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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

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

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

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

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

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

A bad legal history and crowdfunding

If you knew that someone who has put a project on a crowdfunding site (think IndieGoGo or Kickstarter) has been convicted of check fraud and also started some other projects before the crowdfunding era that they never delivered on...what would you do? [more inside]
posted by ponytime on Nov 27, 2012 - 11 answers

Feeling like a fraud when faced with compliments about my looks: How to Deal

How do I stop from feeling like I am a fraud (because I have a lot of flaws) when people tell me I'm physically beautiful? This insecurity in my looks/my reaction to compliments is affecting my life in a lot of ways. I'd appreciate any and all advice on how to deal with this! [more inside]
posted by rhythm_queen on Aug 30, 2012 - 67 answers

Looking for a legal/technical term, I think...

Brain block: what's the term (if any) for creating a problem, then selling someone the solution to that problem? I swear there's a name for this kind of fraud/scheme but it just won't come to me. [more inside]
posted by sbutler on Jan 18, 2012 - 17 answers

...when in doubt...

I created an account, and then swiftly deleted it, at Freecreditscore dot com. Is my information safe? [more inside]
posted by Chutzler on Jan 3, 2012 - 3 answers

From the Annals of International Pizza and Possibly Salad Bar Fraud

My bank has denied a credit card transaction dispute. Should I send a letter to the state attorney general, or is there a step to take before I do that? [more inside]
posted by Francolin on Oct 3, 2011 - 15 answers

Robbery Without A Gun

What happens to someone trying to cash a fraudulent check? [more inside]
posted by jaimystery on Sep 30, 2011 - 7 answers

Do well-off people commit insurance fraud?

Why might a person who has a lot of money commit insurance fraud? This is a hypothetical question for a project I'm writing. I cannot imagine a circumstance in which someone who has ample resources might commit insurance fraud -- say, for an insurance claim involving a house break-in, fire, or flood. Can you?
posted by zagyzebra on Sep 11, 2011 - 36 answers

Buy offers being made directly to (former-ish) owner during lapsed domain's "recovery period". Scam, or windfall?

Buy offers being made directly to (former-ish) owner during lapsed domain's "recovery period". Scam, or windfall? [more inside]
posted by nakedcodemonkey on Aug 15, 2011 - 3 answers

Scammy call or wife with gall?

A man might be cheating on his wife, but it definitely isn't with me. His wife says my number is on his phone records as having incoming and outgoing calls with his phone. Is it possible for my phone number to show up on phone records for a phone I've never called? Also, is it possible this is somehow connected with the fact that my debit card has been compromised? [more inside]
posted by smirkyfodder on May 17, 2011 - 22 answers

How can we bring down these scumbag phone scammers?

Someone just called my grandfather claiming to be me, and tried to scam him out of several thousand dollars. Should we report this, and if so, to whom? [more inside]
posted by I, Slobot on Apr 11, 2011 - 11 answers

Scammy political billboard of questionable legality: what to do?

There's a misleading political billboard up in my small Massachusetts town, implying photo ID is required for voting. This is not true. I'm hopping mad & trying to figure out what would be an appropriate response to this situation. (More info & a photo link below.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 9, 2011 - 30 answers

How can I get my money back?

Highly recommended resume writer accepted my payment--but never wrote my resume. Help! [more inside]
posted by Kalatraz on Jan 25, 2011 - 12 answers

Befuddled by possible fraud

Mysterious shipment and possible fraud - would appreciate advice! [more inside]
posted by artemisia on Dec 6, 2010 - 10 answers

It's not a Nigerian money order, but......

I'm trying to sell my car: is this potential buyer trying to scam me by paying with a "credit card check?" [more inside]
posted by otolith on Aug 23, 2010 - 23 answers

Failed Credit Card Fraud?

Why did someone use my credit card information to make a fraudulent online purchase, but then have the goods shipped to me? [more inside]
posted by burnmp3s on Jul 15, 2010 - 21 answers

Is this legit, or should I have a fit?

Should I be worried? I just checked my RBC account online and saw this pending: BANK OF AMERICA TRIALCREDT and the amount pending deposit was 1 cent. [more inside]
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies on Jul 13, 2010 - 15 answers

Help me help my friend in DC.

A Russian friend of mine may be in a dangerous situation in Washington, DC. [more inside]
posted by fake on May 19, 2010 - 243 answers

Sketchy journalism & littering

Sleuthing and neighbors have figured out what went on in front of my place the other day and it involves fabricating evidence for a newspaper story. I'd like suggestions on how to proceed. [more inside]
posted by mightshould on Dec 20, 2009 - 26 answers

Common characteristics of scientific fraud or misconduct

Article or book that discusses common characteristics of scientific fraud or misconduct? [more inside]
posted by Mapes on Oct 15, 2009 - 9 answers

You are being given a new card/account number

"A recent merchant database compromise may have put your account at risk. A new card/account number has been issued." Is this common with credit cards? [more inside]
posted by dabug on Oct 7, 2009 - 13 answers

Someone stole my credit card, should I be worried about anything else?

Someone stole my credit card. The fraudulent charges have been taken care of, but is there anything else I should be worried about? [more inside]
posted by AlisonM on Sep 17, 2009 - 12 answers

Identity Theft Sure Does Suck.

Help me help my fiancé recover from identity theft. (Please?) [more inside]
posted by mockjovial on Aug 20, 2009 - 6 answers

Widespread credit card fraud or bizarre coincidence?

Both my daughter and I have fraudulent charges at the same online poker site on our credit cards. Is this happening to lots of people or is it a weird coincidence? [more inside]
posted by nelvana on May 24, 2009 - 21 answers

Taxation without representation?

I suspect my former company is guilty of tax evasion after paying me like a freelancer instead of a full-time employee, unless I'm operating under a serious misconception of tax rights. I quit under duress, but now I'm filing taxes and I'd like to report their behavior if it has indeed been inappropriate. Please tell me whether or not I'm right to do so, and if so, how I should report them to the IRS with very little concrete evidence other than hearsay and my own 1099 form. [more inside]
posted by zoomorphic on Mar 18, 2009 - 21 answers

Odd credit card mail

In yesterday's mail there was a letter from a credit card company. It had my address with another person's name. What are the possible reasons for this and what actions (if any) should I take? [more inside]
posted by scubbadubba on Feb 6, 2009 - 10 answers

Canadian Identity theft laws?

In Canada (Quebec), what laws exist against identity theft? More specifically, against identity theft for the purpose of defrauding third parties using the stolen identity. [more inside]
posted by furiousxgeorge on Dec 27, 2008 - 2 answers

Agencies that help with resolving a vacation booking fraud in U.S.?

Looking for help in (a) identifying if this is a fraud (and if yes, by whom) and (b) who do we talk to help resolve it. Fraud deals with a vacation rental condo in Hawaii. [more inside]
posted by olya on Nov 9, 2008 - 13 answers

Past examples of altering images in media

I'm looking for examples of incidents where photographers/newspapers/photojournalists altered photos (e.g., the Reuters Smoke incident of '06). Help? [more inside]
posted by CitrusFreak12 on Mar 21, 2008 - 36 answers

Can I trust PayPal's seller protection? If not, what can go wrong?

Can I trust PayPal's seller protection? If not, what can go wrong? [more inside]
posted by procrastination on Dec 2, 2007 - 22 answers

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