Beware of scams contacting you claiming to be able to get your money back from a scammer or get the scammer arrested!!!
How the money recovery scam works?
Money recovery scams are particularly vicious since they target people who have already lost money to an internet scammer.
Scammers do not like to give up on victims who have proved to be reliable sources of money. Once a victim stops sending money, either because they realize they have been scammed or they simply run out of money to send, the scammer, or one of his fellow criminals, will contact the victim pretending to be able to recover the money that the victim lost to a scam.
Often the scammer will claim to be an official government department or agency, like the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in Nigeria. The scammer will ask for details of the original scam and will then assure the victim that the money can be recovered for a fee. Understandably victims are often angry and hope to get their lost money back so they often fall for these very evil scams. If the fee is paid, there will be demands for more and more fees, until the victim realizes they have been conned again. Scammers have also pretended to be Scampatrol.org which is a well-respected victim protection site, in order to try to run this scam.
Not a scam but please note
We are aware of an organization, Ultrascan.nl which offers a money-tracing service, for a minimum fee of $2,000 and an "average" fee of $5,000 to $15,000. Please see their page on charges for 419 transfer tracing. If you are planning to use their services, we suggest you exercise due diligence, such as asking whether you can recover the fee if they do not recover your money, and what their success rate is for recovering funds paid to a 419 scammer via Western Union or whichever transfer system you used. Our experience is that money paid to a scammer is almost invariably lost forever.
An example of a money recovery scam email
The poor spelling and grammar and the erratic use of capitals are typical of a 419 email. Also commonplace is the use of a free Yahoo or other free email account while pretending to be from a government agency. The real Mal Nuhu Ribadu, who is the head of the real EFCC, uses a secure email address from their domain, @efccnigeria.org, but the scammer does not, of course.
Date: Sat, 24 Jun 2006 16:49:56 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: EFCC NIGERIA ON YOUR FUND RECOVERY [ EFCC123NG]
I am chief Nuhu Ribadu the chairman of Economic and Finacial Crime Commission in Nigeria, a commission set up by the presidency to sanitise the country of financial fraud. It was brought to our notice thruogh our investigation that a lot of finacial crime have going on in this country among some top government and banks officals.
Some foreign contractors have not been paid their over due contract money and those that inherited some fund from relatives in this country were refused their inheritance by these bank officials in the bid to divert these funds into their private pocket. It was also bruoght to our notice that of you were being extorted in the bid to release your fund to you.
This is why the presidency set up this commission to recover everthing you have lost through this fruadulent and dubius poeple who are killing the image of this country. We here by advise you to make an offical complain to us regarding your situation so that we can recover your fund and adequately punish the culprits.
You are advice to give us a detailed explanation and make the known to us the parties involved for a fast recovery of your fund. Get back to us immediately lets get your fund recovered, becuse the presidency gave us a limited time to recover all these funds. We are sorry for any inconviniences this must have caused you.
YOU SEE THE PROBLEM WE ARE FACING SINCE THE INSEPTION OF THIS COMMISSION IS THAT A LOT OF POEPLE WHO HAVE FALL VICTIM TO THESE FRAUDULENT PEOPLE ARE TOO SHY OR AFRAID TO REPORT THEIR CASE TO THIS COMMISSION. WE ONCE AGAIN THANK YOU FOR YOUR BOLD STEP IN ASSISTING US TO RECOVER YOUR FUNN AND AT THE SAME TIME CLEANSE THE BAD IMAGE CREATED BY THESE FRADULENT PEOPLE TO THIS COUNTRY'
I WANT TO ASSURE YOU THAT YOUR INTEREST IS HIGHLY PROTECTED BY THIS COMMISSION EVEN IF YOU HAVE BEEN COMPELLED TO DO SOME UNLAWFUL THINGS BY THESE FRAUDULENT PEOPLE. YOU DONT HAVE TO BE AFRAID BECAUSE THE SUCH PEOPLE ARE PROTECTED BY THIS COMMISSION, ONCE YOU CAN ASSIST US IN OUR INVESTIGATION TO FLUSH OUT THESE BAD EGGS IN OUR COUNTRY.
THIS COMMISSION NEED THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION FROM YOU.
1. THE EXACT AMONT THEY HAVE COLLETED FROM YOU
2. THE DATE IF YOU CAN STILL REMEBER NO MATTER HOW LONG AGO
3. THE NAMES OF THE INVOLVED PARTIES IF YOU HAVE THEM
4. THIER TELEPHONE NUMBER
5. THE BANK ACCOUNT NUMBER AND NAME THEY USED COLLECT THIS MONEY FROM YOU
6. DID YOU EXECUTE ANY CONTRACT IN NIGERIA OR DID THEY JUST WANT TO USE YOU TO CLAIM SOME OTHER PERSONS FUND?
7. DID YOU INHERIT ANY FUND OR DID THEY COMPEL YOU TO ACCEPT THAT YOU HAVE AN INHERITANCE?
IF YOU YOU HAVE ANY UNCLAIMED FUND IN THIS COUNTRY GIVE US THE DETAIL SO THJAT WE SEE TO IT THAT YOUR FUND GET TO YOU. IF NOT JUST TELL US THE EXACT AMUONT THEY HAVE COLLECTED FROM YOU LET TRACK THEM AND GET IT BACK TO YOU.
THIS COMMISSION WANT TO ASSURE YOU THAT YOU HAVE BEEN PARDONED FOR ANY OFFENCE THESE MEN MUST MEN MUST HAVE COMPELLED YOU TO COMMIT IN THIS COUNTRY ONCE YOU CAN ASSIST US TO TRACK DOWN THESE EVIL MEN
PLEASE GET BACK TO US WITH ANY OF THE ABOVE INFORMATION OR MORE AT YOUR DISPOSAL.
NB; PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND TO ANY MAIL WITHOUT THIS CODE [ EFCC123NG] THIS IS OUR SECRET. RESPONDING TO ANY MAIL WITHOUT THIS CODE MIGHT LEAD YOU TO THE WRONG HAND