Have you been scammed?
Have you been scammed?
Queensland Police have been known to work with victims who know they have been scammed but have yet to out their scammer. They have set up stings with the Economic Financial Crimes Commission in Nigeria and have been successful in having scammers arrested, money repatriated and scammer jailed.Approach Western Union and find out when and where the money was picked up. Check the status to find out if the money has been picked up at Western Union.
If it has not been picked up, phone Western Union and submit a written request that they withold the transfer
People may contact you to offer you investigative services and have your money returned. Do not believe them, they will go as far as impersonating police officers in an attempt to gain more money from you. It is a government job to catch a criminal and is paid by the taxpayers already and why would you pay for the same service twice??
Remember that it could have been worse. The scammer could have bought a plane ticket and actually arrived out here at the airport. It is highly unlikely that they would come out here to meet their victim because they are all around 20 years old and it would be unlikely that he would want to settle down with a 40-50 something woman but he could, not for the woman herself but for what she owns and for what she has and it can happen, her entire family can be affected..
The bond could have been strengthened, he could have had her arrested with his stories once he is under her roof and have her locked up and taken everything that she owned. He could drive her crazy, he could break her down and have her committed and her money and children placed under his protection. He could push her in front of a bus.
It could be worse and if he remains in her life it will be. She needs to get him out of her life and fast! The computer and the phone is the scammers weapon and it will do more harm than good for her to continue contact with him. She needs another outlet right now, she has a developed a habit of chatting every day and will feel the loss. She needs to get out of the house for a few days and away from where the crime occurred. Home is no longer where her heart is and home sweet home will never feel the same for her again for quite some time. Relocate the computer to another area in the house. Check with your internet provider that you are not having "ghost sessions" ie. your internet service is being used without your knowledge. If the computer is overheating, it is possible that the scammer has adjusted your temperature settings to burn out your computer. You will need to readjust your temperature settings and run a deep virus scan to remove the viruses scammers like to send to their victims.
Scammers sometimes steal your information from your computer. If they are cracking codes, live content will be downloaded to your computer whilst they upload (steal) your information - This can be heard if you have audio on and will sound very much like pages being turned at a very rapid pace - temporarily disconnect your internet provider service immediately to stop the download. Your local computer shop may be able to guide you as to what steps to take next, it is likely that you will have to wipe all the information from your computer and reinstall the original software. It is likely that the virus may be transferred to a USB if you try to save any information before wiping it clean.
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