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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 who apparently don't vet their partners very well. [more inside]
posted by cartoonella on Nov 14, 2013 - 11 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

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

Protecting myself from fraud on paypal

How can I protect myself from buyer fraud selling something through paypal? [more inside]
posted by skjønn on Jan 23, 2013 - 5 answers

Email scam giving out my phone number - what to do?

My phone number is being listed as the contact in a phishing email. Who do I report this to and how worried should I be? [more inside]
posted by naoko on Nov 5, 2012 - 3 answers

Did I order from a scam website and what do I do about it?

I think I ordered a wallet from a scam website. Help me determine if it's a scam, and what to do about it. [more inside]
posted by Marit on Jul 2, 2012 - 8 answers

How on earth is this legal?

Is this a scam? Money laundering? Some other kind of shady deal? My housemate just had some weird money stuff going on and I can't see any reason anyone would do this unless it's something illegal. [more inside]
posted by fearnothing on Jun 30, 2012 - 40 answers

Are there any legitimate reasons why a person in India might be asked to provide a copy of their British aunt's id?

Are there any legitimate reasons why a person in India might be asked to provide a copy of their British aunt's id? [more inside]
posted by philipy on Feb 8, 2012 - 14 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

Why yes, I am a moron! Please enroll me in your fascinating debt consolidation scam.

Why am I still getting "card member services" scam robocalls? [more inside]
posted by qxntpqbbbqxl on Oct 4, 2011 - 8 answers

Tips for signing a lease in Manhattan?

I'm about to sign a lease in New York. What can I do to avoid getting scammed? [more inside]
posted by achompas on Jul 22, 2011 - 6 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

Does the IRS call from blocked numbers?

Does the IRS call from blocked numbers? (Scam attempt details inside) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 24, 2010 - 49 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

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

Vigilante internet detective work

What can I do to take down a Penny Auction site in the US? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 5, 2010 - 8 answers

paypal free money scam

Unauthorized transfer of cash INTO my paypal account. What is going on? [more inside]
posted by jclovebrew on Mar 18, 2010 - 16 answers

I'd like to help anonymous people stuck at the train station, but avoid being scammed in the process

Earlier on AskMeta there was a question on being conned. I gave 50€ to a pregnant couple at a train-station - both couple and money I never saw again. I'd like to keep helping - but avoid being scammed in the process. How do you differentiate between "fishy" and "worth my help". Have you stopped looking at these cases altogether? [more inside]
posted by mathiu on Dec 13, 2009 - 51 answers

Help keep me from getting ripped off!

Making an expensive, long-distance purchase. He only accepts "cashier's checks/money orders". How do I protect myself? [more inside]
posted by Glendale on Jan 15, 2009 - 16 answers

Please help me not be an idiot

I have made several purchases from a small on-line company. They have always shipped the order out correctly and on time. I just received and email from them stating that they had a problem with my payment. If they genuinely had a problem, I want to help them fix it. If this is a scam, I don't want to be an idiot. I'm confused by them telling me not to reply to the email, but to send a new one. I would appreciate any help or advice that anyone could give me. [more inside]
posted by colt45 on Aug 19, 2008 - 12 answers

Books and information about pathological liars / con-artists?

I'm looking for books, articles, movies or documentaries about con-artists / pathological liars. [more inside]
posted by SmileyChewtrain on Aug 8, 2008 - 29 answers

P.S. I'll find my phone. Who took my phone.

UK phone fraud: Someone stole my phone and rang up £3000 of calls to Nigeria. The phone company says it's my fault for not keeping tabs on the phone and I have to pay it. Is there anything I can do? [more inside]
posted by Drexen on Jun 27, 2008 - 24 answers

Protecting from Internet scams.

At what point is a PayPal transaction considered "cleared?" In other words, when can I stop worrying about fraud. And what other protections can I take to protect myself? [more inside]
posted by uaudio on Feb 29, 2008 - 11 answers

How to frustrate an advance fee fraudster

Responding to an 'advance fee fraud' email. I've had a blatant 'advance fee fraud' email from someone in west africa wanting to buy my car online (I am in Ireland). I want to respond in a way that sends this would-be fraudster down the longest rabbit hole possible. [more inside]
posted by superfurry on Jun 27, 2007 - 10 answers

Lawyer helps client engage in fraud - what we do about it?

Can I sue a lawyer who helped his client commit financial fraud against my dad? [more inside]
posted by Kimpossible on Mar 24, 2007 - 12 answers

Is Public Gold an MLM scam?

ScamFilter: Is Public Gold a multi-level marketing scam? Or a "legit" MLM? [more inside]
posted by ObscureReferenceMan on Mar 20, 2007 - 8 answers

Look Out Honey, 'Cause I'm Usin' Technology

I posted some items for sale on Craigslist, and shortly thereafter I got email from a typical scammer who wanted to send me and have me cash a check from "his client," and I'd refund him the balance--you know, the textbook overpayment with a fake check scam. Now, I'd like to have some fun with this. [more inside]
posted by fandango_matt on Feb 15, 2007 - 18 answers

Should I report what I suspect is a ponzi scheme being pitched?

What should I do about overhearing what I think was the pitch for a ponzi scheme? [more inside]
posted by frieze on Jan 26, 2007 - 26 answers

Demand for payment on already-paid-off credit card

SketchyDebtCollectionsFilter: Someone calling and demanding payment on a credit card that was paid off and cancelled in 2002. Fraud? Error? What can be done? [more inside]
posted by moss on Jul 6, 2006 - 16 answers

$7000 ebay fraud

I bought a $7000 item on ebay, paid through paypal, received a giant box of sand... I know all of this guys contact info but local police, fbi, fedex, ebay and paypal don't seem to be willing to help. How can I get my money back (or should i just firebomb his house)? [more inside]
posted by hummercash on Oct 7, 2005 - 51 answers

Do I have to pay for something I bought through BidPay but never received?

CollectionAgencyFilter: I bought an item on eBay in July and paid with my Visa debit card using BidPay. When it became clear that the seller was a scammer and wasn't going to deliver, I contacted my bank and they issued a chargeback on BidPay, and I got my money back. Today I received a somewhat threatening email from BidPay saying that I still owe them the full amount, and if I don't pay they're going to sic a collection agency on me. Do I have to pay it? [more inside]
posted by reflexed on Sep 1, 2005 - 7 answers

Mmmm, tastes like phish!

I believe this is one of those PayPal lookalike steal all your personal info pages. What are the steps one goes through to report something like this? And to whom? [more inside]
posted by banished on Apr 1, 2004 - 11 answers

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