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URGENT 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. ALERT – READ & SHARE WITH EVERYONE

WESTERN UNION REFUND / RECOVERY SCAMRecovery Scam 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.

Scammers are copying 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 / 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 – TO APPLY FOR A REFUND!
THE PETITION / APPLICATION PROCESS COSTS NOTHING!

Report it – Here AND Here

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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 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..

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 [SCARSSCARS SCARS - Society of Citizens Against Relationship Scams Inc. A government registered crime victims' assistance & crime prevention nonprofit organization based in Miami, Florida, U.S.A. SCARS supports the victims of scams worldwide and through its partners in more than 60 countries around the world. Incorporated in 2015, its team has 30 years of continuous experience educating and supporting scam victims. Visit www.AgainstScams.org to learn more about SCARS.] and the United States Federal Trade Commission


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FAQ: How Do You Properly Report Scammers?

It is essential that law enforcement knows about scams & scammers, even though there is nothing (in most cases) that they can do.

Always report scams involving money lost or where you received money to:

  1. Local Police – ask them to take an “informational” police report – say you need it for your insurance
  2. Your National Police or FBIFBI FBI - Federal Bureau of Investigation The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is the domestic intelligence and security service of the United States and its principal federal law enforcement agency. Operating under the jurisdiction of the United States Department of Justice, the FBI is also a member of the U.S. Intelligence Community and reports to both the Attorney General and the Director of National Intelligence. A leading U.S. counter-terrorism, counterintelligence, and criminal investigative organization, the FBI has jurisdiction over violations of more than 200 categories of federal crimes, including financial fraud. (www.IC3.gov)
  3. The Scars Worldwide Reporting Network HERE or on www.Anyscam.com

This helps your government understand the problem, and allows law enforcement to add scammers on watch lists worldwide.



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