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I had a $500 MoneyPak stolen via hacker. I have some information. Can I catch em'?

A hacker redeemed my MoneyPak after viewing the scanned copy on my computer. They cashed it immediately via internet. Can I pursue a claim to obtain details and press charges? [more inside]
posted by on Oct 31, 2012 - 7 answers

How to remove personal info from fraudulent DNS listings?

I've stumbled on a couple of internet domains registered in my name and contact information that I've got nothing to do with - not sure how to proceed. [more inside]
posted by jalexei on Oct 12, 2012 - 7 answers

Identity theft and fraud - former employer?!

I need some help: I am almost convinced my former Executive level manager stole my identity and rented an apartment under my name where he is presently residing....what to do? [more inside]
posted by Wazooga on Oct 8, 2012 - 21 answers

Academic mefites: is this plagiarism?

What to do when, as a peer reviewer, you figure out an author self-plagiarized? [more inside]
posted by Milau on Oct 3, 2012 - 20 answers

Have I been phished by a hooker?

Have I been phished? If so, what do I do? I suddenly started getting phonecalls and texts from people looking for prostitutes. They're calling both my cell and home phones. I recently applied for a credit card, and now I'm afraid the site wasn't legit. [more inside]
posted by mneekadon on Sep 29, 2012 - 10 answers

Is legit or fraud?

Has anyone used Is it an okay site to buy from?
posted by cashman on Sep 14, 2012 - 1 answer

Friend's a fraud. Freak out or fly on?

A formerly close friend (with some family ties) is building a career as a seminar leader by misrepresenting himself as a business success and giving paid seminars supported by a local government agency. Should I care? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 6, 2012 - 26 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

Have i commited welfare fraud?

Three-parter: Can the Canada Revenue Agency review information from a closed bank account? If so, would they search for this information while assessing someone's eligibility for social assistance? If so, have I done something I'll get in trouble for? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 19, 2012 - 6 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

Being overcharged in an illegal sublet in a rent-controlled apartment. No lease. What do?

I've been living in a month-to-month, no-lease sublet in Manhattan since January. I just found out that' it's a NYCHA rent-controlled apartment, and i'm paying way more than my 'share' of the monthly rent (also, i'm pretty sure subletting a rent-controlled apartment is illegal.) Clearly i'm going to be moving out ASAP. What else should I do? Do I have grounds for financial recoupment? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 28, 2012 - 9 answers

Duped into & getting dicked out of illegal sublet. Recourse?

Moved into illegal NYC sublet under pretense of legality, now must leave. Recourse? [more inside]
posted by DanielMerick on May 15, 2012 - 8 answers

Bank did a bad thing; don't know how to respond to Bank

My bank, in Canada, committed what feels like fraud. Not sure of next steps. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 11, 2012 - 12 answers

How to determine immigration status of ex-wife after immigration/marriage fraud?

I, a U.S. citizen, married a foreign national some time ago and helped her obtain conditional permanent resident status as a result of the marriage. I subsequently discovered that she had no intent of engaging in a legitimate marital relationship with me and, instead, had married me for the sole purpose of becoming a permanent resident of the United States. Upon this discovery, I filed for an annulment but was instead granted a divorce (details inside). My immigrant ex-wife will soon need to apply (via the I-751 process) to convert her "conditional" permanent resident status to "true" permanent resident status if she wishes to remain in the United States legally (which she does). I do not know whether she will be granted this status, but I would like to find out whether or not she does attain it. Does anyone have any ideas as to how I might find this out? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 1, 2012 - 11 answers

How do non-profits deal with fraudulent donations?

I'm the volunteer web developer for a local non-profit and we're having a problem with our donation page. It's the problem described in this article and this article - what's happening is that credit card thieves are using our donation page to validate stolen credit cards. [more inside]
posted by exhilaration on Apr 19, 2012 - 9 answers

How can I defend against a phony bill from Comcast?

After a last-straw rate hike I cancelled my Comcast cable and switched to DSL. As part of a package of severance bills Comcast is trying to charge me for cable modems that I purchased through 3rd parties. Apart from calling billing and yelling for hours on end, what's my recourse here? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 9, 2012 - 14 answers

Credit card fraud - how to act?

My SO was victim of credit card fraud - what now? [more inside]
posted by TheGoodBlood on Mar 15, 2012 - 20 answers

How to prevent tax fraud occurring the third time?

It's tax time and we're having a problem again. Last year when we went to file our taxes electronically, they were rejected due to someone borrowing our daughter's social security number and using it to file taxes. We filed police reports, IRS reports and submitted our taxes by paper. The same problem is occurring this year. What can we do to fix this and prevent from occurring next year. Is there a specific number, agency or method to request help from? The IRS is closed over the weekend, so we'll be calling them this week, how should we go about doing it?
posted by lynnshaze on Feb 25, 2012 - 4 answers

Incessant credit card offers are one thing, but this is a whole other ballgame.

Normally, an unexpected $10,000 check in the mail would be super. Not f it comes from a secret surprise student loan. Help me fix this please! [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin on Feb 18, 2012 - 15 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

Credit card fraud: How does it work?

How is it that my credit cards get used by people in distant states? [more inside]
posted by cccorlew on Jan 29, 2012 - 11 answers

How should I report misuse of the Great Seal?

I received some junk mail designed to look like a tax form, and featuring the Great Seal of the United States, which is a crime. How should I report this, to best ensure the guilty are punished?
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 on Jan 24, 2012 - 15 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

Expired credit card number leaked. Problem?

How much should I worry about an expired credit card number being leaked in the Stratfor Lulzxmas event? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 8, 2012 - 4 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

How do I stop my aunt from using my name on/in forms?

My troublemaker aunt is using my name to fill out forms. She has a long history of alcoholism and possibly some mental problems, and I have no way of contacting her other than Facebook (I think). How do I get her to stop? Is this illegal in any way? [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea on Jan 2, 2012 - 16 answers

WTF is happening with my credit card?

My credit card statement shows two charges made online to Microsoft Store. The charges were reversed (credited back) two days later. The net effect on the credit card balance is zero, but I'm freaking out about it anyway. The Microsoft Store people were able to tell me that it was for a download version of Office and the email address used was I don't recognize this email address. Can anyone venture a guess what's going on? There have been no other fraudulent charges on the credit card in years. And I find the fact that the charges were reversed, apparently by the person who made the charges initially, creepy beyond belief. The credit card was Discover and the charges were made on Thanksgiving Day, if it matters.
posted by DrGail on Dec 6, 2011 - 12 answers


How do I report a 501c3 non profit that is fraudulant? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 1, 2011 - 13 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

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

Why does my debit card keep getting cloned?

Twice, about year apart, I have had my debit card cloned, copied or otherwise made use of without my permission. The first was around a year ago. When I checked my account and found point-of-sale transactions for about $120 at two different locations, about 400 miles and two days apart. In states that I've never been to. Called my bank, card turned off, money reimbursed, etc etc. Then yesterday... [more inside]
posted by Ookseer on Sep 24, 2011 - 12 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

Reporting Social Security Fraud

Have you ever reported anyone for Social Security or other entitlement benefit fraud? What came of it? [more inside]
posted by KimikoPi on Sep 9, 2011 - 4 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

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

What are the consequences of academic fraud?

Would serious academic plagiarism (say getting final year essays and dissertation completed by someone else) which wasn't caught at the time, but came to light later, be grounds (a) for de-awarding a degree and (b) possible grounds for dismissal if you had obtained a job on the baisis of having a degree
posted by Iktik on Jun 26, 2011 - 15 answers

How to deal with a fraudulent landlord?

We paid for the last month of our apartment lease, but we moved out the month before. We just found out someone has been living in our apartment during that last month. What can we do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 15, 2011 - 28 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

Unemployment benefits for the Realtor?

What happens to my Illinois Unemployment benefits once I get my first commission as a Realtor? Am I SOL? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 11, 2011 - 6 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

ripped off, now what

After years of buying custom clothing online, and dealing with lots of flaky sellers, it looks like I finally got ripped off. I've given up hope of getting my items or money back. What next? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 28, 2011 - 9 answers

How to be a PI?

How do I become a white collar Private Eye? [more inside]
posted by Snackpants on Mar 21, 2011 - 19 answers

How do I (and should I) report a business for possible tax fraud?

How do I (and should I) report a business for possible tax fraud? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 10, 2011 - 30 answers

Someone is using our mailbox to steal money...

Someone is using our address to take out loans and not pay them. It continues to go on, despite marking the letters "Not At This Address" and sending them back. Is there anything more we can do? [more inside]
posted by Jimbob on Feb 16, 2011 - 7 answers

Car selling scam?

Why would someone steal a credit card number to setup a Vonage phone number and buy a advert? [more inside]
posted by geonags on Feb 16, 2011 - 8 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

My grandmother was defrauded by a pair of con artists pretending to be me. Who can I report this crime to?

My grandmother was just defrauded by a pair of con artists who, pretending to be me, told her that I was in a car accident in Canada and needed her to wire money. She's fine, but lost a few thousand dollars. She said that she doesn't mind losing the money (she's just happy I'm safe), and doesn't want to be bothered by the police. I respect that decision, but I'm concerned that if let off the hook, the con artists in question will be able to prey on others -- they are obviously targeting elderly people. Who can I report this fraud to? (Additionally, and out of curiosity -- any thoughts on how they discovered my relationship with my grandmother?) [more inside]
posted by tweebiscuit on Jan 20, 2011 - 18 answers

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