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A Word About Legal Risks – Do Victims Fear Legal Risks?

 

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LEGAL DISCLAIMER: We Cannot Give You Legal Advice. We Can Only Share Our Opinion

The following is an expression of non-legal opinion. You should always consult a licensed attorney regarding all matters of law, their interpretation, and to obtain a proper legal opinion. This article is for purely educational and entertainment purposes and does not represent a legal opinion.

We Are Told That Many Victims Are Afraid To Report Their Scammers For Many Reasons!

THESE INCLUDE:

  • Victims Fear that they engaged in an illegal activity
  • Victims Fear that the scammerScammer A Scammer or Fraudster is someone that engages in deception to obtain money or achieve another objective. They are criminals that attempt to deceive a victim into sending more or performing some other activity that benefits the scammer. will retaliate using the information they shared with the scammer
  • Victims Fear that they are in physical danger from the scammer

Well …

Let’s Address This As A Common Sense Approach To Each Of These

ILLEGAL ACTIVITY

All ScamsScams A Scam is a confidence trick - a crime -  is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their trust through deception. Scams or confidence tricks exploit victims using their credulity, naïveté, compassion, vanity, irresponsibility, or greed and exploiting that. Researchers have defined confidence tricks as "a distinctive species of fraudulent conduct ... intending to further voluntary exchanges that are not mutually beneficial", as they "benefit con operators ('con men' - criminals) at the expense of their victims (the 'marks')". A scam is a crime even if no money was lost. Are Illegal!

Scammers lure you in with the promise of something you want. Romance or Profit. Sending money to a scammer could be considered money launderingMoney laundering Money laundering is the illegal process of concealing the origins of money obtained illegally by passing it through a complex sequence of banking transfers or commercial transactions. Money laundering can be done through various mediums, leveraging a variety of payment vehicles, people and institutions.. However, law enforcement is just not interested in you. So stop worrying, they want the BIG FISH, that means they want the scammers, not victims.

In fact, you probably get a tax break because of casualty loss (the money you lost to crime).

In our experience of over 20+ years, no victim has ever been prosecuted over money they sent to a scammer.

MONEY MULESMoney mules Money mules are a type of money laundering where a person transfers illicit funds through a medium (such as a bank account) to obfuscate where the money came from. There are different types of money mules including witting, unwitting, and complicit.

However, collecting money or parcels and then send THAT to a scammer is referred to as being a MONEY MULEMoney Mule A money mule sometimes called a "smurfer," is a person who transfers money acquired illegally (e.g., stolen) in person, through a courier service, or electronically, on behalf of others (usually criminals that they are knowingly or unknowingly affiliated). Typically, the mule is paid for services with a small part of the money transferred - but not always. Mules may or may not be aware that they are performing these actions. Money mules are often dupes recruited online for what they think is legitimate employment, not aware that the money they are transferring is the product of crime. The money is transferred from the mule's account to the scam operator, typically in another country. Similar techniques are used to transfer illegal merchandise. Mules can be prosecuted for numerous crimes..

Being an active accessory in the scamming of others is a crime. More and more, MULES are being prosecuted when discovered. What you do if you have been fooled into becoming a MuleMule A money mule sometimes called a "smurfer," is a person who transfers money acquired illegally (e.g., stolen) in person, through a courier service, or electronically, on behalf of others (usually criminals that they are knowingly or unknowingly affiliated). Typically, the mule is paid for services with a small part of the money transferred - but not always. Mules may or may not be aware that they are performing these actions. Money mules are often dupes recruited online for what they think is legitimate employment, not aware that the money they are transferring is the product of crime. The money is transferred from the mule's account to the scam operator, typically in another country. Similar techniques are used to transfer illegal merchandise. Mules can be prosecuted for numerous crimes. is critical, please read the following carefully.

Our recommendations for Money Mules:

  1. CONTACT AN ATTORNEY” In all cases, we must recommend that you see an attorney for legal advice. While you may not face criminalCriminal A criminal is any person who through a decision or act engages in a crime. This can be complicated, as many people break laws unknowingly, however, in our context, it is a person who makes a decision to engage in unlawful acts or to place themselves with others who do this. A criminal always has the ability to decide not to break the law, or if they initially engage in crime to stop doing it, but instead continues. charges, you may have civil liability for your