In 2002 my husband and I were selling a car online, and became the victims of a counterfeit cashier’s check scam. We quickly found that there was very little information for scam victims, and few resources for support and assistance. Once we started talking about what happened to us, we found others who had also become victims of scams and we knew that we needed to create a place where we could all gather to share our stories, offer support to each other, educate people on what to look for, and maybe even work towards finding a way to really help scam victims. With this, our site ScamVictimsUnited.com was born.
When we started the site we said that if it helped even one person to not go through what we went through, both financially and emotionally, then it was all worth it. Now, we cannot even count the number of people that we have helped! In the first two years of our site being in operation we helped to stop over TWO MILLION dollars from going into the hands of scammers.
We have also worked with businesses and websites to get warnings up to help educate people about these scams and warn them of what to look for. We have worked with government agencies for press conferences, press releases, media spots and speaking engagements. We have appeared on both local and national news, and in 2007 we spoke at the National Center for Victims of Crimes Annual Conference in Washington D.C.
While we have come a long way, there is always more to do. We will continue to spread the word about theses scams, and you can help too. Just by reading this, you have helped to educate yourself. Pass on the link to this site, or link it to your personal networking page so that you can help to warn others about these scams!