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F'ed by FB?

How do I report a fraudulent Facebook account? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 18, 2011 - 17 answers

And Don't Forget To Give Me Back My Black T-Shirt

After a pretty horrid turn of events, I'm left feeling unsatisfied by my bank's loss prevention department. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Jan 1, 2011 - 36 answers

Befuddled by possible fraud

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

Need An Impressive Class Name

Help me come up with a VERY IMPRESSIVE-SOUNDING fake class title! It's for a gag proposal. It has to be something very obscure, and very intellectual sounding, for a college class. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by howgenerica on Nov 9, 2010 - 44 answers

How to deal with anger and desire for revenge caused by sister's betrayal??

My only sister embezzled money from me. She stole the money I was sending monthly to support our mother, I am deeply hurt and I am having problems dealing with my feelings of anger, frustration and desire for revenge. Do you have any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by dupedyestafada on Oct 10, 2010 - 18 answers

Who gets to keep the store? The owner, or the brother's ex-wife?

[Family Court, California] Lawyer gave advice to do something. We did it. Now the judge is saying it might be fraud. What's the best course of action? [more inside]
posted by MexicanYenta on Oct 7, 2010 - 11 answers

How to track down snail mail phishers?

Has anyone received a phishing letter (snail mail) from Card Center, 5050 Kingsley Drive, Cincinnati OH 45263? [more inside]
posted by brianogilvie on Sep 7, 2010 - 7 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

My $170 video card is a fake, and the company won't take responsibility.

I've discovered a fraudulent computer part that I've been using in my system for nearly two years. Company refuses to service it, citing expired warranty. What recourse do I have? [more inside]
posted by polymodus on Aug 6, 2010 - 10 answers

Can I redact my voice mail?

I left all of my health insurance information on a hospital voice mail. Now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 21, 2010 - 8 answers

You're sueing me for WHAT???

Legal/debt collector woes: I was just served papers saying I am being sued by a debt collector for non-payment of $86. I am fairly certain I have paid this bill in full, but they are refusing to give me any kind of statement or accounting showing I still owe this amount. What can I do?? [more inside]
posted by evilcupcakes on Jul 19, 2010 - 15 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

What tipped off the credit card company for fraud?

Just got a call from my bank, Chase, for credit card fraud. Got it all taken care of, card canceled, new one on the way...no worries. I'm just wondering, what tipped them off? [more inside]
posted by Caravantea on May 26, 2010 - 58 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

How can credit card info be stolen just by visiting a website?

How can credit card info be stolen just by visiting a website? [more inside]
posted by chump on Apr 28, 2010 - 11 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

Maintaining Transparency

How do professionals uncover fraud, scams, and corruption? [more inside]
posted by Despondent_Monkey on Apr 4, 2010 - 10 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

Insurance-mandated medical exam? Really?

Can a US insurance company require or request that you have a physical by a certain date? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks on Feb 25, 2010 - 10 answers

Consequences of parent lying about me on job application?

My bipolar & (recently diagnosed) BPD mother, living on her own due to trial separation from husband, is trying to get a job and is planning to lie on applications/resumes...about me. Kicker: one place she is applying to is my employer. WTF do I do. Multiple questions inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 16, 2010 - 13 answers

Facebook Daddy Issue

My estranged father has made a fake Facebook profile under my brother's name. We reported it to Facebook in November and it's still there. What is their process for verifying reports, and how long should it take to remove it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 2, 2010 - 13 answers

What to do about a computer business that knowingly installs counterfeit software on several clients computers

A local computer repair store has contracts with several local businesses to provide tech support. It was discovered that they have installed illegal software (hacked/downloaded copies of Windows and other Microsoft software) and charged for the full price of the software. [more inside]
posted by newfers on Feb 1, 2010 - 15 answers

How do I prevent further identity theft?

Someone tried to withdraw money from my bank account. Again. How do I prevent this from recurring? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 29, 2009 - 15 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

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

Articles on law serving specific factions of society? Example of art.

Hi all, I am looking for articles or books on how the law serves specific factions of society at the expense of others. I am specifically interested in the issue of art fraud and forgery, but I would be happy to learn about more general overviews on this issue as well. Is there a "classic" book on how law is socially constructed to serve specific factions of society at the expense of others? Or maybe an overview on the sociology or anthropology of law that you highly recommend? Or some key terms I should be aware of? My intuitive understanding of the art forgery example is that laws to prevent fraud serve the interests of people involved in the art market (dealers, galleries, museums, auction houses) but hinder artists that work in historical traditions because the border between a "copy" and a "pastiche" and a "forgery" and a "fraud" is blurry. Thanks in advance for your thoughts!
posted by tnygard on Nov 25, 2009 - 13 answers

There's something I should tell you... I have cancer...

I lied about having cancer to my boss. Now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 11, 2009 - 56 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

Calling all MeFi Greasemonkeys!

Could brake pads wear down from 50% worn to metal against metal after one 12 hour round trip to Yosemite? (See details) [more inside]
posted by stevyb on Sep 1, 2009 - 17 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

Previous polical frauds (people who aren't who they first seem)

Searching for previous political frauds such as not-a-doctor Roxana Mayer. [more inside]
posted by jcdill on Aug 15, 2009 - 10 answers

He Took the Money and Ran

What to do about an Outlaw Agent? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 9, 2009 - 10 answers

Debit card fraud?

What to do about suspected debit card fraud? [more inside]
posted by sickinthehead on Jul 29, 2009 - 15 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

Imaginary villages of old NM

I'm looking for the name of an imaginary New Mexican village. [more inside]
posted by Sara Anne on May 13, 2009 - 1 answer

What would happen if you only requested a credit freeze with 2 of the 3 credit agencies?

What would happen if I put a credit freeze with two of the reporting agencies but not with the other one? If someone stole my identity would they still be able to open new accounts under my name? Also, theoretically speaking what would happen if an ID thief preemptively froze your credit essentially locking you out? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 23, 2009 - 6 answers

What should I do if I suspect someone has gotten my personal identity details?

What should I do if someone has pulled some real identity theft type stuff on me? I'm watching bank accounts, changing passwords, checking for viruses/keyloggers, but what else can I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 15, 2009 - 3 answers

I need her family to stop abusing her and her credit cards.

Jane's mother is racking up enormous charges on credit cards in Jane's name, completely against Jane's consent. How can she stop this? Difficulty: No consequences for Jane's mother. [more inside]
posted by lizzicide on Apr 10, 2009 - 24 answers

Eerie coincidence, or does bigfoot...er...OS X malware actually exist?

Fraudulent Skype transactions: eerie coincidence, malware, or something else? [more inside]
posted by jferg on Mar 31, 2009 - 3 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

Mom was robbed. Now what?

My mother's car was robbed yesterday in Savannah, GA. Thieves made off with the originals of her Social Security card, the Social Security card of my recently deceased father, her bank debit/ATM card, her original driver's license, credit cards, documents with her address on it, business cards, and a lot of cash. She had the police involved & a report has been filed. She has canceled the credit cards and will be talking to her bank. Thankfully her checkbook wasn't taken. What else can she do, or can I help with, to prevent identity theft now that criminals have her SSN, my dad's SSN, and her drivers license and address? [more inside]
posted by cuddles.mcsnuggy on Mar 8, 2009 - 11 answers

Madoff IRS Issues

Could a soft (no more investigating) Madoff plea deal protect the IRS from claims by victims? Didn't they pay real taxes on fake income? [more inside]
posted by Pennyblack on Mar 8, 2009 - 4 answers

Eggs, Toast, and MasterCard

Why did my waitress add my credit card number to the bill? [more inside]
posted by terranova on Feb 28, 2009 - 27 answers

Should I be concerned about ID theft with 1099 sent to wrong address?

A contract employer sent my 1099-MISC to my old address at which I haven't resided since Jan. 2007. Should I be concerned about possible identity theft/fraud? I already had a fraudulent charge to one of my credit cards shortly after my mail stopped forwarding. Also, are there any repercussions I can/should take against the employer (large state university)?
posted by conigs on Feb 24, 2009 - 2 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

If I WERE a complete idiot, I MAY have done THIS....

Sensitive information left out on a desk...uh, hypothetically. [more inside]
posted by Spyder's Game on Feb 5, 2009 - 10 answers

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