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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

Phone Scam involving your "Windows Operating System". How does it work?

Phone computer scam? [more inside]
posted by Liquidwolf on May 28, 2014 - 6 answers

Handyman Scam

Is there any way I can get my deposit back from a handyman who disappeared? [more inside]
posted by Leontine on Apr 23, 2014 - 7 answers

Help with potential scam

Sketchy, potentially scammy situation with my brother traveling in Guatemala and requesting my phone info to transfer money over Paypal. What to do? [more inside]
posted by quiet coyote on Apr 17, 2014 - 28 answers

This is a scam, right?

A potential landlord is asking that I check my credit score online and bring them a copy of the results when I see the unit. I have no problem paying an application fee, but asking me to sign up for something online before seeing an apartment is not something I have done before. Seems like a scam to me. [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Apr 9, 2014 - 23 answers

What kind of scam is this?

I received an email asking me to confirm a textie.me account that I did not create. It *appears* to be legitimate, and the confirmation link does look to actually direct to textie (I did not click on it). What kind of scam / ID theft issue do I need to be mitigating here, if any?
posted by ryanshepard on Mar 19, 2014 - 10 answers

You are not my scammy developer

I volunteer for a non-profit organization. We've had a work agreement with a small company (Basically one or two guys) to do Drupal development work for a year. Short story: the point person in our organization is suddenly no longer with us (deceased), the developer has terminated the contract, almost none of the specifications are complete. "Agile development! Hand waving! You don't understand." We're out a LOT of money and he is holding any not yet tested code hostage for another 15K in billing. All invoices past (approved by previous guy) and present (which I don't want to approve) consist of a single line: "X number of developer hours at Y rate = gimme Z money". They are autogenerated since the number of hours is always the max allowable under the work agreement and still addressed to the deceased. We are going to the lawyers soon, but... [more inside]
posted by Gotanda on Mar 16, 2014 - 15 answers

Why is Windows/Microsoft calling me about files on my computer

I have recently received a couple of calls from someone who identifies them self as a representative of Windows. They sound like they are calling from an Indian call center. They say that they have received error messages from my computer and are calling me to help me delete some bad files. They then asked me how old my computer was and to turn it on. I told them and turned my computer on. They then put me on hold and I freaked out, hung up and turned my computer off. A friend called me yesterday and said she is getting these calls. Is this a scam?
posted by cairnoflore on Mar 13, 2014 - 25 answers

What's the scam?

My partner just got a call (on her cell) from someone asking for me. They wouldn't give her any information on what they wanted to talk to me about. On Googling, it's a collection company with a bad reputation. I don't have any outstanding debts. I don't have anything in collections. I pay for a credit monitoring service, and have had no blips. I paid off the black marks on my credit record over a year ago. (There were only two, and they were both under $100.) I don't have any idea why someone looking for me would know to call her, and I am pretty sure no one would be legitimately be looking for me. What the hell? [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on Feb 14, 2014 - 11 answers

Paypal Prepayment: am I being scammed?

I need to know whether I should be refunding a client who prepaid me on PayPal and then cancelled. [more inside]
posted by endless_forms on Nov 24, 2013 - 5 answers

Ontario plumber hassles

Hired plumber to fix water softener. $357 later I am worse off than I was before I hired the plumber. What remedies are available to me in Ontario...? [more inside]
posted by kmennie on Nov 22, 2013 - 2 answers

Pranks for nothing: anonymous, international version.

For the last day, my phone has been targeted by the "have two random cellphones call each other simultaneously and see what happens when someone picks up" prank, similar to what is available through websites I won't advertise here. (Google, "have two phones call each other prank." Yes, I looked up the 4 I could find, and registered on all of them to have my number blocked....it's still happening.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 21, 2013 - 6 answers

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

Email weirdness: Prelude to a scam?

I've got two strange emails in a row where someone is using my email as the contact to set up accounts. Could this be some kind of scam? [more inside]
posted by Diablevert on Oct 28, 2013 - 10 answers

Is ACN A Scam?

I friend of mine is telling me about this ACN (American Communications Network Inc) service she is getting into. Does anybody have any experience with them? [more inside]
posted by Leenie on Sep 23, 2013 - 13 answers

What should I do about this potential iPhone screen repair scam?

I brought my shattered iPhone 4 to a screen repair place in a strip mall. This particular dude is only charging $55, which from what I understand would lead to pretty marginal profits. I left it with him for 45 minutes, and when I returned, my phone no longer turned on. [more inside]
posted by tatiana wishbone on Sep 18, 2013 - 14 answers

Might have been scammed at a car dealership

What are the ramifications for unknowingly leasing a new car that has minor damage? [more inside]
posted by jiblets on Sep 12, 2013 - 2 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

Limit on the NUMBER of Debit Card transactions per day?

The cash is in the account. (Free and clear, not waiting on holds to drop or checks to clear.) The Debit MasterCard is declined. I call Customer Service. The rep tells me that the account has exceeded the daily transaction limit. It’s 4pm on Monday. Special Snowflake details inside. The cash is in the account. The Debit MasterCard is declined. [more inside]
posted by RevRob330 on Aug 26, 2013 - 17 answers

Am I being scammed?

I returned from vacation to find out that my car had apparently been keyed and my neighbor, who is also an employee of my landlord, had it repaired for $80. What's the best way to handle this? I don't want to be taken advantage of, but I feel obligated to reimburse him. [more inside]
posted by abirdinthehand on Aug 19, 2013 - 49 answers

Was this a scam?

I bought something very cheaply from eBay, but it arrived in amazon packaging with an amazon packing slip with my details and "damaged item return" in several places. It smells like a scam, but how does it work? [more inside]
posted by nvsbl on Aug 13, 2013 - 11 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

How do I convince someone not to do MLM (scam)...?

I'm really just looking for a definitive link from something like snopes.com that will call out a MLM company as a scam.. so that I can point my friend to it and say "see? it's a scam. don't do it." Specifically, I'm looking for a reputable website that says Ambit Energy is a MLM scam, and I don't really want to waste my time to tracking it down (esp since a simple Google search seems to be flooded with SEO-sleazeballs). Any help?
posted by lostguy on Jul 25, 2013 - 8 answers

Kinek mystery package, should I worry?

I just got an email informing me that a package I never ordered is available for pick-up in Fineview, New York, which is nowhere near me. Is this a scam? Who is being scammed? [more inside]
posted by RobotHero on Jul 8, 2013 - 16 answers

Is Forever Living Products a scam? should I beocme a seller?

My compadre asked me to become a seller of Forever Living Products. They told me I can make a lot of money, and they told me they became millionaires by selling this product. They told me they now travel the world, but they used to be school teachers. Is this a legitimate product? It seems like it might be a scam? Can someone please tell me the history on the product? I am Mexican immigrant and I don't know much about it. Thank you
posted by kikithekat on Jul 2, 2013 - 19 answers

How does applied kinesiology work, and is it ALWAYS a scam?

I think I got scammed at the Chiropractor's office yesterday, but I don't understand how. [more inside]
posted by lmpatte2 on Jun 25, 2013 - 41 answers

Help me be a loving partner as I watch my SO throw his money away

I don't want to tell my boyfriend what to do with his money. It's his money. We don't live together so that (among other things) we can keep our finances separate. Plus, it's not like I'm some damn genius or Rockefeller. But I am seriously watching him throw money away and he's not even burning it so as to get the pleasure of watching the flames. Help me be a nice person, stop worrying about it, stop caring, and just let him have his fun. (SO many details follow) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 21, 2013 - 68 answers

I used to play bass for Cryptic Text

I received a vague but personal-sounding text message from an @tmomail account (SMS email from a T-Mobile phone number) to my Gmail account. Is there any way to find out who sent it? Is it just a phishing attempt? [more inside]
posted by a.steele on Jun 10, 2013 - 4 answers

Why not bust large domestic scams?

So I got one of those "US Airlines" free ticket doodads in the mail. Yes, I know it's a scam. But it led me to wonder: why aren't these large-scale, domestically run scams actually busted? I assume the intent to deceive makes this particular one at the very least intentional infringement on US Airways's trademarks, and quite possibly mail fraud. [more inside]
posted by jackbishop on Jun 4, 2013 - 11 answers

What scam am I a victim of?

I applied for an administrative assistant job posted on Craigslist and a man offered me a position for a start-up business in the small mid-western city we live in. We exchanged some e-mails and agreed to the terms that I would run some errands for him (for pay) while he was overseas for 3 weeks. He sent me a check for $2500, $300 of which is my pay and the rest is to complete some tasks. The check is a cashier's check from a third party who owes him money. This all feels fishy and I feel stupid. What's really going on?
posted by anonymous on May 31, 2013 - 20 answers

I received some strange mail -- what's going on? Scam? Nut?

A strange piece of mail showed up at my house today. Someone wrote to himself, using my house as his return address. He got his own address wrong, and the mail was 'returned' to my house. I do not know this person. Any ideas as to what is going on? [more inside]
posted by Capt. Renault on May 6, 2013 - 34 answers

Do artists often get scammed into projects?

When I get an email from someone asking if I'm interested in doing a big long-term project, how do I know if they're legit or if it's something worth my time and effort? [more inside]
posted by picklenickle on May 3, 2013 - 9 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

How did this happen? Strange product order...

Someone ordered a product online using my email address and an old address of mine. They did not use my credit card. I'm pretty sure this wasn't a gift. What happened? [more inside]
posted by Ms. Toad on Apr 21, 2013 - 14 answers

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