People looking to make money online are being tricked by scammers with a new scam. The new scam is based on an old wire transfer scheme.
According to police in California, a woman nearly became a recent victim of wire transfer scam. While seeking an online money making business, she received an email offering her the chance to earn $450 a month by allowing her car to be wrapped with advertising information.
Racing cars have had advertising on them for years. Racing team sponsors use NASCAR, for example, to reach racing fans.
No doubt you have seen company vehicles splashed with advertising.
Police reports that the woman subsequently received a major U.S. bank-issued check for $1,900 and was instructed to deposit the money into her account — and then instructions on how to wire transfer $1,400 to an out of state business. According to the directions, once that business received the funds it would send someone to wrap her vehicle and she would retain $500 of the money.
Fortunately, the woman recognized that the process sounded fishy and did some online research. Her research provided information on various wire transfer scams that have successfully victimized others.
Wire transfer money online is popular among scammers as the thieves are nearly impossible to trace. Their names, addresses, phone numbers and contact information are all fake. The victim deposits the check, the money is withdrawn and then wired. Once money is wired it is immediately accessible to the scammers. Several days later when the check is thoroughly processed, it is then discovered to be a fake.”
These days, it is all too easy for scammers to find phone numbers, email addresses and minimal contact information online to target potential victims. Scammers are able to create fake numbers or 1-800 numbers online. So do not wire money to anyone who solicits you.
Do your own research. Look up the business name, address, phone number. Legitimate businesses are not going to send you money before services are rendered.
If the proposition seems like ‘easy money’ or ‘too good to be true’ that is a strong indication that it probably is. Worse, when you do realize, sometimes several days later, that you do become a victim, it is impossible to retrieve or get your money back.”
Wire transfer schemes are making a comeback as more people turn to the internet looking for money making business opportunities.
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