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Can I give a recruiter a fake SSN?

I've seen a number of posts asking about the safety of giving out the last 4-5 of your SSN, but if I want to pursue something and they insist, is there any reason not to give them an alternate number? [more inside]
posted by princeoftheair on Jun 24, 2016 - 13 answers

Should I speak up or shut up?

I have a family member that, in my eyes, is far too trusting. This has led him into some problems (large and small) in the past and he's in the middle of one of these situations now. He's lost some money to people in the past that he's considered friends, but whom he didn't actually know well. But he's got money to spare. There is little chance that he will end up totally destitute by trusting a con artist in the future. Should I just butt out? [more inside]
posted by serenity_now on Jun 15, 2016 - 18 answers

Mac Malware?

My dad just called me in a panic. His iMac (running El Capital or Yosemite) gave him a scammy looking error message. Need some help figuring out what's going on and how to fix it. [more inside]
posted by radioamy on Apr 13, 2016 - 19 answers

My mother is not a telemarketer

I just received a phone call from my mom's number (on my cell phone, so it showed up with her photo and everything), but when I picked up it was some scam offering me free nights at a motel. What just happened? How or should I report it? Do I need to worry that that my identity has been compromised?
posted by thecaddy on Apr 8, 2016 - 10 answers

Should I mind my own business about this pyramid scheme?

A friend of mine has posted on facebook asking people to join a "book exchange" where you buy a book and get "approximately 36" back. This is clearly a pyramid scheme... should I say something? [more inside]
posted by Cannon Fodder on Apr 4, 2016 - 24 answers

Restaurant gift certificate redeemed before I used it?!

My sisters got me a $100 gift certificate to a nice restaurant here a few months ago (think really nice steak and seafood, there are a couple others elsewhere in the country; I'm in California). They bought it online, emailed me the link, etc. we finally use it last, go to pay, and are told that the balance is $0 and the certificate was already used approximately 6 days after I received it!! [more inside]
posted by namemeansgazelle on Mar 26, 2016 - 9 answers

Ebay item sold for higher than expected.

Item sold for 2x going price, is this a scam? [more inside]
posted by wongcorgi on Mar 9, 2016 - 15 answers

I got screwed. Now what?

Remember my last question about selling a camera on Craigslist? Well, only days later it was gone - not sold, but stolen by a scammer who convinced me to accept payment via Venmo. Now what? [more inside]
posted by Venadium on Feb 16, 2016 - 28 answers

Where'd Mom get that kind of money?

Is this "Forensic Auditor" thing a scam? Or might this be legit? [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad on Feb 16, 2016 - 23 answers

$2,004 shipping for a water bottle?

There's a company on Amazon charging $2,004 to ship a plastic water bottle. Is this a new scam? If so, how does it work? Is there more of this? [more inside]
posted by john m on Feb 16, 2016 - 9 answers

Name of TV show about testing casino and retail security?

I know there have been a million shows like this before, but I'm looking for a particular show where a team of people were hired to test security and reveal vulnerabilities. [more inside]
posted by tkolstee on Jan 26, 2016 - 6 answers

How is this a scam?

I received a major credit card that I didn't apply for. WTF? [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas on Jan 5, 2016 - 13 answers

Venmo: Stranger sends me $1. Scam?

I have a Venmo account and have only ever used it once ( to receive one large payment from a trusted friend a few months back). Today the app popped up a notification saying that "Person X has sent you $1". I don't know Person X (nor does my spouse). Is there a scam involved somehow, or is it more likely an honest mistake? [more inside]
posted by inflatablekiwi on Dec 31, 2015 - 7 answers

Mandy.com scams?

I'm a film/video freelancer who uses Mandy quite a lot. Over the years, and currently now, I've seen ads from supposed companies that have no digital footprint. My question is, why? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 14, 2015 - 1 answer

What steps can I take now that my mom's been scammed out of $2,000?

Today, a guy called up my elderly mother, pretending to be me, with a far-fetched story about 'me' traveling in a car that was speeding, and yada yada yada, the police needed $2,000 wired to them so that this incident wouldn't go on my 'permanent record'. The phone number the 'policeman' gave was a 514 area code (Montreal). My mother used Western Union to wire the scammers the money. She lives in New York City. Yes, I've told her not to give any information over the phone, and yes, the con story is nonsensical in several ways, not least of which is her incorrectly recognizing her son's voice-My question is, do we have any chance of identifying and prosecuting these guys? The victim is in NYC, the perps were impersonating me and a (corrupt) San Francisco policeman, and they were using a Montreal phone number, which may also have been stolen/spoofed. Any insight appreciated. Be careful out there!
posted by pantufla on Dec 1, 2015 - 22 answers

Weird calls from police/people saying they are the police

Why am I always getting weird phone calls from (people saying they are?) cops, and then make themselves difficult to get ahold of? Is this a scam or something else? I'm curious about the mechanics of why this might be happening. [more inside]
posted by Ideal Impulse on Oct 30, 2015 - 24 answers

First eBay Sale - Scam or Success?

I joined ebay yesterday and listed my first item, an iPad mini (never opened) for $225. I chose the "best offer" option. Today I got an offer for $250 along with a kind of confusing message. Is this some sort of scam, or did I get lucky? [more inside]
posted by jschu on Oct 7, 2015 - 13 answers

Is this a scam?

Is this apartment in Copenhagen too good to be true? (I know, if you have to ask, the answer is probably yes... but bear with me, details inside.) [more inside]
posted by vernondalhart on Sep 7, 2015 - 12 answers

Someone used an old email to register a web site account. Next steps?

I just received two standard-looking emails from a legit-looking European Web site, one welcoming me to the site and the other asking me to verify the email address. I've received those hack-y "here's the password reset you requested" emails and just ignore those, but the welcome email included the username (the old email address) and password. What's the best way to deal with this? [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on Aug 28, 2015 - 6 answers

Flip Flop Flashback

When I was visiting New York twenty years ago as a teenager I stepped on a well-dressed man's flip flop and broke it. He started screaming at me and demanding hundreds of dollars. Thankfully there was a pushy adult around who told him to get lost, that I was a kid and didn't even have hundreds of dollars to give him (which was true). Was this a scam? [more inside]
posted by insoluble uncertainty on Aug 18, 2015 - 14 answers

Shady Paid Parking Lot and Tow Truck Practices

What's my father's best course of action here? His believes his truck was improperly towed from a parking lot. [more inside]
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints on Jul 28, 2015 - 16 answers

Is this an investment scam?

A foreign investment group cold called me with a 'fantastic investment opportunity'. This is a scam, right? If so, it's a very sophisticated one. How can I find out for sure? [more inside]
posted by A Very Muddled Alpaca on Jul 21, 2015 - 16 answers

I might have been born yesterday: is a free trip a free trip?

I spoke with a woman from Global Travel Network who says I won a free vacation after entering a contest recently. I did sign up for the contest, and she had my correct information. The claim is that this should be thought of as a bribe so that I would use them in the future. [more inside]
posted by kmr on Jul 8, 2015 - 13 answers

Finding a reputable casting call in Seattle

I've recently been interested in being an extra or a bit part or contestant in some kind of production. This is completely a curiosity and not some profound career change. How do I go about this without wasting all of my time and ending up around creepy people? [more inside]
posted by lattiboy on Jun 16, 2015 - 3 answers

Criminal mastermind you are not. Or are you?

Someone ordered a bunch of stuff online using my credit card number and then had it shipped to me. I just don't understand this scam. Any idea what is going on here? [more inside]
posted by magnetsphere on Jun 12, 2015 - 11 answers

How does this scam work?

My boyfriend almost got scammed by a recruiter who said he would get him a job on a ferry in Europe. How does this scam work? I'm also a little worried that this person now has our personal information. [more inside]
posted by Lingasol on May 15, 2015 - 10 answers

Quasi Mortgage / Refinance Application Scam?

My wife and I awoke to a bunch of emails (and now calls) from mortgage companies responding to "our" request for information about a refinance. The calls and emails are frustrating in themselves, and, of course, it's off-putting to think someone has done something untoward with our information. Has anyone else experienced this? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Apr 20, 2015 - 5 answers

Is this how this scam works?

I manage a webshop. We have received a very odd order. We believe that it's a scam and we have a theory on how this will play out. Do you think that we are right? [more inside]
posted by Too-Ticky on Apr 9, 2015 - 8 answers

Maybe "It Follows" was a metaphor for timeshares?

So I've read a lot of horror stories about timeshares, and it just doesn't make sense that our legal system lets anything that insane exist, seemingly without any restrictions. Can someone with some legal knowledge (or personal experience) explain them to me? I'm not looking for legal advice (thankfully don't need it), I'm just curious. [more inside]
posted by vogon_poet on Apr 2, 2015 - 7 answers

Is the buyer of my sofa scamming me or just crazy/rude?

I am selling a sofa on Craigslist. Someone claiming to be military has contacted me via email and wants to buy it but they are on assignment. This is where it gets weird and a little scammy and I am not sure what to do. [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants on Mar 4, 2015 - 29 answers

How can I get background info on a landlord and rental property in NY?

How can my friend determine if a private landlord is a scam artist, and/or if his rental property has been in foreclosure? This is in New York. [more inside]
posted by justonegirl on Feb 11, 2015 - 6 answers

Weirdest scam ever or what?

My boyfriend and I want to rent an apartment in Geneva. We found a place that looks promising, but the whole thing seems kind of fishy. Can you please help us figure out if this is a scam or not? [more inside]
posted by LoonyLovegood on Feb 4, 2015 - 14 answers

I am so suspicious of someone who keeps wanting to buy our van

My Mr and I own a 1994 "Sportsmobile" that is parked all the time next to our drive. It runs and Mr keeps it pretty well maintained. Mr bought it used several years ago. He paid quite a bit for it. We never use it, however...and Mr has expressed to me on occasion that he'd like to just get rid of it. It has a couple of issues that are difficult. (Water leaks into it, for one thing. It is an ongoing problem). [more inside]
posted by naplesyellow on Jan 16, 2015 - 33 answers

Is This A Phone Scam? My Health Insurance Company Calls Me...

What can a phone scammer do with your home address and kid's date of birth? I've heard that phone scams are getting "better" in terms of sounding very professional and being able to spoof caller ID, so I'm paranoid that I just told some scammer too much. [more inside]
posted by mhh5 on Dec 10, 2014 - 15 answers

How do we check to see if this offer on our house is legitimate?

My parents just inherited my grandmother's house, a burden they are not happy with. At first they were worried they would have to keep the house for the time being and hire a realtor to get it sold - they are not in a place to take on the cost of a second house, even if it is just temporary. Now suddenly out of the blue, a relative of my grandmother calls and offers the services of her step-son, someone who pays cash for houses and fixes them up. I'm a little suspicious and want to check that this isn't a scam. [more inside]
posted by Hey Dean Yeager! on Dec 4, 2014 - 15 answers

Gmail Joe-Jobbed, spam sent to all contacts, no sign of forced entry.

This morning, a relative called saying I had sent them spam from my Gmail account. I ran to the computer, checked Gmail's login history, but found nothing suspicious. I checked the spam folder, and sure enough, two pieces of spam with a link to a phishing site which Safari immediately picked up as such (I know, bad idea to click it at all) had been sent to every one of my contacts. I know anyone can spoof anyone else's email, despite the best attempts at protection by Gmail and such. My question is: how did they get my contacts? How can I make this spoofing harder, or at least prevent access to my contacts in the future? (Further details inside.) [more inside]
posted by Seeking Direction on Nov 21, 2014 - 11 answers

How do I find out if this craigslist-posted vacation rental is a scam?

We are trying to reserve a vacation rental in Key West FL that has set off some red flags as to its legitimacy. What question can we ask the contact person to help figure out if this is a legitimate rental or a scam? [more inside]
posted by mcstayinskool on Nov 18, 2014 - 14 answers

Mexico Vacation Rental: please help me not get scammed

I am trying to rent an apartment for a month in Playa del Carmen through a website that I found on google. Lets say it's called rent-playa-del-carmen.com (I can name the actual website if it's relevant). So far, I have been getting very professional responses with all my questions properly answered. The issue is that the agent is now asking for the full month of rent ($2500) plus $1000 deposit 30 days before my arrival. This is raising a bunch of red flags for me. Is this common or am I being scammed? Should I refuse and only pay the deposit? Is this such a big red flag that I I should walk away?
posted by lenny70 on Nov 9, 2014 - 12 answers

How can I pay the right fare from Pearson Airport with the least hassle?

I regularly get a taxi at Toronto Pearson Airport to my home in Toronto. There's a flat fare of $47, but if I just get into a cab, about one-third of the time the driver will try to charge me $55 (the rate for the center of downtown) or a meter fare (usually closer to $60). What's the best way to avoid this? [more inside]
posted by grouse on Oct 18, 2014 - 16 answers

Nigerian Price / Mystery shopper Scam for the modern age

Recently I got involved with mystery shopper type . They sent over email to which i replied my home address. When I got the check for the mystery shopped payment and deposited , BOA flagged the payment as a fraud and put it on hold. After that I put the email on my spam and reported phishing in gmail. [more inside]
posted by radsqd on Sep 29, 2014 - 5 answers

They Had Me At "Helping Children" - Are They Legit?

I've had a brush with a Charity called Plan International. I want to make a one time donation to Plan International - but not of it is BS. Do you have knowledge of this Charity? They have positive reviews, but when the consideration is poor countries with corrupt infrastructure, I'm unsure. I've never heard of this organization before. Please impart your experience if you have direct knowledge with Plan International. Thank you. [more inside]
posted by jbenben on Sep 27, 2014 - 12 answers

Scams in Prague?

Going to Prague soon. Will be careful about all of the usual perils that tourists face when they are sight-seeing in a different country -- keeping an eye on my possessions, trying to avoid becoming an easy or inviting mark for pickpockets, generally staying aware of my surroundings. Are there any non-obvious words of caution that the Hive can offer? [more inside]
posted by Slap Factory on Sep 22, 2014 - 19 answers

Telephone Call A Scam?

[UK-filter?] For the past three weeks I have been receiving phone calls on my land line for a JG. It has been one call every two days. Every call has been automated: "We are looking to get in touch with JG. Please call us back at this number" - today the message changed to: "It is very urgent that we get in touch with JG. Please call us back asap at this number". Is this a scam? Should I continue to ignore this? Should I call back to say that JG doesn't live here? What's the worst that could happen either way?
posted by kariebookish on Sep 22, 2014 - 5 answers

Is this a known scam, and what are my next steps?

I believe I've just thwarted a scam being attempted in my name with my credit card. I have several questions about this: 1. Have I understood the scam correctly? 2. Does the scam have a name or is it something new? 3. Who should I report this to? 4. What steps should I take to protect my identity? [more inside]
posted by alms on Sep 13, 2014 - 6 answers

Explain this phone scam...

My parents called in a panic about what sounds like a scammy voicemail message on their land line. Problem is I just can't figure out the angle. [more inside]
posted by drpynchon on Sep 10, 2014 - 16 answers

How does this caller ID spoofing work?

I've gotten a few voice mail messages today from a phony debt collector. It is an obvious scam (they don't know my name, they threaten to appear at my door with "a government official" unless I call them back) so I'm not worried about it and I'm ignoring it. But I am curious about the caller ID spoofing they are using. [more inside]
posted by interplanetjanet on Sep 3, 2014 - 2 answers

Clueless about Craigslist

Is this response to my Craigslist ad weird/a scam? [more inside]
posted by brittanyq on Jul 15, 2014 - 17 answers

I've got a bad feeling about this.

Received a panic-inducing document marked "SECOND NOTICE" concerning my student loans today. It states it's from a "consumer advocacy group," but makes some ridiculous claims and includes no organization name or contact information except for a phone number. Should I bother to report it? And, if so, to what entity? [more inside]
posted by Austenite on Jul 1, 2014 - 9 answers

Why would a potential Craigslist landlord ask for my birthday?

Is there a scam I'm not aware of, or any reason why I shouldn't tell this person my birthday? I can't think of why I shouldn't, but it just seems a little strange. I would ask them why they want the info, but don't want to come across as strange, in case this is a normal thing. [more inside]
posted by taupe on Jun 18, 2014 - 15 answers

It seems like a scam. Is it?

My mom just got a check for a few thousand dollars from a place called Republic Bank Tax Refund Solutions in Kentucky. She doesn't know what or whom it's from. There's a phone number to call to "verify" and you can only verify a check once. [more inside]
posted by crankyrogalsky on Jun 2, 2014 - 14 answers

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