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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You can file a complaint with the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint, or call 1-877-382-4357.

I have a question to ask almost like that. Someone transferred money from my account into another account and when I reported to the bank, they said they wound investigate the person as I type now, my account has bin blocked and this involves two different account. How will the person be caught? Will the bank go look for the person or call the person or wait if the person wants to withdraw the money that is when he/she would be caught?

You can ask the bank staff what they will do next.

If you give someone your bank account number, they can put money in, but they can also take your money.

Some scammers pretend to be your friend, and ask you to set up a new bank account. They transfer stolen money into the new account, and then tell you to wire the money out of the country. You might think you are helping someone, but really you are assisting with a crime.  

I don't know if this is a scam or not, but I'm starting to feel uneasy about it. There's something called a federal government grant and this person who is supposedly supposed to be an agent kept wanting me to pay for these "fees" one was $300 for a direct deposit and $1200 for an FBI fee, because they said it needed to be verified by the FBI. They sent me a picture of a chase bank check but the check was dated for February 2, 2016. But the check for some reason just doesn't look legit. But I really don't know if it's fake or is it real.

This could be a government grant scam. If you send money, you'll probably lose it.

The federal government is not giving away thousands of dollars in grants to people who pay their taxes on time, have no criminal records, never declared bankruptcy or were ‘selected in a demographic survey.’ Anyone who claims you’ll get ‘free money’ for those reasons is trying to scam you.

A real government agency won’t ask you to pay a processing to get a grant it gives you. This blog post tells more about fake grant scams.

ok so there this girl who i meet on ymail her name is darya nevskaya she live in russia and white now she is at a airport she whats to come to usa barnesville ohio and she say that i buy you two gifts and say i need 600.00 dollars to come over and say i pay you back after i get a job in the usa

PEOPLE EVERYTHING THAT TELLS U TO USE MONEY GRAM OR WETERN UNION IS FRAUD OR ELSE THEY WOULD HAVE YOU US A LEGITIMENT BANK

I USE TO WORK FOR ONE OF THESE 2 STORES IN FRAUD DEPARTMENT AND TRUST ME I WOULD HERE SO MUCH PEOPLE COMPLAIN ABOUT THESE SCAMS

OF COURSE EVERYBODY SHOULD KNOW THAT IF U DEPOSIT A CHECK INTO A BANK IT DOSENT GO TROUGH INSTANTLY IT TAKES 2 OR 3 DAYS BUT THE BANK ASSUMING ITS REAL IT OFERS YOU THAT MONEY

THE MACHINE THAT YOU PUT THAT CHECK INTO DOES NOT OPEN IT AND SAYS ITS A FRAUDILENT CHECK COME ON PEOPLE

THESE PÈOPLE USE PEOPLES LOVE FOR THERE LOVE ONES LIKE ONE OF THERE LOVE ONES IS AON A TRIP AND THEY NEED MONEY GOT IN CAR ACCIDENT,LONLIE PEOPLE CHATTING LINES PEOPLE THAT ARE LONLIE WELL IMAGINE THEY HAVE SOMEONE TO CHAT TO FOR SAY 2 MONTHS AND THEY LOVE IT

U CAN BASICTLY ASKE THEM FOR ANYTHING AND THERY WILL DO IT CAUSE OF THERE SITUATION, JOB OFFERS ON ANY SITE PEOPLE JUST ASK U THIS WOULD U SEND A COMPLETE STRANGER A CHECK OF ANY SUM OF MONEY HELLLLLLL NO WHAT MAKES U SO SPECIAL TO GET THAT CHECK CAUSE YOURE VERY LUCKY NO THERE SCAMING U

NO ONE AND I SAY NO ONE DOES THAT AND PLEASE DONT ASK ME ANYTHING ON ANY SITUATION THIS THAT IM SAYING IS TRUE EXCUSE MI SPELLING IM IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY BUT PLEASE PEOPLE WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFE YOURE NOT THAT LUCKY AND GET SLICK

I want to say right off that I agree with you in theory. YOU know because you worked that department. YOU have far more knowledge than the typical citizen. You are 100% right; they DO count on loneliness and good Samaritans and such. But KNOWLEDGE is what these folks need, not a good chewin out by someone who while he is clearly passionate about not wanting people to be frauded, has not a gentle way of telling people what they need to know.

I can say this to you as I have BEEN that person. I have learned a LOT about why people are seemingly stupid enough to fall for such things. It can happen to any one, if you ask ME. The scammer just has to find the right subject, the right price, whatever it is that they can trip you on.

What I'm guessing is that they have various phases of these scam projects. You know, like the symptom checkers direct you one direction if you say yes and the other if you say no until you find the likely cause of your pain. Same concept.

I found that this wonderful man was scamming me, and I cut ties as fast as I could. Phase One did not succeed with me. I don't KNOW this, but I fear it is likely very accurate. I imagine Phase Two was to apologize profusely and promise on all that's right he'll never lie to you again. <--- this is what happened to me and why I use it as an example.

Next, more time is spent convincing you of the most amazing things and developing a trust that he is SURE you won't question. Tis where he went wrong with ME (if indeed he is still trying to scam me). I question any and EVERYthing that doesn't seem to add up in my mind. It is my very nature to do so.

At this point, we have "known" each other just over 4 months! I can't imagine why one would spend THAT LONG if he was just PLAYIN me! From what I have read on this site, they ARE experts at what they are doing and they DO go to ANY length to make it believable. I have guarded myself along the way, keeping in mind that I don't KNOW anything for a fact, and while I already have trust issues with men, I AM trying to be wiser in my old age.

Instead, because of the time they are apparently willing to invest to convince a lady [I can only speak AS a female] I have come to believe in this man ....with my heart. It kills me right NOW to admit, especially since TODAY is when I felt compelled to search this sort of information more deeply and see how much of what others are sharing is similar to what he has presented to me. I've not BEEN scammed yet as I have nothing to offer and therefore do NOT. I can't cut MYself short as I have a teen child that counts on me to have a LITTLE bit more wisdom than that.

Please do not harshly chastise folks for being gullible or falling for what YOU (& I'm sure many others) already know. Just make us aware. The comments on this site put it right out there in black and white what it LOOKS like to be fooled, and I greatly appreciate every one who has shared their story. Thank you!

So i went to work for a company named Aquatrius Holdings. Has anyone dealt with this company? Anyway what they did was put money in my account and then I took it and sent it money gram to the people they said.

I don't know what took me so long to figure out something was illegal or wrong with the situation. Anyways when i went to send one of the transfers money gram flagged it. I called the FBI and they said to file a complaint. I shut down my account but i still have their money what am i supposed to do with it. Luckly i caught it be fore they did get me. Any information on the company or what to do with the money would be helpful.

Please report this to the FTC at FTC.gov/complaint. The details you provide will go into a database that law enforcement uses for investigations.

If you gave the scammers your bank account number so they could deposit money, they can also take your money. You can ask the bank how to keep your account safe. You can also contact your state Attorney General’s office.

fell for it

We started your first two transactions. You will receive via regular mail an envelope with two checks in the next 2 to 4 days at the mailing address you provided. CHECK 1 TOTAL $885.00 >INVOICE# 5115  CHECK 2 TOTAL $1641.00 INVOICE# 5116  At this point it is up to you to cash the check as fast as possible (I  recommend under 36 hours). This will increase the number of checks you will receive from now on, which means that you will earn a lot more money from commissions. Do not use checks-cashing stores, they charge too much,  sometimes up to 10% of the total value of the checks.

This process is very simple, you must cash the checks using your existing bank account, where you made transactions before, and in this manner we can speed the process. This is because of one very important reason: after a few  transactions the account will become "trusted" by the bank and these  operations will become routine due to bank policies. This will make the  check cashing process faster in the future which will increase your income.  You can cash the checks by going to your bank personally or deposit them through scanning at the nearest ATM if your bank offers this service. Do not forget that this is a performance based job; faster turnaround on processing payments will earn you more money. Our program is simple: if you process payments faster you will receive increasingly more checks and earn a lot more for yourself.

PLEASE READ THESE INSTRUCTIONS COMPLETLY AND CAREFULLY: You need to cash the checks, withdraw the money from your bank account, and > subtract your commission from the total amount (10% + $150 from each check) and using the remaining money you need to purchase a few Reloadit Packs for PayPower prepaid cards. Only for prepaid cards, do not buy them for the regular cards, we will not be able to use them. After that you have to scratch the code area and e-mail us the codes and total amount for each code.  Important note, please take notice:  It is very important before leaving to purchase the packs to call a store located in your area from the Reloadit network to make certain that they have the codes in stock. You can find a store near you by typing this link in your browser: Please input your zip code inside the store locator tab, check Reloadit Pack and click on a location on the map. Packs displayed may not be in stock at all times. Check with the store directly by calling them to confirm availability. Ask if they have ''Reloadit code packs'' for PayPower. Reloadit packs are money codes used for PayPower prepaid cards and used to > recharge them. You have to buy Reloadit packs, scratch the code area and give us the codes as well as the total amount for each code. For example if you need to send $2,400 you buy 5 codes:  xxxxxxxxxx - $500  xxxxxxxxxx - $500 xxxxxxxxxx - $500

This is important information to share with law enforcement. Please report this to the FTC at FTC.gov/complaint. The information you give will go into a database that law enforcement uses for investigations.

You can copy the email you got from the scammer and paste it into the complaint you file with the FTC.

I was looking for a house to rent and found one on craigslist. The lady has me send the application and deposit via western union then disappeared. Is there anything I can do? I'm expecting a baby and that was all I had to get us a place.

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.

Now I am from India and a guy from UK claiming to be a SEAL member has been bugging me as we had a deal that I will give my laptop to him and he will pay for it and I asked Rs 10000/- upfront as a security proof and so that I can transfer the courier through DHL, as I am a student & it's hard for me to send a courier that far as it costs very much and the rest of the money would be transferred after wards but he didn't put even a penny in my account and is saying that the money is sent to my account but is kept on hold by his own bank(lloyd bank), and will be transferred once the laptop has been shipped,but after shipping I can't stop it if he doesn't give the money,now he is threatening to file a case on me on FBI, what should I do as I didnt receive any money to send the laptop. I haven't done anything wrong. Please help me

Please read our post, It’s criminal.

so I helped a friend a picked up money for him from a money gram and now a detective contacted me saying that it was illegal money. I had no absolute knowledge of this. the detective believed me and has all my friends info but I just have a lot of thoughts in my head. can anything happen to me even though I didn't have knowledge and no criminal record.

Greetings, I accepted a job doing reshipping. I wasn’t required to pay any money. They said I would be paid thru Paypal, my bank transfer, a company check, direct deposit. The pay schedule is 30 days from the date I re-shipped my first package. I did have a telephone interview, which was brief, I asked if illegal products would be transferred or if this was, in fact, legal. He told me was. The company's based in London and in New York, from what I found on online.

Are reshipping positions legitimate?

Other than not providing personal banking information or sending money, what are some things to look out for?

What are good questions to ask to decide the legitimacy of various positions similar to this one?

Thank you

Please read our post, It’s criminal.

someone asked me to work for them and that they will be out of town meanwhile they would be deposited some money into my account. so once I checked to make sure he had deposit it and there was $10,000 in my account so I sent him the money. later my bank called me and said the deposits were returned and now my account is negative 24000. I'm I still responsible or can I report it and get some help

You can report this to the FTC at FTC.gov/complaint and to state Attorney General’s office. The FTC can't address individual complaints, but the information you give will go to law enforcement, so they can use it in investigations. If you have information about the person who sent you the money you could share that with the bank to help its investigation.

wish i found this website before now, please run away from maxtelesolutions  when i got this job it seemed so legit lots of documents signed and my infos and i ID's were taken just like a normal physical job, i totally celebrated with my friends for my new job.

task is money paid into my account by a client and i'm supposed to transfer this found to the company back. they made me a the manager in my city branch, but i noticed something unusual along the line after 560.00 was paid into my account i was told to cash and send through an ATM their account infos was encrypted in QR form.

told him to either make it clear to me why i was needed for that transaction because i noticed they also have a branch in my country or i was was going to transfer the money back to the sender while still on that argument with him my account got blocked few minutes later and i totally knew that he got me cause he has so much of my infos , i called to my bank i was told to go to my branch, because i already called them the day before and told them of the people i gave my bank infos.

getting to my branch i was told a fraud transaction was detected the fraud department was called and explained everything to and the said they are trying to transfer the money back to the sender and also offered a word of advice BE CAREFUL there are lots of scammers out there. i was told the restriction would be removed after the money has been transferred. i thought i had a good job with all their promises " free holidays , insurance, health care and lots more. MY QUESTION IS am i in trouble?? please people be-careful out there... i never knew someone innocent could also be used as a medium to achieve this devilish purpose!!!

Please report this to law enforcement through the FTC site at FTC.gov/complaint. The information you give will go into a database that law enforcement uses for investigations.

i got a check of 100000 rps on 12/10/2015. i transferred that check into my account. and now i forgot that who gave me that money and my CA is asking. how can i find the check details or account number of the person who gave me money?

Ayon Central Money transfer is suggesting I make a ten percent payment for money to transfer to me. Is that a scam?

If someone says you must pay money to get money, it could be a scam. If someone says you will get a loan, but you must pay them first, you could lose all the money you send.

I've received a letter asking for $$ in order to receive certain amount of money.WHere in the government should I send the letter so they can do something?

If a scheme involves the U.S. mail, submit a Mail Fraud Complaint Form to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

You also can alert your state Attorney General.

I've been talking to someone through a dating website. He says he is military, in Nigeria. He wants me to open an account at a credit union. Checking, and an ira account. He says he will have his check deposited, and then I can send him his money, so "we can be together." I haven't done it. But, is he a scammer?

It could be a scam.

A scammer might set up dating profiles to meet potential victims. After he forms a “relationship,” he comes up with reasons to ask you to open a bank account. He could transfer stolen money or fake checks into the new account, and then tell you to withdraw money immediately adn wire the money out of the country. You might think you're helping your soulmate, and not realizing you're aiding and abetting a crime.  

Here are some warning signs that an online love interest might be a fake. He asks you to:

  • chat off of the dating site immediately, using personal email, text, or phone
  • wire money using Western Union or Money Gram
  • set up a new bank account

There was some one in Patna ,Bihar who keep on calling me and asking me to pay a 2 Lac, One Gold chain And Mobile .Because there is a parcel send by Post office parcel in Bharuch i given 3150 Rupees to Postmen in bharuch ,and i Opened the parcel but empty so i request pleasy refund my Money.now they are threatening me to pay more money.please help me Sir...... Regards, Manoj

Please contact a consumer agency or law enforcement agency in your area. The FTC does resolve individual complaints.

So, can someone tell me please...can someone with your credit card information make an online transfer from your credit card account to a money gram and have the money without being able to trace it? Someone stole 10K from my account and surely they weren't stupid enough to put it directly into an account in their name, so I am figuring they may have done it this way. Is it possible? And do they have to have something in their name to get the money?

Please talk to your credit card company about this. If someone took money from your account without your permission, you can report it to the FTC at FTC.gov/complaint. The information you give will go into a database that law enforcement uses for investigations.

 

I was scammed and is out of a couple of thousand dollars, I am about to lose my home, I had to sell some personal things to make ends meet they have my bank acct. my phone number my email and my address. PLEASE WHAT CAN I DO NOW. I DO NOT WANT TO LOSE MY HOME

If someone has your bank account number, they can take your money. Talk to someone at your bank and ask how to protect your account.

This FTC article has ideas about what to do if you're having trouble paying your mortgage.

My comment is about corporate fraud, we work with several freelancers globally and pay them via paypal. One day one of the freelance-employees emailed me his invoice using their ordinary email. I checked the amounts and forwarded the invoice to account department but the payment details were different.

Account department simply processed payment to that new Paypal address. We later realized from this freelance that someone hacked his email account.

We don't know who to blame and should we ask freelancer to pay back. Was reading a lot of articles and came to you site accidentally. This one talks about similar situation but now how they returned the money

Do we have right to ask the freelance to return the money?

If you sent money to an account without verifying that the information was correct, you could contact PayPal and ask about your options.

Ive been talk with this guy for a few weeks that ive met on a dating site,he says he wants to send me money and is asking for my routing and account number but hes also saying that he needs my.online baking info so that his account officer can monitor my account and that he needs me to send his business partner some of the money he's going to have deposited into my account via money gram, I my not sure if this is some sort of scam or not

If someone you never met wants to send you money, it's probably a scam.

If you tell someone your bank account number, they can take your money.

They can also get you involved in running a scam. Some scammers want to send and receive stolen money, but they don't want to get caught. So they find someone on a dating site, and ask their new sweetheart to accept a deposit and transfer funds. If you get involved with one of these schemes, you could lose money and personal information, and you could get into legal trouble.

oh yeah i forgot to mention in my last comment too add this as well Johnny William Butler,Country: Nigeria, State: Lagos, ADDRESS:Km 22 Lagos Badagry Expressway Mechanic Bus-stop, Okoko, Lagos postal code 102112, zip code 102101now if the FBI can and the FTC can locate this too and encounter Mr Johnny Willaim Butler as well and work with him as well please assist this person to help him and a Gerald D Luke Jr out on this please and also this person here is that person too asking for help as wellhes asking for an investigation as well;-) and to let Mr Luke know of the results as well Mr Johnny William Butler is in needs of help but Mr Luke wants this to be investigaged furthur as well;-) thank you very much as wellmuch appreciation as well.

a johnny william butler who is a lawyer had told me about a harry luke supposed to me a relative he needs the money to secure documents that he has showed me to be authentic for death certificate and certificate of deposits for $15,000,000.00 to be sent to me hes asking me to to find away to procure the money of $400.00 to $500.00 sent to him so he can procure the document by wednesday of this week to use moneygram or western union hes been letting me know about the situation too and maybe send the FBI in on this too and to find out whats going on here too i myself am disabled and unemployed too. and i dont drive no longer because fo my bad eye site too. so if i can get help hes located in nigeria africa where the scammers are located at too.Please send in the proper authorities in there to findout whats going on here too;-) Thank You very much as well and assist Mr. Johnny William Butler as well he needs about $400 to $500 dollars before wednesday court there in Lagos Nigeria you have the other information already would appreciate your help for also Mr. Luke as well and to inform him of the results there as well please investigate this for Mr. Luke too and see what can be done sir thank you very muchas well.have a great day now too.

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So if you are 70 or older, what I'm about to post does not apply to you because you grew up and lived a greater portion of your life in a much more honest world, where most of the methods employed by scammers didn't even exist in terms of technology.

However, if you fall below the age of 70, you should know better than to fall for most of the obvious scams described above. GHOST, your post was a bit rough but I agree with you and I have also worked in fraud for one of the largest banks in the world.

First I would just like to answer many questions asked above that were not addressed directly.
1. How can I get my money back? Will the bank refund me?
No. The bank will not, and has absolutely no obligation to give you any money out of their pockets for free. If someone else has your money after you freely provided them your acct info, you are Out of luck.

2. But I got a call once from the bank and there were some fraudulent charges that the bank refunded!
Ah, charge backs. And this is FRAUD, not a SCAM or DISPUTE. See the next question on that subject. Basically, if the bank issues a credit, it's a courtesy provided and not money owed. What you didn't know or care to ask or listen about is that a CLAIM is filed and the money is retrieved from the business that accepted the fraudulent payments. The bank doesn't pay you a dollar. That's why retail stores have the whole, you know, asset protection, loss prevention, cameras. Wait for it ... Wait for it ... Epiphany?

3. Fraud vs dispute vs scam
"There's Fraud charges on my account!" No ... No.
You mean you want to dispute your reoccurring subscriptions you set up via acceptance of a free trial? You didn't read the small print.
All 3 are completely different and not very much alike in anyway, except for the part where the customer wants the money back. Let's think about this a second ... You want to blame the bank, when it's your money, on your card, in your account, spent somewhere or on something you wanted or were at, and for some reason you think the bank knows a single detail about any of this because ... ? Sorry about the irrelevant rant ...

So Fraud = Charges a criminal made after they have STOLEN your card (or the card #). This is completely 100% out of your hands to prevent most of the time, and you get your money back.

Dispute = This is what you've got when a charge that you disagree with is not fraud, meaning it didn't occur by means of an intermediate party illegally gaining access to the card and using it with a merchant of their choice. Examples are subscriptions that the card holder was too lazy to read the agreement before agreeing to because you were only interested in the free sample. See here, you did business with the merchant, you authorized them to make the charges, or you violated your card holder agreement you agreed to by not reading what you agree to when you charged the card. As such, the bank is not involved with retrieving your money because then it would basically be committing theft against the merchant. No, we're not going to give you our money for free to replace your lost money. Sorry. However, if you reach out to the merchant charging you and raise you know what, threaten BBB and social media complaints and reviews, ask for a supervisor and bring up the same complaint resources then ask for their managers name. Then let him try to help you get your $ back

And then SCAMS! Practically everything described on this page. Not wasting my time explaining that one. Oh, but yeah, you're just out of luck getting your money back on this one 99% of the time.

4. Follow these rules, and make no exceptions people. If you do, you will never compromise your $ to a scam ever again.
1. NEVER EVER EVER EVER USE WESTERN UNION OR MONEYGRAM FOR ANYTHING EVER TO PAY ANYONE.
2. NEVER GIVE Your FINANCIAL or PERSONAL information out to anyone ANYONE ANYONE who initially reached out to you, whether it is by phone, email, snail mail, text messaging. Of they are legitimate, they already have your information and won't ask you for it. However, if you call in to a financial institution, be prepared to provide enough information to identify yourself, you can't call anywhere asking for information about someone without proving you're that person. Think about that - do you think your information and or money/assets are safe with a company that WOULDN'T make sure that you are who you claim to be?
3. Don't ever ever ever email personal or financial information to anyone anywhere. NEVER ever. Emails are easily hacked and intercepted, not to mention a legitimate business would be aware of how unsafe and sketchy this is and would never ask you to do so.
4. Don't accept or worse deposit checks into your account from complete strangers. This seems tempting - I promise you no matter how many zeros are written on that check, it's gonna bounce, and BAD.
5. If it sounds too good, it is people. No one just hands out free money to strangers. That's just Silly. You did not win 3 mil, or inherent $500k from a dead relative you've never heard of before, from some other person Who is reaching out to you with a confusing explanation as to how they came to be involved it at all.
6. If you receive a sad story from someone asking for money for any reason, it's fake. I promise.

Received an e-mail from a relative asking for help. Suspicious, I responded in a separate e-mail (not just reply to) asking what I might be able to do. Quick note back to me saying they were travelling and asking if I could wire money to a Colleague in the Philippines. This second e-mail came from a different provider than the first! Also, this relative would unlikely ask me for this, as they have several closer relatives to ask before me. Am trying to contact them independently to let them know of this scam.

i was the victim of a romance scam. i was talked into taking a loan and i wired $30,000 out of the country. i was promised i would be paid back in full, etc. when i started to question this (i can't believe i was this stupid) i received $18,000 in my bank account. i immediately closed that account and severed all contact. a few days later a detective contacted me and threatened me with arrest if i didn't return the money because the person who sent it was also the victim of a scam. i never gave this other person any information and have never spoken to them and had no way to return this money. i am still out $10,000 and have a loan to repay of $18,000. how can i be arrested? i was under the impression it was payback for the loan and i never scammed anyone nor did i send the funds deposited to my account out of the country. i used the funds to repay part of $30,000 loan i was stupid enough to take out originally

My husband just caught two unauthorized separate monthly charges in his checking account. One was from a a company called PCI for $29.99 a month. The other was from a company called USA Benifits that is affiliated with Walmart. They was taking out $39.99 a month. These transactions were causing multiple overdraft charges. After three months, my husband finally noticed and went to his bank. His bank said this was very common and they gave him a new debit card and said he would be reimbursed within 4- 10 business days. My husband at NO TIME gave his permission for these companies to take out $. So, if anyone has heard of these companies or if this has happened to you, please reply. Thank you.

I'm pretty sure I already know the answer to this but I want to ask anyone. I met someone online. He claims to be a self building contractor. He even has a web page. Claims to have gotten some big contract to build a mall in Malaysia. He is short of money to buy building materials and wants me to wire him a substantial amount. Of course he says he'll pay me back when he gets paid. Has anyone else encountered this?

Is this scam:

Hi. So what do we have for you. SEO-Studio - the leading searchengine marketing agency in Ukraine. Specialization: SEO, PPC, web analytics. The first agreement was concludedwiththe customer at 26 April 2006. If we are receiving the money right from our USA client, we need to pay 20% of tax, but if we are receiving the money from someone outside USA, we will lose only 6%. So thats why we are interested in you.

So the job is: you will receive the money from our client to your PayPal account and than you will need to transfer them to us via Bank Transfer or WesternUnion. You will receive 5% from every transfer that you are receiving. All fees we are paying from our wallet.

If you are agree with this job, you will need to send information to me like: Your full name, Your city, email address, phone number, PayPal account (only email), date of birth and the screenshotof the main page of your PayPal account that will showthat your PayPal account is verified (has linked bank account)You will start to work after that how i will verify all information about you. If you will have any other questions you can send them to my skype. Thanks Here is special form that you will fill out

This could be a scam.

When criminals want to send or get stolen money, they hire someone to do the dirty work. They might recruit the victims with job ads that seem to be for legitimate jobs. If you get involved with one of these schemes, you could lose money and personal information, and you could get into legal trouble.

At some point in these scams, the criminal will ask you to receive money, and give you instructions about transferring money.

I recently was referred to a property owner and viewed a property with the owner who has several properties and he requested cash only for the security deposit after the lease had been drawn up& signed. Is this considered a Rental scam because of asking for cash only.?

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