Recovering from a scam

posted 6 months ago in Money
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

What exactly did you get suckered into? You’re right, thieves are increasingly creative and deceptive. Can you share more?

Post # 5
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Sugar bee

This doesn’t make sense. They gave you bad checks. How is the bank giving you every last penny? 

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2019

I am confused like PP. Did you give them your account info and had money withdrawn?

Post # 7
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Helper bee

I’m really glad your getting your money back…your lucky you are because this is basic scam 101 very common. 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee

zl27 :  this actually happened to one of my friends when we were freshmen in college. The scammers tell you they need you to deposit a check for them, then send the funds somewhere (usually via wire transfer). They end up getting the money from the cashed check, while the bank doesn’t realize the check is bad for weeks—and by the time the scam is noticed, the scammers already have the money and you’re on the hook for money that wasn’t there to begin with.

 

it sounds hard to fall for, but these scammers are exploiting people’s desperation for work. They lure you in with promises of being a work-from-home secretary/personal assistant. It sounds low enough on a company’s totem pole to be believable, rather than outright schemes promising $2000/week for just giving them your SSN and email address :/

Post # 9
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Sugar bee

She didn’t say anything about the check being for more than she was supposedly owed – hence the confusion. That being said, I don’t understand how anybody falls for that in this day and age.

Post # 10
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Helper bee

PP I agree this is the most common scam been around for years! 

Post # 11
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Busy bee

These scams target college kids and the elderly. People who are desperate for some quick income but might not know any better. I almost fell for one my freshmen year of college too but thankfully caught on in time. The guy kept calling me and calling me asking if I had deposited the money until I was able to tell him that no I didn’t the check was fake and reported. He hung up on me and I never heard from him again. 

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 29th, 2016

I work in higher education and this happened to one of our students. The poor girl was out $5,000 because the bank said they wouldn’t give the money back. Please be careful and thoroughly research potential employers! 

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