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Crimes or torts involving deception for financial or other gain.

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Can I sue Midas for 2 instances of negligence/fraud upsell? [closed]

Have had two nightmare experiences with a local Midas Autoshop (independently operated) in Southern California. A bit of a story, thanks for reading. I have had this noise occurring before and after ...
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Is there any criminal implication of falsifying documents demanded by a private party?

I typically imagine fraud as largely a civil affair for which one defrauded party may sue and pursue civil remedies against the fraudulent one. And obviously falsifying official documents typically ...
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Serving process on a name, account number and sort code [duplicate]

Suppose one would like to exercise statutory rights against a trader who would like not to honour them and thus force the consumer to resort to small claims court. But all they have is a phone number, ...
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In civil cases, how are allegations of fraud handled?

Fraud is, of course, a criminal charge. However, in some civil cases there might be an allegation of fraud. The problem here is that one is essentially trying to prove a criminal act in a civil ...
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What happens at small claims court if two parties present differing copies of a contact?

For example this actually happened to me. Psycho landlord prints out unusually drafted lease agreement and send to me as PDF. I read it and am in fact perfectly happy to sign it because it appears to ...
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Is using empty debit/virtual card to avoid potential cancellation fees a fraud in U.S.?

In Travel.SE there are often questions about cancellation fees and how can they be enforced in case of using an empty debit or virtual credit card for the booking. Does this qualify as fraud or other ...
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If a company tells you to commit billing fraud, what might be the consequences for doing so?

If a company tells you to commit billing fraud, what might be the consequences for doing so? Let's say you committed billing fraud, because the company told you to do so. Do you have to pay the amount ...
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Academic or credential fraud

I recently found out that a professor in a graduate program forged diplomas and claimed to have a PhD, when in fact they do not. This professor is earning more more than other professors that ...
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Does Bob have a case if he ends up paying child support due to Alice's deceit?

This question is inspired by and closely related to that one, but is different. Alice deperately wants to conceive and give birth to a child from Bob, but Bob is adamant. He is very careful to avoid ...
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What can someone do when scammed in the crypto world? How to report the scam and recover your crypto?

Do the police work against scammers and fraudster in the crypto world? How can someone report to law enforcement a fraud in crypto space?
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What are the limits of website scraping under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act?

I have read several news in the EFF's website about court appeals and fights related to web scraping. I am a programmer and have always been worried about what are the limits of scraping. Normally, I ...
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Why hasn't Vijay Mallya been extradited yet?

Vijay Mallya is an Indian businessman at present fighting extradition from the UK. Mallya, who owes 17 Indian banks an estimated Rs 9,000 crore. Mallya inherited UB Spirits, known for the Kingfisher ...
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Can I sue in Michigan small claims court for misrepresentation on a sale?

According to https://www.courts.michigan.gov/siteassets/forms/scao-approved/instdc84.pdf: If your damage is the result of an intentional wrongdoing, such as fraud, libel, slander, malicious ...
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Is it illegal for a store to sell, schedule delivery and then don't have material?

I purchased material from a store and set up delivery. They delivered part of it and said the balance was coming the next day. Then they rescheduled delivery date for the third time the next week. The ...
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Can they legally falsify paternity on an obituary?

My boyfriends daughter died. He is her legal father and by blood, he is on the birth certificate. As well as paternity established. Her mother did the obituary and listed her boyfriend the father/...
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How to avoid unwarranted bills as a victim of online order fraud (with zalando)

What has happened A unknown party has ordered multiple items from zalando.ch (a clothing retailer), while using my address as the delivery address. Note: I have no account there, and never ordered, so ...
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Can you set up a Patreon if part of your work were made by other people?

I don't see anything in the community guidelines that forces you to produce work that's 100% produced by you in order to get money from Patreon. So is this ok, and can you even finance your private ...
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How much can you pay yourself after receiving money from a Kickstarter fund?

How much can you pay yourself after receiving money from a Kickstarter fund? I am thinking you need to pay yourself for the labor, but I am not sure if there's a way to determine the appropriate money ...
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Do you need to return money collected through a GoFundMe if the money isn't used for the intended project?

Do you need to return money collected through a GoFundMe if the money isn't used for the intended project? Let's say you start a GoFundMe to make a game, you spend 50% of the money to make a game, but ...
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Can the publication of one's own purported "Principles" constitute criminal fraud?

Our legally-constituted artisans cooperative has been a supplier to 'Fair Trade' retailers since 1975 at an average of 5000usd$/month in product sales. The Fair Trade umbrella organization publishes ...
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Why WIRE fraud?

On January 4th, 2022, Elizabeth Holmes was found guilty on three accounts of wire fraud (plus a conspiracy). The concept strikes me as odd: Why would the communication medium make a difference in the ...
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Do civil courts have the power to force a criminal investigation after it finds evidence of fraud?

Say a person sues a fraudster in civil courts. Upon showing evidence of fraud, can the court, through request of the plaintiff, request a criminal investigation on the fraudster? I would presume such ...
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Why is trying to get "vaccinated" into a fake arm considered fraud (in Italy)?

I'm curious under what legal provisions this bizarre story falls under in Italy. An Italian man is facing charges of fraud after turning up for his Covid-19 vaccine wearing a fake arm. [...] After ...
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What are the consequences of lying to US immigration authorities?

Application for a US visa now requires information about social media accounts. I know that intentionally omitting this information constitutes misrepresentation, but what are the potential ...
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If a person is tried for fraud for practicing law without a degree, and the verdict is not guilty, would double jeopardy prevent future fraud charges?

[SPOILERS for Suits] In season five of the TV series Suits, Mike Ross, who has practised law for a few years without a degree and passing the Bar himself, is tried for fraud. The jury's verdict is ...
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Clever Probate Fraud (UK) - How Did He Do It?

I’m hoping someone can help me understand this clever bit of probate fraud. In summary: Swindler made fake wills for sailors who had died intestate leaving high value estates. The wills looked real ...
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What is the name of the type of real estate fraud/scheme I'm describing?

I'm writing a mystery story right now that takes place in Texas and currently the motive is that the victim - a real estate agent - typically leases property to people (particularly people starting a ...
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What is the scope of damages in common law fraud?

It appears to me that in case of fraud, the benefit-of-the-bargain rule defines the breadth and width of the liability of the tortfeasor in some U.S. states, and not strict liability. Do I understand ...
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Could Bob get gagged by a court on its own initiative? Is there any support for that in law?

This is a question based on the same fact pattern as set forth in this question: Can consumer Bob be gagged about a suit against Big Co. revealing major antitrust and policy-driven fraud causing ...
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Is it legal for a medical doctor to prescribe 'alternative medicine' to an unsuspecting patient?

It has happened to someone I know that a doctor prescribed them homeopathic treatment without explaining what homeopathy is (or even mentioning the word). Is this legal? This was done by a licensed ...
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Can buyer sue the seller who sold a car to the seller of a car?

If person A is a criminal man and changes the odometer of a used car then sells it to person B, then after some time person B who doesn't know about the truth advertises the car with the fake mileage ...
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Will tax evasion/fraud cause a jail in US?

Suppose that someone bought a used car from a private party for cash (under $10,000) in California, and the seller wrote it was a gift, so that the buyer gets a new title without paying the tax. Then ...
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How can somebody pay taxes of a "gifted" car?

Suppose someone buys a used car for cash, and the seller says "I will write in the title that it's a gift to avoid sales tax, instead of giving you a discount". Suppose further that the ...
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Is it a fraud if someone changes the mileage of the car, then sell it and write this mileage into the title?

Suppose someone buys a used car with the odometer showing 130k miles, and the seller enters this number on the title.  By the look of the condition of pedals, seat shapes, etc this mileage seems true. ...
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Bus. & Prof. Code § 17100 provides penal provisions; can Bob files suit if non-lawyer?

It is typically a prerequisite of attorneys that only those with sufficient experience take on any cases relating to violations of Unfair Trade Practices and False Advertising (Bus. & Prof. Code § ...
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Are you able to use your insurance policy when you're involved in an innocent vehicle purchase situation? [closed]

I purchased a vehicle for $70,000 with what could be a false title. Unfortunately the California DMV was able to register the vehicle, so they too did not know this title or name on the title was ...
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Dealing with a fundraiser con-artist / fraudster

A group of us are aware of someone with a history of fraud/deception. We're seeing ongoing acts of fraud that we want to stop. Key facts about the person: Currently running a fundraiser for Louisiana ...
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Would a private business be liable for false warrant canary?

Suppose there is a private business whose business model is based on the trust of its customers that it has not been served with a secret government subpoena. That is, if the customers knew (or could ...
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Can I choose how to pronounce my own name?

This is more a thought experiment than anything else... Let's say my name is 'Alan Temaficoni', and, as a joke, I decide to pronounce 'Alan' as 'Professor', making my name sound like 'Professor ...
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Guarantor liability and e-signatures (UK)

I am based in the UK and have a tenant in a property that is not paying their rent. The tenancy agreement was signed in Oct 2020 and there are rent arrears for the last few months. I have a guarantor ...
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Minor Who Lied About Age Broke Contract and Stole $10,500 - What Can Be Done? [closed]

About a month ago, someone who I was friends with for 3 years and have done business with called me while he was down in Miami, telling me that he and some others were trying to rent a boat. However, ...
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If a person keeps making business promises to deliver but does not deliver (Scams), could this be considered a Crime?

I know one person who approaches many business for services and defaults on his promise to deliver. Basically he takes the money and simply runs away. This has happened multiple times and people say ...
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Can doctors charge copays when their insurance agreement says they cannot?

Our insurance says there is no copay and no deductible for COVID tests, but the doctor charged us a $50 copay and is refusing to refund it until insurance pays them. This sounds sketchy. They also ...
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Chase accounts closing due to fraud from joint account with sibling. Will I get my money back in the other accounts?

I helped my sister open a bank account through my own chase account years ago. It never occurred to me that anything that took place on her account would effect me. She was recently involved in a scam ...
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How does Colorado law protect victims of odometer fraud?

I'm trying to understand how Colorado law regards odometer fraud, and also what actions may be taken (and when) to follow up on odometer fraud. First question: Is odometer fraud a felony or a ...
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Do Donald Trump's actions constitute embezzlement?

This question is inspired by this other question. In that question, it was written that: Donald Trump moved more than $200,000 donated to his Make America Great Again PAC into his own private ...
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Can recurring charges on a credit-card be considered "False Claims" or fraudulent?

Some online service providers list optional "free trials" for services when you make a 1-time purchase. Let's assume that someone marks the box for such a free trial, but never makes use ...
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does gaia.com break the law?

Gaia.com is pushing conspiracy theories about reincarnation and aliens which would hopefully be fake to a normal folk robbed by a gaia.com ad, this is another way of making money using lies, is this ...
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Is the CEO always accountable for any crime and fraud committed within the company?

If a CEO was largely or completely unaware of the situation within a firm and some financial crimes were committed, is the CEO held accountable, or does it have to be a major financial crime or ...
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What exactly constitutes fraud?

Intent without Damages: Suppose a store has a "Henry Deal," where anyone named Henry gets a 10% discount. I claim to be named Henry to get the deal, and nobody checks my ID. This would ...
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