WESTERN UNION REFUND / RECOVERY SCAM

WESTERN UNION REFUND / RECOVERY SCAM

URGENT SCAM ALERT – READ & SHARE WITH EVERYONE

WESTERN UNION REFUND / RECOVERY SCAM

Scammers are copying the FTC / Western Union Recovery website, as well as calling previous victims pretending to be part of the recovery process!

The FTC will NEVER ask you to send money to apply for the recovery of monies from Western Union, or for ANY other reason.

If someone claiming to be with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) contacts you and asks you to send money, it’s a scam.

DO NOT PAY – EVER!

Report it – Here AND Here

Spread the word to your family and friends

SCARS and the FTC have received reports that imposters are calling, emailing, even texting or faxing, and pretending to be with the FTC, in an attempt to gain your trust and to steal your hard-earned money.

The Scammers are contacting people about fake prize winnings, grants, or Western Union refunds, or saying you’re in trouble and need to pay delinquent accounts or fees.

Their goal is to either excite or scare you into sending money!

The truth is, the FTC does not call, email, text, or fax consumers to ask for payment. Those are scams.

In fact, the Department of Justice just announced that two scammers who impersonated the FTC (and the SEC) were found guilty of scamming people out of $10 million.

The FTC DOES distribute money to people after suing entities for unlawful practices. In fact, according to the FTC 2017 Annual Report, 6.28 million people received checks from the FTC between July 2016 and June 2017.

The FTC will NEVER ask you to send money or provide bank account information to get your money back.

If you are entitled to a refund from an FTC lawsuit, you will usually receive a check or claim form with details about the case. The case will be listed in our chart of recent cases resulting in refunds. You can call the number associated with the case on our website if you have any questions.

If it was for a Western Union refund, then it is done exclusively through this page: https://www.ftc.gov/enforcement/cases-proceedings/refunds/western-union-settlement-faqs and the confirmation emails from that process.

Scammers won’t stop at just using the FTC’s name. They’ll use the names of any people or organizations you trust.

Dealing with imposters in real time can be difficult. But it’s important to take note of not just the story that they tell, but also how they ask you to pay. If they ask you to pay by wiring them money, getting iTunes cards, or putting money on a MoneyPak, Vanilla Reload, or Reloadit card, it’s a scam.

REMEMBER SCAMMERS ARE ALWAYS OUT THERE AND YOU HAVE TO BE SMARTER TO STAY SAFE!

This message has been published by the Society of Citizens Against Romance Scams [SCARS] and the United States Federal Trade Commission

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9 Comments

  1. Susan March 8, 2018 at 1:43 pm - Reply

    THANK YOU FOR THE INFORMATION ON THE PRE RECORDED CHAT MESSGAE. MY SCAMMEDR HAS NOW THREATENED ME IF I DO NOT PAY $1250 US MONEY FOR A VACATION CERTIFICATE WITHIN 3 DAYS I WILL HAVE A SERIOUS PROBLEM. HE DIDNT SAY WHAT THE PROBLEM WOULD BE. I DELETED HIM AND DELETED ALL COOKIES IN MY BROSER. HE EVEN SAID DON’T F$$%^^^& WITH ME.
    I REPORTED IT!! I FEEL BAD FOR THE GUY THAT GOT HIS PHOTO HIJACKED BY THIS LOSSER. CAUSE THE PHOTO GUY IS PRETTY GOOD LOOKING. BUT I ALSO SEE THE PHOTO HAS BEEN REPORTED AS A FAKE BY ANOTHER UNSURSPECTING JUST PERSON LIKE ME.

  2. Susan February 19, 2018 at 5:30 pm - Reply

    I need to know is it possible that a live video chat can be somehow pre-recorded and false? My guy tried to video chat with me – his mouth was moving and very hard if no impossible to hear what he was saying. The clip lasted about 30 seconds then it would disconnect. He called back about three times but the reception was bad. When He called back he used the app you can video chat Hangouts. He actually looked like his picture. Is it possible this could be a pre-recorded message. Is that possible on live chat??

  3. Thomas Tanner February 17, 2018 at 9:13 pm - Reply

    here are two other possible fraud email addresses, posing as Ghana police:
    tetteh Mary and Donaldxavier100@gmail.com

    • Romance Scams Now Editorial Team February 18, 2018 at 1:08 am - Reply

      Thomas Tanner why didn’t you report them properly? Spend just a fraction of the time you spent getting scammed and make it count. Use our Quick Report fields or look in the Menu for how to report scammers!

      • THOMAS Joseph TANNER February 18, 2018 at 4:16 am - Reply

        because your site is too cluttered and hard to find anything

  4. Calvin Shumate February 15, 2018 at 4:38 pm - Reply

    Thank u I have been scam for thousands of dollars her name is Helena essah aka radania Mohammed was in Orange county New Jersey believe back in Ghana

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