Unfortunately, there are many consumers that don’t know that they have been a victim to a scam by donating money to a fake charity, giving money to win a prize, investing in a fake business opportunity, and other scams. If you have paid money to any of these scams, then the chances are high that your name is currently on a list among other victims to be shared with fraudsters. The list has private information about you that includes your phone numbers, your home address, and other personal information. And, one thing that is on the list is how much money you have spent to fake and fraudulent scams. These fakesters will sell the lists, because they all believe that once a consumer has been scammed, then they are more than likely to be scammed again. You can start combating recovery scams.
Tips that you can use for combating recovery scams:
- Never believe someone that has contacted you claiming they are working with a government agency, but they need a payment from you to start the investigation, and they also are known for asking for a wire transfer. Avoid these people, because this is a scam.
- Consumers should never believe anyone that offers you a recovery service to retrieve money, prizes, or money that you never received, but you must pay them money in advance as this is a scam. Anyone claiming to represent the government in the United States to recover money, prizes, and merchandise, but needs payment first should be reported quickly to your local authorities.
- Consumers should never hire a recovery company to recover money and prizes before finding out what type of services the company provides and how much that service is. Consumers should check with the consumer agencies along with your local government, and the Better Business Bureau to make sure the company checks out.
- Consumers should never give anyone their personal banking numbers or credit card information to recover money and goods that you didn’t receive. This is a scam!
Consumers must remember that these individuals and companies have been scamming victims for a very long time and they are very good at their job, but if you are a victim to these scams, then you can do several things, which include:
- Contact your local police station. Consumers must remember that their local police station may not be able to do a lot, but they will allow you to file a formal complaint.
- The State Attorney in your area should be contacted when you are scammed. In Canada, consumers can contact the RCMP or the Office of Consumers Affairs.
- Consumers should report all scams to the FBI or the IC3, as the two agencies work together with the National White Collar Crime Center.
- Consumers can contact the US Marshals Service.
- The United States Central Bureau – Interpol should be contacted by consumers for all international scams and frauds.
Fraud and scam forums will allow consumers to share their unfortunate experiences and doing this will assist in getting the word about these type of recovery scamming companies.
These are the top authorities that consumers should contact to report their scam. Consumers must remember that you are not likely to get your money back, but it will make it easier knowing you have assisted in getting the culprits arrested and shut down, and doing this will also shine a light on the recovery scam problem.