Questions tagged [fraud]

Crimes or torts involving deception for financial or other gain.

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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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Does there really exist such thing as "no contract" when doing business with other party?

Sales persons are sometimes advertising their service as "contract free", so that they would get a better chance to convince you to sign up for their service. I guess the reason why this works is ...
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Is fraudulent activity related to renting a residence - Theft by Deception?

I discovered Wednesday that a recent tenant of 1.5 months misrepresented themselves, and lied and omitted information on the rental application to hide the truth and gain entry into my apartment. The ...
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What is the difference between civil fraud and criminal fraud?

Is it due to the severity of the fraud.that is to say the amount of money lost? Is it measured by the depth of the deception? Is it defined by the frequency of fraudulent actions? Or is the test, the ...
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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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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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Is it illegal to raise money for a project, if no such project is ever expected?

Say a guy asks for donations to build something. He does the best he can to make the donors think this is being built, even though it's not really. He doesn't anticipate ever finishing the project, ...
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Mistakenly agreed with a scammer’s term of use

Say, someone was scammed by a false online bitcoin mining service. He invested some money to buy the scammer’s service, the service was said to produce bitcoins online at a very fast speed without any ...
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Why aren't email providers liable in some way or another for scams operated via accounts on their domains?

Suppose a spam email tells you that you've earned $1m. To get the funds the email goes on to tell you to email joe.schmoe@gmail.com. My question revolves around why Gmail doesn't block "joe.schmoe@...
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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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Is it legal to sell suspected or proven counterfeit US currency?

If someone ends up with suspected counterfeit US currency, what can they do with it? Obviously tendering it for goods or services would be illegal. Handing it in for analysis and eventual ...
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I would like to blow a whistle but don't want to face retaliation

(The following is slightly fictionalized, but more-or-less true) I recently ended a relationship with a hedge fund. The relationship ended unpleasantly, and lawyers were involved. I tried to ...
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What crime is commited when a mechanic charges for an unneeded or non-existent service?

There a number of mechanics who take profit of people's ignorance of car mechanics to charge for unneeded or even non-existent services, like change the blinker fluid or perform an capacitive ...
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Is this fraud in California?

There's an SAT academy that's been in operation for the past 15 years whose sole proprietor holds himself out to be a graduate of a distinguished university. In the Korean-American community, where a ...
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Is taking advantage of someone else's lack of knowledge considered a fraud?

Say, Person A owns a rare postage stamp which is worth 2000€ according to the stamp collector community, but A doesn't know the worth. Person B sees that A has a rare stamp and offers to buy it for a ...
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Is forging a signature a crime in Australia?

My landlord has dishonestly processed the security bond refund form without my knowledge. The landlord forged my signature to claim half of the bond, to which he is not entitled. The landlord ...
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How well can one know the rules in gambling before it's legally fraud?

A Wired article from earlier this year describes how a regulatory change in Russia (suddenly prohibiting most gambling) flooded the market there with old slot machines. Some technically skilled ...
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Is there a law against false testimonials?

Is anyone aware of any law (statutory or case-specific) in the U.S. or any of its states (or any jurisdiction in the world, for that matter) that prohibits or makes it illegal to falsify a testimonial?...
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Is a high % agent commission contract clause fraud in your jurisdiction?

Say you are offered investments that look like regular mutual fund investments. You ask how much money is invested. The sales people say, all funds are invested. You read the contract and found ...
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Is selling pictures of merchandise illegal if you imply that you are selling the actual merchandise?

Is it illegal if I take a picture of a piece of merchandise such as a new Xbox One, and sell the picture of that piece of merchandise? Is it illegal if I advertise the picture of the piece of ...
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An (undetermined) fraud in the terms of use

Before asking this question, I should say some words. Because this question seems similar to another question I asked, I worry someone may mark this as a duplicate without understanding - In fact, ...
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As a victim of debit card fraud, what are my legal options?

I have just been a victim of debit card fraud where someone over five hours away in another state purchased over $500 in computer equipment last night. Nevermind, that my credit union seems so non-...
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Cheated by business with fake positive reviews

I wanted to hire service of a hypnotherapist for a personal issue and looked up online in my area and found one based on the reviews on Google. The therapist recommended 10 weeks program and charged ...
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What happens in Canada if a divorce invalidates in Iran?

Thank you for reading this and your help. A man, let's say mr. X has divorced his wife (with some fraud) in Iran and move to Canada with a work permit. The woman, let's name her Ms. Y, has ...
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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 ...