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Western Union and MoneyGram were designed to send money to friends and family, not to send money to strangers.

Once the money is picked up, it is gone forever.

NEVER WIRE MONEY TO A STRANGER!

     

 

The Truth vs. The Scam: Payment Processing, Re-shipping, Forwarding Scams

 

Work at home processing or reshipping checks, money orders, envelopes, and/or merchandise; receiving money wired into your account; writing checks on somebody else's account; secret shopper jobs; forwarding cash received in a package, by mail, by Western Union or MoneyGram; and receiving credit cards or gift cards from a foreign employer or someone you met online.

 

1. The Scam | The Truth: 2. Overview 3. Forwarding packages and/or payments 4. Money wired into your account & re-wiring Western Union or MoneyGram payments 5. Writing checks and forwarding checks and sealed envelopes 6. Secret Shopper jobs and forwarding cash 7. Receiving credit cards or gift cards

 

  THE TRUTH about credit cards and gift cards sent to you by a foreign employer or someone you met online.

 

If you have engaged in any of the actions described below, go to The Scam Victim's Solution Center menu to see how to deal with your specific situation.

 

Credit cards and gift cards with your name on them

Both work-at-home scammers and romance scammers are sending their targets gift cards and credit cards with the target's name on them.

 

The cards appear to arrive from legitimate credit card distributors.  They have your name on them.  However, the credit card number and the magnetic strip information belong to someone else whose credit card information has been stolen, and whose identity has probably been stolen as well.

 

The scammer tells you that you may use the cards for yourself, BUT he or she wants you to get cash advances and send them by Western Union or MoneyGram to someone you never heard of.  He or she may also ask you to purchase specific merchandise and ship it to someone you never heard of. 

 

If the shipping address is in a foreign country, the merchandise is going directly to a scammer.  If the shipping address is in your country, the recipient may be a Re-shipper Scam victim or may be a member of the scam network.

 

The gift cards are purchased with money stolen from someone's bank account account or with money from a stolen credit card.

 

If you use these cards you are placing yourself at risk of arrest and at risk of owing for the used amounts, particularly for the purchases you made for yourself.

 

The scammers encourage personal purchases to corner you into believing you cannot contact the card company or law enforcement.  Not so. 

If you have engaged in any of the activities described above, go to The Scam Victim's Solution Center menu to see how to deal with your specific situation.

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1. The Scam | The Truth: 2. Overview 3. Forwarding packages and/or payments 4. Money wired into your account & re-wiring Western Union or MoneyGram payments 5. Writing checks and forwarding checks and sealed envelopes 6. Secret Shopper jobs and forwarding cash 7. Receiving credit cards or gift cards

 

 

 

 

 

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