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Scammers use a number of clever schemes to trick people into sending them money: they might promise a job, a loan, a scholarship, or a prize. They might even promise to recover money lost to a previous scam.

That’s right. Some scammers contact people who already have lost money to scam artists and offer to get the money back — for a fee. Sometimes, they claim to represent government agencies or offer to file necessary paperwork with law enforcement. No matter the pitch, it’s against the law for them to take your money in advance. 

That’s the basis of a recent settlement between the FTC and Business Recovery Services LLC. According to the FTC, the company sold do-it-yourself kits — priced up to $499 — that were supposed to help people recover money they had lost to business opportunity and work-at-home schemes. The FTC argued that for many people the kits didn’t work, and that the company violated the Telemarketing Sales Rule by charging money upfront and making false claims about how effective the kits were. 

Read up on refund and recovery scams, and don’t do business with anyone who guarantees they can get your money back — and asks you to pay in advance.

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iWANT MY TIMESHARE REFUND OF 60.000 DOLLARS FROM THE FOLLOWING CONPANIES AMERCAN RESORT INTERNATIONAL,ltd OYESTER BAY BEACH RESORT, PEARL DEVELOPMENT N. V. CONCORD SERVICING INC. lNTERVAL TRAVEL INTERNATIONAL STERLING BANK AND TRUST CO.

Angel How did You got Scammed Of 60000 dolllars

I am part of a Scam. I thought I was buying into a business working at home on your computer. I was taken for $299/month. I told them that they could not take money out of my account until the first of the month. This was to be an agreement but today I find that they took the money out of my account today. The company name is (USA Advertising Consulting LLC. Federal Express has a package waiting for me to be picked up from them. What should I do about the package? I don't know if you need it for proof or should I not except it?

I called them and left a message for them to refund my money $299.

I believe that I am going to need your assistance on this.

You can file a consumer complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at www.ftc.gov/complaint. Or you can call at 1-877-FTC-HELP and ask to speak with a counselor.

was scammed out 1200.00 by universal esorts express. They promised they had renters for my four weeks of time share property. I see where the FTC has files suit and won. How do I get my monies back?

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