Avoiding Money Wiring Scams

Imposters. Impersonators. Fakes. Frauds. Phonies. You might call them by different names but these scam artists have one thing in common: they pretend to be someone they aren’t and tell you a bogus story to con you into wiring them money.

The crooks will give you a pretty convincing reason to wire money. They might say you owe the IRS taxes and you’ll be arrested if you don’t pay up. Or that you won a federal grant and have to pay a processing fee to get your money. Some even tell you a loved one’s in trouble and needs your help.

They might tell you to use a money wiring service to add funds to a 16-digit account number they give you—they say it’s your case number or account number, but it’s not. Once the transfer goes through, the money’s gone and you can’t get it back.

Government agencies will never ask you to pay by wiring money. Neither will legitimate businesses. If someone insists you pay by wiring money, it’s a scam. Don’t do it. Instead, report it to the Federal Trade Commission at ftc.gov/complaint or 1-877-FTC-HELP.

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We have been receiving calls from this person. He is contastaly contacting us from (512)887-8419 to send him $1000.00. He gave access to the home & key in Texas, using lock code.

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So I had been in search of a payday loan due to a bump in the road I hit with my disabled father. We are in the process of moving from the current living situation to a better environment for him and our apartment isnt going to be ready for 5 days and I needed a bit of help to cover our hotel stay. I found a slew of payday advance sites and not knowing much I applied to about 5. Within about 30 mins I was getting phones calls and emails, but one stuck out. It looked the most legitimate. So I called the number listed on the email +1- 321-396-5197 and a Indian man named "John smith" picked up the phone and proceeded to ask me very invasive questions right off the bat, ssn, account number, routing number.. It felt weird. I did not supply him with any of my info, but here's the thing he wanted me to go get a greendot card and load it with 110 dollars and call him back. I said absolutely "no" it made no sense for me to send him money when I was the one in need. He said it was a "insurance" clause and if I wanted 5,000 dollars by tonight I would do just that. I said no way and said I was looking up that company "AFSA" and he hung up on me. I looked up further thanks to google and found out they are pretending to be another financial outlet logo and all. They are 100% scammers. I emailed "John" back and stated if my information was sold or used I would take legal action I froze my account and called social security just to be safe. I don't have much but what I do have is mine. So after I emailed him I sent another email along with screen shots of the complaints via the fcc website. I was so mad. Here I am with a disabled father who's mother died last year and I just needed some help. So I got angry today and called that number and lo and behold it was "John" and I told him that he was a disgusting human being and a scam artist. He got loud and hung up. I called back and he then said I had reached a XXX phone service. Ugh.

I just received a email telling me that a relative of mine passed on that has the same last name as I do and no one has claimed the money which is a lie another person who name is george moore saying that he is in fort worth texas and in order for me to get this trunk of 15.8 million dollars that I would have send $100 dollars so how ironic is that this all started last month and keeps on going but the people are different but very similar stories

I send 1000 to someone from the FTC and it was my last idk what to do IMA kill myself

The FTC does not contact consumers and demand money. If you sent money to someone who pretended to be from the FTC, please report it at ftc.gov/complaint.

I have need to receiving my mygrum 8 dighit reference number

hello,i have no call but mail sent to your i am contastaly contacting them receiving mail from theme,for to get us $1000.00 i give to other acccess to the home $ key in tax in Tex

I've been had and it is not fun to know that you give away money in hopes of getting a check that is no where to be found.

I've been contacted by a lady with a Auburn, WA phone number telling me to call this other number in Washington DC to get my grant money released. When I did, they asked for money. I told her I would call her back when I had money gram. I never called back. I have received 2 other calls and when I told them I reported them to the FTC, they hung up quickly.
A second scenario happened to my father in law saying he won 9.5 million dollars. They scammed him out of $3500 little by little sending money grams to various locations like North Carolina and Massachusetts. They called him today. They want $800 for taxes on winnings saying 2 US Marshalls, Betty Jones, and Frank Miller will be here at 3:30pm if they get tax money. They gave an address in Miami, FL to send money to. I went on Google Earth to see the address given. It's a vacant lot with 2 run down shacks across the street. I have a partial recording of the conversation, but the FTC said they didn't need to hear it. If a could upload it here I would.
Please don't talk to these people. If you end up calling them back in Jamaica, your phone bill will be through the roof. Just hang up.

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