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In our experience, the solutions offered in this section have proven to be effective; however, we always recommend that you consult with an attorney.

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You have withdrawn the money from your PayPal account but have not spent or sent it




PayPal will freeze or close your account the moment they receive notice from the account holder's bank of the stolen funds deposit into your PayPal account.

They will also reverse the funds from you registered PayPal account leaving you with a bad reputation at both PayPal and your bank or credit union.

You need to act quickly to forestall action by PayPal.


Cease all correspondence with the scammers.  Do not open or answers their emails.  If you have caller ID, do not answer their calls.  If you do answer the phone, hang up as soon as you realize who is calling you.  If they persist, blow a whistle into the telephone.  If you are being threatened, please go here: http://www.fraudaid.com/threats.htm

If you have been corresponding with the scammers by email and/or have gone to a web site they told you is theirs, you are at high risk of Identity Theft even if you have bad credit.  Go here: www.fraudaid.com/id_theft.htm.

File a Scam Email Report with our Law Enforcement Support Division.  You will find step-by-step graphic instructions for your email service here: www.fraudaid.com/find_headers.htm.

MONEY ORDER WARNING! Counterfeiters are now inventing the names of money order companies.  DO NOT CASH any money order and DO NOT DEPOSIT any money order you receive from someone you do not know  or someone you met online without ordering your bank to send it for collection.

DO NOT WITHDRAW ANY FUNDS FROM YOUR ACCOUNT to spend or to send to anyone without asking your bank if they have been paid.  Even with a hold, your account is credited before your bank has been paid.   If the draft you deposited comes back because it was stolen, forged, or is a counterfeit you will owe your bank all the money plus return charges.  www.fraudaid.com/check_liability.htm

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You have withdrawn the money from your PayPal account but have not spent or sent it:

Immediately go to your bank or credit union.

Speak with the Operations Officer or Assistant Operations Officer.  If neither is available, speak to one of the Managers.

Explain that you have discovered you are an Internet scam victim and that invalid funds were deposited to your PayPal account.

You have the money to redeposit and want your bank or credit union to immediately return the funds to your PayPal account.

Immediately re-deposit the money back into your registered PayPal account.


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



The following day, check both your PayPal account and your PayPal registered bank account to ensure the stolen funds have been transferred back into your PayPal acccount.

When the transfer is complete, immediately contact PayPal and tell them that funds in your account in the amount of $____________, originally deposited on _____________, do not belong to you.

Tell PayPal to return the funds to wherever they came from.

Check your PayPal account account the following day to ensure the stolen funds have been removed from the account.

If the funds are still there, contact PayPal again and continue doing so until the funds are removed.

Close your PayPal account as soon as you have a zero balance.

Go back the next day to verify that your PayPal account has been closed.

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