Questions tagged [fraud]

A deception deliberately practiced in order to secure unfair or unlawful gain.

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What harm can be done with a copy of one's passport?

In one of the questions on this site, it was suggested the use of Dropbox to save a backup copy of your passport, in case you need to proof who you are if your original document is lost. I like the ...
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Is the ban on applying for a US visa after marriage fraud a lifetime ban or 10 years?

A Jamaican committed marriage fraud about 30 years ago by marrying a US citizen in a marriage where the groom was paid a certain amount of money to marry her. The groom got in legal trouble for an ...
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Am I being scammed somehow in being persuaded to move to another country? [closed]

Over the past year and a half I have gained quite a friendship with a person from another country. The reason we know each other is that I created a video online that gained a lot of attention. He ...
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Is it risky to send a copy of my Passport to someone I only know online? [duplicate]

A few months ago, I met a man online, who lives in Jordan. He has asked me to fly over there from the US to marry him. He will pay for my flight and other accommodation costs, to which I have agreed. ...
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Hostel wants my Credit Card security code via email, is this legit?

Why would a hostel I book through HostelWorld want my credit card's security code (on the back)? Are they going to use this to charge their own deposit and essentially mess around with bookings ...
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Explain meaning of Mumbai scams

While reading about Mumbai on wikitravel, before my next business trip, I have found information about two scams, said to be popular in this city (or entire India?), which either lacks details or is ...
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What personally identifiable information should I delete from my smartphone and email before travelling to a high-risk country?

I'll be travelling to Mongolia, and I've heard there's a non-trivial chance of theft. I'll be taking two Apple iPhones with me, and I'm not too concerned about the theft of the devices themselves, as ...
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Is this a legit ESTA application? [duplicate]

I filled an ESTA application. Two days later I received the following email from info@estausa.org Dear John Doe, We kindly ask you to reconfirm your Gender – Male or Female? Before we ...
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Are companies offering to obtain the EU delay compensation for you, effective?

Last year I had a flight with a Portuguese company which was delayed for one and a half day. At first they provided proper accommodation and I was willing to give them the benefit of the doubt. The ...
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How to report hotel booking fraud?

I've booked on-line the hotel in Thailand via some agency. After I've check-out the hotel charged without my knowledge the deposit (4 times more than agency booking) and agency took the money as well, ...
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3 blocks away from a fraud? [closed]

I am going for an Internship in San Francisco this Summer and I am seeking a place to live. I was told by a local university there to contact Paramount Student Housing, which offers a place (herbert ...
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What can someone do if they get a scanned copy of my visa?

I read the answer on this page and I have a similar question about a visa instead of a passport. Can someone impersonate your identity with only the visa information? Also, does the answer in the ...
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My lost credit card was used to book a hotel room in my name

I lost some of my belongings, including a leather bag, credit card, laptop, etc. As I realized my card is missing, I called the credit company and closed that account, but before that happened, ...
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What damage can person/s do if they have your passport number and visa control number?

I read What are the potential hazards of my passport or visa number being made public? as well as What harm can be done with a copy of one's passport? but it doesn't tell of what damages can be ...
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Will fingerprints on record in USA be an issue when applying for UK visa?

My friend was caught with a passport in 2018 portraying name and nationality that differed from the one taken to the same USA embassy 8 years ago. She had her fingerprints captured at the USA embassy ...
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How to find accommodation when what you reserved appears to be overbooked, or worse, non-existent?

I am leaving for a family holiday to a non-touristic region. Long ago I made reservations for self-catering accommodation. I paid the required 25% and was promised an extensive email describing the ...
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Where in Beijing or Hong Kong can I buy good jade jewelry? How will I know it's the real thing?

I will be traveling to Beijing and Hong Kong in April. I would like to buy some jade jewelry as souvenirs but do not want to take a chance of dealing with fraudulent sellers. Can you tell me where in ...
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Is it common to pay for taxi in advance in the Balkan countries?

Is it common in Balkan countries to pay for a taxi in advance? We have taken a water taxi and been asked to pay in advance and paid not to the driver, but to his "boss". Then we arrived half way and ...
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Overstayed and misinformed the US consulate officer about it, am I banned for lifetime?

I overstayed my J1 visa for almost 4 months in 2008. In 2017, I applied for a visa and I told them an approximate date of my return because I couldn't remember the exact date so basically I gave them ...
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Somebody send e_mail to US embassy presenting to be me , Can I find him? [closed]

I recently find out that somebody has sent so many e_mail to US embassy in Germany and present himself as me and changed my appointment for visa interview , Can I follow it legally or find him or not?
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Why do Belgian supermarkets not provide price per kg in price labels? [closed]

In most supermarkets and shops in Europe I'm used to see price labels like this: The only part I usually look at is the price per kg. I thought it was an EU standard, I'm pretty sure it's mandatory ...
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Refusal and a 10 year ban for an entry clearance [closed]

I had applied for a visit visa in March 2018 for my graduation in the UK but was refused on ground of deception. At the time I made the application, I was in the Nigerian law school so I contracted a ...
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UK Visa has been refused for false document

I applied for a marriage visitor visa, to get married to my boyfriend of 2 years. We met while we were students in the UK and have had vacations together in the two years but not in the U.K. With ...
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Where can I find normal bank-operated ATMs in Playa de las Americas, Tenerife

Is there an app or a website that presents ”bank-operated” ATMs around the world? In sweden we use https://bankomat.se/ to find all bank-operated ATMs. Right now I’m looking for an ATM in Playa de ...
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What happens if you cancel your credit card used to secure a booking?

If you reserve a hotel on say booking.com and cancel the credit card (this is very common for certain kinds of travelers...) used and then do a no-show how will they charge the (usually) one night ...
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Misplaced a copy of I-94 [duplicate]

I misplaced a print of my I-94 form which contains my passport number, date of birth and legal name. What harm, if any can be done using this information? I am primarily worried about the passport ...
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evisa assistance scam [closed]

I did a very stupid thing by applying for an evisa on this website: www.bahrainonlinevisa.com. Not sure how it happened but I did submit to them a scan of my passport, my flight reference booking (...