More on reporting scams

Often when victims ask “Where can I report these scams?” what they really want to know is how they recover the money that they lost.  The sad truth is that there is no place that you can report this scam to that will be able to recover your money.  To the scam victims, at the moment that they realized that they have been scammed it seems like it would be easy to find and arrest the scammer, and recover the money lost . . . you have their name, email address, phone number and maybe even a mailing address . . . but most if not all of those items are fakes that they use for their “profile”, and the other issue that comes up is jurisdiction, which we spoke about earlier.

So then what can be done?  Different scam fighting websites have different approaches to how they “fight back” against these scammers. 

At Scam Victims United we take the approach of providing information about scams in order to try and educate people before they become a victim.  We have created a Facebook Fan Page  in order to bring our message where people “hang out”.  We would like to see scam education brought into the school systems so that we can give the next generation the tools and resources that they need to recognize and avoid these scams.  We allow people to post scam emails that they receive so that then names, email addresses and company names being used in the scams will come up in search engines.  We also encourage people to report these scams, as we talked about earlier

“Scam Baiting” is another way of fighting back, and there are websites devoted to this.  Scam Baiting is pretending to be interested in the scammer’s offer in order to waste their time, and money, by having them send you counterfeit checks.  The site that I would recommend on this topic is 419eater.com because they will assist new “baiters” in learning the best way to go about this in order to protect yourself. 

Other sites focus on different ways of shutting down the scammers fake websites and closing the emailing accounts that they use by reporting them to the hosting sites or mail providers. One of these sites would be Report-Online-Scams.com

While these sites cannot help you recover your money, they can help you to do something to fight scams.  Education is the key to fighting scams, so talk about it with your friends and family and share sites like this with people you know.
Shawn Mosch
Co-Founder of ScamVictimsUnited.com
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Inheritance Scam

Here is an email that got past my spam filters.

Subject: I have been touched
From: schooluniforms@dickies.com

My name is Mrs Bernadette finchley,I have decided to donate what I have to you.
I was diagnosed of cancer for about Few years ago,immediately after the death of my husband.

I have been touched to donate from what I have inherited from my late husband to you for the good work of charity organisation,I decided to WILL/donate the sum of $12.8 million united states dollars to you to carry out my last wish on earth.

Contact my Physican Dr Steve Elliott with this specified email–
drsteveelliott101@gmail.com

I know i dont know you but I have been directed to do this.Thanks and God bless.

Regards,
Mrs Bernadette finchley.

Reporting Scams

“How do I report that I have been a victim of an online scam?” is a question I hear on a regular basis, either on our message board, through emails or left as comments on other sites. There are plenty of places that you can report that you have been a victim of an online scam. The main place that I would recommend would be the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) which is a combined effort by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA).   As you can see, you get the resources of three larger agencies all from one place, and to me, that much better than reporting with multiple agencies individually.   To file a complaint with the IC3, go to http://www.ic3.gov/complaint/default.aspx

The following information is right from the IC3 site Frequently Asked Questions section . . .

Q: How are complaints resolved?

The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) thoroughly reviews and evaluates each complaint so that we may refer it to the appropriate federal, state, local, or international law enforcement or regulatory agency. Every complaint that is referred is sent to one or more law enforcement or regulatory agencies that have jurisdiction over the matter. Once we refer a complaint to the appropriate agency, it may then be assigned to an investigator. We, therefore, ask that you provide a telephone number in the event an investigator needs to contact you for additional information.

IC3 cannot guarantee that your complaint will beinvestigated.

Why can’t they guarantee that your complaint will be investigated? It all comes down to jurisdiction . . . who has the power and authority to address this sort of crime in the location that the crime was committed. Now, you might say that the crime was committed in what ever city or state that you live in, but since this person did not come to your home and take the money from you that is not true. They were sitting in front of a computer in another country and through the information sent to you over the internet they defrauded you. Being that the crime took place over the internet, with the place of origin being the foreign country where the scammer is, it would be the law enforcement and government in that country that would have to address this crime. (why other countries do little to nothing is an issue for another time)

 Now, I am not in ANY way discouraging anyone from filing a complaint . .. quite the opposite!  I feel that it is VERY important for every victim of a scam to report it. This will bring more attention to the growing problem and history shows us that when enough people feel that something is a problem they will try to do something to change it. So if you area victim of a scam please report it. http://www.ic3.gov/complaint/default.aspx

Shawn Mosch
Co-Founder of ScamVictimsUnited.com
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More scam emails

Don’t you love it when Banks use gmail accounts

Subject: BANK TO BANK TRANSACTION FOR YOU
From: makanabenson5@gmail.com
Reply To: makanabenson55@gmail.com

I am Mr. Makana Benson A manager with one of the major
banks in South Africa.

I am in a position to Move a chunk of money  out of the vault
of my bank although legally. The money was owned by a
customer who died long ago and we couldn’t get
trace of anyone to claim his money, despite desperate
search for a next of kin.

The rules and ethics of our banking regulations demands
that, after 8yrs of unclaimed funds (money) the
money would be forfeited to the Bank and declared surplus
and paid into the states accounts.

Since I am the manager who is in charge of
this unclaimed money, I have perfected legaly  means of
making you stand as the next of kin to the late fellow
as a foreigner.

This is risk free as all legal backings are present and
would be detailed to you once I have gained your
trust and certainty that we can be friends and trust in
you. You would be handsomely rewarded with 30% of the
total sum.

I will disclose some vital information about the late owner
  0f the funds and how he died and the name
of my bank once I have gained your trust.  I expect your
utmost response to this email.

Please in your reply let me have your contact telephone
numbers so I can call you and explain more to you.

Makana Benson

Barclays bank London UK

I wish I had a dollar for every one of these emails I get . . .

Subject: RE: US$800,000.00 INTEREST PAYMENT:
From: joeythebag@sbcglobal.net
Reply To: infodesk.bbplc@sify.com

Barclays Bank Plc.
26th Floor 1 Churchill Place,
London, E14 5HP Reg. No: 1026167.
United Kingdom
From: The Desk of Mr.Chris Lucas
Barclays bank London UK

Dear Esteeemed Client,
RE: US$800,000.00 INTEREST PAYMENT:

I am Mr. Chris Lucas Head of Financial Services and Global Head of Banking and Capital Markets. Payment Director, Corporate Services Division and Head of Swift Transfer Unit of Barclays bank London UK.

Sometime ago, in our bank your fund was brought to our bank from National Lotto Group here in England and after some period, the money was taken back to their treasury. But for the period of time this money was in our bank, it generated an interest of US$800,000.00 which we are about to pay you Via International Bank wire transfer through one of our corresponding bank in US.

For your information and advice, you need to hasten up to pick this Fund because from time to time the National Lotto Group auditors do come to our bank to cross-check our files and our financial update, the earlier you comply with the demands of the transfer of the fund, the faster the action, because when the auditors arrive and find out that his interest fund is still in our bank they will call back the accrued interest to the lotto treasury account.

What we need from you now is any form of your identification for example;your International passport or your driver license,your telephone and fax numbers for easy communication to you with your receiving bank details and address,or if you wish to have this fund paid to you through any other means that you find more suitable kindly indicate meanwhile, forward your banking detaisl to us.As a matter of fact we dont have enough time to waste since we have wasted time in trying the best way to reach you since we do not have your contact phone number, so try and comply with the entire necessary requirement for the transaction to be completed by contacting the gentlement below for the payment.

Contact : Mr. Terry Jones (Customer Adviser Case Officer)
Email: infodesk.bbplc@sify.com
Phone No: +447035973996
Fax Line: +448704795431

Note all effort to reach you failed and I had to send you a mail on this email address, which I guessed belongs to you.

Expecting your immediately response.
Yours Sincerely,
Mr.Chris Lucas
Barclays bank London UK.

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Barclays Bank Plc London
UK CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE:
This transmission may contain confidential information protected by state or federal law. The information is intended only for use consistent with the state business discussed in this transmission.If you are not the intended ecipient,you are hereby notified that any isclosure,copying, distribution,or the taking of any action based on the contents is strictly rohibited.If you have received this transmission in error, please delete this email and notify the sender immediately.Your cooperation is appreciated

Scam using Obama Foundation name

Here is an email that I found in my spam folder.

From:
Mrs Joy Terry

OBAMA’S FOUNDATION info@foundation.com

Greetings to you,On behalf of the Obama’s Foundation, we wish to notify you as abeneficiary of $99,000.00 USD in compensation of scam victims.Do contactLloyds TSB Bank plc; London’s Branch for verification and release of your$99,000.00 USD that we have depositedThe account log on will be presented to you by the bank in order to accessthe funds before releasing into your nominated bank account. You willtransfer the funds into your nominated account on-line as the Lloyds TSBBank plc will provide the necessary information to you. Please if you arewilling to acceptthe funds, do contact us Via: obamafoundation.49@9.cn

Yours Faithfully,
Mrs Joy Terry
Co-ordinator.OBAMA’S FOUNDATION

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Watch out for these scams!

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Scams and the economy

I got this email (this one is NOT a scam) from the Friends of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

As Congress undertakes one of history’s largest legislative agendas, Chief Economist, Marty Regalia, and Executive Director, Katie Hays, from the U.S. Chamber will discuss the state of the economy and health care reform.Join us Wednesday, September 16 at 1:00 p.m. EST for an update on President Obama’s Second One Hundred Days, its impact on the economy, and the latest details on the health care debate — including the Senate Finance Committee’s most recent proposal.Register now online and submit your question for the U.S. Chamber’s policy experts to discuss during the call.

I went and submitted my question . . . when is the government going to do more to address the issue of scams and fraud? It seems clear to me, that if millions of dollars are going out of the United States each year to scams and fraud, that one way to help the current economy is to do more to battle this issue.

I encourage all of you do share your thoughts also, by filling out the form here
http://www.friendsoftheuschamber.com/takeaction/index.cfm?ID=489&utm_source=email&utm_medium=email&utm_term=submit&utm_campaign=regaliacall

Shawn Mosch
Co-Founder of ScamVictimsUnited.com
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