Money Transfer Scams

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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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I to have joined that site and have a man named Louis Northcote emailing me now saying he sent me 4000$ money transfer with a picture of the recipient and now he is saying I can't receive it tell I pay a service fee that is 400$.. I'm more excited right this second for reading this then I was assuming that he sent 4000$ lol thanks bunches

OMG!! it's exactly the same like me. i met a man on sugar site and he told me that he sent 4000$ via paywise russia and I need to pay 400$ to receive the money. it is a scam!

I just got a email as the same thing wow do u really think it's legit was it a military guy lol

i was almost scammed by an on line " boyfriend" went overseas to work and said his bank account was hacked. Please send $500.00 to help get him back home.I didn't and couldn't anyway. Then he says his boss would send me a check to cash and wire him the money.I didn't understand why his boss couldn't just wire him the same? He said in Ghana,Africa they did not have a way to send the money, this is NOT true.I got the check but never cashed it.I broke off all ties to this man/scammer and he threatened my life.I told him I was going to police as I had saved every e mail and text he ever sent! I haven't heard from him since.Be careful of on line dating, so many scammers out there! Said he was in import/export of selling automobiles. So sad, I only wanted a friend.....

If it appears to be too good to be true, IT IS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE! I recently answered a mystery shopper survey. And, lo and behold, today, July 20, 2015, I received a $1,450.00 check drawn on Discovery Federal Credit Union with routing number 231385646, account number 7312020 signed by Edwin(?)L. Williams. The check was preceded by emails informing me the check and letter of instructions would be arriving by USPS. I was instructed to withhold $250 for my commission; split $1,150 to be sent to Ervin Harrison, 312 Magistrad Ave., Manilla, Philippines and Susan Strong, 416 Kalawe St., Manilla, Philippines, the remaining $25 should be sent to American Diabetes Association.

Needless to say, I will not be following their instructions!!!!

Hello, I have a question about a possible scam but I am not sure. The person wanted me to open a new bank account and give her the details so that the money she sends me to buy properties is protected and can't be stolen by me. The bank account can't be over drafted and none of my money is in it. Am I still vulnerable? She is going to send the funds t me and I am to give a money gram to someone else of almost 2 thousand dollars. This person gave me a name and she is in the military and gave me a bit of personal info. I just don't want to be apart of anything illegal. Please help!

Please read our new blog about a scam called card cracking. It sounds similar to what you describe. In card cracking, a scammer asks to use your bank account so they can deposit checks and then make quick ATM or money order withdrawals. The goal is to get the cash out before the bank figures out the checks are phony.

The blog about card cracking explains that no legitimate business deposits checks that way. What’s really going on is fraud, and people who cooperate with the scammers have stepped in the middle of it.The scammers might offer to pay people who help them, and they hope the payments are enough to keep people form asking too many questions. The real question for people who help is whether it’s worth the risk of getting involved in criminal activity.

I received an email from a man named Mark Carter who was claiming to be a manager for a German company called Lehmann Gmbh. He offered me a job as an assistant clerk wiring money through MoneyGram. It seemed legitimate to me seeing as I had coincidentally applied for several jobs to be a clerk the day before.
After gathering all my information, he sent me my first task a week later. I was e-transfered $2000 and was told to keep $100 for myself as commission.
I withdrew the money and e-transferred $1900 to an unknown person with a questionable name, address, and phone number. As soon as I got home, I became and suspicious and did some research. Turns out other people got the same scam email from this company. I also googled the address the where the company claimed to be located but there was no record of the company being there at all.
I quickly called MoneyGram where they managed to cancel the transaction upon telling them my situation before the scammer was able to collect the funds. They then returned the money to me.
The scammer grew increasingly aggressive calling me, texting me, and emailing me every minute asking for a copy of the receipt so he could accept the money.
I answered one of his phone calls asking if this was a scam just to see what he would say, and he gave me a fill explanation as to why it was not even though I knew otherwise.
I know the bank is going to ask for the money back so I am glad that I at least have it so I will not be in debt. I also called the police and reported the incident to FTC.
It was a very stupid, impulsive decision I had made since all the warning signs were there such as spelling mistakes in the email, asking of personal information, invalid web address, invalid phone number, etc... But I am glad that I was able to stop it in time.

Me and my dad were doing just fine and then all of a sudden a person wanted thousands of dollars and now we r in some deep dept and need help and they call like every 30 seconds and say send just a little bit of money and u will get 11.5 million dollars i knew it was fake and told him not to send them money but he did anyway.

If you gave them your bank or credit card account numbers, contact the bank or credit card company and explain what happened. You can ask about having charges reversed.

You can report this to your state Attorney General, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

This FTC article has information about coping with debt. It has ideas about dealing with mortgage, car and other debt. It explains how to find a credit counselor to help you manage your finances.

there is a man willing to help me..he said i can get money through his compensation funds because he works as a US military in afganistan..I can get the money that I need but I have to pay first the money transfer fee..he will send a sample email for that.. is this a scam?

Scammers use many different tricks to try to get your money. Some say they'll get you a loan if you send money first. If you send money by wire transfer or on a reloadable card, you probably won't get it back. Don't send money to someone you never met, even if you've been 'talking' to them online.

I jyst receifed this email. Scam

Hello Johanna, If you are still interested in working for us, we have a few questions for you: 1. Did you receive my previous email with job details? 2. Do you fully understand what you have to do? 3. How soon would you be able to start? 4. Do you have a job right now? You can work for us even if you have another job! As soon we will receive these answers we will send you the contract. 15-09-2015 13:34:36

Clara Lloyd Surgicatek Limited 183 cole Valley Road Hallgreen Birmingham B28 0DG Registered in England & Wales Fax 08457418080 Fax 08457418085 From: Johanna [mailto:johanna1974] Sent: Monday, September 14, 2015 4:30 PM To: CareerBuilder Subject: Re: CareerBuilder: Great salary package up to $88K- Missed Call Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android ________________________________________ From:"CareerBuilder" Date:Mon, Sep 14, 2015 at 10:04 AM Subject:CareerBuilder: Great salary package up to $88K- Missed Call Hello, I received your resume and application from CareerBuilder, and based on your background and experience, I feel that you are a perfect fit for a career opportunity with our company. If you are still exploring career opportunities, please email me back. Position Title: Account Receivable Location: Your Location Time: 12- 24 months Revenue: $85.000-$95.000 Hours: 18 per week You will be able to get your first income in about 5 business days. I look forward to connecting with you and hope you have a great day. Thank you in advance! Greg Glass © Copyright 2015 SURGICATEK LIMITED. All rights reserved. Shared files from Dropbox: DOCdownload-

I had someone who I have been chatting with online offer to send me some financial help. He is from NYC but went to work in Peru. He supposedly wired me $4000 and sent a receipt showing it was sent through Unlimited Pay Money Transfer upmtsonline . I tried verifying the company, the city in Peru with no luck. The reciept shows that I have to pay a $400 service fee. I was told to pay the fee via ReloadIt and then later received an email stating the ReloadIt payment center was down and to pay fee via MoneyGram. I've received emails from him and the wire company stating these instructions. I've sent him an email letting him and the wire company know I feel it's all a scam. Not to email me anymore. He sent another picture of the wire reciept and an email from a "business partner" who paid the fees and received the money with no issue. Told him too bad, I'm not sending any money. He can keep his "$4000." Smh.

Hi. I have been talking to this guy named Michael Northcote that just said he sent me 4000 as well and I have to pay a 400 dollar service charge through money gram or western union. He also sent me an attachment with a receipt and a email from his friend dave. I have not sent anything and I did research. I was wondering if it could be the same person?

Hi. I Recently Started Chatting With A Guy From A Sugar Daddy Sight. He Was Insisted On Sending Me Funds. His Name Was Michale Diaz. He Say Sent The Money. I Went To The Website He Sent. Typed In My First & Last Name Name. Zip Code. Phone Number & This Code He Provided Me With. Then The Site Told Me To Check My Email. I See It Said Pay $400 To Get The $4000. I Refused To Pay That $400 Service Fee & Called Western Union To See If They Was Associated With Payment Wise Money Transfer In Russia. They Told Me It Was A Scam!

Yes it's kinda a scam, same stories like I had. but his name is Heiko Garcia, a russian guy, he told me that he sent me money 4000$ using paymentwisetransfer and I should pay for the 400$ fee and when i refuse to pay, he sent me the receipt with some typo in the bills, so I know it must ba fake, and also he sent me a screenshot of email from his friend that he got the money after paid for the 400$ fees.

My mother in law has been doing g this for over a year dealing or involved with a guy named berry who promised her the moon and millions. He sends her checks in which she cashes and then sends it to him this has shade written all over it. She has lost everything but still sends him money from the checks he sends. How is it or why is it he doesn't just cash the checks hisself? Trying to figure out the reason I know it's money laundry but she won't listen for nothing. Can anyone give me info on this or thw situation.

If this is a fake check scam, someone sends a check to a victim, and tells them to deposit it and wire money back. If the victim deposits the check and withdraws money immediately to wire it back, the victim loses money. The check is fake, and when the bank finds eventually finds out, the victim has to repay the bank for the money she withdrew.

In another scam, someone who can't get a bank account uses a victim who has a bank account to cash the scammer's checks. If the checks are stolen or connected to a crime, the police will come looking for the victim who used her bank account.

Has anyone heard of "unlimited pay money transfer" seems to good to be true. Supposedly someone supposed to be sending me money but I'm supposed to send this company a "10% money gram" for a service fee of the transaction. Common sense says if it was true why don't they just take 10% of the money being sent ?? Is this a fraudulent company??

If someone you don't know tells you to send money, and promises he'll send money back, don't do it.

If you use a wire transfer to send money, it's like sending cash. Once it's gone, it's gone and you can't get a refund.

Please help me I Received a mail regarding lone offer for lowest interest for 3% unfortunately I sent 310$ to them

how i get back tgat amount

and i have the account details which i sent its a indian account and i recived a mail like  

FILL THE  LOAN APPLICATION FORM Full Name     Gender:       Marital status:     Total Amount Needed:     Time Duration:     Address:     Country:     Phone:     Monthly Income:     Occupation:

I WANT YOU TO  FILL THE LOAN FORM, USING THE CORRECT DETAILS, I WILL BE LOOKING FORWARD TO YOUR RESPONSE   Best regards   Mr Rush

If you sent money by wire transfer or prepaid money transfer card, you probably cannot get the money back. If you used wire transfer, contact the company immediately and report what happened.

If you told them your bank account or credit account number, contact your bank or credit card company. When someone has your account numbers, they can take more money.

Please report this to the international complaint system the FTC uses at ecommerce.gov.

I have been working for a company like some of the other people here. I took a job offer that came on Ziprecuriter, or however you spell it. The job was for a HR Service Manager. The salary was 4520 a month, with 3 weeks in the hole.
So i took the position, gave them all of my information. Then they asked for my banking information. I didn't feel comfortable so I checked, the company was on the BBB, they gave me there EIN number, which I checked and everything checked out.
My job was to go and make a proposal to open a branch near me and they would take care of the rest. The opened up a company (LLC) sent me all the paperwork to open a Bank Account under the name and send them the information. So I did over the last two weeks they WIRE Transferred over 100K into that account. I was to then go and pay the field reps. I would would wire the large portion of the money to the UK, moneygarm some money to another location then deposit some to a Wells Fargo account to a lady in Georgia, and keep 200 for my self for time and expenditures. I went on line today to check the business account to find that I could not get in. I called the bank and they advise me that they where closing the accounts due to due to incoming WIRE transfers where fraudulent.3

With that said I have no clue what I'm in for, we are talking over 100K. In advice would be helpful

You can help other people by reporting the company. Report to the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint. The information you give will go into a database that law enforcement uses for investigations.

You can also contact your state and local consumer protection agencies and the BBB where you found information about the company.

it is time for all of the money put into this nationwide deal is used to bring peace and money build up in this world to keep peace and sanity tords all countries and keep war from ruining the ones who sacrifice their life for their country safe and getting along. we are one world with one experated dated life. its time we see the world as it should be. a peacefull one.

I had money orders sent to my house after signing up to do the Walmart mystery shopper. Red flag immediately so I called the cops. No one would pay $250 for an hour of work. Or give a total stranger $ and ask me to pay half back unless it wasn't a real money order and they wanted my real money. Please don't feel stupid, it took my husband saying "this isn't real babe." The sender then started texting me with rude texts asking for their $ because we had a "contract". As soon as I mentioned I was aware of what was going on and so were the police and that mail fraud was a felony they quickly left me alone. Sleep easy my fellow victims they will leave you alone and as long as you report them and hang in there through the the financial tough part things will be bright for you soon. Good luck!

I have a scammer who wanted to sell me something, wanted money first and I refused. For 2 days he has been threatening my life, said my life has forever changed, tell my kids goodbye, die b etc. He's also claimed to have people on the way to my house. I want to think this is a scare tactic to get me to send money, but it's very scary to say thr least!

You could report the threats to your local police department. You can also file a complaint with the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint. The information you give goes into a database that law enforcement uses for investigations.

I'm signed up with a few job search companies (legitimate ones!), but I received an email today about a job cashing checks and using Money Gram to send the money to Brussels. Seriously folks?

If anyone gets an email like this one below, please report it to Money Gram or the FTC. Copying and pasting from the email they sent me: bernardmccartin

Dear (Hiding my name here) We offer a part-time or full time position for you. We are glad to inform you that you have passed the selection and you are perfect fit to manager position in our team. We have mindfully studied your CV and boldly invite you to take this position. It is a simple job at home, which does not require special skills. We are leading real estate company in Brussel. We provide assistance in financial transactions to clients, who are located in Europe. Some of our clients are not able to accept payments from the United States. Thus we save their time and their finances. We offer you a competitive salary of $ 3,000 each month + 5% from each successful transfer. Also you will receive personal bonuses. Your job will consist in payment processing and sending funds to our managers in other countries. You will receive brief for each operation and make a transfers via your local Money Gram office. REQUIREMENTS: - You must be a US citizen - Your age 18+ - Ability to cash checks and transfer money via Money Gram - You have to show willingness to work and learn - Perform tasks in a set deadlines JOB : - Detailed instructions will be send to you by email (customers name, amount to be send, etc.) - Check will be send one a time and it amounts will be from $2,000 to 3,000. - Checks will be issued out to your name and will come by mail If you are ready to start then please reply us as soon as possible. Hope to hear from you soon. Thank you, Yasmine Bogaerts, Financial Manager, Theo Estate

Please I want to warn against Peterson Loan Company, petersonloancompany cos they scammed me, they charged 600USD as the transfer fee for my 10,000USD loan and didnt even give me the loan. Thank God I have gotten the loan from another legit company but pls do not deal with PETERSON LOAN COMPANY, THEY ARE SCAMS....

Hi, you mention that you got a loan from a legit company, can you give the same of the company please as I am in need of a loan & I have been scammed before. TIA

I have a Facebook friend who keeps telling me she knows a guy who works in western union and for every hundred you send him between $500-$800 he can add a zero to the configuration through the computer systems at work and the process only takes about 30 min tops so you'll be receiving the money same day. So say if you were to send like $500 now it'll be $5000 after he alerts it and you'll receive $3000 and he will keep $2000. How try is this scam or is it a fake fruad

If someone you never met in person wants you to send them money, don't do it. Scammers use many different stories to try and persuade you to give them your money. They'll say whatever it takes to get your money.  If you send your money to someone you never met, you'll probably never see that money again.

I scammed on email from Mr David Wilson Dav . He asking me for money $2020 and say if you sent me than two metal trunk boxes are waiting for you which cost $4million are seperately packed in there and are waiting for you. They asked me for insurance charges and yellow tags charges for sending the money and they can send me too trunk boxes from London. Bewere from that i lost my money $2020 you also condemned them bewere from that scammerss.

Please report this to the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint. Provide as much information as you can about the person who contacted you and what happened. The information you provide will go into a database that law enforcement can use for investigations. The FTC cannot respond to individual complaints.

If you sent money by wire transfer or through a bank, you also make a report to those companies.

If you gave the scammer your personal information like Social Security, bank account or credit card numbers, he could commit identity theft against you. Go to identitytheft.gov to see what to do to protect your information and accounts.

 

This what I received...

WESTERN UNION HOLDINGS,
[ ASIA REGIONAL OPERATIONS CENTER ]
[HEAD OFFICE] PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA:
[PAY-OUT BRANCH OFFICE] KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA
OFFICE PHONE: +60167942993

Dear Valued Western Union Customer, ( Joe)

Your Reference Number is: [ WU/750WUH/BBK ]

We want to Thank You for your Response and letting us serve you. We have received your Details that will be used for the Delivery of your WESTERN UNION NETSPEND MASTERCARD /Documentations, We want you to know that the Delivery will be made by the YAMATO TRANSPORT/COURIER COMPANY here in Malaysia and it will take approximately 48Hours [ 2 DAYS ] to get to your Home Address and once the Delivery is made a TRACKING NUMBER will be Provided to you, This can only be possible after the Activation of your WESTERN UNION NETSPEND MASTERCARD is Successfully Done.

The Delivery will be made to the Address below:
DELIVERY ADDRESS:- 67 United Kingdom.

NOTE: Be reminded again that The Activation Cost is $295 USD Only and The Payment has to be Made to Our MAIN HEAD OFFICE here in MALAYSIA where the Fee will be Confirmed before we can Proceed with the Delivery Of Your WESTERN UNION NETSPEND MASTERCARD to you. The Head Office has requested that your WESTERN UNION NETSPEND MASTERCARD Activation Fee of $295 USD should be SENT through the Account Officer " RICKY WENMIN " via Western Union Money Transfer with the details as shown below: Funds Receiver's Name: RICKY WENMIN
Receiver's Address: 3 NORODOM BLV, KUALA LUMPUR - MALAYSIA Amount To be Sent: $295 USD Once the Payment is Made, Please Kindly provide us the Details as it is on the Payment Receipt for confirmation of your Payment made to us:

1. M.T.C.N (Money Transfer Control Number): 2. SENDER'S NAME: ...................... We will forge ahead with the Delivery of your WESTERN UNION NETSPEND MASTERCARD/ Documentations immediately your Activation Payment is Confirmed and Received by Our MAIN HEAD OFFICE here in MALAYSIA. Thanking you for Your Understanding! ============================== =========== Signed, ===> MRS.JESSICA TAN - Asia Operation Manager/ Claims Agent - [ ASIA REGIONAL OPERATIONS CENTER ][HEAD OFFICE] PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA:
[PAY-OUT BRANCH OFFICE] KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA
OFFICE LINE: +60167942993
©2016 Western Union Holdings, [ASIA] Inc.
This email is sent by: Western Union Holdings, [ASIA REGION ].For Enquiries / Clarification, Please Contact Our 24 Hours interactive Contact Center - +60167942993

On Mon, Jan 4, 2016 at 9:49 AM, jo j < > wrote:
Where do you want me to send the money? Sent from my iPad

On 2 Jan 2016, at 19:08, Jessica Tan < > wrote:
Please be informed that this fee also includes the shipment fee for your card hence the need for your making payment.

On Sat, Jan 2, 2016 at 5:17 PM, jo j <> wrote:
Hi Name : Mr J Mobile: 00 Address: 67 United Kingdon Those are my details. If you can me the Card first and I'll pay for the fee to unlock the card. Let me see if this is not one of those scam... Mr J Sent from my iPad

On 31 Dec 2015, at 17:08, Jessica Tan < > wrote:
Image result for Western Union Asia Logo WESTERN UNION HOLDINGS, ASIA [ASIA REGIONAL OPERATIONS CENTER ] [HEAD OFFICE] PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA: [PAY-OUT BRANCH OFFICE] KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA OFFICE PHONE: +60167942993 +60164533939
Dear Valued Western Union Customer,
Your Reference Number is: [ WU/750WUH/BBK ]
We want to Thank You for your Response and letting us serve you. The Western Union Holdings whose Asia Head Office is in PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA has created Opportunities to help individuals, families and communities worldwide: The scheme supports charitable giving programs, Education and human services programs and Humanitarian projects and relief efforts- So far we have supported 500 non-traditional students with scholarships, partnered with 150 Western Union Agents in charitable programs, and supported over 50 disaster relief operations and Last Years (2012 -2014) Over 5 Million US Dollars was also Granted to Individuals and Families: In this Year 2015 Grant, E-mail Addresses of Western Union Customers were used and your Email Address and Two (2) Others were chosen from over 40,000 Selected Western Union Users Worldwide to the Western Union Grants Program, We have made all the necessary arrangements to have your WESTERN UNION NETSPEND MASTERCARD delivered to you at your nominated mailing Address that will be provided by you and also All Documents such as your Recommendation Letter and Grant Certificate from the Western Union Holdings, Malaysia will be sent to you confirming that these funds are fully free of any liens or encumbrances and of Non-Criminal Origin.
This message serves as an Official Grant Notification and If you have received this message, then WESTERN UNION HOLDINGS [ ASIA ] wishes to CONGRATULATE you over your Email Selection Success which has emerged you the Grant Winner of $750,000.00 USD [- Seven Hundred and Fifty Thousand U.S Dollars - ] along side with Two (2) Others. Be informed that your Funds will be sent to you via the WESTERN UNION NETSPEND MASTERCARD to your Home Address and it can be used to Withdraw Funds with a Daily Limit of $10,000 USD Per Day until the Full amount is Fully Withdrawn.
NOTE: THE Delivery of your WESTERN UNION NETSPEND MASTERCARD to you is FREE, But the WESTERN UNION NETSPEND MASTERCARD which is covered by the OCBC BANK must be ACTIVATED before it can be Delivered to you and be able to be used to Withdraw Money in any ATM MACHINE Worldwide, This is because the WESTERN UNION NETSPEND MASTERCARD is Issued in [ PAY-OUT BRANCH OFFICE ] KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA by the OCBC BANK MALAYSIA - Please Remember that the Withdrawal Limit is $10,000 USD Per Day... Meanwhile the WESTERN UNION NETSPEND MASTERCARD ACTIVATION Fee is $295 USD and Once the Activation fee Of $295 USD is PAID by you, it will take just 48 Hours [ 2 DAYS ] for your WESTERN UNION NETSPEND MASTERCARD and Documentations to get to you which will be delivered to you by YAMATO TRANSPORT/COURIER COMPANY, MALAYSIA.
Once Delivery is MADE, The TRACKING NUMBER and COURIER COMPANY WEBSITE will be Provided to you to be able to know & Track when your PACKAGE will get to you .
Kindly Re-Confirm and Provide your Delivery Information, Where your WESTERN UNION NETSPEND MASTERCARD should be sent to you after Activation:
1. FULL NAME/RECEIVER'S NAME: ......2. MOBILE NUMBER [It Has To Be Your Personal Mobile No]: .........3. HOME ADDRESS WHERE YOU WANT YOUR CARD SENT: .......4. Your Reference Number is: [ WU/750WUH/BBK ]

IMPORTANT NOTICE:Filling the Delivery Information above means that you are Ready to Activate your WESTERN UNION NETSPEND MASTERCARD and Once More Be Informed that without the payment of $295 USD we cannot proceed with the Delivery of your WESTERN UNION NETSPEND MASTERCARD.We await a confirmation email from you filling the DELIVERY INFORMATION above AND also informing us when you wish to remit the Payment of $295 USD for the Activation of your WESTERN UNION NETSPEND MASTERCARD before Delivery can be made to you.Thanking you for Your Understanding!============================== =========== Signed, ===> MRS.JESSICA TAN - Asia Operation Manager/Claims Agent - [ ASIA REGIONAL OPERATIONS CENTER ] [HEAD OFFICE] PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA: [PAY-OUT BRANCH OFFICE] KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA OFFICE LINE: +60167942993 +60164533939 ©2015 Western Union Holdings, [ASIA] Inc. This email is sent by: Western Union Holdings,[ ASIA REGION ]. For Enquiries / Clarification, Please Contact Our 24 Hours interactive Contact Center - +60164533939
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I was on eharmony and met a woman. She claimed to be a victim of identity theft and asked me to send her money to help her out. I sent $500 to a woman in Lagos, Nigeria and the woman I was talking to said she's pick it up. She then claimed to have been arrested in Ukraine after supposedly being busted with contraband. I didn't send any money this time, and haven't sent money since, but by sending the money to the African destination, I'm worried I broke the law. I used money gram at Walmart. Have I committed a crime?

If you want to find a lawyer to talk with, you can use this state-by-state list from the American Bar Association or visit this site from the State Bar Associations.

Thank you, but I'm just curious if I broke the law or not. Ihave since made the money at my job, but I'm just making sure I have not committed a crime

In addition to my previous comment, I did not give any bank information nor did I give my personal information. This occurred in I think late August or early September, but I don't remember. It has just now begun to worry me if I broke the law. I did cash. I was never contacted again after I was asked to wire money a second time. $500 is something I can easily make at my job, so I'm not interested in getting the money back. All I want to know is if I broke the law

I have a question people. Someone messaged me on instagram asking if I wanted to make some money. He told me he's in this organization where his uncle is donating money to people but they're asking for 300 back after the donation.
Because they just keep flipping cash. Not sure if this is too good to be true...

Someone on Facebook said for me to send them my card a d it's a two day process and for me to send them their cut of the money is it a scam

If someone you don't know asks you to send money, it might be a scam.  Even if they promise you will get a prize, or money, or a reward later, do not send money first.

Don't tell your bank account or credit card number. They could take your money or buy things with your credit card.

Or maybe they will deposit fake checks into your account and take the money out for themselves. Then you will be responsible for having fake checks in your account.

I am in the situation where they have offered me a job and are about send me a check. They offered me 5% commission and $3750 monthly Salary. As I understand it is scam which later they will ask me to send them the money and after they will cancel the check and I will owe them money. Since I know ahead of what to expect. Is there a good way to scam them on this or at least have some fun?

If you see a scam, please report it to the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint. If you get a check by mail and you think it's a fake, you can submit a Mail Fraud Complaint Form to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. You also can alert your state Attorney General

If you respond to a scammer, you will likely get more calls and emails.

I just got a call from john wright saying I just won 3.5 million n a black Mercedes with 2 years of insurance he stayed on the line with me all the way to Walmart said I would have my check today after I pay taxes of 299.99 n meet a day Bradley who will bring my car it sound legit he said a lawyer would be present for safty reasons is this a scam someone please let me know

If someone you don't know contacts you and says you won a huge prize, but you have to give them money first, it's probably a scam. They might use the name of a company you know, or say they are lawyers, but that doesn't mean it's true.

You can learn more about Prize Scams in this FTC article.

My complaint is regarding a fraud person in UK who promises to send me laptop mobile and 2,3 gold rings from UK;supposed to be my Name is David HArry. He sent the courier from UK to India and I got a call from some foreigner boy who came to Delhi, his Number is 08377059791 he asked me to pay 29,500 Rs clearance charge ...I paid him through NEFT .

He told me that I will be coming at your door step tomorrow. He shared me the account details of UCO bank . The guy in London forcing me that you have to take the parcel today itself . Again I got a call from that courier boy in Delhi he transferred a call to one madam name Anita Sharma , she told me to pay again 95000 rs in PNB bank for income tax charge ..I spoke with that UK guy , he said the amount is refundable ...so I paid that amount .

Next day I got a call that you have to 80000 Rs more.....then I denied to pay. I called in Delhi Airport he told me it's a fraud . I spoke with UCO bank and Punjab National bank they told me that money is withdrawn . Please help me what can I do . My number is . I don't have money please help me .

If the money is withdrawn, you can contact the person and ask for a refund. If this is a fraud, he probably will not return your money. 

If you gave the person your bank account number so he could take funds, contact your bank. Explain what happened and ask how to keep your account safe.

You can give the bank the information about the other person and the accounts he used.

You can report an international fraud to econsumer.gov. Econsumer.gov is a partnership of 34 consumer protection agencies around the world.

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