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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 - 71 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

My Debit Card was compromised, now what?

I had to get a new card on Saturday. On Monday, I purchased something on the internet. Today, someone spent 1300 of my bucks on something called "educational services" in New Delhi, while I sit here on the east coast of America. The bank says not to worry. But should I? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 14, 2014 - 15 answers

Need help defeating wire fraud.

My company and industry is under widespread and sophisticated B2B wire fraud attack. Help me locate the vector or mechanism, please. [more inside]
posted by Hosiery Exegesis Association on Mar 30, 2014 - 15 answers

Being New Money in an Old Money World

I am interested to read some commentary / discussion / critiques / first-person accounts about social climbing in our current society (preferably U. S. based). About both sides of the coin - people who are either successful or unsuccessful at navigating a change from lower-class to upper-middle-class, or beyond. [more inside]
posted by vignettist on Feb 28, 2014 - 5 answers

Neighbors are using my address - how to fix / report it?

Main details inside.. but the title pretty much says it. IRS and potential repo men involved. [more inside]
posted by rich on Feb 3, 2014 - 8 answers

Identity Theft

I just discovered 8 fraudulent charges on my credit card statement from September 2013 totaling $933.00. Yes, it's my fault. I should have paid attention to my statement when it came in. My credit union, who is supposed to call us when they notice a suspicious transaction, didn't catch it either because we were not notified. I called my credit union today as soon as I noticed it and spoke to the fraud department. I was unclear from that conversation whether my deadline to report a fraudulent transaction is 60 days or 90 days from the date of the fraud, but either way, I'm past the deadline. Today is 1/25/14, the frauds were committed between 9/6/13 and 9/11/13. I also called Visa. They told me this is between me and my bank. Does anyone know if I have any recourse?
posted by htm on Jan 25, 2014 - 17 answers

How do I get help with mail fraud?

I sold an item on Amazon and it went south. [more inside]
posted by MansRiot on Jan 5, 2014 - 26 answers

Someone is intentionally attacking me & my family online.

Someone has created a site via Google Sites that is radically defaming myself and my family. We're not talking about a 12 year playing a prank. It's a systematic attack with the most egregious accusations one can imagine. They're parroting my personal business site and posting info that is not only libelous, but fantastically horrible. The junk they've posted about myself, my wife and our two small children is heartbreaking. We believe we know who it is (but have no proof) and have contacted the FBI on advice of a lawyer. They've told us they'll call us once they get jurisdiction figured out and the cybercrime guys take a look. The kind SAIC looked at the site and understood the problem but only got the ball in motion. That could take weeks/months for them to move on this and the site needs to come down, now. HOW? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 17, 2013 - 19 answers

eBay user since 2011 with feedback of 1 just paid for my item. ship it?

I sold a piece of electronics equipment on eBay for $130. The winning bidder, who has been a registered user of eBay since 2011, has a feedback rating of 1. The buyer promptly paid via Paypal. I dont see any indication that the buyer's shipping address is PayPal confirmed. eBay says I'm eligible for 'seller protection'. Should I ship it? [more inside]
posted by neilkod on Dec 5, 2013 - 11 answers

This is just a crazy, crazy coincidence, right?

OK, this sounds insane and paranoid, and I feel fairly confident this is just a very weird coincidence, but is there some computer virus-y way that a Google search term can end up being reflected in credit card fraud? [more inside]
posted by looli on Nov 18, 2013 - 4 answers

Debit card compromised: what should I do besides dealing with my bank?

There was a fraudulent online charge on my debit card which I'm dealing with disputing with my bank. What passwords should I be changing or other tactics now to protect myself and the new card I'll be getting soon?
posted by dahliachewswell on Nov 16, 2013 - 9 answers

Good online banks with fraud protection

I'm interested in switching to an online-only bank, but I want one that offers complete fraud protection. I am considering Ally Bank, but I can't tell from their website exactly what sort of coverage and reimbursement they offer. My current bank (B of A) watches my account for red flags and has been very good about immediately reimbursing me for any fraudulent purchases. It's happened about once a year when I use my debit card regularly, so I need to make sure I'm covered. I'm a student, so I don't have that much in a checking account to protect but every dollar counts.
posted by you're a kitty! on Nov 15, 2013 - 7 answers

Employment scam or legit invite?

I've been job searching for the past couple of months. Some online listings compel you to apply for them through a recruiter site. I try to avoid doing this, because I've been spammed as a result by sites like Careerbuilder.com who apparently don't vet their partners very well. [more inside]
posted by cartoonella on Nov 14, 2013 - 11 answers

Former business partner (fbp) is trying to con me

The question is, is it possible to delete Google revision history? I hope not, because that is the proof I have that fbp has changed the revenue percentages we agreed on. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 11, 2013 - 11 answers

Can't determine if this is a fraudulent email or not...

I received an email at ~4:30 PM (EST) from a @ucia.gov email account. It was in regards to a scholarship program from the CIA to which I had applied, stating that they had liked my online application, and wanted to learn more about me. The problem is that I can't determine, given what I'm looking at, whether it's fraudulent or not. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 3, 2013 - 20 answers

Should I vote for Mom with Dementia?

My mom has dementia. For the last 5-6 years, I've helped her fill in her mail-in ballot. We've talked about her choices (to the best of her ability). This is the first election where I feel that she can't participate in choosing who to vote for. I've brought it up with her, but she isn't engaging at all. However, I know how she would want to vote. Voting in every election since she became old enough has been a tremendous point of pride for her. She's always been an engaged and active participant: walking precincts, helping with mailings, going to candidate forums (until the dementia really took hold). Part of me feels like I would be honoring the person she was by casting this ballot (probably the last one), but part of me feels that by casting her ballot without any participation from her, I'm committing fraud. What say you, wise Mefites?
posted by agatha_magatha on Nov 1, 2013 - 26 answers

I want to read tales of business fraud and failure

I love to read books about real life business frauds and failures. For example, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room is a favorite as is The Informant. Fraud can be fun to read about, but it isn't necessary. Hubris and poor judgment can be enough if the story is told well. Can you recommend books I might enjoy?
posted by Area Man on Oct 22, 2013 - 17 answers

Where can I report insurance overbilling fraud?

I had surgery in a private surgery center. I found out that they billed my insurance company $139,000 for an outpatient procedure (wtf???!! absurd amount). They then threatened me by email that I may be liable for the amount if I don't okay the the charges to the insurance company. I'd like to report the activity to someone who investigates this stuff, or talk to a lawyer. It's in San Jose, CA. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by htid on Oct 21, 2013 - 14 answers

How are these tricked out Thinkpads selling so cheaply on Ebay?

I'm thinking of getting a Lenovo Thinkpad x230 to replace my aging laptop and noticed that Ebay had sellers with seemingly good ratings offering machines with higher specs than you can get in the Lenovo store for much cheaper. Is this too good to be true? [more inside]
posted by col_pogo on Oct 18, 2013 - 7 answers

I want to trust the hospital, but I don't . . .

Last week, my 85 year old father suddenly began to experience weakness in his legs and severe pain in his lower back. His PCP couldn't fit him in but recommended the ER if he was in a lot of pain - he was, so Friday afternoon, my brother took him to the ER of the nearest hospital (which looks more like a resort). They wanted to check him out with an MRI, but their machine was not available (could they really only have one?) The hospital "admitted" him - or so we thought . . . [more inside]
posted by kbar1 on Oct 8, 2013 - 12 answers

Is someone stealing my sister's identity?

My sister just got a phone call from someone claiming to be from a (seemingly real) real estate company in Colorado. (We are in New York.) The woman said she was calling to follow up on a home loan application, apparently filed with my sister's name, email, and phone number. But my sister has filed no such thing. Whaaaat is going on? [more inside]
posted by Charity Garfein on Sep 9, 2013 - 9 answers

Is this proposed business transaction a scam?

My sister was contacted by a Texas company to perform cleaning services for recently vacated, corporate-provided apartments. These apartments are in a capital city in Western Canada - this is where she and I live. While there is more inside, in a nutshell, my question is: why is a Texas company hiring an inexperienced new one-woman cleaning business for this, instead of a local cleaning chain? Because it's a scam, right? Please help me figure this out. [more inside]
posted by kitcat on Aug 27, 2013 - 19 answers

Can someone explain this scam to me?

I received a package of 6 toothpastes from Amway at home yesterday. I didn't place this order. I called the enclosed number immediately and got myself expunged from their database. I have no desire to be involved with Amway. The order was placed by someone else, using MY credit card info (with no PIN), and sent to my address. [more inside]
posted by DigDoug on Jul 27, 2013 - 16 answers

Credit card fraud but card was never activated, is this even possible?

A few days ago my mom got a bill for a department store credit card, Dress Barn issued by Comenity bank, she opened up 5 years ago. She took advantage of the "get 20% off when opening a credit card with us" offers at the time. When the actual card came, it just sat unactivated in her filing cabinet. The card didn't have a visable expiration date on it. [more inside]
posted by glenno86 on Jul 9, 2013 - 10 answers

Immigration Marriage Fraud Sucks, Knowledgable Advice Please?

I am writing to humbly plead for your assistance as a victim of immigration fraud, advice and/or professional contacts anyone might have regarding my situation. My husband married me, got his greencard in mail and promptly fled, refusing to grant me an annulment. [more inside]
posted by Arachnophile on Jul 8, 2013 - 17 answers

Someone has used my email address as their primary Facebook email. Help!

I'm now getting emails out the ying yang with all her account activity. I can't fix this with the conventional "log-in and change the password" trick. Contacting both Facebook and her directly for help have yielded nothing. Is there anything else I can do? [more inside]
posted by trampoliningisfun on Jul 7, 2013 - 9 answers

That's a lot of Slim Jims and Slurpees

A friend's credit card recently was compromised, which she found out when her bank's security team flagged two $900+ transactions a few minutes apart. At a 7-11 of all places. What most likely actually happened here? [more inside]
posted by Naberius on Jul 2, 2013 - 21 answers

How does my girlfriend prove that these medical charges are not hers?

She received a $6000+ bill from Kaiser Permanente for a visit to an emergency room which she never made. We suspect identity theft, and Kaiser does not believe her. How can she prove her case, or otherwise get Kaiser to drop their bill? [more inside]
posted by thetruthisjustalie on Jul 1, 2013 - 24 answers

Counterfeit grey-market medication. Now what?

Mail-order pills from a reputable overseas vendor (have seen them recommended in Ask) turned out to not contain any active ingredient according to a blood test. I switched meds when I found out, but am at a loss as to what to do beyond that. [more inside]
posted by tigrrrlily on May 19, 2013 - 13 answers

Debit cards compromised twice - what's the deal here?

Today, my bank's fraud detection department gave me a call - apparently, somebody had attempted to use my debit card for a purchase in Colombia. I live in London, UK. This is an annoyance, but it's particularly worrying because something similar happened less than two months ago - they called me up and said that although my card hadn't been used, they had information that it may be compromised. The card that was used in Colombia today was the replacement, which I've had for only a few weeks. My money is safe and my card has been cancelled (again). But my main concern is HOW this has happened - keylogger? Dubious, but legit-seeming site? Compromised wifi? And how do I keep myself safe in future? [more inside]
posted by Ted Maul on May 5, 2013 - 15 answers

Is this a scam? What's the angle here?

Something fishy is going on in my store, but I can't wrap my head around it. Why would a customer buy/return around $25,000 worth of merchandise over the course of a few months? [more inside]
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints on May 1, 2013 - 108 answers

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