I.5. Fraud and Deception

Policy Rationale

In an effort to prevent fraudulent activity that can harm people or businesses, we remove content that purposefully deceives, willfully misrepresents or otherwise defrauds or exploits others for money or property. This includes content that seeks to coordinate or promote these activities using our services.

We encourage people to raise awareness and educate others as well as condemn these activities.

Do not post:

Content that provides instructions on, engages in, promotes, coordinates, encourages, facilitates, admits to, recruits for, or admits to the offering or solicitation of any of the following activities:

Deceiving others to generate a financial or personal benefit to the detriment of a third party or entity through:

  1. Investment or financial scams:
    • Loan scams
    • Advance fee scams
    • Money or cash flips or money muling
    • Investment scams with promise of high rates of return
  2. Inauthentic identity scams:
    • Charity scams
    • Romance or impersonation scams
    • Establishment of false businesses or entities
  3. Product or rewards scams:
    • Grant and benefits scams
    • Tangible, spiritual or illuminati scams
    • Insurance scams, including ghost broking
    • Fake jobs, work from home or get-rich-quick scams
    • Debt relief or credit repair scams.

Engaging with others to generate a financial or personal benefit at a loss for a third party, such as people, businesses or organisations through:

  1. Fake documents or financial instruments by:
    • Creating, selling or buying of:
      • Fake or forged documents
      • Fake or counterfeit currency or vouchers
      • Fake or forged educational and professional certificates
  2. Stolen information, goods, or services by:
    • Credit card fraud and goods or property purchases with stolen financial information
    • Trading, selling or buying of:
      • Personally identifiable information
      • Fake and misleading user reviews or ratings
      • Future exam papers or answer sheets
      • Credentials for subscription services.
  3. Betting manipulation, e.g. match fixing

Content that engages in, promotes, encourages, facilitates, or admits to the following activities:

  1. Bribery
  2. Embezzlement
  3. Money laundering (concealment of the origins of criminally obtained money).
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