What to Do If You Are Scammed

Being scammed literally means to get ripped off. It can happen on the Internet, through the mail or over the telephone. It happens when you become interested in information that you have received, pay for it and never hear from the person or company again. Here is what to do if you are scammed.

Step 1

As soon as you think you have been scammed, stop the source of your money. Don't wait, hoping that it will work out all right. You can tell the bank to stop payment on your check or dispute any credit card or PayPal payments. If you used a money order, contact the post office. In order to recoup your money, this must be done as quickly as possible.

Step 2

Contact the police and your district attorney, and follow all of their instructions. Scamming is a type of fraud and fraud is a criminal activity. Provide them with all the details of the transaction and any information you have about the people you have been in contact with.

Step 3

Don't give anyone any more money in an effort to recuperate the money that you have already lost. At times the same scammer will contact you, pretending to be from a legitimate office that is working to get your money back. They will tell you that you need to pay the scammer another sum so they can catch him committing the crime. Don't get scammed again.

Step 4

It is very important that you stop all contact with the person who has scammed you. Some of them can be very persistent. It's important to realize that your life may be in danger if you continue to have contact with them.

Step 5

Now that you have learned what to do if you are scammed, take the time to learn all you can about the different types of scams. Do everything in your power to protect yourself from being scammed again. Avoid any offers that appear to be too good to be true.

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