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Steps To Follow If You Are A Victim Of Online Fraud

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Monetary scams have affected people for many decades. But with the increased accessibility to better technology, scammers have found new ways to steal money from people. Different types of online fraud exist, such as online shopping, lottery, and work-from-home scams. A third-party funds recovery company, TheClaimers, has emphasized the importance of identifying what type of information you may have disclosed to the scammer. The company also advised identifying the payment method used to send money to the scammer. You can contact the relevant authorities based on stolen information and the payment method used. 

3 Steps You Should Follow If You’ve Been Scammed:

  1. Identify The Type Of Information Stolen

Personal information includes your full name, birthday, address, or social security number. Meanwhile, sensitive information includes your username and password, banking details, religion, or political views. If your personal data is stolen, it could lead to identity theft. Thus, you should visit the IdentityTheft.gov website. The website requests details about the scam and any possible information you might have on the scammer. You will be provided with a detailed recovery plan to follow and possibly find the scammer to prevent them from committing identity theft. Similarly, if your sensitive information was disclosed, the scammer might try to blackmail you and request large amounts of money in exchange for not exposing your data. You should contact the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at ftc.gov to report the threats you receive from the scammer and take action against them.

2. Identify The Payment Method

1.1 Debit/Credit Card or Bank Account

If you used this payment method, contact your bank or the company that issued the debit/credit card. Inform them about the scam details and request them to reverse the transaction to recover your funds. You can also request the bank to freeze your credit, preventing anyone from viewing your credit report and misusing it to open a bank account in your name. If your credit/debit card information or bank account credentials have been exposed, you should request the bank to cancel your credit/debit cards and get new ones issued. Similarly, you should freeze your bank account and request a new one. It would also be a good idea to check your transaction history to identify any suspicious transactions the scammer might have made from your account.

2.2 Gift Card

You should contact the company that issued the gift card, provide them the receipt for the gift card, and, if possible, request a refund.

2.3 Wire Transfer

You should contact the wire transfer company and inform them about the fraudulent payment. Like banks, the wire transfer company can reverse your transaction to get your money back.

2.4 Money Transfer App

Money transfer apps have customer support available on their websites or helplines; hence, you can contact them through those platforms and report the scam. If payment reversal is possible, customer services can help you do that. You should also report the fraud to your bank if your bank account was linked to the money transfer app account.

If you have fallen victim to these scams and have trouble identifying which authorities to contact, get a free consultation from TheClaimers today! The fund’s recovery company can help you build your case and recover your funds from scammers.

3. Report The Scam

3.1 Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is an independent American organization that enforces laws to prevent all types of frauds or scams. FTC helps fraud victims build their cases and take legal action against scammers. Hence, FTC should be your primary contact if you’ve been scammed. Moreover, the organization has access to previously reported scams and scammers, enabling them to identify trends and take immediate action regarding your case. You can report the fraud to FTC at ReportFraud.ftc.gov.

3.2 The Police

After reporting the scam to the FTC, your second point of contact should be the local police. You might have the option of reporting the fraud online instead of submitting a physical paper at the police station. It would be beneficial to provide any information you might have on the scammer, such as phone numbers or email addresses used to contact you. Once you’ve submitted the report, request a copy of the report and maintain regular contact with the police to get progress on your case.

3.3 Third-party Companies

Your last option would be to contact third-party companies that can help you recover your money and build a legal case against the scammer. For example, TheClaimers is a consultancy company that can provide free consultation on your fraud case. After the free-of-cost consultation, you can build your case, track down the scammer to recover your funds, and even take legal action against the scammer. Contact TheClaimers today to recover your funds!

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