In the event you do lose money, be warned that your chances of getting it back are almost nil. Furthermore, this type of crime is not a priority for local police and it is difficult to prosecute these cases. The Embassy can offer a sympathetic ear, share information on protecting yourself against such scams, and help you determine if your situation is real or fraudulent, but cannot do much else.
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Victims can report the scam to the FBI at www. The anonymity of the internet means that the U. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Scam Warning Signs
So say you have been duped by a Nigerian scammer and you contact the Nigerian police for help. You might get an email apparently from the Nigerian police telling you they have closed in on the scammer and need a payment from you before they can arrest him. This is definitely a scam because the police no matter which country will never request money to catch a criminal! Have a look at the email address — something like nigerianpolice hotmail. As opposed to some of the other scams, in this type of scam the fraudster takes their time to build a relationship with their victim.
After a few months when the scammer is convinced they have formed a bond with their victim, they request the victim to cash some money orders and wire transfer the money to t hem usually to Nigeria or Ghana. The scammer pretends to be someone from a Western country based in Nigeria for work and hence cannot cash the money orders.
Once the victim cashes it and wires the money, the bank usually detects a forged money order and the victim is then liable for the entire amount while the scammer gets away scot-free and richer by a few thousand dollars.
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Have you ever received an email or even an actual letter telling you you've won an obscenely large amount in a lottery you never entered? It's definitely a scam so please do not send them any financial details because you're just setting yourself up for a fraud or identity theft. Similar to the lottery scam, these scams revolve around you receiving an inheritance that you previously had no knowledge of. There are a few variations of this type of fraud but the bottom line is they are all scams. Some will write to you telling you they are "estate locators" who have located a long lost inheritance for you.
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Others might be from someone in Africa claiming to have received a huge inheritance which they want to share with you if you can help them get the money out of the country. The scamsters will typically ask for your bank details so they can deposit the money into your account and once they have those details, they will rob you of your money.
Every time there is a disaster like the tsunami, a tornado or an earthquake, millions of do-gooders want to do something to help the victims. Scammers take advantage of this by setting up scam charity institutions which rob the money that you wanted to send to the victims of the disaster. Scammers also attempt phishing by sending you donation requests via email where you can click on a link which then leads you to website designed to steal your passwords and other details.
Sometimes, scammers also take advantage of disaster situations by pretending to be a victim themselves.
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He was excited for her to come but 10 hours later she text hime to say she was detained in Mexico because she smuggled her gold bars through illegally and needs to pay a fine so she can come into the US with those gold bars. I told him it was so fishy and probably a scam and to stop but I need for someone else to confirm This.
Has anyone else had this situation happen to them? Can anyone please backv,E up and post that they think this is a scam too?. Very much a scam. A British only needs to call their embassy in any country they encounter problems, not your friend whom they have never met.
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Please, for your own good sake, wake up. You are being used, played and milked for money.
Severe immediately all connections with the person you met online and live happily ever after. I have a friend named Josephine odoom. She asked for money. She fell in love with me. And all of a sudden, she asked me to buy her a new phone because the one she carries doesn't work. But I'm not sure about sending her any more funds.
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She sends me pictures of her. But I'm not completely convinced that she is single or married. I'm trying to find out about her life style and how her relationship status is. I was a victim of a big scam.