Houston, TX asked in Employment Law, Criminal Law, Banking and White Collar Crime for Texas

Q: Don’t work for a company and that “company” sends you funds (cash app) can you keep it?

I’m being threatened by a make believe company that they will report me for stealing company funds. I do not legally work for them and they sent me funds over cash app. Since it was sent from cash app is it legally mine? They wanted me to be a money mule for them and convert it to Bitcoin for “the company”. I did not know this was a thing. I am unsure if this company actually exists or not. They are threatening to report to the FBI. What should I do?

3 Lawyer Answers
Elaine Jarvis
Elaine Jarvis
Answered
  • Business Law Lawyer
  • Front Royal, VA

A: Absolutely do not give this company any of your personal information. They are trying to phish you or obtain your personal details. There is a way on the cash app., I believe, to return the money, decline to accept it or report it as fraudulent. I would explore those avenues. The cash is not legally yours--no, sorry, but take some reasonable measures to return it to sender and keep records of all your efforts.

Elaine Jarvis
Elaine Jarvis
Answered
  • Business Law Lawyer
  • Front Royal, VA

A: Absolutely do not give this company any of your personal information. They are trying to phish you or obtain your personal details. There is a way on the cash app., I believe, to return the money, decline to accept it or report it as fraudulent. I would explore those avenues. The cash is not legally yours--no, sorry, but take some reasonable measures to return it to sender and keep records of all your efforts. NOTE: I am answering this question as a Virginia lawyer with background on federal consumer law. By all means please note that I am not licensed in Texas, and am providing my best answer according to Virginia law to a basic question that has federal components to it.

Kiele Linroth Pace agrees with this answer

John Cucci Jr.
John Cucci Jr.
Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Houston, TX

A: This case is full of lots of legal issues. If the amount is over $300.00 that triggers many more issues. If someone sends you money by PURE mistake. You should send it back. If $ is sent with an expectation of participation in a scam, I would stop in my tracks and do nothing else until I had to. Any further move may be seen as being part of a conspiracy.

Good luck!

Kiele Linroth Pace agrees with this answer

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