Internet Scams Exposed

SCAM WATCH: Internet & SMS Scams - Phishing - Email Fraud

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What To Do If You Have Been Scammed

Have you lost money due to a scam?

Email: with a description of how the scam worked (i.e., what happened exactly), and we will try to (a) locate the scam artist(s), (b) work with law enforcement to expedite prosecution, and (c) help you get some - or all - of your money back.


Victim Describes Being Scammed via Text Message

I found a message on my phone to say “Barclays bank congratulations”. I phone the person whose name is on my cell …then he said to me that I just received money …I must fax my details and my winning cell number. I did so …then they email me a winning certificate from "Barclays bank”… and then he called me again and ask if I received it. I said yes …then that all started a person from UK phoning me and saying I must pay a 1% amount in an account they will send me on my phone, and if I pay it, I must contact my local agent here. I did that …then I phone the local agent …he called me …I must fax the deposit slip to a number they will send me …so it started …then it was an amount for tax releasing …so it went on and on every time …they call …I have to pay some money …I have no money and I took money from my work.

Now I stand to lose everything - my work included …so what must I do? I did not tell anybody …now my boss is on my case …so what must I do? My family doesn’t even know, and if they must find out, they will despise me. Please, I don’t have any money and I must get my boss’s money back today …so what must I do? Can you help me please?

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