The scammer keeps calling me; what do I do?
Ignore his calls. If you have caller ID, don't answer the phone when his number appears. If he uses a new number to call you, hang up. If he persists, get a whistle and blow it into the phone as hard as you can. You will never hear from him again.
The scammer is threatening to call the FBI or Secret Service. Can he do that? Am I in trouble?
The scammer can do that, but both the FBI and the Secret Service are very familiar with these scams and the swindlers are not about to draw attention to themselves.
On top of that, the scammer would have to lie through his teeth about your activities and there will be no evidence on your end to support his claims. Being in debt to a financial institution or check cashing store because of a counterfeit draft or stolen funds wired into a victim’s account is as common as dirt these days.
There are three conditions under which a fraud victim such as yourself is arrested: (1) Crime in progress; (2) just cause proximate to the crime; (3) someone presses charges with just cause.
So long as you remain in contact with your debtor and aggressively fight for a solution for your debt, your creditor can press charges but there is no way to make them stick. Law enforcement looks dimly on those who try to press charges with no real grounds for doing so.
Scammer threats are fake extortion tactics to keep you in line. Sometimes the threats are extremely violent and personal, aimed at you, your children, and other family members. Information about the activities of you and your family members is often gathered from your correspondence with the scammer(s); this is particularly true in romance or other relationship scams.
If you feel you want to take precautions, you will find the How-To on this page: www.fraudaid.com/threats.htm. The information on this page is recommended by bodyguards to their clients.
The scammer keeps sending me emails; what do I do?
DO NOT OPEN his emails because they may contain hidden read receipts meaning he will know that you are still reading his letters. To the scammer that means he still has a chance of swindling you.
Create a folder in your mailbox called "Scammer" (or a name of your choice) and move all the emails you received from the scammer into that folder.
What you do with the emails depends on your situation:
1. If you are indebted due to a counterfeit draft or stolen funds wired into your account, retain the emails in the folder until you have a resolution to the debt. In the meantime, file Scam Email Reports. Go HERE to learn how to correctly file a Scam Email Report.
2. If you are risk of arrest, go here to determine if you really are. If you see that you are not at risk, follow the above instructions. If you are truly at risk of arrest, you will be sent to a request for help form and given instructions for the emails in our reply.
3. If you have been arrested go HERE immediately. You will be given instructions for the emails in our reply.