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Money Recovery ScamsRecovery Scams If you've already fallen for a scam, another scammer may call you and offer to get you your money back for a fee. Their goal is to double-dip and steal more of your money. Unfortunately, in most cases, only real law enforcement or your government can get your money back. There are exceptions, but you are safer to avoid all recovery options. [Updated]

Money Recovery & Investigative 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. Target 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. Victims

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Another Type Of Scam That Promises To Investigate & Recover Your Money

Originally Published February 11, 2016
Updated August 14, 2021

After your scam, you are desperate to get your money back!

But you have heard and been told that it is impossible!

Money sent to scammers is lost and can never be recovered. This is true 99% of the time.

Even if 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. is arrested, their property is usually seized​ by the local police or government. So in the case of most scammers, even if recovered it is still gone.

Rare Cases

You already know about opportunities to recover money from Western Union and MoneyGram. In addition, there are ways that may work to recover money sent through a bank wire transfer and even local police can sometimes get your money back using the Interpol model.

There are other unique cases where African scammers have returned the money. However, since our founding in 2015, this has only happened twice with the nearly 7 million victims that we support.

In some countries in Asia, it is a little different. In some cases, the threat of arrest can cause the scammer to repay the victim – this happens more often in the Philippines. However, this has to be a real threat and not just talk. First file reports on www.Anyscam.com site so that it is on file with SCARS, and on any other anti-scamming sites you like. Notify the scammer of this, and that you will be filing a 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. complaint with their Philippines NBINBI The National Bureau of Investigation (Filipino: Pambansang Kawanihan ng Pagsisiyasat, abbreviated as NBI) is an agency of the Philippine government under the Department of Justice, responsible for handling and solving major high-profile cases that are in the interest of the nation. The NBI was modeled after the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) when it was being established. & PNP Cybercrimes Unit. Offer the scammer that you will drop the complaint if they repay the money (take anything they can repay and consider yourself lucky).

In the case of Latin​ American scammers, the probability of recovery is close to zero, even if you obtain an arrest. However, you can use the same approach as with Philippines scammers. Latin American police are not great, but in some countries, they will act.

The only places where recovery is typically possible is the U.S., Canada, and Western Europe. If you file criminal complaints that result in an arrest, these national and local authorities routinely seize the scammer’s assets​. However, most scammers do this as a living, and as such spent their proceeds.

We know that many victims give away their last cent on the scammer, and are desperate to recover their money.

Money Recovery & Investigating Scams

Unfortunately, most of the time money recovery is impossible. Of all the arrests we have helped come to pass, only once were any monies recovered, and this was from a scammer in the U.S. – but all victims have a right to restitutionRestitution Restitution is where a court orders the defendant to give up his gains to the claimant (victim). It should be contrasted with Compensation, the law of loss-based recovery, in which a court orders the defendant to pay the claimant for their loss. if they participate in a trial of a scammer going to court in the United States.

Scammers Network

Scammers know who victims are. They maintain lists and databases. They sell information to other scammers.

It is not unusual for a victim to be contacted by someone claiming they are a scam investigator or a money recovery service.

If you are approached by anyone that offers you this type of service, here is what you want to do:

  1. Ask them for their incorporation information – what state, country they are incorporated – this is public record, and knowing the state you can look up this information on the state’s corporation search website.
  2. Ask them for their “private investigator’s license” number and where issued (what state). All private investigative services of this type have to be licensed in almost every country.
  3. Do not believe websites, reviews, or testimonials.
  4. Ask them for their fees. What they charge and what portion is upfront.
  5. Ask them if they require a contract – real companies will require this.

There are real investigative services out there that will track down your scammer for a price. You are better off not wasting your money after the fact because most of the time they will just tell you that you are scammed by someone in Nigeria, etc. This will NOT get you your money back and most (99%) of the time it will not result in an arrest.

If you want to investigate someone that you have made a connection with before sending​ anything, this would be advisable. JUST REMEMBER investigations are not free. If you suspect someone, you are better off blockingBlocking Blocking is a technical action usually on social media or messaging platforms that restricts or bans another profile from seeing or communicating with your profile. To block someone on social media, you can usually go to their profile and select it from a list of options - often labeled or identified with three dots ••• them, moving on, and saving your money.

If You Are Contacted By An Investigator / Money Recovery Service

  • Ask them the questions above. If they provide real information then just ignore or blockBlock Blocking is a technical action usually on social media or messaging platforms that restricts or bans another profile from seeing or communicating with your profile. To block someone on social media, you can usually go to their profile and select it from a list of options - often labeled or identified with three dots ••• them. If they do not, then report them on www.Anyscam.com and to the 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
  • If they say they do not need a license to investigate then report them to the local district or state attorney where they are located. Offering investigative services without a license is a crime.
  • If you have already hired a company and paid money, threat this as 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.. Report it to your local police fraud department.
  • Never respond to any solicitations about investigative or money recovery services unless you do a thorough background check on the service – some are real, most are not.

Your emotional recovery is really all you can control after a scam. You are advised to focus on this and accept your losses. Sorry, this is simply the bottom line truth!

Always Report All Scams – Anywhere In The World To:

U.S. FTC at https://reportfraud.ftc.gov/#/?orgcode=SCARS and SCARS at www.Anyscams.com