Tag: money transfer

You get a call from someone saying she works for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). She seems to know exactly who you are. She might already know your name and address, and might even know what kind of visa you’ve applied for...

Have you received an official-looking letter saying you won a foreign lottery or sweepstakes? Responding to it can be tempting: After all, maybe there’s a possibility that you won some money that could turn your dreams into reality!

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Apartment hunting for the perfect place to live? As you scan rental ads in newspapers, or on websites or listservs, remember that some ads may not be legit.  

Scammers regularly advertise rentals that don’t exist or aren’t available. They...

A new variation of the fake check scam is making the rounds. It works like this: scammers place ads on the internet or send mass emails to attract people looking for extra money. They claim they will pay to shrink-wrap your car with an...

This video shows some common money wiring scams, and what happens to some people who meet the scams.

The big bright eyes, the wet little nose, the soft fur fringed around a face you want to cuddle and coo. You’ve fallen in love with a picture of the cutest puppy (with a bright red bow), after responding to an ad that says “free to a loving home...

It’s your lucky day! You just won a foreign lottery! The letter says so. And the cashier’s check to cover the taxes and fees is included. All you have to do to get your winnings is deposit the check and wire the money to the sender to pay the...

Scammers may pose as relatives or friends, calling or sending messages to urge you to wire money immediately. They’ll say they need cash to help with an emergency. Before you send any money, ask the person a question that only your actual friend...

Wiring money is just like sending cash — once it’s gone, you can't get it back. So don’t wire money to a stranger, or to someone you haven’t met in person — no matter what the reason.

Wiring money can be a convenient way to send money to family or  friends overseas. But because there’s a fee — and an exchange rate — it’s important to ask questions before you send money. Ask how much money your family or friends will receive,...

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