I just finished answering an email to a scam victim, and we were talking about the different feelings and emotions that come over a person who is a scam victim. I wanted to share my email to that victim with you. I don’t really need to know the background on their story to understand my response to them.
I can relate to your frustration . . . I have been there! Eight years ago at this time we were fighting our battle, and every time that I read the story of another person becoming a victim I am taken right back to the place I was when I found out that we lost thousands of dollars to this scam. It puts you on an emotional roller coaster that you did not ask to get on . . . you were just thrown onto it.
At the time, I did not want to hear anyone tell me that our case would not be investigated and that the criminal would not be caught. That is part of the reason that I started our website . . . I needed to shout our story out to the world. I needed to feel like someone heard me. Then, as the years passed I started to learn how things work . . . the big picture . . . and it really disgusted me that so many saw this as the victim’s problem. WHY!?!?! If someone would have broken into my house with a gun, would it still have been my problem and not a legal problem? If I went to the bank and was told that a loan would have a certain interest rate, and I later found out that it actually had another would that be my problem? So why is it that the bank can tell me one thing (the check is good) but when it comes back that it is counterfeit THAT is my problem and not an error that THEY need to resolve?
I have been in the place where I feel like I am going crazy over this topic too. Maybe that is why I felt like our website needed to have a message board also, so that people can share their stories and we can all help each other heal. Yes, we have to move on, but I feel that being a scam victim changes us so that we move on but it is always a part of us, and those of us that feel the need to help others have to share our story in order to warn others.
It is the emails from people like you that remind me why we did what we did . . . creating the website, telling our story, trying to bring awareness and attention to these scams. I think that we have made some progress over the years, but there is still so much that needs to be done.
If you agree with us that more needs to be done to raise awareness about scams and fraud, I encourage you to contact your law makers and ask them to create laws that will protect people from these scams. Make the banks liable when they tell the banking customer that the checks are good, clear or verified. Not only can you write your own letter, you can sign our petition . . . make YOUR voice heard!