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ScamScam 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. Warning: Giving Out Your Banking Information

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A Quick Path To Disaster

[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is an editorial opinion and is not intended to be a Legal Option. We strongly urge you to seek competent legal counsel for all matters involving the law.]

Have You Given Out Your Account Information?

We Have Recently Heard From Several Victims Who Gave Out Their Full Banking Information To Scammers

Let that sink in for a second. They gave out full access to their financial lives to someone they have never met.

ARE YOU ONE OF THESE?

This is not about blamingBlaming Blame or Blaming is the act of censuring, holding responsible, making negative statements about an individual or group that their action or actions are socially or morally irresponsible, the opposite of praise. When someone is morally responsible for doing something wrong, their action is blameworthy. By contrast, when someone is morally responsible for doing something right, we may say that his or her action is praiseworthy. Blame imparts responsibility for an action or act, as in that they made a choice to perform that act or action. the victims or accusing them of being stupid, but to point out The Incredible Danger Of This Action.

We have come to believe that a significant number of romance scam victims have done this. Of the victims that sent money to a scammer, as much as 10% have given their full banking information, and in many cases even given access to their online banking accounts.

Why did You do this?

In most cases it was so the scammer could deposit money for them in their account. In some cases it was so others could deposit money in the victim’s account. The scammers have a thousand stories of why they need to do this, from difficulties receiving money internationally to paying the victim back for a loan.

Regardless of the reasons by giving access to your bank account in this way it places you at serious risk.

Scammers are far smarter than most people give them credit for, and they understand that access to your bank account opens the door for money transfers and illegal banking activities. This includes 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. and fake check 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. and many more. All of these crimes come right back on the victim because it is their account. In fact, in many countries just giving access to your account without notifying your bank can be considered a crime.

Ways That A Scammer Can Use Your Account Illegally

One of the ways a scammer can leverage your account is to use it to receive money from other scam victims. The scammer can have the other victims do a bank wire transfer into your account – making you 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. or accessory to their crimes – then transferring it out to their real accounts or other means. In the United States, for example, you can receive money into an account then transfer it out via Western Union all through the online banking interface. Having access to your account makes it much easier to scam others and receive the money – this is Money Laundering and it is a crime.

Another scam that they can pull on you is to deposit fake checks into your account. Typically in the U.S., Canada, and elsewhere, your bank will advance you the money before the checks actually clear – meaning before they are actually funded. They make one to three fake check deposits in your account then immediately transfer out the funds as soon as they are available (usually the next day). Then a few days later the bank wants their money back because the checks bounced and were fake. You end up with a huge debt to the bank, and in fact, may 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 for bank fraudFraud In law, fraud is intentional deception to secure unfair or unlawful gain (money or other assets), or to deprive a victim of a legal right. Fraud can violate civil law (e.g., a fraud victim may sue the fraud perpetrator to avoid the fraud or recover monetary compensation) or criminal law (e.g., a fraud perpetrator may be prosecuted and imprisoned by governmental authorities), or it may cause no loss of money, property, or legal right but still be an element of another civil or criminal wrong. The purpose of fraud may be monetary gain or other benefits, for example by obtaining a passport, travel document, or driver's license, or mortgage fraud, where the perpetrator may attempt to qualify for a mortgage by way of false statements. A fraud can also be a hoax, which is a distinct concept that involves deliberate deception without the intention of gain or of materially damaging or depriving a victim.. Either way, you may lose your bank account and may not be able to get another one for years.

Still another way is to use your bank to launder real money that comes from illegal activities. It could be anything from scamming to terrorism to human trafficking.

All of this because you trusted someone with the keys to your financial life you never met in real life.

In addition, access to your banking information allows the scammer to obtain credit cards, loans, and other instruments that all come back on you.

Don’t Panic Yet

If you gave any of your banking information to a scammer you must do two things immediately – as in right now today:

  • Go in person and talk with your bank. Just explain that a stranger may have access to your bank account and information.
    • Make sure they report it to their fraud department
    • Get your account frozen and a new account opened
    • Have them check for any unknown or unauthorized transactions
    • Have them check for any related activities, such as credit cards, loan activities, etc.
  • Go in-person to your local police and speak to their Fraud Detectives
    • You will have to explain the scam to them
    • You will have to explain that the scammer gained access to your banking information
    • Be sure they take your report and give you a police report number – keep that
  • You are also advised to report the crime to your national police as well

Why do you have to do these? Because this is your “get out of jail free card!” This is your best defense if something criminal was done by the scammer or if law enforcement comes after you. You need to be sure that everyone understands that you had no intention of committing a crime, that you are a victim.

We also strongly advise you to see an attorney for further advice and if needed to help you defend yourself against charges.

It is one thing to be scammed and fall for it, and it is another to give scammers access to your banking services. You cannot hide in denialDenial Denial is a refusal or unwillingness to accept something or to accept reality. Refusal to admit the truth or reality of something, refusal to acknowledge something unpleasant; And as a term of Psychology: denial is a defense mechanism in which confrontation with a personal problem or with reality is avoided by denying the existence of the problem or reality. from this because if you do it could be viewed as knowing about the scammer’s actions and intent, and that can make you an accessory.

Do not wait to see what happens. You have to protect yourself and get in front of this. You have to report it to protect yourself. If you do not and it blows up it could be much harder to prove you were innocent, plus you might be blacklisted in the banking industry and it would show on your credit.

Take This Seriously – It Is Serious!

Mistakes like this can have serious consequences.

Please let us know if this applies to you and how it all turned out. The more information we receive the better we can help the next victim in a similar situation.

We wish you the best of luck!

Did You Receive Money From A Scammer, Or Give A Scammer Access To Your Accounts?

You may have become 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.. This is a crime!

You may have been involved in money laundering or aiding and abetting transnational criminals. Do not try to hide from this – this is serious, and if you are discovered (and you will be) then you might be prosecuted.

You should report these crimes to your local police – however, we strongly recommend that you speak with a Criminal Defense Attorney immediately. You have no time to waste. You cannot avoid this, do it today!

SCARS is not a law firm and we are not attorneys. The information we provide is for educational purposes only. See additional disclaimer below.

To find a criminal defense attorney in the United States visit FindLaw here: Criminal Law – FindLaw  For other countries look for your local directory of criminal defense attorneys or solicitors.

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Always Report All Scams – Anywhere In The World To:

U.S. FTCFTC The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is an independent agency of the United States government whose principal mission is the enforcement of civil (non-criminal) U.S. antitrust law and the promotion of consumer protection. The FTC can also act as a clearinghouse for criminal reports sent to other agencies for investigation and prosecution. To learn more visit www.FTC.gov or to report fraud visit ReportFraud.FTC.gov at https://reportfraud.ftc.gov/#/?orgcode=SCARS and SCARS at www.Anyscams.com

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