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Crimes or torts involving deception for financial or other gain.

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Could it be illegal to register ones child at state school when one has no intention of sending them?

It is in the news that a "parent action group" on Facebook is encouraging members to register at state schools even if they don't want to take up a place. This is a protest against Labour ...
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What is Donald Trump's crime? Why is it wrong to pay somebody money for confidentiality?

I read that the money paid by Cohen to Daniels is (allegedly) illegal. But what is illegal about it? Cohen used some housing line of credit he had. Why can't Cohen say, "Well, I helped my friend ...
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Getting naturalized and citizenship through sham marriage [duplicate]

If a marriage is considered a sham marriage (e.g. a woman marrying a man only to gain entry and citizenship into the US, but no intention to stay with the man) in the first place, and later the woman ...
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How to get my money back I put down on a purchase and never received item

I sent someone $100 on cash app to hold a camper until I got down there to get it per her request. She then blocked me on everything even cash app and will not even give me an address. What can I do I ...
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Revival of ingraham vs massachussets

In the 19th century, a 18 square mile estate was stolen and Samuel Ingraham was murdered. Is it possible to revive this case today and for the Ingrahams to file a suit against the title thieves?
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Landlord has broken lease agreement and not refunding the money [closed]

I signed a lease agreement for an apartment in Mississauga that is starting from 1st of May 2024. I paid the first and last month deposit directly to the landlord account. Yesterday the landlord sent ...
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Can 501(C)(3) sell items that were donated? [closed]

I am an employee of a nonprofit (501C3) museum that sells merchandise to help us expand our reach to the public. My question is: If someone (an employee or guest) donates items for the museum to sell, ...
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Is it legal to scam pedophiles?

I am a minor. If I offer to sell explicit pictures to a pedophile, and then refuse to send said pictures after they pay me, would I get arrested?
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Can hotel booking companies make up any "original price" they want, or does the claimed original price have to be somehow grounded in reality?

I was booking a hotel room via Agoda in the United States and saw that the claimed original price was much higher than the hotel price rate if booked at the hotel front desk or using the official ...
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Is it legal for internet service providers in the EU to severely and systematically undercut advertised bandwidths?

I have a new mobile data plan with a contractually agreed-upon bandwidth limit of "up to 3 Mbit/s". To my knowledge, the "up to" only accounts for unavoidable reductions in ...
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Bait and switch fraud from a car dealer

Scenario: A car dealer claims that a car has a particular characteristic. A customer decides to purchase it. At the last moment, the car dealer claims that a mistake was made and that the car doesn't ...
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Is Intentional Bankruptcy Illegal?

This is a completely hypothetical scenario and so I'm happy for answers for any jurisdiction, however I'm based in the UK and so some of my terminology may be specific to there. What is the legality ...
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Is there any protection for sellers with mislabelled items?

Suppose Alice buys a car from Bob. In the case the car was stated in the advert as the top of the range model but was in actuality the model below badged as the top one Alice would have some ...
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Can a company lie to a person in the course of a business relationship?

I've heard rumors that, if a company finds you suspicious or costly as a customer, their support agents might deliberately give you the runaround until you stop trying to do business with them. That ...
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Is it illegal to solicit a tip under false pretenses?

The question seems pretty obvious I suppose but I just remembered a thing that happened to me at a previous home and am just now realizing it may have been a scam or at least just as easily could have ...
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Would a dealership be required to honor a car sale agreement made by their chatbot?

Recently, a Chevorlet ChatGPT-powered chatbot was tricked into stating that it would sell a car for only $1: [BOT] Welcome to Chevorlet of Watsonville! Is there anything I can help you with today? [...
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Online review fraud and manipulation in Sweden

I got a service from TaskRunner AB (Part of BuddyCompany) via their mobile application, which is claiming to be "super transparent app" and promising customer satisfaction guarantee. This ...
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joint account to set up and pay bills

if an elderly woman added a non-elderly joint account holder to help pay her bills, and the new joint holder began writing large checks into his own accounts, and writing frequent checks to 'cash' ...
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Is it fraud per se to falsely claim your non-profit has distributed donations in soliciting further donations?

Say you run a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting a cause. You solicit and receive donations for that cause. In soliciting further donations you talk about all the past donations you've ...
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Is what my dentist is doing legal?

I recently got dental work done and after he finished, my dentist had me pay a bit extra for an additional bit of work that 'went over my coverage amount' and gave me an itemized statement/receipt ...
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Adding Previous Tenant's Name to PSEG Bill for School Enrollment

The previous tenant wants me to add her name to my PSEG bill so her daughter can stay in the neighborhood school. It seemed a bit odd to me, any legal red flags I should be aware of?
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Is it legal in the UK to lie and provide fake documents to get past AML checks? [closed]

Over the last few years, I was a self-employed consultant working as a contractor for a foreign startup that was successful and compensated me generously, including with stock options that I exercised ...
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Hypothetical Scenario - Cyber Crime and Wire Fraud

Here is a hypothetical - I have a friend who has listed on eBay photos of a Fortnite account that he found on google. He has not explicitly declared the account as his but he has put in the title of ...
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I had work done on my dentures, but they did not tell me the work was not coved by my insurance [closed]

I live in Nashville TN. I went to the dentist and had work done on my dentures. They did not tell me that the work wouldn't be covered by my insurance, then handed me a bill before I walked out the ...
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Industrial espionage - what must happen?

For someone to be charged & convicted for industrial/corporate espionage, what must be proven? The case I have come across is the 2007 McLaren scandal & that resulted in the biggest sporting ...
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Should This Company’s ‘Fraud’ System Work Both Ways? [closed]

*** Let me preface this by saying that I understand why I was banned after reviewing the terms of service. I'm not looking for fault-finding, but rather, I'm curious if there's a potential case ...
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Online fraud (but not sure)

This may sound funny to some, but it's very frustrating to me. So I ordered some live crabs from an online store as pets. I ordered a specific species of these crabs. The shipping info said 1 - 7 days....
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Are customers of FTX.com liable for clawbacks, given that the contract states they own the assets on the platform?

FTX bankruptcy estate is preparing to file lawsuits on retail customers to claw back withdrawals made during the last days of FTX. In fact, FTX has already filed one recently. https://www.coindesk.com/...
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Why wasn't the attorney general's fraud lawsuit against Trump thrown out for lack of standing?

Often I read about civil court cases that get thrown out because the person(s) filing the case had no direct involvement or were not affected in the case. The judges in these cases often note that ...
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Why is Trump's alleged fraud in New York not prosecuted as a criminal offense?

The New York Attorney General has filed a civil "complaint" against Donald Trump as well as some family members and companies. The allegations are centering around fraud by inflating ...
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Imagine that I am some random person in an ordinary democratic country. Can I hack or spam or scam hostile foreign governments?

Imagine that I am some random person in an ordinary democratic country. Can I hack or spam or scam hostile foreign governments? E.G. a DDOS attack on the servers of the Russian Rosgvardia or black fax ...
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Is it possible to prosecute Booking.com if a scam was done by another party through their portal?

Due to an in app message request to verify my credit card on Bookingcom I lost a lot of money. I reported it to my bank, Booking.com and the property whose account was compromised.The transaction was ...
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Business overcharged me: Can I refuse to pay?

Say a business overcharges me. Examples: Cleaner quoted me a price of $50, but failed to mention it was actually $50 per hour so the total bill was $200 instead of the $50 I expected. Restaurant ...
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Is lying on paid anonymous surveys fraud? [duplicate]

Is it illegal to lie on anonymously paid market research surveys in the united states? What if you're making large amounts of money such as 10k+/ year by lying on these surveys? Would this be ...
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Do I have legal recourse for suspected financial fraud?(US) [closed]

I have a tenant whom for the last 23 months has been depositing their rent into our bank account with no issues. This month, however, their rent was deposited and then immediately withdrawn from my ...
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is it legal for a body shop to waive my deductible

I'm in Colorado (USA)... in case it varies by state, which I suspect it does. Long story short is that I have 2 options for repairing the hail damage done to my car in a recent storm, for which I have ...
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Can I sue a restaurant that knowingly served me a meat patty instead of a vegetarian [duplicate]

I ordered a pick up order from a restaurant that included a veggie burger. Upon eating it I noticed that it had a weird taste to it and I wasn’t a fan. My boyfriend and roommate noticed that it looked ...
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If your child "hacks" your device and "defrauds" the bank what is the legal situation?

In the news today there is a case of a child spending more than £2,500 on their parents iPad. A 10-year-old girl spent more than £2,500 on the gaming site Roblox after changing the password on her ...
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Question about Whether and When a Leasing Contract is Legally Binding, and How Legal Actions Can Be Taken In The Event of Contract Breach [closed]

Background I am a college student looking for housing, but a common problem my roommate and I have is confusion about how we are able to ensure that we won't be scammed when paying a security deposit. ...
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Is this fraud in Victoria?

A person knocked my neighbours house, an old lady who has been living there for many years. The person was a draughtsman representing the owner of an adjacent property. He claimed that he was ...
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Can DBAs contain names that's not my name? [duplicate]

For example, let's say the legal name is Bob Ballad. Can a DBA be registered named Tom's Video Editing? And can a website be created named tomsvideoediting.com with the "About" page ...
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US: Using a fake name and profile photo to provide freelance services online - anything illgeal? [closed]

I want to anonymously perform freelancing services online, so I used an AI generator to create a picture of a human face and chose a fake name. That fake name is also the business name on my PayPal ...
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Is omitting a previous university transcript illegal?

One of my friends did really badly in her first attempt at a university in Canada and subsequently dropped out. She went to another university in Europe and spent a year there. She then applied to ...
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Outsourcing work without informing the employer: is that illegal or punishable?

I'm a freelancer and many times I simply outsource or hire a subcontractor (all ghost subcontractors) from like UpWork to do what my clients' ask from me. My clients generally do not know that I ...
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Is a auto body shop required to send me a copy of documents that they said I signed? [closed]

I requested through text message that they send me a copy of every document that I signed. They have not responded yet. In this situation, they have added $1300 of additional repair costs onto my ...
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In order to get a refund, I lied about not getting pickles on my burger. Did I commit a crime?

I patronized the Krusty Krab once and ordered something very complex. My burger was supposed to contain pickles, which it did. However, I said there were no pickles and asked for (and received) a ...
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Are customers who withdraw their profits and lending earnings from FTX during its last days before its bankruptcy liable to clawback from creditors?

It seems that some companies and investors, such as Binance, are liable to pay creditors through clawback for FTX collapse as a result of fraud. https://cointelegraph.com/news/companies-and-investors-...
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Is there any way to penalize fundraising that is based in part on frivolous lawsuits?

In a purely hypothetical question...let's set the hypothetical in Arizona in the United States as a default jurisdiction for the question, although other U.S. jurisdictions would be useful and of ...
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Multiple remote or work from home contract jobs on H1B status in US

Mr.X is on H1B status with Company A. Company A pays Mr.X regular monthly salary, as standard H1B Employer/Employee relationship. Mr.X actually works as a Contractor for an end client, let's say End ...
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Legal penalties for fraudulent visa applications in Belgian law

I attempted to search the 1981 decree regulating immigration matters to Belgium to find the legal consequences of a fraudulent visa application, but I was not successful. What are the legal penalties ...
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