You have lost money to a scammer and think it’s the end of the world but there are worse things that losing money to a scammer. Losing more money to another scammer claiming to help you recover from the first one.
This is actually a fact, as con artists contact you because you’re on their list of people who lost money to scams. For a “small fee” or “donation” upfront, they promise to recover the money you lost from a prize scheme, fake products offers, or some other scam.
Sometimes, they try to get individuals to contact them by placing their offers of “help” in the comments section of blog posts or online articles about scams. Some crooks even pretend to be from a government agency to appear trustworthy. Others pretend to be victims who supposedly got help from some (fake) agency or company.
In short, it’s just a scam too. In fact, it’s another way for a scammer to profit from your lost. They’re after money, and whenever you share your payment information, they’ve got it.
Some tips to avoid these scams:
- Never pay upfront for a promise.Someone might ask you to pay in advance for things like help from recovering from a scam or tracking down the criminal. Consider it a no-go if they ask for money before they provide any “help”.
- Don’t send money or give out personal information.Don’t release any information in response to an unexpected text, phone call or email.
- Do online searches.Type the name or contact contact information into your favorite search engine with the term “complaint” or “scam”.
- Sign up at the FTCYou will receive the latest tips and advice about scams delivered straight to your inbox. Visit ftc.gov/scams to sign up.
If you find yourself scammed after being scammed, don’t hesitate to file a complaint with the FTC.