Questions tagged [fraud]

Crimes or torts involving deception for financial or other gain.

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How do fast food chains get away with selling fake chicken?

Subway chicken only about 50% meat, according to Canadian study What's in your chicken sandwich? (Subway's "chicken" is 50% chicken, and Wendy's is 88%. The rest is non-meat additives) Subway ...
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If I own a company and a user buys a service from my website

If I own a company and a user buys a service from my website, and when you buy a service you get a $100 credit for another website and the user charges back/refunds and uses the code, is that illegal?
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How do free-speech protections in the United States apply in public to corporate misrepresentations?

Last night, I was driving behind a truck that had a very official-looking sign like this: (Sign says, "WARNING STAY BACK 200 FT. NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR BROKEN WINDSHIELDS!") Some cursory Googling ...
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Do corporations have any legal liability for XSS exploits that can harvest private/payment info?

So let's say there's a website that is made up of crowd sourced articles (let's say it's about politics). The website has users from around the world. All articles have to be approved by an editor, ...
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Schwab 401k 'hacked'; somehow they added/linked an unknown bank account and transfered out ~10% of my balance!! How

I recently received a couple of 'notification' emails from Schwab re. the approval/completion of various changes I supposedly requested to an old 'inactive' (past employer) 401k account, including: ...
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What is the best way to proceed with a legal action against US company from abroad?

Some time ago I have signed a contract with Premiere, US company which is looking for young talents while they were on their trip to Europe. Part of the sum I payed with a credit card and another part ...
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HOA manager and puppet board unlawful control of HOA

Unlawful assumption of HOA's corporate powers by contracted Community Association Manager: In 2014 my (Colorado) HOA's management company unlawfully (and secretly) acquired 100% control of our HOA. ...
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Example of “fraus omnia corrumpit” in which a person loses rights they had before a fraudulent act?

I'm looking for a bit of case law - as an inspiration more than as valid precedent - for the following scenario: A person has some prospective rights w.r.t. some physical objects, or future rights w....
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Is fake blackmail still illegal?

Someone spoofed the headers on an email to a redirecting address I own today and it's laughably written, but raised a question for me. The message claims to have kompromat on me that absolutely does ...
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Are Credit-Card fraud refunds legally obligated, or good customer service?

Supoposing my CC is stolen, I would expect that all purchase on that card after the theft, but before its cancellation would get refunded to me. Obviously the nature of that refund is going to depend ...
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How does bigamy affect a UK Spouse Visa?

I am a British citizen. I sponsored my 'husband' for a spouse visa but found out he's already married in the USA. His legal wife notified Home Office. I knew he was in a relationship but not that he ...
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Is lying to get “gardening leave” fraud?

A group of my friends was celebrating one of our group securing a new job, and he was complaining about having to continue working at his old job for his 3 month notice period, we started discussing ...
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Is there any law in place for identifying yourself if telling “the news”?

Is there any law requiring journalists, online editors or others who report or distribute news to accurately identify themselves? Do websites, such as Wikipedia and StackExchange, which many rely on ...
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Does signing a contract after explaining it was not legally binding count as contract fraud?

An individual recently claimed to have run into a situation where he was charged with "fraudulent contract activities" in a situation that my (admittedly quite limited) understanding of contract law ...
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Strict laws on using raised funds for specific reasons as opposed to any reason? [duplicate]

Are there any strict regulations in the U.S. when it comes to raising money through any means, AKA normal solicitation or using a third-party platform like Kickstarter, but using the funds NOT for ...
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Is it tax fraud for an individual to declare non-taxable revenue as taxable income? (US tax laws)

Hypothetically, A wants to pay B a considerable amount of money. In order to reduce the paper trail, A pays me the money and I transfer it to B. To further obscure the paper trail, I declare the ...
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Is wash trading illegal?

I put some money in Bitforex and some say that they do wash trading. This is where they inflate the volume of trade in their sites. Is it legal? Also, what's the jurisdiction of Bitforex?
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Dental Billing Insurance for 3 times the amount for a crown than quoted to the patient, Legal or not?

The patient is given a quote for a crown total of $900.00. The patient paid the deductible and her quoted portion of $450.00 up front. When the patient received an EOB from the insurance $1600.00 had ...
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Can criminal fraud exist without damages?

If I fraud someone, invest their money and pay it back is there any criminal offense? Does fraud require damages? Will most judges realistically treat this a criminal case?
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Is it illegal to make a truthful statement about a fictitious ingredient?

Let's say that a company is selling a moisturizing cream with the "stuffase-free" marketing argument on its face label. The cream indeed doesn't contains stuffase, but the label is implicitly ...
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College admissions scandal

During the U.S. attorneys' office press conference, Andrew Lelling said, "We're not talking about donating a building so that a school is more likely to take your son or daughter. We're talking about ...
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Car repossessed from fraudulent loan

My family member's son in law took out a loan in the family member's name using the family member's car as collateral. No payments were made on the loan. The car was repossessed after the loan ...
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Fraud by a Police Dispatcher

Ex daughter in law forged mine and my husbands signature on a title to a camper. (Valued at 4500.00.) This was done a week after my husband passed away. She was working as a Police Dispatcher and ...
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Is it legal to pose as a competitor's customer?

If company X wants to find out information about company Y's online product, is it illegal for X to hire a contractor to pose as a customer using false details? Assuming no documents are signed, has ...
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Can I accept a food delivery addressed to my house?

Earlier today the local cookie delivery service knocked on my door with cookies that were already paid for that I did not order. The guy said it was addressed to my townhouse (eg 555 E Cardboard St)....
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Someone used my bank account to do online fraud

A while ago I was contacted by an old friend who wished to borrow my bank account to do online transactions, which has online banking enabled, while theirs is not. They want to confirm payments before ...
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Cohen paying IT firm to rig news polls at the behest of Trump - who is at fault and what is the crime, if any? [duplicate]

Michael Cohen, Trumps former lawyer and personal "fixer", has admitted that he paid an IT firm to create a program to repeatedly vote for Trump in several prominent online polls run by news ...
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Is it illegal to influence an on-line poll by creating false responses?

We don't know enough of the details of the current news reports that Michael Cohn hired a contractor to cause an online poll to report incorrect results. If the mechanism of this deception was the ...
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Whats the consumer's rights when an online account has been breached?

I have an online account with the Company "A". On that account my PayPal account is linked. A few days ago I received a text from my Bank that my bank account has been charged ( The amount was not ...
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Envelope stuffing job advertisements in usa

If an advertisement for a job stuffing envelopes is fraudulent(which i suspect will usually be the case), does that fraud fall under a mail fraud statute? Is that something that the post office is in ...
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how are companies like metasploit and trustedsec and rapid7 legally protected?

rapid7 and trustedsec develop professional penetration testing software rapid7 also sells a pro version of metasploit...my question is that if someone uses their software illegally how are those ...
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How to fix a forged endorsement on a cashier’s check

What is the best fix for a cashier’s check with a forged endorsement signature that hasn’t been deposited yet? If the forged signature is crossed out and initialed, and then an authentic signature is ...
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Is this fraud by abuse of position?

An acquaintance of mine is the leaseholder of a flat. The management company for the block has appointed Ms P to be the person specifically responsible for this block. Ms P has awarded a significant ...
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False debt on credit report, original creditor bankrupt/ out of business multiple fraud lawsuits filed against them in state

I recently discovered a collections on my credit report, over $4000 U.S. The original creditor was a now defunct property management company. They are notorious here in Idaho for evading with over $1 ...
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If a broker (AKA man-in-the-middle-scammer) cheats a buyer, can the seller be held responsible?

For example, the deal is that BrokerSneaky mails a payment to Seller. Seller has placed something in escrow as required by BrokerSneaky. BrokerSneaky DOES NOT mail anything, but instead gets ...
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Is it theft/fraud if one sends confidential info from their work laptop to their own personal web mail but there is no malicious intent? (UK/US)

Sender's intentions are non malicious, but the sender knows they are not supposed to send confidential info out of work laptop, and sender deleted some sent emails to cover up. Their intent is to do ...
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How do I press charges against my former broker for forgery?

I am a Realtor. When I was first licensed I began working for a broker in Los Angeles, CA. After almost 2 years we had a dispute and he refused to pay me. It was at this time it was discovered that I ...
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How to deal with paypal claims? [closed]

So, I shipped an item to a buyer. When the product was delivered, the buyer told me by email the color of the product is different from the colors showed in the photo on my store. He attached me the ...
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Is there contract law to protect tenants from leasing under false pretenses?

I've recently signed a lease for an apartment in Maryland. Before signing the lease I visited the unit in person, spoke with leasing staff, made a deposit to reserve the unit, and received a written ...
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Is it legal to send someone a notorized legal document from an address that doesnt belong to them?

I have recently received a legal document from my ex wife from a address that does not belong to her, is this legal in the state of ny?
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Can a conspiracy involve unknown persons

Specifically in the UK, regarding a conspiracy to defraud, is it necessary for the persons making an agreement to actually know each other, or is it sufficient for one to make an offer to any 2nd ...
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If Barefoot v. Jennings is upheld by CA Supreme Court, what recourse would disinherited child have against undue influence by unscrupulous caretaker?

Background My friend (plaintiff) has an open case against her mother's unscrupulous caretaker (defendant). Plaintiff is claiming that the defendant used 'undue influence' against plaintiff's mother, ...
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At what point is it breaking the law during an online scam

Generally speaking, at what point it becomes illegal to be pretending that you're a Microsoft tech support (or better yet a random tech support not affiliated with any well known company) OR pretend ...
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Are there anything misleading about this ads?

https://skylinktvantenna.com/orderint-mod-sh/vsl1.php I removed all tracking links There is this statement that I believe is fraudulent But how can you watch all this for free? The secret lies ...
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Is Intentional Immaterial Fraud Legal?

Normally, an element of the tort of fraudulent misrepresentation, the tort of negligent misrepresentation, statutory securities fraud offenses, and a criminal fraud offense based upon a ...
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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 ...