Refund scam after a first scam !
We searched a long time how to call this scam : Fraud in support, money collection scam, assistance offer scam or even scam to scam! Finally refund scam seemed most appropriate
The scammers use forums with no or little moderation about the content of messages. They left comments in which they promise a refund to the people who suffered Internet scam. Those messages are most of the time made with a fake testimony of someone who pretends having been refunded.
The contents are varied, but all messages invite to contact someone who pretends to be able to help, through an email address.
Refund scam is fairly easy to spot because email addresses to contact are not very serious. Interpol or Western Union do not use Gmail addresses!
Pay attention, those emails look legit !
However, we can see that some of the messages are written in fairly good English. They look serious enough to fall into the trap.
But do not be fooled! All these messages are approaches to scam you and these refund proposals will quickly turn into demand for money that you will have to flee immediately. These are scam attempts
Stay alert when someone offers to help you on the Internet, scammers are trying to trap people who have been victims of scams in the past. They probably think that people scammed once are easier to trap. Show them that this is not the case by not responding to such requests !
And unfortunately, make yourself a reason, the money you lost with these scammers is probably lost forever. Do not continue to squander your savings by paying money to find the one lost during a first scam. You would simply increase your losses and risk to put yourself in an even more complicated financial situation.
Example of such scam
Subject: REF/PAYMENTS CODE: U.N/11072 US$3,000,000.00 (THREE MILLIONS UNITED STATES DOLLARS ONLY)
Compliment of the season
This is to officially bring to your notice that the United Nation/ UK government have decided to compensate all the scam victims with US$3,000,000.00 (Three Million United States Dollars Only) each. You are listed and approved for this payment as one of the scammed victims and to be paid this amount,
On these faithful recommendations, we want you to know that during the last U.N meetings held in the United Kingdom, it was alarmed so much on how individuals and corporations lose money from these con artists scattered all over the world today. In order to alleviate the burden of these scammed victims, the United Kingdom Government in conjunction with the United Nations Body unanimously now come up with this scheme thereby paying a total of One Hundred and Fifty (150) persons of these scammed victims, compensating them with US$3,000,000.00 each in accordance with the U.N. recommendations.
Due to the corrupt and inefficient Banking Systems, your payments are supervised by the United Nations Officials and the United Nations HSBC BANK PLC as the corresponding paying Bank in Spain , According to the number of applicants at hand, One Hundred and Fourteen (114) Beneficiaries have already been paid, which consist people of different countries. We still have Thirty (36) more victims left to be paid which you are among.to Compensate through a loaded ATM card .
Get back to me as soon as possible for further direction.
Thank you for your anticipated cooperation.
United Nations, UK