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I just gave many, many personal details to a fake Paypal page, now what?

I received an email from 'Paypal' stating that an unknown device had attempted to change my password and to click on the link to verify my account. I went to the link and provided a stupid amount of details and as soon as I submitted them I realised what I had done. [more inside]
posted by tegna56 on Dec 15, 2016 - 7 answers

Mystery letters, some sort of fraud?

I live in one of three houses provided by my employer. Over the past month, there have been a spate of letters addressed to people who have never lived in any of these houses, all from car insurance companies. Now we are getting parcels delivered. What is going on? [more inside]
posted by sarahdal on Nov 6, 2016 - 4 answers

How do I report credit card fraud occurring on a website I manage?

If I know about instances of attempted fraud online, where can I report it? [more inside]
posted by visual mechanic on Nov 4, 2016 - 6 answers

Solution needed for vetting new partner companies

I work in fraud prevention for a medium-sized online company based in the US. Our service allows domestic and international vendors to sell to our customer base using our platform. Think Etsy or AirBnB, with one major difference: buyers have no way to rate vendors or leave public feedback. Please trust that this is one part of our site and culture that is not going to change. The responsibility for vetting our vendors lies with us, and here’s where the problem comes in. There has got to be a way for us to do this better. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 15, 2016 - 3 answers

What should I do with a presumably fraudulent thumb drive?

I found a thumb drive online claiming to hold 2 terabytes for $16. For no good reason, I bought it. It must be a fraud, and now I'm afraid to even plug it in. [more inside]
posted by Sleeper on Aug 22, 2016 - 14 answers

Help me minimize my card exposure

A couple of weeks back, somebody cloned my debit card (I'm fairly certain it was skimmed, as the uses were all local) and used it to rack up some fraudulent transactions. Everything's sorted now, but I'd like to figure out how to establish a limited card I could use in cases that are higher risk while minimizing exposure should the card be compromised. [more inside]
posted by Pope Guilty on Jun 8, 2016 - 25 answers

What is this credit card provider fraud department doing?

The fraud department of a US-based credit card provider and card services provider got in touch with me via Google regarding fraudulent use of their customers' cards on one of my (non-US) employer's websites. I do not understand why they are doing this - surely there is a better way to contact a merchant regarding disputed payments? [more inside]
posted by Busy Old Fool on Jun 4, 2016 - 8 answers

Some stores accept ONLY chip cards?

I had to replace my credit card this week due to fraud. I've received a super basic (no pretty image, no bank name, no chip, etc.) temporary card until my permanent one arrives. Just tried to use the temporary one, and was declined. Called up the credit card company and was told that the purchase was declined by the retailer because the card does not have a chip. Is this correct? Do some retailers only accept chip cards? I actually had to go through this whole new card number process not two months ago, and this was never an issue during that go around (even using it during interstate travel).
posted by riverandstars on May 26, 2016 - 4 answers

Fraud from personal data?

Let's say someone has gotten access to your full name, date of birth, city of birth, and signature. Can someone commit fraud with these pieces of information, and if so, how? If not, I'm wondering what else they might try to get. I'm concerned I might be at risk for fraud because someone has snooped around and gotten the above data about me and I just got a bad feeling about them.
posted by mintchip on Apr 8, 2016 - 7 answers

Should I mind my own business about this pyramid scheme?

A friend of mine has posted on facebook asking people to join a "book exchange" where you buy a book and get "approximately 36" back. This is clearly a pyramid scheme... should I say something? [more inside]
posted by Cannon Fodder on Apr 4, 2016 - 24 answers

Is someone impersonating me?

Should I be concerned that I got a genius bar reservation confirmation email for an appointment I never made? [more inside]
posted by archimago on Mar 21, 2016 - 8 answers

Ecommerce fraud prevention for dummies

I work for a small non-profit that has a correspondingly small ecommerce website to sell our publications. It is the first ecommerce site that my company has ever had, and we're all relatively new to ecommerce in general. We recently started having fraudulent orders going through on the site, and it turns out that our PayPal PayFlow fraud filters were only set to the basic level. We've activated the advanced fraud filters, which now means that any order that meets certain characteristics (such as having mismatched billing and shipping addresses) will be held for review before letting the charge go through. This seems to be working well enough, but what I'm stumped on is what to look for in an order that is held for review. How do I determine whether an order flagged for review actually is fraudulent? [more inside]
posted by Neely O'Hara on Mar 18, 2016 - 7 answers

tired of getting the run-around on this race

Is there any way I can get my money back from a deferred, then cancelled half marathon, with no 2016 date? [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Feb 25, 2016 - 8 answers

Someone stole my bank account # and wrote a fake check. What now?

I got the money back from my bank, closed the compromised account and filed a police report. So... what happens now? What will the police do? What else should I do? [more inside]
posted by rogerrogerwhatsyourrvectorvicto on Feb 1, 2016 - 9 answers

Medical Insurance Fraud

A friend from out of state (US) has asked if they could use my address to be considered to be in my city's insurance network, thereby saving them a lot of cost. I realize this is insurance fraud. I'm going to turn them down, but what would be the potential ramifications if I didn't?
posted by ElectricGoat on Jan 30, 2016 - 9 answers

Why did these weird sketchy people buy my website?

A while ago, I sold a site to some bizarre sketchy people. I've never been able to understand why they bought it, since they removed all the monetization from the site. Can you help me figure it out? [more inside]
posted by phoenixy on Jan 14, 2016 - 15 answers

How do I handle this "medium"?

My brother died a little over a month ago. My mom recently went to see a medium who said my brother confirmed something I know to be false. It greatly upsets me that this woman is exploiting my brother('s death) and my mother('s emotional vulnerability). Is there anything I can do? [more inside]
posted by blackzinfandel on Jan 14, 2016 - 21 answers

How is this a scam?

I received a major credit card that I didn't apply for. WTF? [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas on Jan 5, 2016 - 13 answers

I am impressed you stole from me so efficiently

Fraudulent charges were made to my debit card. In the end my bank has taken the hit and refunded all the stolen money. However, I’d like to understand how it happened. [more inside]
posted by elf27 on Dec 19, 2015 - 14 answers

How do I pinpoint the source of this credit card fraud?

Two times within a little more than a month--once in early November, and now again today, a credit card of mine has been compromised. It's the same card. I'm lucky that Chase seems to be pretty on top of fraud prevention, but this is mystifying and annoying. How do I figure out what's going on and make it stop? [more inside]
posted by millipede on Dec 14, 2015 - 12 answers

Fraud Prevention Solutions for eCommerce?

My company is looking for a fraud prevention service to screen users of our eCommerce platform. Difficulty level: Medium sized but very fast-growing, US based, global business. Not retail. Think restaurant or hotel reservations but with a bit of a twist - users may use our site to make a claim on something, but don't pay for it immediately. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 8, 2015 - 4 answers

Someone stole my identity and used it to get a mobile account- help.

A few weeks ago, I got an order confirmation from Verizon for a new account, but I'm not a customer. The order showed an old address of mine, so I called Verizon, and I was told that someone had used my social security number to place the order. The representative told me that the order was pending, and she could mark it as fraudulent and have it stopped. I then took a few extra steps (police report, checking credit, credit freeze) and thought that was all I could do for now. But I just learned from someone at my old address that I got a bill for the phone line, and paperwork showing everything went through. [more inside]
posted by three_red_balloons on Nov 29, 2015 - 7 answers

Possibly fradulent debt collector calling my parents but looking for me

My mother has been getting calls from some organization calling themselves nothing other than "CCA" claiming to want to talk to me about a "personal matter". Some preliminary googling reveals a few credit collection agencies by that name. I can't think of any outstanding debts that I would have, and last time I checked my credit report (about a month ago), there were no derogatory remarks. On the other hand, my old insurance company had a data breach, so if someone is running around stealing my identity, I would really like to know! [more inside]
posted by ayerarcturus on Nov 27, 2015 - 9 answers

Name and old college address used for fraudulent online purchases - why?

This has been happening for a while, and since I haven't seen any actual transactions shown in bank / credit card statements, I've just cancelled every order that came my way - until today, when somebody ordered from Checks Unlimited! (but still sent to my old address under my name?! WTF) [more inside]
posted by 01080591 on Nov 19, 2015 - 11 answers

I am continually victimized on my debit card and one credit card.

My one debit card and one out of four credit cards are continually subject to fraud charges no matter what I do. Why is this and what can I do to prevent it? [more inside]
posted by Everydayville on Oct 26, 2015 - 30 answers

Unhappily Forged

I purchased some property a couple of months ago. One of the documents recorded with the county doesn't match the document I have (that I walked out of closing with). I think the Notary forged my signature after the fact. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by shew on Sep 26, 2015 - 6 answers

Two accounts were opened using my email address, now what?

Two days apart, while on vacation, I received gmail welcoming me to Instagram, then Uber, both of which I do not have accounts with. Should I assume that my gmail was compromised, and if so, what should I do besides change my gmail password and monitor my credit? [more inside]
posted by oxisos on Sep 19, 2015 - 14 answers

Reporting potential mail fraud, if I was seemingly not the victim?

I received a sealed, empty, business-size envelope in the mail from a non-Googleable entity called "Buy3rzParadise" claiming to be located in the Galleria in Atlanta. It had a USPS First-Class Package sticker deliberately stuck onto it (with a tracking number, which says it was sent from Oakland) that says the "package" weighs 4oz. This seems like Amazon/ebay fraud, but I haven't ordered anything from Amazon/ebay that hasn't arrived. I've also only lived at this mailing address for a few months. [more inside]
posted by unknowncommand on Sep 12, 2015 - 9 answers

Help my friend not get screwed over by lawyer in recovering bank account

This is a follow up to this question. After My friend did more digging it turns out he was a victim of identity fraud and his bank account was emptied by the culprit making max ATM withdraws everyday over a period of two months. HSBC is not helpful in recovering the funds. Can you please help recommend a lawyer who would be useful in pursuing these stolen funds? Thanks
posted by lijiaxiaoniu on Aug 20, 2015 - 1 answer

How is this healthcare billing scam being run?

For a month now I have been involved in a Kafkaesque nightmare with a local hospital billing department. I am convinced that they have a thief in their employ but I cannot figure out how to convince them of this or to positively make my case. [more inside]
posted by Bringer Tom on Aug 9, 2015 - 22 answers

Dramatically overcharged by service provider...how to move forward?

We've been overcharged by thousands by a service provider that can't refund the charges immediately, but wants to pay us back over time. We paid via credit card, but doing a chargeback would likely put the provider out of business. What is the right thing to do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 29, 2015 - 72 answers

Please explain this fraud

A fraudulent order was placed on Apple online store using partners credit card, contact info, and secondary/Apple ID. Please help use figure out how and why this happened, and what else we need to do to protect ourselves. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 19, 2015 - 4 answers

Examples of internet detective squads

I'm looking for examples of internet amateur detecting and/or exposing crimes, frauds, etc., ideally through fora, but also blogs or mailing lists. For example, MeFi's Kaycee Nicole work, or (as a negative example) Reddit's misplaced accusation in the Boston Bombing. The more direct links you can provide, the better.
posted by klangklangston on Jul 3, 2015 - 20 answers

Apartment locator fraud. Should I report? And to whom?

I recently applied for an apartment my roommate and I found by ourselves. A locator service we did not use contacted me and told me I could get a $400 rebate if I told the complex I found the listing through the locator's website. I think if someone actually did this, it would be fraud, and I think maybe I ought to report this service for attempting to get me to do this. [more inside]
posted by sevensnowflakes on Jun 20, 2015 - 13 answers

Criminal mastermind you are not. Or are you?

Someone ordered a bunch of stuff online using my credit card number and then had it shipped to me. I just don't understand this scam. Any idea what is going on here? [more inside]
posted by magnetsphere on Jun 12, 2015 - 11 answers

Unreal Estate

Can you help me figure out why a random realtor keeps mailing me letters claiming to know my dad? And what is the best thing to do in response? [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Rattery on May 5, 2015 - 19 answers

Quasi Mortgage / Refinance Application Scam?

My wife and I awoke to a bunch of emails (and now calls) from mortgage companies responding to "our" request for information about a refinance. The calls and emails are frustrating in themselves, and, of course, it's off-putting to think someone has done something untoward with our information. Has anyone else experienced this? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Apr 20, 2015 - 5 answers

Stolen debit card used at ATM... how?

I lost my debit card in a crowded bar/concert venue and someone used it to withdraw cash from an ATM twice. How were they able to do this? I can't think of a scenario where they could have figured out my PIN. [more inside]
posted by pimmscup on Apr 5, 2015 - 48 answers

Walmart running Debit Card as debit even if I hit Credit button?

With recent purchases at Walmart I've noticed something odd. Despite hitting the "credit" button on the keypad when swiping my Visa Debit Card, my receipts list "EFT Debit" instead of listing it as a Visa transaction. What has me concerned is that during these transactions, I don't get asked for my Debit PIN. [more inside]
posted by radwolf76 on Mar 3, 2015 - 16 answers

Credit card stolen, again and again and again

My credit card was stolen, again, for the fifth or sixth time this year. What gives? [more inside]
posted by stillmoving on Dec 22, 2014 - 18 answers

Survival strategies for a "Black Swan" event?

My industry has just had a Black Swan event and has entered a period of systemic risk. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 8, 2014 - 6 answers

Is this a known scam, and what are my next steps?

I believe I've just thwarted a scam being attempted in my name with my credit card. I have several questions about this: 1. Have I understood the scam correctly? 2. Does the scam have a name or is it something new? 3. Who should I report this to? 4. What steps should I take to protect my identity? [more inside]
posted by alms on Sep 13, 2014 - 6 answers

Bogus Damage Charges from a Corporate Landlord DC Edition

Several roommates and I moved out of an apartment in DC this summer that is owned by a large corporate company (coughAvalonBaycough). We’d been in the apartment for almost four years. Before we moved out, staff from the building signed off on paperwork stating that there was no visible damage. A month later we get an incredibly bogus set of damage charges from the building for nearly $1,000. We already got our security deposit back, but they’re threatening to send us to collections over these new charges. [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter on Aug 26, 2014 - 9 answers

Credit fraud

Asking for a friend: looks like an ex has gotten an apartment in Chicago using my friend's name and credit. What should he do? [more inside]
posted by Craig on Aug 7, 2014 - 15 answers

How do bank drafts / electronic debits work?

I believe that bank account and routing information is sufficient to initiate a bank draft or electronic debit of one's bank account. I had always assumed that to be true, but my boss found the information alarming and wants to secure our accounts. I'm ... not sure it can be done. Can anyone explain how it works and why that system isn't more frequently abused? [more inside]
posted by zibra on Aug 1, 2014 - 7 answers

We've been screwed by a vehicle buyer. What should we do first?

My partner and I currently live in PA. Before moving here from CA, my partner sold a vehicle to a private party (I was not a part of this transaction). That guy never registered the vehicle and collected a ton of tickets.. which he never paid. The state of CA just auto-deducted over $800 from his bank account to cover these tickets. Rent is due next week, and our landlord is kind of a drag. We're a little overwhelmed. This is terrible! What happens now?
posted by ElectricGoat on Jul 24, 2014 - 15 answers

Am I in the wrong or is this something I should complain about?

Today I was shopping at Walmart and was accused of coupon fraud and stealing merchandise while using valid manufacturer's coupons. I feel as though the way I was treated was unacceptable, but I'm not sure if I'm the one in the wrong or not. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 17, 2014 - 37 answers

How to update my accounts quickly with less tedium?

Credit card stolen -- How to update my accounts quickly with less tedium? [more inside]
posted by bmosher on Jun 17, 2014 - 1 answer

How is non-stolen offline credit card fraud possible?

I just got notified about suspicious credit card activity that is indeed not me. Talked to my bank and all is good. But what boggles me is how this even happened. I have my credit card with me right now (not stolen/lost). The purchases that were made also seem to have required a physical card (gas station, fast food restaurant, home supplies store, etc.). So how was it even possible for the fraudster to make physical purchases without an actual card? As far as I know, whenever you make a purchase offline, you have to swipe a physical card, correct? I am bewildered and now highly paranoid. I just want to know so I can be more aware and hopefully prevent something like this from happening again.
posted by pockimidget on Jun 10, 2014 - 17 answers

Health insurance deductible question.

Say I have a 2500$ deductible, and I get blood work totaling over 2500$ which the diagnostic company has billed the insurance company for, but agreed not to bill me for ... [more inside]
posted by phox on Jun 3, 2014 - 20 answers

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