I said my son is in prison and his friend. My sons friend has a girlfriend that sends money alot to him and it has to be sent through an approved account so she sends it to me. And the friend has a friend that sent money to me once cause he dont hav a paypal. Its not money laundering to the perosn who said that. I know what money laundering is. Why u answer that? Specialy if u dont know. I am asking a similar wuestion thats on here. Im not helping anyone break the law. I was very vague in my question. And to the person that said about the cell phones. I said nothing about cell phone in jails. I said cell phones but not in jail. And i dont really see anything wrong if someone asked to use my paypal twice to get money. I sont think twice is money laundering. Come on now. Anyhow i shouldnt of put this up and it wont let me delet. The money to my payl isnt nothing big. It was just one time and my sons account is mostly his girlfriend and small amounts like 20 bucks. I dont think thats money laundering. I guess i should be more specific but i didnt and dont feel like writting it all and i can barely see what im typing on here. I just will tell him not anymore to avoid any questions like this . I can barely see this post or questions. Ty to the lady that was helpful about how i wrote it . I just want to know if its ok if someone sends money to paypal its money someone owes him and he dont hav a paypal cause he is in jail. Its not money laundering cause its not been a bunch of times. He has asked once and asked if id do it one more time. I just wanted to know if u thought it sounded true. So i told him no and he was like mom its one time its money he is owed he dont hav paypal to get the money. So what does that sound like to u

  • 1
    If you are asking whether something is illegal you need to tell us where you are (country, state if in the US). Also I think this question would be better posed on law.SE rather than here.
    – Vicky
    Commented Oct 5, 2019 at 7:39
  • 7
    Instead of asking whether it is legal, consider asking whether you really want to be part of this scheme. X sends money to you, and you forward it to Y. So why doesn't X just send it straight to Y? If X will get in trouble for sending Y the money, it stands to reason that you would get in trouble for sending Y the money.
    – Lawrence
    Commented Oct 5, 2019 at 9:10
  • 6
    "I know he wouldn't have me do illegal things." We have less faith in your son than you do.
    – RonJohn
    Commented Oct 5, 2019 at 12:54
  • 1
    "Its not money laundering cause its not been a bunch of times." The government doesn't see it that way.
    – RonJohn
    Commented Oct 5, 2019 at 15:21
  • 4
    "So what does that sound like to u". It sounds like you don't really want our answers.
    – RonJohn
    Commented Oct 5, 2019 at 15:28

2 Answers 2


But lately he has had his friend use my PayPal account. Someone will send me money and then I transfer it to where he tells me. To cash app or venmo.

That's money laundering. Definitely illegal.

He said it's money owed for cellphones.

People in jail aren't supposed to have cellphones. You are helping him break the law, which means you are helping him break the law.

  • 1
    Also, it is probably for drugs or other contraband and not cell phones.
    – JohnFx
    Commented Oct 5, 2019 at 14:33
  • I wasnt specific enough in questions. Its only been money once and ask for a last time. i dont think its drugs n llaundering. And i didnt say its for cell in jails. They have tablets. state gives them that. its difficult 4me to read on here cause its small so i dint put up everything plus i dont really know anything. son tells me the money from paypal is money the guy was owed. He doesnt even know what its 4The guy just asked him to ask me. Being in prison when someone asks u do Not me him. I wont do anything illegal. Basically i was told that he is owed money
    – Lisa Estrada
    Commented Oct 5, 2019 at 15:11
  • 2
    @LisaEstrada you're letting known criminals (at best criminal associates) use your PayPal account. You're original question was, "Fishy. Is transferring money illegal?" and you're absolute right to be fishy, because it is illegal.
    – RonJohn
    Commented Oct 5, 2019 at 15:19
  • 2
    "How can it be for anything else then what he says." He might be lying to you. It happens on a distressingly frequent basis.
    – RonJohn
    Commented Oct 5, 2019 at 15:37
  • 5
    "Ron im sure i sound stupid." You sound like a mother who loves her son very much.
    – RonJohn
    Commented Oct 5, 2019 at 15:52

I don't think this has been addressed, but:

Contact a lawyer

You shouldn't trust random people on the internet with this. You feel uncomfortable, and potentially participate in crimes. You should talk to a specialist, talk to a lawyer.

That doesn't seem like a very complex problem, but you need a legal advice. There are some non-profits that help with legal aid to incarcerated people and their families. You need to find one in your jurisdiction/location.

You must log in to answer this question.