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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

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

Credit card number stolen! How do I protect others?

My credit card number was stolen! How do I determine the most likely culprit (or at least how they did it) and try to ensure it doesn't happen again either to me or to someone else? [more inside]
posted by attercoppe on Jan 14, 2009 - 13 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

Now I'm in here every evening serving chowder and ice tea

How might this credit card fraud have happened? [more inside]
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 on Dec 8, 2008 - 13 answers

How to keep thieves from using fraud to steal from you

A question about someone impersonating my uncle to steal money from his checking account, and how to guard against future attacks. [more inside]
posted by blueberry on Nov 12, 2008 - 5 answers

Competitor is using a photo of me without permission.

My competitor is using a photo of me and a profile page about me on their website. What can I do (in the US)? [more inside]
posted by lapsang on Nov 12, 2008 - 12 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

Stolen education

I recently found out that one of my professors takes practically all of his lecture material straight off the web. Should anything be done? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 28, 2008 - 50 answers

ebay usernames with *** between to characters...fraud? snipes? what is this?

what's with ebay usernames like 7***j...I'm frequently being outbid by this type of this an automated type of bidding account, like for bid sniping? is this fraud? anybody know? [more inside]
posted by othersomethings on Oct 26, 2008 - 12 answers

Credit Crunch

My friend has been scammed, and I'm hoping the hive mind can help her find a solution for the best course of action to take. [more inside]
posted by Christ, what an asshole on Oct 23, 2008 - 17 answers

Anyone know people at American Express?

Can you tell me the name and contact information for a person working in the Fraud Department at American Express? I'd even settle for the Fraud Department's direct phone line. [more inside]
posted by kellygreen on Oct 6, 2008 - 9 answers

Stupidest scammers ever?

Why would a credit card scammer ship fraudulently purchased items to the legitimate credit card holder's address? [more inside]
posted by lassie on Sep 30, 2008 - 12 answers

How do I protect a sweet old person who may need a legal guardian?

Does anyone here have any experience with nominations for conservatorship in the state of California, either as a potential conservator, an attorney, social worker, psychiatrist or anyone else who plays a role in the process? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 16, 2008 - 2 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

Fraudulent Telemarketers on my Cell Phone!

Telemarketers calling my cell phone. With spoofed Caller ID. For fraud. How do I send them to PMITA prison? [more inside]
posted by fogster on Aug 7, 2008 - 20 answers

Am I protecting or just fooling myself here

Am I giving myself any protection against ATM hacking by not having an ATM card for some specific account, or is the account in the network whether or I have a card?
posted by still_wears_a_hat on Aug 5, 2008 - 4 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

Why did M Lamar Keene really come clean?

I just finished The Psychic Mafia by M Lamar Keene. Though poorly written, it has some great material on the tricks employed by mediums and some enjoyable lurid anecdotes. However, I was really annoyed by the last two chapters where Keene gives his supposed reasons for coming clean. They're incredibly self-serving and read like the script for a fifth rate B movie about a huckster who finds redemption. Does anybody know if the real story of why he fessed up has ever been told?
posted by Lentrohamsanin on Jun 13, 2008 - 1 answer

Someone stole the payroll stubbs! What do we do?

Someone stole the ADP envelopes from my work by somehow calling ADP and asking to change the address. Apparently all the perpetrator needed was the name and address of our company. What do we do now? [more inside]
posted by idledebonair on May 30, 2008 - 16 answers

It's not me

There is someone with or using my name at one of the Yahoo services to access Asian porn sites. [more inside]
posted by mrleec on May 15, 2008 - 24 answers

Fraud Help

How the heck can I get money back after I was an idiot and a victim of fraud? [more inside]
posted by jpcody on Apr 21, 2008 - 8 answers

What does being a fraud prevention specialist actually entail?

Anyone here ever been a Fraud Prevention Specialist? What's the job actually like? I was doing some job searching and saw a posting for one, though it seems it's more geared towards online fraud and stuff. [more inside]
posted by Myles on Apr 14, 2008 - 2 answers

Applying for a new job. Previous employer arrested for fraud. What to do?

Applying for a new job. Previous employer arrested for fraud. What to do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 12, 2008 - 19 answers

Yeah, I know, YANML or whatever...

Hypotheticalcriminalfilter: if someone was allegedly caught committing fraud against another person (specifics to follow) what would the exact legal charges be (felony fraud/misdemeanor fraud, etc.) and what would the likely sentence be if that person had charges filed against them and was found or pled guilty? [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster on Apr 9, 2008 - 13 answers

Ripped off by contractor, how to find him?

Last year we wrote a check to a contractor for half the amount of a job (he'd done work for us before). He altered the check to make it out to himself personally instead of his business, got cash from the bank and disappeared. We have the cancelled check with his driver's license number on the back. Can we trace him with that (without hiring a P.I)? We live in New York State.
posted by katestap on Apr 2, 2008 - 8 answers

How can I protect myself in international business deals?

Will the Korean doctor rob me blind?? Here's the long and short of it... my father is the doctor that pioneered tumescent liposuction. he teaches his techniques to other doctors on a regular basis and manufactures the tools and equipment involved with the procedure. Recently, a doctor from Korea, I'll call him Dr. Lee, took my father's course and liked it so much that he expressed an interest in teaching the course in Korea and to sell my fathers products in his courses. My father is very interested, but feels concerned that he must submit all of his technical files to Dr. Lee so that he can submit them in an application to the Korean FDA for approval. [more inside]
posted by lukeklein on Mar 27, 2008 - 9 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

How do I stop a fraudulent mail redirection from the U.S. to the UK?

How do I stop a fraudulent mail redirection from the U.S. to the UK? [more inside]
posted by satellitebadger on Mar 14, 2008 - 2 answers

How to form an alliance with the IRS?

How do I bust my employer for TAX FRAUD? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 7, 2008 - 18 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

eBay user selling plagiarised articles

Someone is selling my articles on eBay. [more inside]
posted by tomorama on Feb 21, 2008 - 7 answers

Washington Mutual - credit card fraud from within?

Debit card fraud: despite being told several times by Washington Mutual that they've canceled a debit card that has been compromised, the card is still being used by someone in Florida. What to do? [more inside]
posted by skwm on Feb 17, 2008 - 15 answers

Even my problems are bigger in Texas

I bought an out of state lemon - is it worth my time to pursue the matter in court? Do I have a moral obligation to go after a scammer that could potentially hurt someone? [more inside]
posted by kscottz on Feb 13, 2008 - 16 answers

Is someone using my e-mail address or is it just a mistake?

I received a registration e-mail for online credit card services that I did not submit. [more inside]
posted by nekton on Feb 4, 2008 - 18 answers

Unauthorized Speedpay withdrawals

My boyfriend just discovered several hundred dollars has been withdrawn from his bank account without his authorization. [more inside]
posted by louche mustachio on Feb 3, 2008 - 15 answers

How do they get away with that?

Why don't people who try to scam BestBuy out of a PS3 by saying they got an empty box get arrested? [more inside]
posted by nomisxid on Dec 27, 2007 - 30 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

An internet domain was fraudulently registered in my name -- what should I do about it?

An internet domain was fraudulently registered in my name -- what should I do about it? [more inside]
posted by Ø on Nov 19, 2007 - 10 answers

Getting Scammed?

eBay filter: I'm looking to buy a Macbook Pro @ about $2000. The seller will only accept USPS money orders, and that makes me a bit nervous... [more inside]
posted by jpcody on Nov 16, 2007 - 30 answers

How to deal with Internet thieves?

Anyone have experience addressing copyright infringement/plagiarism (efficiently and easily) without a lawyer? Or will a lawyer generally handle numerous cease-and-desist orders and/or lawsuits for a relatively reasonable fee? [more inside]
posted by justonegirl on Nov 5, 2007 - 10 answers

Why is this credit card thief so stupid?

What is this Internet scammer trying to accomplish? [more inside]
posted by chef_boyardee on Nov 4, 2007 - 13 answers

Suing over unpaid wages

Suing over unpaid wages when it's a small amount? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 24, 2007 - 18 answers

Old, Fraudulent Debt Comes Back

How to deal with an old, fraudulent, debt? About 10 years ago, someone racked up $750 worth of phone calls on my phone line. When the bill came, I reported it to Verizon (who was then called Atlantic Bell, I think), and told them the calls were not mine. [more inside]
posted by cell divide on Oct 19, 2007 - 8 answers

Credit card number in Canada

Why do receipts in Canada show your entire credit card number? [more inside]
posted by pravit on Oct 17, 2007 - 21 answers

Hard drive failure = insurance fraud?

Here is the deal. I have a client who brought in a hard drive with a "smoked" circuit board. He is filing a claim on his insurance for it AND the data that was on it. Fine. BUT...he wants us to "prove" that the circuit board failure happened as a result of a power surge and NOT as a natural failure of the board. I don't believe that is possible at this point. I am a computer tech, so I am looking for input from attorneys, electricians, and anyone else who can proffer and opinion. Thanks in advance!
posted by titans13 on Oct 15, 2007 - 15 answers

What can I do?

I bought a car recently and the seller claimed "This vehicle looks new, with no signs of prior damage. There is no damage present on this vehicle." Turns out the vehicle had been wrecked. Do I have any legal options here or am I screwed? [more inside]
posted by C17H19NO3 on Oct 1, 2007 - 27 answers

He sold my car???

You are not my lawyer. You may not even BE a lawyer. But my friend needs, if not actual legal advice, some general suggestions about how to proceed. The short story: her ex-boyfriend sold her car without telling her, without her consent, and appears to have fled the state with his ill-gotten gains. This question is probably California-specific. [more inside]
posted by autojack on Sep 17, 2007 - 26 answers

My landlord is crazy and also there has been some check fraud.

My landlord is crazy and also there has been some check fraud. Help me unravel my responsibilities [more inside]
posted by paddingtonb on Jun 27, 2007 - 20 answers

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