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Here’s one of the top questions we get from people: Is this a scam? Whatever the “this” looks like, here’s our best answer to that question: Did someone say you can only pay by wiring money, putting money on a gift card, or loading money on a cash reload card? If they did, then yes: that is a scam.

Here’s a video that has, in a little more than a minute, some of the scam scenarios we see – and what you should do about them.


Whether someone tells you to pay to claim a prize, help someone out of trouble, or deal with tax issues from the (so-called) IRS: nobody legitimate is ever going to say you have to pay by wiring them money, getting iTunes cards, or putting money on a MoneyPak, Vanilla Reload, or Reloadit card.

So: watch the video. And if anyone ever insists you pay in one of those ways, tell the FTC. Because that will be a scam we want to know about.

Blog Topics: 
Money & Credit
Scam Tags:  Avoiding Scams


If seller says they are giving away an item you want and there are only 500 and you only pay Shipping charges. That could be a lot of money they could collect.

I have unfortunately sent money to a online love interest over a period of 2yrs,she never arrived before this xmas like she said she would to spend the rest of our lives together and no she has stopped emailing me all together, have I been scammed ??

Is putting money in a wallet they give you to pay the bank to get there money a scam

A giveaway acc on IG sent me a message that I won a giveaway winning prize, so he asked me to send a message on wattsApp or email, then after we've talked, he asked me for my bank card any card that I have and he told me to rush to the near bank And pay a 950 activation fee to get a reference number so that he will send the money immediately the money I I will send will be credited to my credit card, is this one of the way of scammers?

Run away!!!! Run far, far away!!! That is a scam! DO NOT given them your card numbers. DO NOT send them a single cent! I've gotten messages claiming that I've won some prize and to go to some link included with the message. When I see that, I just delete them and never click on any link included. I know that message is old, but for any other readers, I want to post this as a bit of education.

Hello I'm investing in and they refuse to release my money. They made me pay 15,000 in release fees. I don't know what to do. I'm so frustrated. Can someone please help me!

Some for U.S custom said my friend sent me a package and it seized and they want a 1000 to release it but they want me to pay by cash app

I have been scammed by grallypay for 1710 pounds would like to no what u can do about this

What if they want the Walmart reloadable visa money card so they can add money to it


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