batch ...
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Sugar daddy wants my online banking login info to make deposits — is it a scam?

In addition to the simpler "it's a scam" answers, part of the sugar daddy arrangement is control. If the sugar daddy doesn't get what he wants, he should have control of the sugar baby account to take ...
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How do you link two checking accounts from two different banks in two different countries?

There is no banking process in the world which requires you to share your "security info" (passwords, PINs, TANs, mother's maiden name or other authentication factors) with a third party. No bank ...
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Why don't unbanked people use cryptocurrency?

Let me tell you a true story that I observed in my working life about the importance of failsafes in financial transactions: I was on my company's M&A team, preparing for the acquisition of ...
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My online boyfriend ask me to do the bank transfer using his bank account because he can't access it from another country

Any time someone asks you to move their money through your account, assume it is a scam. Any time someone asks you to log in as them, assume it is a scam. Any time someone asks you to do them a favor ...
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Is this a fake bank?

First Capital used to be a legitimate bank, but was taken over in 2015 and no longer exists. I expect the domain name has now been allowed to expire, and so has been grabbed by a scammer.
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Why don't unbanked people use cryptocurrency?

There are several reasons why cryptocurrencies are no option for everyday commerce: Transfers are expensive. Most cryptocurrencies are designed in a way that you need to pay cryptocurrency to ...
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Do I have rights to money that was intentionally deposited in my bank acct

I'm afraid to say you've been scammed. The "gentleman" may not even be one person, but a team of people operating from a call centre type arrangement. If the account was with a legitimate ...
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Getting paid to like Instagram's posts? Scam?

You're right. He also told me of this other similar job where they would deposit a certain amount of money to earn higher amount of return, up to 10k That's the real scam. This is called "money ...
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Is this work legal? Someone promises payment for converting money transfers to Bitcoin

Your friend should go to a lawyer. The lawyer can then make a deal with the government where your friend testifies as to the activities. Your friend may be asked to communicate with his "employer" ...
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Is this a fake bank?

Any time someone tells you that you need to open an account with a specific bank, it's a scam. (There are cases where a specific broker may not be, but they're unlikely to apply to anyone but a tax-...
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Why don't banks allow more control over credit/debit card charges?

quid has expressed some of the disadvantages with this approach, but there is another. Vendors will not want to give you any goods you buy with your credit card until they are sure they will get the ...
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Why do banks seem to be indifferent about identity theft?

I asked for the account number or name of the entity on that account, and they refused to give me that information. If the transfer was made directly from the card to the destination account, then ...
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My online boyfriend ask me to do the bank transfer using his bank account because he can't access it from another country

I'm sorry but there is no boyfriend and there is no bank. You just gave away $2,090 to an Internet stranger. I don't know how you sent this money but assume it's gone forever. To be in cahoots implies ...
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Is this work legal? Someone promises payment for converting money transfers to Bitcoin

This is definitely a scam Most electronic fund transfers are reversible, whereas bitcoin transactions are final. Your friend will successfully receive the money and transfer it as bitcoin. When the ...
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Are programmers in the USA still able to automate fetching their bank transactions, like was possible in the 1980s and 1990s?

The US banks are notoriously bad when it comes to modernization of features. There are multiple ways of doing it and many different banks support many different ways, but there's no one standard all ...
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Getting paid to like Instagram's posts? Scam?

It's a scam. When people pay for likes, the rate is very very low. It's like a cent per like or something, often even less. What people do is put up 100s of phones on shelves all facing up, pay a ...
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Why does it take 3 days to do electronic transfers between banks?

I was perplexed by this until a few days ago when it finally clicked in a meeting with our fraud and money laundering teams in work (I work on trading surveillance). Apparently fraud detection and ...
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Under what circumstances can a bank transfer be reversed?

Bank transfers are reversed in specific cases of fraud. For example, if I hack into your bank account and send money to a third person, when it is discovered it will be reversed. There is no ...
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What information do scammers need to withdraw money from an account?

From the link in Vicky's answer, the fraudsters needed access to the victim's computer (or for the victims to transfer the money, or general access to the victim's account) and for the victim to read ...
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Why do banks seem to be indifferent about identity theft?

I understand your frustration at feeling as though banks may not care about fraud, but they do. You have to realize though that there are limits to what they can do. It is up to the police or other ...
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Why don't banks allow more control over credit/debit card charges?

Credit card fraud is an extremely (to stress, EXTREMELY) small proportion of total credit card transactions. The card issuing entities all offer zero fraud liability, even on debit cards. There are ...
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Are programmers in the USA still able to automate fetching their bank transactions, like was possible in the 1980s and 1990s?

Fetch them through the Plaid API: https://plaid.com/products/transactions/ In summary, you give your bank account password to a third-party fintech app like Plaid, and it downloads the transactions ...
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Why is a transfer from an account to another not done instantly when it's not the same bank?

Actually, its a bit more complicated than the other posts suggest. Transferring money between two banks is a rather complicated thing, as you are really just transferring information about the value,...
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How to understand payment due date for a credit card

There is a delay between the billing cycle and when the payment is due, it can vary, but it means you don't pay for any purchases for at least the length of the delay. In cases where you purchase at ...
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Someone asked me to log in into their bank account

It's a scam. Ask yourself why someone you've never met would trust you with $19,000. Also, why the 'wi-fi' on the 'cruise ship' is good enough for him to send you emails or get checks written and ...
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