I think most here would agree that whenever someone asks Is this a scam, the answer is almost certainly, Yes, this is a scam.

Have there been any instances of questions like these where the answer was actually, No?

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    Here's one: Is this $200 “welcome money” (from a major bank) some sort of scam? [Can't post as answer, auto-converted to comment.] – WBT Jul 11 '18 at 22:09
  • @WBT why can't you post it as an answer? That is a great example! – BlackThorn Jul 12 '18 at 15:15
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    I did, and the SE platform software automatically converted it to a comment, and changed the nicely displaying title into just the link URL as part of that unwanted autoconversion. – WBT Jul 12 '18 at 15:38
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    @WBT Huh, my guess is your answer was too short, but it's just a guess. Maybe if you tried filling it out more it wouldn't autoconvert. – BlackThorn Jul 12 '18 at 15:40

It is very rare, but it does happen occasionally that an “Is this a scam?” question can be answered “No.”

A few examples:

If you look at the questions tagged , you’ll see that although many can be simply dismissed as an obvious scam, sometimes a situation is presented that requires a little more discussion.

Often, when someone asks one of these questions, someone will reply with “If you have to ask, then it is a scam.” However, when we look at enough of these questions, we find that it is not necessarily true.


Another highly popular question that turned out not to be a scam:

I'm supposedly eligible for an inheritance from a distant relative. Offer appears to be legitimate


This one sounds like a scam. How long until a Vending Machine pays itself back?

It as many of the classic parts of a well known scam, but it makes no sense that the company would do this to their employees. Although the group of current employees may already be victims and want to spread the pain.

I added the tag because there were enough red flags in the question to make we wonder. Sometimes the scam tag isn't added when the question is first written. I wonder if it has ever removed from a question?

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