Questions tagged [fraud]

Crimes or torts involving deception for financial or other gain.

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Unauthorized access to parents bank account

Early in the morning the bank account password was changed. The investigation pointed to someone without authorization using my parent's phone at 1 am to verify a password change for the bank account ...
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International requests of VPN logging data [closed]

I fell for scam on instagram and suffered the loss of approximately $400. All I know for sure about the scammer is what he lives in a country different than mine and I live in Austria. I will be going ...
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How can a renter verify the lessor has authority to lease?

Alice wants to rent a residence. She finds a house advertised and contacts the listing agent, Bob. Bob shows her the residence, and then offers her a lease agreement that requires her to pay him 3 ...
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Can you be arrested for accidentally signing a recipt for someone else's order?

I may have signed a credit card receipt for someone else's pizza order, giving a tip as well. The deliver driver gave my address so I had assumed my aunt or uncle ordered without telling me, then I ...
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How would selling fake illegal drugs be treated in most jurisdictions?

Let's imagine that the police arrested someone on suspicion of selling illegal narcotics. Upon chemical analysis of the seized goods, they discover that these goods are not narcotics, but some ...
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"last chance!" Fraudulent marketing

Meet Bob. Bob has received marketing messages on 5 different days this week from a business telling him that it's his last chance or "final call" to sign up for service where he can get ...
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What legal rights do I have after paying a deposit for some building work?

I recently got some quotes in for refitting the garage door on my house. This obviously involves the builder making a substantial one-off purchase of a door to my specifications which he is going to ...
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If I use a discount card at a German museum that I do not know isn't valid at that museum, but the museum accepts it, is that a crime?

I live in Belgium and in August went to Dusseldorf on a weekend trip. As an autistic adult I have a EU Disability Card, which is a new trial project by the EU, which is only valid in 8 countries, one ...
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I am 16. Can my parents legally transfer my money I have earned from my own job to their account and take it?

I am a 16 year old, who got their first job at 14ish, and ever since have had my own debit card with my own name on it, and all the money I have earned from work, gifts, etc. have been on there. I ...
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What is the status of money in a bank account, compared to a debt obligation or a safe deposit box?

I am trying to figure out what the legal status of money in a bank account, and I have asked these two questions but not figured it out. I think this hypothetical highlights the problem. Suppose ...
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Is it legal to lie about race on college applications

This question is talking about the US btw On reddit (reliable source I know), in a life tips thread, someone mentioned that if you're Asian/White, you can put yourself down as white/POC on college ...
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Is it fraud to backdate a signature?

I started a new company and signed a contract in Germany. Due to changes in german law $ 2 para 1. of the Evidence Act (German abb: Nachwg) my company sent me a change in the contract to sign. I'm ...
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Is creating and hosting a phishing site illegal?

Would creating and hosting a phishing site imitating a site like Facebook or LinkedIn to show one person how realistic phishing scams can be (with that person's permission) be illegal in the US, ...
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What legally happens when someone takes your bank card and uses it?

If someone steals your wallet, takes the money and uses it to buy something that is theft against you. If someone steals your wallet, takes the bank card and uses that to buy something what crime are ...
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Sale of principal's tickets by an agent above face value

If a ticket seller who is engaged as the agent of a production company (principal) sells some of the tickets at a higher price than the production company sets and pockets the difference, can the ...
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Why is it legal for professors to present out-of-date information as practical and fact, when doctors are expected to give patients the latest cures?

Why is it illegal for doctors to not give the latest cure, keep in touch with the latest cures, find everything for the patient, but professors do not lose a practicing license as a result of teaching ...
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Is a US district court allowed to award punitive damages based on another state's law?

Let's say The plaintiff lives in Florida, US. The defendant lives in California, US. The plaintiff sues the defendant in a Texas District Court due to diversity jurisdiction. The case involves ...
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Can an Australian bank legally issue bank accounts and Visa cards without obtaining proof of identity from the person requesting the account?

This is the first time I have posted to StackExchange so please excuse me if my question is out of scope, is in the wrong place or goes into too much back story. Any assistance would be greatly ...
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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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