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Questions tagged [fraud]

Crimes or torts involving deception for financial or other gain.

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If Companies know about SEC violations, are they required to report themselves?

If companies know they are intentionally violating SEC laws and regulations, are they required to report them? If a company knows it is violating sec laws, breaking the rules, having accounting GAAP ...
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Can I penalize the county for changing the verbiage of my variance?

My business has been in the same location using a variance for decades. The county is using the argument that we're no longer working within our variance and sent paperwork with a snippet of our ...
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What to do about evasive debt collection agency I hired

Please excuse this question if I've overlooked obvious options, but I'm not an American citizen and I live outside of the USA, so I'm not familiar with American legal system, or agencies who might be ...
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CEO hiring himself as a consultant

Is a CEO of a U.S. public company allowed to hire a consulting firm for which he is the sole or primary employee? Example: Suppose a compensation committee within the board of directors of company ...
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Fraud by private hostel management

I am a college passout student who is doing his internship in a company for 3 month and was in need of a place to stay for this period. I took shelter in a private hostel where I was made to sign a ...
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Is it illegal to purchase stocks with money that came from a Brinks truck?

There have been many times over the years when a Brinks truck has overturned, or the security guards forgot to lock the rear doors, and money came out of it while in route to its destination. Say a ...
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Is modifying an academic transcript illegal?

On my University of Washington unofficial transcript, it says ANY ALTERATION OR MODIFICATION OF THIS RECORD OR ANY COPY THEREOF MAY CONSTITUTE A FELONY AND/OR LEAD TO STUDENT DISCIPLINARY ...
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What to do about Fake Positive Reviews

There is a company that I have run into that had a sudden review surge. In each of these 20+ reviews, they, as in individual accounts, review a combination of the same places having reviewed by an ...
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In the US: Would it be illegal (maybe fraud) for a musician to fake their own death?

I heard about someone who had to do with recording a Jerry Garcia solo album but he died right before it came out and this guy made TONS of money off of it. The Beatles also got a lot of attention ...
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Is Bank responsible for protecting me from fraud?

I applied for a part time job on Indeed to be a “Secret Shopper for Walmart”. I took the bait and was sent a check for 2k and given an assignment to buy iTune cards at two Walmart and do a customer ...
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How would the law in US handles private investigation like this?

I saw video where there is evidence beyond any doubt (reasonable or not) that a company is committing fraud https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-avpx8UTakI How would US laws handles this? Is it legal ...
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What will I be charged with in Manhattan, New York?

I conspired with Daisy to steal a NYSE work badge/access card from Sanjay and Daisy replaces his badge with a fake one. I impersonate Sanjay (make my appearance like his) and sneak into the NYSE with ...
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After passing security, is it legal to give your boarding pass to someone else?

After passing security, is it legal to give your boarding pass to someone else?
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Are there legal labelling requirements regarding the “moisture-wicking” property claimed for certain fabrics?

Or can I just claim that any fabric is moisture-wicking? Could I sell a garment advertising that it wicks moisture into outer-space, using technology developed by astronauts? While protecting the ...
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Why is Sim Lim Scammer in Jail even though technically his victims agree?

https://coconuts.co/singapore/news/33-months-jail-sim-lim-square-conman-jover-chew-whos-getting-treatment-depression/ Sim Lim scammer is in jail for "scamming". That one is obvious. We sort of know ...
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Is one person creating multiple companies with similar names to competitors considered fraud?

In Wisconsin, there's an individual, let's call him Dan, in a city who has basically created multiple "off-brand" companies with incredibly similar names to their competitors. These are made up ...
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I suspect bait-and-switch selling, what can I do as a consumer?

I’ll keep this as generic as possible in terms of which store and which products were involved, but here’s the situation: Location, product(s) and retailer: I’m in Canada, the seller is a chain ...
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Is altering the manufacture date of anything a fraud?

Today I bought a cordless drill from Amazon. I immediately noticed something weird: on the label, under the inevitable "made in china" text, there is what looks like a manufacturing date. However, it'...
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What remedies are there if it was subsequently discovered that a witness lied at trial?

Suppose this is a tort case (my understanding is unlike a criminal case there is no double jeopardy in tort cases), where a plaintiff was suing a defendant for a lot of money in a tort. A witness ...
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Can a company legally disable a product on the basis it was acquired fraudulently?

I recently bought a product on eBay, that turned out to have been directly bought from the manufacturer with stolen credit card info. A couple months after the purchase, the hardware, which "calls ...
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What would be required to prosecute a person attempting internet fraud in Nigeria?

I've recently been emailing back-and-forth with a spammer from Nigeria. Background: After he spammed RPG.SE, I decided to have a little fun emailing back and forth with him Here's a transcript of our ...
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When is it Illegal to Lie in Inter-Personal Relationships?

I casually date someone. We split restaurant bills and have consensual sex. I lie about my income, health, age, name, and marital status to them. Is this lying illegal? Already looked at When it ...
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Our company shipped product to an address that the recipient just moved from

The recipient moved and didn't notify us. He moved 1 mile away. Our tracking number showed delivery to his former address. The person said he went back and the new tenants said they didn't have it. ...
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Is it legal to track a scammer's IP address?

One of my contacts has messaged me asking for help about a scam. He was saying that one same person keeps harassing him with scam messages threatening to put some videos of him online if he doesn't ...
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Do we have attempted fraud laws like we have attempted murder?

I once saw an advertisement in some online sites. It basically says, call this number so we can help you with your purchase. Say Alice sell something at Bob's Marketplace. Now, Eve, put an ads in ...
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How liable is a seller that was unknowingly paid using stolen funds?

I sold some of my Bitcoins on LocalBitcoins UK to an account that appears now to have paid using stolen funds from a hacked bank account. I checked that the buyer was ID-verified with LocalBitcoins ...
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International purchase for a family member

I have little experience with the law, so I wanted to ask about my situation before I take any action. A cousin asked me to purchase an item on Amazon and send it to them internationally via UPS (I ...
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Is it legal for a retailer to modify a product to remove best before dates and batch numbers?

We manufacture and supply to retailers in the US, via a distributor, a trademarked liquid animal feed product. Recently we have discovered that one of the retailers has been wiping off the best before ...
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Buying a defect mobile

Recently, I bought a used mobile with invoice from a woman (i found the mobile in internet, and in the invoice she took off the part where is her name and address). As usual, I kept all discussions ...
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Is there any theory that would let someone recoup their money from buying overpriced jewelry?

This question is inspired by this article. Alice purchases jewelry from dealer, Bob, for $15 million. Alice hires Carol to appraise jewelry. Carol advises Alice jewelry is worth $5 million. Alice ...
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In the US, is it legal to lie to a business such as a hotel to obtain a discount?

Let's say a hotel chain or a restaurant provides a 50% discount to anyone aged over 70. Would it be legal (as in, no criminal charges could arise from that action) for a patron to lie to the hotel/...
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My Boss wants me to correct checks paid to us

I work for a county government. We process over 16,000 checks over about 2 months. I have an issue with some things we do. If someone writes a check out wrong, for example if he doesn't put the ...
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Is it illegal to impersonate a Provincial Securities Commission agent in Canada?

I had a situation were an old co-worker tried to stir up some trouble by impersonating an Alberta Securities Commission (ASC) agent. We have evidence that he did this, but nobody really seems to care. ...
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What is the differences between lying and fraud?

I sort of intuitively knows that most lies are legal. Someone asks me to visit him, I pretended to be busy, even though the truth is I just don't like the guy. That seems legal. But some lies are ...
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India: What happens when flat buyers not interested in claims but in flat's registry? How can IRP help in that?

A person purchases a flat and pays 100% of the flat's value including all other formalities. In return, the builder provides possession but not the registry. What's next? The Buyer is not interested ...
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Is a disclaimer for a medical product enough to protect the company against prosecution for fraud?

I keep seeing adds for garbage products that directly claim medical benefits to using their product, then at the bottom of the site will have a disclaimer stating that their product "is not intended ...
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Are forged signatures on company documents illegal?

Are forged signatures illegal on company documents even if they're forged by the director of the company? Example: I looked over some documents for a small company founded by three persons, I believe ...
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Would an affidavit be admissible in criminal court to prove address fraud?

If I need to prove in California criminal court that the defendant did not reside at a certain address in 2017, it seems best to get the true "main resident" to testify in court: "I have never seen ...
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A borrower signed a promissory note in which he put up an annuity plan and his 401k plan as collateral.

Borrower defaulted and there is strong evidence of promissory fraud. How can the annuity plan account and 401k account best be reached?
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What might be illegal about a company using deceptive phone calls to establish a contract and seeking payments under it?

I have recently been encountering an organisation whose mode of operation is to dupe members of venue staff into "agreeing" to have their venue advertised "online". Subsequently a bill arrives for ...
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Why government can catch silkroad but not bitconnect?

I think part of the answer should be in computer science. But part of this is probably law. Bitconnect is a ponzy that recently collapse. The thing is it's not on dark web. Yes the people are ...
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Is an 'honest', tongue-in-cheek ponzi scheme ICO still illegal to operate?

I've just come across what appears to be a deliberate parody ICO known as PonziCoin. It declares itself to be "The World's First Legitimate Ponzi Scheme", on the grounds that it is open and ...
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Can a defendant get probation without being convicted of a crime?

I believe my friends are being scammed. I discovered this information on the person in question from a court case December 2017: DEFERRED ADJUDICATION Jury Waived. Defendant arraigned. Defendant ...
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Previous Employer using my electronic Signature

My previous employer uses an electronic signature program to execute General Tenancy Agreements. I have since left the company in August. However, it has been made known to me that the company is ...
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What kind of lawyer would our company need to file criminal charges against a customer?

About Us I work for a company and our company sells very popular electronic products to consumers in the automotive industry. Our Problem We have one particular customer that has ordered one of ...
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Can a gas station employee use Skimmer Scanner in TN without getting in trouble?

I recently ran across Skimmer Scanner, which is an app that uses Bluetooth to scan for, connect to, and send no-op commands to verify certain common types of card skimmers. Given that the app uses ...
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Is it still consider Fraud if it is GIVEN for free?

The definition of Fraud is " Wongful or criminal deception intended to result in financial or personal gain." So, let's say I made, I don't know, 3d printed an almost copy of a Nintindo Switch, that ...
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Is it legal to deceive someone into following through with an already-signed contract?

This is entirely hypothetical but I was thinking about it today and was wondering if it was legal or not. Let's say a sign a contract with a company to produce 100 widgets a month for $50/month, plus ...
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Annoying neighbor abusing insurance claims [closed]

My mom's neighborhood was effected by the California wildfires. Her house was untouched, but it destroyed the fence that stood between her backyard and the backyard of a neighbor. Insurance has ...
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Dubious Facebook ads

I recently noticed lots of dubious Facebook promotions, for example the ones offering free watches where you just pay the shipping. Companies advertising such products often mention the watch they are ...