Money Transfer Scams

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service recently distributed thousands of checks totaling $46 million to people who lost money in scams that involved MoneyGram, a popular money transfer service.

According to law enforcement officials, from 2004 to 2009, MoneyGram turned a blind eye to scam artists and money launderers who used the company to commit fraud. During that time, tens of thousands of people in the U.S. lost money to a variety of money transfer scams, including fake lottery and prize scams, family emergency scams, and “guaranteed” loan scams.

How do these scams work? Generally, you get a call from someone who says:

  • you won a prize but you have to pay “taxes” on it
  • a friend is in trouble and needs your help
  • you can get a loan — even if you have bad credit — but you have to pay a small fee first

Whatever the pitch, the caller’s only goal is to get your money ­— not to give you something in return.

MoneyGram also agreed to step up their anti-fraud programs. Nevertheless, scammers continue to add new twists to old schemes and pressure people into sending money. Using a money transfer service is like sending cash ­— once you send the money, it’s nearly impossible to trace it or get it back.

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Thanks fpr your help

There was some one in Malaysia who keep on calling me and asking me to pay a lot of money.Because there is a parcel send by frend of mine,i already deposite us dollar 1200,and i did not get the parcel and now they are threatening me to pay more money.

thats to bad youhave no recorse when thay have yourmoney your out it thay are big scum bags there is no pacage for you send the emails to the FBI in your town best of luck

I paid to get a check through the post office and to this day I have not received nothing. I lost alot of money, thousands to be accurate.

I get about 4-5 everyday

Nice,,,

Hi. I just recieved this e-mail responding to craigslist ad and thought it seemed suspicious:

Micheal Moore [mlbobby547@gmail.com]
Thanks for your email and am so sorry for my late response, I own a small shipping business and I tend to operate a high cost of operation and I want to cut down my expenses by employing shipping and receiving personnel in each state individuals who will be receiving mails in bulk and then dispatch them in units to there final destinations in there respective states, for example the cost of sending each mail is around $13 by United Parcel Service and if we want to send out 100 mails, that would be around $1,300 which is too costly but we have a solution whereby, we ship the whole 100 mails in one package at the rate of $180 to you in your state and when you get it, you will open it and send the mail individually through United States Postal Service which will be $3 to $4.50 each and by doing this would be saving a large amount of money, so please I need a reliable individual that will be committed and enthusiastic about the job and you will be paid $500 every week and this is a long time position.
You will also be provided with funds to pay freight forwarder, you will be provided with funds to pay for USPS to dispatch the mails upfront, you will be provided with up to three thousand dollars as a running fund for dispatching the mails, sometimes, it may be packages of goods that you will be receiving and sometimes you may be required to pay for shipping and freight fees out of the funds we provide to you to pay another freight forwarder when we need the service of another freight forwarder, the items you will be re-mailing or shipping will include letters, office materials and office equipments, home theater, electronics and some other general consumer goods. I want to assure you that you will never use your own money for any expenses and you are not require to buy anything to begin the job, the job will only take around 10-15 hours of your time in a week and you can work whatever hours you want, the job is very simple once you have an address where you can accept mails and packages, and also have the time to re-mail the mails and packages through USPS sometime through some other freight forwarders, the mails and packages will contain gift cards, letters, office materials and equipments, home theater, electronics and some other general consumer goods, they are packages you can put in your room, or in your garage and if not we can rent a storage unit. You will have to present an ID either driver's license or any other personal ID to show to the delivery man when packages will be delivered to you and you have to show some sense of sincerity as you will be entrusted with clients mails, packages and funds to utilize for re-mailing expenses, please do let me know when you are ready to start and let me know if you have all the requirements needed for the job, you need to provide your information as well in order to proceed further.
I will like you to get back to me with your Contact Details such as:
Full Name:
Full Contact Address(Not P.O.Box please):
City:
State:
Zip Code:
cell Phone Number:
home Phone Number:
Email Address:
present Occupation:

Once i received your contact information I will get back to you with the task for this week, understand you will also be paid as soon as you pass this first assignment, You will be paid $500 at the end of the week.
Reason for taking up this job, and please note, you must be above 18 years of age to be eligible for this job.
You are going to be employed as Shipping and Receiving Personnel and all tax will be taken care of by me, your first weekly wage $500 salary will be paid by CHECK and the re-mailing funds will be provided constantly which will never finish in order to avoid you spending your own money so when the re-mailing funds are low additional re-mailing funds will be provided, and you are not require to buy anything to begin the job, it is a straight forward job opportunity.
Please do let me know how we should proceed so you can get started immediately.
Hope to hear from you soon.

You can file a complaint about this scam at ftc.gov/complaint.

Stephanie, im glad you seen this suspicious.

Unfortunately i got scammed to a similiar craiglist ad like this above,

He sent me a fake check, which i had deposited to my bank account, and thinking that it been credited to my account...
He would sent me to western union for money transfer, which i spend over $2,300 of my own money... I realized his check was returned to him from my account too late .
I just want others to open up their eyes, and dont fall for this scammers!!!!

Hi I got scammed the same way too. First he sent me a check and then asked me to transfer money through western union and money gram. What happened in your case? Does your bank protect you against this or did you lose your money?

I was scammed by media opportunities direct they said in a letter dated nov 23 2013 I won 1,677,519.00 said to send 26.00 shipping and handling . Check money order or cash I sent cash so they wouldn't have my bank account. Said send within a week I sent dec 2 2013 it came in mail nov 28th still no money ! I took pictures on phone of letter for proof .

Hi, Rochelle, I'm sorry this happened to you. Please file a formal complaint at ftc.gov/complaint.

American Web Loan took plenty of my money and now 2 years later have a place called United trying to get another $880.00 from me. AWL took so many payments I closed my account assuming I paid in full 3 times over. It's been 3yrs since hearing from these people so Yes I assumed I did pay them off. What do I do?

Check the statute of limitations regarding consumer loan debt and laws concerning the legality of the type of loan in your state. Many internet lenders are offering loans illegally to consumers in states where they are prohibited. If so, then the debt is unenforcible and even an attempt at collection would be a violation of the FDCPA, and other Federal statutes under the jurisdiction of the FTC and the CFPB. Do your research, keep your records, and check your credit report as often as you can for accuracy.

i was just scammed by ymax corp. in texas hang up if you get a call #1-713-931-3595 he calls himself steven.

I received a refund check #0278577 customer ID 1149418 on 01/03/2014 for $26.27,from FTC-Federal Trade Commssion advising a law suit was filed against Central Coast Nutraceuticals & adived I should deposit with in 60 days, after that check could bounce; my bank could charge me a fee. bank fees are $34. each time. Note the check is my share of the settlement-This check is being sent to me by a settlement administrator hired by FTC. IS THIS LEGITIMENT? or should I destroy the check, cost for bounced check is more than the check is woth. Thank you. Martin. 01/05/14

Yes, the FTC recently sent out refund checks to people who purchased health products made by Central Coast Nutraceuticals. You can learn more by visiting the FTC's refund page for this case.

Got a call from Mexico about getting my money back from a time share.The guy was from the Mexican Government,I just had to send him 1720 and he would send me $11,000.To good to be true

I put on craigslist that I was selling lingerie for100$ then I received a check for 1,800 I was wow im only asking for100$ so I destroy the check didn't cash it but now I'm being harassed that FBI is gonna come to my home ect a lot of negative text what should I do

My son had same happen to him! Ignore their threats! They will eventually leave you alone. We checked the name & all info on check out. This we were informed is the one they really are having trouble getting. Local law said if my son had cashed the check he would have been fined & jailed!

I was taken by sensa.dont buy this it doesn't work. They refuse to give your money back.48

I got a call from an indian lady name Erica Johnson and she to I was approved for 6,700 dollar grant and that I need to put three hundred dollars on a green dot card.

I was applying for a must needed loan and I got a call from a Natalie Johnson and I was so desperate I caved and now I don't have a bank account, I'm going to be evicted and It's cold in MN! I just don't know what to do. I have been sober for just over a year and I'm about to break...

Same here and she used abusive language to me and I told her that this is a scam and he threatend to have me arrested for saying such abusive language to her.

I received call from "Indian accent guy" claiming that I've been randomly selected by US govt for 7k grant. Instructions were to buy greendot $ pack, add $299, then call back and give info of greendot pack to receive 7k plus the 299. I'm glad to have found this web site with all these testimonials of previous scams. So, scammed18, I hope you didn't lose out on your $300.

You guys always make sure that when you read all of your e-mails and g-mails that each e-mail and/or g-mail are valid e-mails, not those scam-mails.

My grandaughter got a call at work stating they were from the Federal Trade Commission and that someone had taken out a loan in her name and in order for them to investigate she needed to send them 150.00 by the next week or she would have to go to court. Is this legitimate because she has not taken out any loans. It scared her and she called me because she did not know what to do. I told her not to do anything.

Hi, the FTC will never call you and demand money for an investigation. This sounds like a variation of an imposter scam. Your granddaughter can file a complaint with the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint. She also might want to order a free copy of her credit report from annualcreditreport.com to make sure there are no loans or other credit accounts that she doesn't recognize.

Today I tried to apply for a debt consolidation loan for 3,000 to pay my credit cards off. I got a call from this phone number 209-315-5456. out of Riverbank CA the lady was not from the US hardly could understand her english. I knew that this was a scam at the beginning. She never stated what company she was from and I said when do I get my 3,000 dollars and she said that for us to process the loan I would need to get a moneypak green dot card for 200 dollars and then my money would be deposited in 35 minutes. I said that I have never heard such a thing and I said that this is a scam and I was not interested in the offer. And I hung up the call. And then 5 minutes later another phone call from a different state and area code, I did not answer I called the number back and the recording states that the number has been disconnected. That's a SCAM folks beware. Do not give out bank information or any personal info because these scammers will eat you up. And for one thing that it is illegal to have to pay for a fee to get a advanced loan.

-REALTIME EVALUATORS-
DO NOT SIGN UP FOR MYSTERY SHOPPER
SCAM-SCAM-SCAM-SCAM-SCAM. i tried to cash the check and the place wouldnt even give it back to me!!! look out for these guys.

Dear Part Time Evaluator,

You should have received your 1st assignment by now delivered through US postal service, ( which includes a check and instructions letter to follow ) Please follow instructions, deposit check for 1 business day and then cash out then take care of your 1st task immediately.

Thanks and Have a great day,

Christopher Brooke
M.D
Research/Evaluation Team.

I signed up to do Mystry shopping for walmart and western union. The website looked legitimate.
My first assignment was to check out western union and how things were running ct. I was asked to do a wiretransfer from a cashier's check after taking "my pay" out I was to send the rest to someone else.
NOW my bank says the cashier check was fraudulent and my account is in the hole.....how an I recover the $ I had prior and go about reporting this?

Thanks for the info,I received a money order for 972.00 also mystery shopper. Ha Ha, Deposit in my bank and wire the remainder at western union to another mystery shopper. Scam. They need to get a little more creative, just how many times do western union need evaluating?

I just got the same thing from the exact name you posted Christopher Brook M.D.
I'm now in the hole with my bank for allot of money
They had me go to Wal-Mart n then western union n money gram as well
I'm so scared because these people have my home adress add well what do I do , I'm going to my bank today I have to shut everything down. And pay my bank back , I've had my account for years ,
And it did seem legit it really did.
Stay away from BINGED RESEARCH SHOPPER

I got scam as well. He used a woman's name from Arizona and the bank is out of Texas. I called the lady about it. My bank can't verify the funds. So I didn't lose everything. It's just I was hoping it was real.

What was the name of the lady? Was it Wendy and where did you find the number

I was contacted in Nov. 2013 by Richard Gardner who said he was with Fidelity Investments, Real Estate Division. I was being awarded a settelment from them because they had sued Sharp Innovations LLC. who had scammed me in the past. I would also get money to refund my credit card (which I used in my dealing with Sharp). Richard went on to say they also sold my Starwood Vistana timeshare to a Linda Cohen. I would get a certified check in the amount of $48,850.00 within a week to 10 days via FedX or UPS if I sent them moneygrams (which totaled $1750 to $2000) which I stupidly did. Now I am unable to reach anyone on the phone. I know I have been scammed.

I was debited (CKCD Debit) $9.84 by CWEBCS.COM on my last bank statement. Never made this charge and internet is full of activity by numerous organizations perpretating this scam. What to do. I want my money back...

Yours is easier then the others because it goes through your bank account just contact your bank and tell them you didn't make that charge. And that you think someone may have gotten you card information now the big hassel is that you will have to get rid of that debit card and get a new one but they should look into the charge and in most cases you will get the money back. The fraud department of your bank will help walk you through doing what ever you need to do...good luck!

I just received a call from someone stating they were with the FTC asking if I received a registered /certified letter for a claim, I think from Llyod International, because records show I did not receive it yet. He stated it was from a survey I participated on December 16th. What I understood is this company apparently is liquidating and I am entitled to a large amount of money and taxes will have to be paid. I was never asked for any personal information or asked to pay anything. It was explained to me what I should receive in the mail and what needed to be mailed back, notarized etc etc...The address given to me was yours, 600 Pennsylvania NW....but the number is different from any of your listed on here, 202-558-4542. Very strange? Wish it was real for the large amount of cash supposedly to be given :-)
It definitely has my my red flags flying HIGH...

Sorry, but this is a scam. Most likely, you will be asked to deposit a check and then send some portion of it back to cover taxes or fees. Don't fall for it. The check will turn out to be a fake (it can takes weeks for a bank to uncover a fake check), and you will be responsible for paying the money back to the bank.

I figured it was is why I started my own little research online. So sad people do this to others :( Thank you for responding back so quickly. Have a nice day!

I just received a check in the mail for 1711.77 com a Katherine brenner. The bank on the check is a real bank and the routing number matches. I kno this is to good to be true but the check looks legit. Radar up, do you know what's up?

Mr. Lyles Scales @ 876-529-2051, is making harassing phone calls to my father Andrew Baldwin about winning the Mega Millions Sweepstakes and telling him that if he does not pay the money his Social Security Checks will be garnished to get the $1,000.00 needed to pay the fee owed to deposit the 2.5 million Dollars in his bank account. I spoke with Mr. Scales and he wouldn't tell me anything other than I could pay the money for him. I told him that my father does not want the money and that he is not to call him again or he will be reported for operating a scam. Please help to do something with these people that are praying on the elderly. Thank you and please contact me anytime.

I recieved 2 seperate postal money orders to do secret shopper also.I took them to the bank and deposited in a seperate account.Fake!!! never tried to cash them I have an awesome bank MMFCU.They held them for 30 days.I was told to take to law dept.They have names that can be traced,They came priority mail so had to sign for them.Postal problems also.Evidence does not fail.So loppojkout crooks you are about to be BUSTED.

I recently got scammed too by a secret shopper service, stating to be through Walmart. I've already reported the incident to local law and the FTC, now the scammer is threaten ting to press charges on me for harrassment! My bank is demanding the money, even though they did not follow through on protocol, to place a hold on the check! All I want is my money back. I'm only 19, I don't have two grand just laying around. So anyone beware of a secret shopper service!!! If you're contacted by someone named Tony Raymond, it is a scam!!! The local law or the bank is not willing to investigate at all! How could I go about back tracking on the USPS package I received the check in??? The place if was shipped out of and the address on it are two different states, that are no where near each other!! Please help!

If you think it's bad getting these fraudulent postal money orders, try being the person who's name is on them. My name was used and so far people have sent back to me nasty letters and phone messages thinking I am behind it! Never believe the letter and NEVER cash anything that requires you to use your own money.

I received a letter and a check for $3900 from Lincoln Financial Group in Orangeville, Ontario, Canada from a John Harris. The envelope return address was from Walmart, also in Canada, but the logo was in black and white, not blue like you would expect. In the letter it said I had won $250,000 in a "lottery sweepstakes" and $2600 of the $3900 check was earmarked to pay the "taxes" on my winnings.I was instructed by "Mr Harris", ( who by the way, did not sound American or Canadian, but spoke bad English with an Indian accent)to deposit the check in my account and to call back when that was done. I did not deposit the check and called back telling them I did. He then told me to use Money Gram to send 2 payments of $1300 each to 2 different women, Susan Tamni and Jennifer Coleman to an address in Cork, Ireland to satisfy the "taxes".
He urged me to act immediately so I could get the balance of my winnings the next day. The last time I got a check in the mail and deposited it, it turned out to be fake and it cost me $40 which I paid to the bank. I consider myself lucky to have gotten off so easy. Listen up people! If it sounds too good to be true, it is usually BS! There are so many unscrupulous rip-off artists in this world, it is mind-boggling! Do not fall for these scams, they are just trying to take your money and there is no way to find them if you fall for their sneaky tricks!

Do not respond. They use stolen credit cards to purchase goods and have those goods ship to you. You will be liable for the stolen card AND THE STOLEN GOODS. Several people have been caught up in this scam and they ended having to pay.

I just caught on to a company called Saving Ace has been taking money out of my checking account for 4 years! Each year increasing amount. I just never thought I was being ripped off. These people get your information from using different sights, most popular one I read about is Mylife.com or Intellius. I've read tons of reviews that many people has come here to file a complaint and they are still in business and have not been caught yet! Each email I received from them started with member saving@ and each transaction that taken out of my account started with MVQ. They have different names for company. One that I learned about is called Adaptive Marketing. Watch for this, I didn't think it could happen to me, and it did.

I recently had a friend who applied for a loan through loansforemergencies.com this friend owed me a large amt of money and told me upon receiving his loan would fully pay me back, but he needec 400 dollars to send as insurance which I gave (stupidly). He was on the phone with them the entire time while he used moneygram to send my 400. After sending he was then told they needed another 571 dollars to cover fees before releasing his loan. At this time I was very suspicious and talked to the man who had an indian accent stating this was a scam and demanded my 400 refunded. He stated they were a legitimate company but he couldn't refund the money until the rest was sent. I considered this a loss and went home very upset, my friend however had convincedhimself this was real and borrowed the money from a relative once again they promised to put the loan into his account upon reciept of money. The next problem was that they supposedly couldn't send the moneygram for the entire amount due to a law in Indiana that only allows so much money to be wired at a time. So now they had to send three installments each costing 200 dollars. I thought that I had convinced him to stop sending money and report them but he ended up sending the 800. It was at this point he called the FTC and wasvassigned a lawyer. Once he threatened thecompany they have promised the money will be there Monday and he can actually see the pending funds on his account. These people are out of Fl and always used the same numbers which we called and were legit. They insist they are not scammers and have always called back when they said they would. They are also supposed to not only send the original loan amt but also refund all fees. I went to website which looked legit and tried to find any complaints against them. I realize that no one should have to pay to get a loan. My question is what are the odds the money will be sent and has anyone ever dealt with this company? I need my money back because I have messed my bank account up badly due to being overdrawn, but I also worry about my friend who now owes three people money and is about to lose his mind over this. What should be our next step if this money isn't sent? Any help is appreciated

Has anybody heard about some company called STS? They have convinced my son to send them $150 for some stock. Now they want another $150 to activate the account. They claim there is $2,500 worth of stock in the account.

Has anyone heard of a company called STS? They have convinced my son to wire them $150 for some stock. Now they want another $150 to activate the account, so he can get his money. Sounds fishy to me.

what if someone want you to deposit a check and then wire some of the funds. but they are ok with you waiting a week until the check clears your bank? ( here are his instructions. applied for an administrative assistant position through craigslist. )

How are you doing today?Your first assignment commence today like i said in my previous email on the Meanwhile i will like you to take precautions of my instructions and follow them orderly.I am having my co-coordinator Katie Allen to handle some of my affairs in Benin and therefore you will be sending him the funds via WESTERN UNION,I will like you to withdraw out the whole amount and deduct $400 for your service towards handling these.You are deduct the status of the payment,As soon as you have the cash from your Bank kindly proceed to WESTERN UNION LOCATION And have the whole funds sent expect from your $400 and the WESTERN UNION Charges...Below is Katie Allen information you will be needing to send the funds to in Benin...

Since he is letting me wait till the check clears do you think this is ok?

No, this is just another version of the scam. Banks "clear" checks within a few days, and it often looks like there's real money in your account. But it can take several weeks for the bank to uncover a fake check. When the bank discovers that the check is fake, they will take that money back out of your account. If you've already withdrawn the money, the bank will demand that you pay it back.

just so everyone is aware, check was fraudulent was never deposited had bank check before hand.

We found a car on carsforsale.com claiming Amazon would be a nuetral party to hold the money they wanted wired to an account while the car was shipped from another state. The seller also claimed to be in the miliatary and had to sell the car fast as she was being shipped out. I called Amazon to verify before we wired money and they confirmed it was a scam even though the Amazon bill looked authentic

I fell for it. I was desperate for a car, terrible financial circumstances, everything looked perfectly official and I paid $2,600 yesterday. Now all I can do is cry. It's horrible how honest hardworking minimum wage earners get prayed upon like this. Person claimed to be military. Disgusting.

Don't feel stupid happened to me too ebay was handling all the financial work her name was Sargent Elizabeth Haggar and every ebay email looked real and it had this message was originate through ebay to show your registred name and I didn't think nothing of it because I do have a ebay account

Apparently the same person is listing this vehicle on Craigslist too. She claimed the exact same thing you listed here. This is such an insult to our hardworking, honest military personnel.
Others, PLEASE do not fall for this scam!

My mom just went through a terrible ordeal with some "Officer Landry" who called from 1-514-611-9999 to say that her grandson was in jail and needed to be bailed out. She was instructed to go to the bank, withdraw $2000 and then go to RiteAid and buy Green Dot Money paks ($500 each) and then return their call. She called me (daughter)since she does not drive and when I called the number back that they had given her, of course they wanted to numbers off the back of the card. Since I work for the federal government in administration, I made that clear and of course I was hung up on. When I tried to call the number back, it rang 4 times and went to a voicemail box that was not set up. Thank GOD I intercepted this SCAM or my poor elderly mom would be out $2000. When we called my nephew (Mom's grandson), he knew nothing about "being in jail" and we found that the phone number was out of Quebec, Canada. We now have changed our "policy" of answering our phones, both landline and cell phones - we don't answer it unless we know the name/number that come up on caller ID. NO more scams for us on the telephone. You have to be watching over your shoulder every minute with the scammers out there. My Mom has been so upset about this since we feel we were "violated" with the callers knowing so much about us and using a family member in trouble as their MO. Shame on them...shame on us for not doing something more to stop these scam scums!

My Dad just lost $5000 for the same scam. They told him not to talk to anyone. He is 81yrs old. He had never heard of those green dot cards (neither had I) and did as they instructed by telling them the numbers on the back. Finally, he told me what was happening an I checked with my son who lives in another state and he was not in another country on vacation. My poor father has lost $5000. There is no way to catch these people?

My husband and I keep getting calls saying we "won" a vehicle. The caller(s) sometimes sound Jamaican and sometimes from India. All we need to do is send Green Dot Money Packs to help pay for the taxes. They use different numbers all the time. The last call came Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 5:48 p.m. from "Mr. Schafer". We have been bothered for about 3 months now and intend to turn them in every time they call! Why can't they just get a real job like the rest of us do. I wish they could get caught!

I have also received calls of this same nature using the name Mr. Baxter , he has an accent , eiether Jamaican or Indian. He is very stern , demanding and rude! Calls show locations of Jamaica, New Jersey and more , with different numbers. They tell you they are some Prize Awarding thing and you are the winner of a "pink Mercedes and 2 million dollars, but you have to pay them x amount , using a Green Dot card! This one guy went so far as to honk the horn on the"pink Mercedes" and to tell me to meet him at a bank location for delivery! This kind of thing preys on older American citizens and needs to be stopped! We pay a lot for cell phone services and yet we are constantly invaded by this kind of thing and hundreds more! It makes me want to throw my phone out then window! Don't give out your number on your computer ! There are vultures and thieves waiting !

Beware of the name 'Jeff Gant' or 'Earl Waters'. I had been scammed out of $15,000.00. This guy called and said he work with an Attorney and helped people get their money back. After several call getting my information such as company and facts of the scamm, he called and told me I would be getting a check for the entire amount back. I was so happy and when he said I would have to send certified check for the work involved ($1300) which was a percentage of my loss, I did not think anything about it. I was just so happy to think I was getting the money back, I stupidly sent the money. Needless to say, I never got my money, nor was I ever able to get anyone on the phone again.. We do some really stupid things, without thinking or checking when it comes to money. Now, I have lost all faith in the human race!

I lost all faith in the human race a long time ago. I feel your pain.

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This people are doing scams don't talk to them. They will call you and tell you that you are approved for a loan and then take your money. They are a** hole. Moth******ers. Scam Scam Scam Scam Scam Scam Scam Scam Scam Scam Scam Scam

I was scammed for 8,600.00. Have been told Homeland Security is helping me get my refund. They want to increase my credit limit and give me a check for the amt. Is this a fraud . Thanks S

if anyone gets a request from a Elizabeth Warren do not except it it is a scam I fell for it and im out a 150.00 dollars she said that is a agent and she works for the federal agency

my mother in law called me frantic that my son, not sure which one, (ages 15 and 13)called her saying that he was in mexico that spring break started early and his friends parent was a pilot. They told her that her he (grandson) wasn't feeling well and had to go to the hospital for surgery on his appendix and they needed money. The phone number came up private so we were not able to do a call back. The people who called on said "Grandma" and never identified with a name, only she did. Now Grandma is upset and doesn't know what to believe.

I received a check drawn on Natl Penn Bank for $2440. The routing number actually belongs to Bank of Oklahoma. This check is for an 'evaluation check' regarding Western Union, and $300 is compensation, and the rest is 'evaluation' money. Asked me to send an email confirming receipt to d.philips@msmarketingco.com and I would receive further instructions
The name of the company is MS MARKETING CO. 600 B ST. #1500, SAN DIEGO, CA 92101 (323)696-4268
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I just recently got scammed i was on craigslist lookin for an affordable car for my family. i thought i found a great deal they sent me emails about how they go through ebay protection program so everything would b protected. they said to send money gram and car would b delivered. i fell for it and sent money gram for $2020 and then got email telling me needed to send $1430 for insurance. that was when i realized it was all scam because when tried to cancel purchase and get my money back i got no respond. so now I lost out on car and money. this all happened this week. i have 4 little girls and just wanted a car to go places this summer. How can i get my money back so i can go buy an actual car for my family??

I'm sorry that this happened to you. It's very difficult to trace money transfers, but it's a good idea to call the money transfer company immediately to report the fraud and file a complaint. Ask for the money transfer to be reversed. You also can file a complaint with your local consumer protection agency and with the FTC.

I had to pay 110.00 on Tues April 1 to Cancel a Loan application is a SCAM or legitimate thing to do?

The following information was emailed to me from a seller on Craigslist after I texted him interest in purchasing a car.

Barrett Paul SSgt -- USAF ACC 23 FSS FSVF

Apr 2 (1 day ago)

to me
Hi ,
Let me give you a few details about my Mazda. Really good shape, never had any problems with it, no scratches or dents, the car is free of any accidents (exterior color gray, interior tan, automatic transmission, mileage 106,313, engine 3.5L 6cyl). The title is legally under my name, clear and free of any liens or loans. The price is $4,800 cause I need to sell it before 28th of April, when I'll be leaving with my platoon back to Afghanistan, replacing the troops scheduled to come home.
If you have any other questions or need more info, please feel free to ask. I can provide you more details if you are interested in buying it.

Thank you,
Paul A. Barrett

Hi Rita,

I will do my best to walk you through the process. As I told you in my first email, I am ready to deploy to Afghanistan. The vehicle is located in Omaha, Nebraska, but i advertised it on other states also to get more exposure and sell it faster. The vehicle is already at the shipping company , ready to be delivered to its future new owner. Being a military personnel, the deal is handled by Army and Air Force Exchange Service so I don't have much to do about it. Using Army and Air Force Exchange Service`s, you get free delivery, at your place in 4-6 days. In addition, you get 5 days to try it out before buying it, and if you don't like it, you can send it back at my expense. For more info on how it works, I can ask Army and Air Force Exchange Service to send you an email with more details on how to buy it. They will contact you shortly, as soon as have your personal details. If you would like to receive the email from Army and Air Force Exchange Service with all the transaction information, please reply with your full name, address and phone # and they will contact you right away.

Thank you,
Paul A. Barrett

This is excellent news! You will see these guys are great! So I will have Army and Air Force Exchange Service to send you the invoice, and you will receive it by e-mail, all the instructions and details about your safety and about the sale altogether. After you receive the invoice, in case you decide to buy it you will have to pay through Army and Air Force Exchange Service, as they will hold, protect and guarantee your money until you get the mazda. You will try it out for 5 days, and if at the end you are happy with it, you can give them the "green" to release the money to me. Or if not, you can just send it back and get a refund, without paying for the shipping.
They also have their toll free number on the invoice, so for any additional questions, feel free to ring them.

Thank you
Paul A. Barrett

Barrett Paul SSgt -- USAF ACC 23 FSS FSVF

6:01 PM (3 hours ago)

to me
You will have their toll free number on the invoice , if you have questions or if you'd like to know more details about it

The Army and Air Force Exchange Service would not be involved in a car sale between a military member and a civilian. This sounds like a variation of a money transfer scam. Craigslist advises users to buy and sell locally to avoid scam artists. According to the FTC, it's not a good idea to send money to someone you don't know by money transfer or a pre-paid card -- which are nearly impossible to trace or refund.

I fell for the same scam, and it cost my only $100.00 by Western Union. He called back 30 minutes later and said that because this transaction was not conducted through my bank. I would have to pay the full amount of $200.00. He wanted me to go to a different Western Union to do this. I refused and told him that I would be contacting a supervisor. while still on the computer and the phone He, at the same time the dialogue box indicated that I was re-connected and that a support tech would be contacting me shortly. He said that he would be contacting me on Monday. When I tried to sign in to my laptop the next day. I couldn't. The administrative password had been cleared out. I had to contact the manufacturer and them conduct a default set which took me 3 to 4 hours. The scammers name was Sadiya Abdalla Ganamo, going by the name of Leon Wilson. The next number that I began getting calls from was 323-489-7475. He said his name was John Parker. He was from India with an American name. When I called this number back, it was a a Walmart super center. Please be advised.

I received a call from a company called fast cash out of PA who offered me a loan of $5.000.00 with a 3% interest rate and all i had to do was send $275.00 for an application fee ,his name was mark sandford at 1-610-732-4469 then he asked me to send $275.00 for western union fees via a green dot money card ,about 10 mins later he called to say that western union lines were down and id have to send another $225 for money gramm fees and they would call me back 30 mins later with the eight digit no for moneygram .while i was waiting for the call western union called me back to apologise for the problems and would add $200 on my account.. i never got the call from moneygrammm nor mark sandford id been scammed for $895.00 ......

You can file a complaint with the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint. Your complaint helps law enforcement agencies in their investigations.

I just got a cashiers check for 2,097 from eddy federal credit union from a mark Bailey said for Mr to deposits it toy account all thou I did but have not gotten theomey from the bank is there still time for me to go talk to them this happened Friday and today is Sunday??? I'm going Monday to talk toy back I don't want to get I'm trouble he was going to pay me 200 and me send the rest thru moneypack

This sounds like a fake check scam. You are responsible for any money you withdraw against that check. It's best wait until the bank confirms the funds from the check have been deposited into your account before making any withdraws.

My ex son in law sent $8000.00 for a motorcycle on and internet ad from Italy. IT was fake. He's stupid.

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