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A confidence trick is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their trust. Confidence tricks exploit victims using their credulity, naïveté, compassion, vanity, irresponsibility, and greed. Researchers have defined confidence tricks as "a distinctive species of fraudulent conduct ... intending to further voluntary exchanges that are not mutually beneficial", as they "benefit con operators ('con men') at the expense of their victims (the 'marks')".

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    VIC Private car sale scam

    Hi everyone, to cut a story short. I recently sold a car and fall into one of these scams Scammers targeting online car sellers The car registration is still under my name, however I have cancelled the car insurance the day after it was purchased. I went to police to say it was stolen, they...
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    NSW How can i lodge a case against my employer for not paying me for over 2 months?

    I was hired by an employer having a registered company in NSW. He said, he has applied for the name change application on the same ACN. So we signed the contract on the new company's name and old ACN. Now its been over 2 months, he has not paid me my salary. What is the possible solution?
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    NSW Is this a scam or real?

    I received a call from a random Australian number and declined it, they left a message. This message was an automated voice saying they had my name down at the home of federal affairs and was launching an investigation into me, as my name had been down under illegal activity and had a warrant...
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    NSW I sold something on Marketplace and is now demanding a refund

    I just sold some LEGO on Facebook market for 1500 dollars, the customer came to inspect the build legos and after disassembling and transporting it over 1 hour they are now demanding that I must give them a refund as their are missing pieces despite them cheacking them in person before buying...
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    NSW - scam alert regarding Linda Webb

    just wanted to alert people that Andrew Sellar of cantpaymydebt has popped up as Linda Webb of - I couldn't see it posted elsewhere in here so thought it worthy of posting. Linda Webb will promise to file court documents for which you only need to pay the court fees...
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    QLD Inheritance questions... Is my mother being scammed?

    Hi all, I am an american who needs some help!! I need help figuring out if my mother is being scammed or if this has any legitimacy to it.... Back story: She has been involved with a man she met on a dating app, and has only talked to him over the phone. He claims he is originally from...
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    child support scam for non existent child

    my ex from usa is claiming child support for non existent child? child travelled on usa passport but has no birth certificate?i think she adopted a child ? i want to remove his name from my records plus she created a fake divorcee decree even with child custody. what should i do ? i have no id...
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    NSW Help with Debt Collection and Car Repair Recovery?

    Hello, I am the at-fault driver when my car put a small hole in another car's bumper bar. Contact details were exchanged. I do not have insurance beyond CTP. After approx 7 months without being contacted by the other driver's insurance company to discuss quotes, I missed 2 unidentified phone...
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    VIC Scammed in Melbourne Through Gumtree - Help?

    Hi everyone, As I said, I got scammed. I bought a laptop Gumtree and paid by cash. I came to the guy's house to pay and got a laptop with super glue on it (They're noticeable, but I thought they were specks of dust). I bought the laptop back after two hours and asked for a refund. The scammer...
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    QLD Refund refused and I was misled

    I was phoned regarding a competition I had entered on FB, and though I didn’t win, I was offered a discounted place at a coaching event in May. I said that I wasn’t sure if I would be able to attend and would need to check with my husband, and that I would need to make sure I didn’t have any...