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    The other day, a man asked me to put in a money order for him since his account wasnít working. Feeling bad, I allowed him to put the money in my account and then withdrew the money. All day, my guts have been telling me that this was a bad idea. Whatís the worse that can happen if the money order turns out to be stolen? Will I get in trouble? Iím really panicking right now so anything can help.

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    Your gut is telling you the truth.

    A stranger approaches you and wants you to deposit a money order made out to him (supposedly) into your bank account and then you withdrew the money from your account and gave it to him. What was in it for you? Did you get some of the money?

    At best, you will not see the money he withdrew ever again once the bank finds out the money order was stolen or forged. They will back charge your account. And at most, you may be implicated in a fraud scheme which could be a criminal offence.

    Did you just fall off the turnip truck? How old are you?

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    Quote Quoting budwad
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    Your gut is telling you the truth.

    A stranger approaches you and wants you to deposit a money order made out to him (supposedly) into your bank account and then you withdrew the money from your account and gave it to him. What was in it for you? Did you get some of the money?

    At best, you will not see the money he withdrew ever again once the bank finds out the money order was stolen or forged. They will back charge your account. And at most, you may be implicated in a fraud scheme which could be a criminal offence.

    Did you just fall off the turnip truck? How old are you?

    I am only 18

    I’m not concerned about paying a fine or losing money. I just don’t want a criminal record since I’m only in college

    Also do you know how long it will take if someone reports this? Sorry if I seem frantic, I don’t want anything to happen to me and my mother[/QUOTE

    Last, should I report this to the bank/police asap?

    I am only 18

    I’m not concerned about paying a fine or losing money. I just don’t want a criminal record since I’m only in college

    Also do you know how long it will take if someone reports this? Sorry if I seem frantic, I don’t want anything to happen to me and my mother[/QUOTE

    Last, should I report this to the bank/police asap?[/QUOTE]

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    You got caught in one of the oldest scams in the book, kid, congratulations.

    Yes, you should definitely report this to both the bank and the police. If you self-report that you got scammed, it is far less likely (not that it was ever very likely) that you'll be held responsible for anything but being a stupid kid.

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    You got caught in one of the oldest scams in the book, kid, congratulations.

    Yes, you should definitely report this to both the bank and the police. If you self-report that you got scammed, it is far less likely (not that it was ever very likely) that you'll be held responsible for anything but being a stupid kid.
    I understand that I was being stupid and I 100% agree. I self-report the scam to the FTC. I do have a few questions. Should I still go to the police in person to report this? And what is the worse that can happen to me? Will a criminal record be placed on me if someone reports this?

    I'm really scared and I understand that I was being stupid. Anything advice or course of action is very appreciated.

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    Quote Quoting shine9004
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    I understand that I was being stupid and I 100% agree. I self-report the scam to the FTC. I do have a few questions. Should I still go to the police in person to report this? And what is the worse that can happen to me? Will a criminal record be placed on me if someone reports this?

    I'm really scared and I understand that I was being stupid. Anything advice or course of action is very appreciated.
    You have done nothing criminal. You do need to report it to your local police and you do need to report it to the bank. The only long term harm will come from not paying the bank back the money.

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