Questions tagged [fraud]

Crimes or torts involving deception for financial or other gain.

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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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How to stop pyramid MLM in India

Pyramid Multi Level Marketing in illegal in India, where the source of income is from recruiting downline and the joining fees. I have seen a lot of such companies working: some of them are registered ...
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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 a medical professional be liable for not completing a procedure as claimed?

A patient in the United States goes to the dentist for a routine extraction of both bottom wisdom teeth (as explained to him beforehand by the dentist). The patient is put under general anesthesia, ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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What is the difference between theft by deception or theft of services and fraud?

Also, is fraud actually a crime by itself, or is it an element in another crime (theft by deception, tax evasion, etc.)?
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Concept of fraud in investment

Let's say Elon Musk knew from reserve estimates, as well as basic physical reality, there wasn't enough lithium for his plans to work. This eventually resulted in battery shortages and collapsed the ...
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Can lying to another person about a seemingly minor issue technically constitute fraud?

I know nobody would want to criminally prosecute someone over this, but suppose my friend and I decide to go to a restaurant on the premise that my friend pays. When we get to the restaurant, though, ...
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Stocks and social media (pump & dump?)

Some wealthy and famous individuals have the power to influence the stock market simply by posting on social media. For example, a famous billionaire tweets "I'm excited to see what ACME develops ...
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Somebody's mother was scammed by a car dealer. What laws might apply?

Imagine that earlier today, a person was buying a car. They are in their 70s, but relatively competent. They landed on what they thought was a pre-owned 2020 Mazda CX-5 Signature, valued at about $...
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Should Bob sue a company on his home field?

Bob uncovers and obtains overwhelming evidence of several, major consumer exploitation ploys consisting of several distinct schemes, practices and policies of a major auto manufacturer of his new ...
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Will res judicata kill Bob's case before its advent?

Bob, an unsuspecting auto buyer of the State of California, purchases a new motor vehicle with a balance on its new car warranty ("Cab"). Rob is the previous buyer also within the State of ...
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Is it legal to hijack online scammers accounts?

If someone were to start phishing scammers, hijacking their accounts and handing them over to the FBI, is there any protection for said vigilante? I think there is some precedence for the necessity ...
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Is it illegal to use my friend's employee discount login to save some money?

I'm in the market for a new Desktop, I met an online friend and he happens to be an Employee with a computer company that I want to buy from. He gets an employee's discount, he gives me his login and ...
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What happens if a USA House Rep or Senator is caught committing voting fraud *after* being sworn in a week or month later?

Hypothetical question: If a USA house rep or senator is caught with extremely strong evidence that shows they only won via voting fraud, whether through mass ballot harvesting or other forms of fraud, ...
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Is this fraud? Selling something technically true but most customer wouldn't have bought it?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Comisar#cite_note-4 Steve Comisar sold solar powered clothes drier. He then sent ropes. I wonder how the US government would handle this? Is this fraud? Technically ...
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What would be the legal ramifications of lying to a business, if it causes no damages?

Similar to another post, customer lies to a hotel about their age, but it doesn't garner any damages. i.e. A 17y/o purchases a room for the night, but lies and says they are 18. It doesn't change the ...
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Why is there no US federal crime of interstate forgery?

Suppose someone uttered a forged document across state lines with fraudulent intent. This looks like (attempted) fraud and (completed) forgery in both states, as well as (attempted) mail/wire fraud ...
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Is pretending to be the owner of a bank account illegal?

I'm looking into a job, and I'm trying to figure out if there is a legal issue with it. The role is called "asset investigator." It entails confirming bank info on behalf of credit card ...
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If it can be proven that someone profiting from spreading conspiracy theories doesn't believe in them are they guilty of fraud?

There are a number of people and websites that make money by spreading conspiracy theories and other 'fake news'. I think InfoWars is probably the most notorious, but it's only one of a multitude of ...
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Is it illegal to sell a picture of an item (rather than the actual item) with the intent of fooling automated scripts into purchasing it?

As of right now, a lot of scalpers are setting up bots that are buying up hard to get things like capture cards, Xbox Series X, and PS5s. Is it illegal for someone to post a picture of one of these ...
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Is it legal if a company buys you a stock instead of paying you dividends?

I have bought some stocks. However I just noticed that I now have one stock that I didn’t buy. Someone suggested that one of the stock companies instead of paying me dividends bought me that stock. ...
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What time protection does the Fraud Act of 2006 offer to the accused?

A person has been threatened with Fraud Act for a claim he made a year back. The claim was approved by the other party and there was a payout. After a year, the party threatens to charge with fraud ...
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Is there a proper term for fraud by buying product from yourself to pad sales numbers?

Basically trying to make a business look larger or more lucrative by running the same money around in circles. Or something like that. The context I'm dealing with is hypothetical/fictional and ...
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Can you get jailed for misreporting numbers to pay less for a billing on behalf of a company because your manager told you to do so?

Can you get jailed for misreporting numbers to pay less for a billing on behalf of a company because your manager told you to do so? Let's say you make up a bunch of numbers to pay 1,500$ instead of 5,...
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What are the legal implications of manipulating Bitcoin if you could “forge” transactions?

Imagine I have recently been abducted by highly advanced and strangely opinionated aliens who provide me with unfathomably advanced technology on the condition that I undermine Bitcoin (the aliens are ...
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Written promise pre-purchase vs signed agreement, what's stronger?

Imagine the following situation: A customer of a relatively high cost service asks a supplier for a full refund option bound to a specific condition that may or may not occur later in the process. The ...
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Is it a crime to falsely claim that you’re older than 16 in order to get vaccinated?

The Pfizer vaccine is only approved for people over the age of 16 in the US. Let’s say a person is 13 years old and wants to get vaccinated. Would it be a crime for them to arrive at a vaccination ...
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Do you get to keep a fraudulent money transfer that you are entitled to?

Reading this story got me speculating: https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2021-02-17/citi-can-t-have-its-900-million-back TLDR: CitiBank accidentally wired $900m to creditors of a company they ...
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Do I lose anything by not responding to voicemail that I think is a fraud?

Not sure if this is a correct reddit. It looks like my phone number has been leaked somewhere and I 'won $5000 dollars' last week according to one call (yeah, right). Today I get a different voicemail ...
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Can you call the police over fraud in Tennessee?

I paid a guy to modify a keyboard over two months ago. I had been in frequent contact contact with him and suddenly he stopped contacting me late last February. He said it would take two weeks when I ...
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What are the penalties for attempting to fill a forged prescription in the U.S.?

My cousin who lives in Anaheim, California was just caught trying to fill in a forged prescription for a benzodiazepine (Valium/diazepam). He scanned and forged the original script given to him by a ...
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Are there any cases in which click fraud is legal?

I recently had an idea for a small cryptocurrency in which instead of paying with real money, you pay with clicks on pay-per-click ads and a portion of the revenue that the website makes off of that ...
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Creating money out of thin air [closed]

Let's say a robber breaks into a bank and accesses a computer. Except that they don't actually rob the bank: they hit a button, create money and put it somewhere obscure. What crime was committed? If ...
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Ownership of real estate in event of fraud: signed APS but deed not transferred due to real estate fraud

In this account I am speaking from the point of view of someone close to me. Suppose a couple years ago I sold my house in Penan to somebody else (both of us are foreigners), whom I'll refer to as B. ...
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Asking for a payment to release funds

A while back, a friend of mine did a dumb: she gave her savings to some guy in return for a vague contract to invest it for high returns. This wasn't an Internet/email thing; she knew this guy in ...

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