It’s pretty hard to believe that some scammers are targeting their previous victims for even more money, but that’s exactly what’s being carried out by some of the scummiest people on Earth.
There are reports online of scammers calling back some of their old victims posing as government agencies. They inform the victim that they know they were scammed in the past and can help them pursue the scammers and recover a portion of the money for a fee, of course. And herein lies the scam.
The FTC and NY1 write…
Once a sucker, always a sucker — at least that’s what many scam artists bank on.
“Scamsters will keep a list of consumers whom they’ve scammed in the past called a ‘sucker list.’ And what they will do is sometimes sell the list, sometimes they will hold onto it until a later time and they’ll recontact people whom they were able to sucker in the past and get them in a new scam,” explains Federal Trade Commission Attorney Nur-ul-Haq.
New scams are referred to as reloading scams, where fraudsters play off of their initial schemes.
“One example is where a scamster has taken your money in the past and a couple years down the line they’ll call you again and they’ll say, ‘Oh we found out that you lost money as a result of this scam a few years back and we’re a government agency or a private company that’s contracted to get your money back so if you pay us a fee, we’ll be able to pursue your claims and get your money back.’ And usually what ends up happening is that they take that money and they pocket it and they disappear,” says Haq.
Another example is when a company offers you a prize and you have to pay a certain amount of money or buy a product. They then call again and offer an even bigger prize if you pay a little more money or buy another product. And then there’s often another call offering a grand prize. Needless to say, you never end up receiving anything.
“I would tell consumers to be cautious of anyone who offers a service and demands payment upfront or puts a hard sell on the consumer, high pressure tactics, one time only offers that the consumer has no time to think about before purchasing,” says Haq. “Often when someone asks for a direct debit out of your bank account and wants your financial information off the bat or they said they will send a courier to your house to pick up a check. Those are red flags that the company may not be legitimate.”
Experts recommend you check with local consumer agencies to find out whether the company you’re dealing with is a legitimate company.
For these tips and more on reloading scams log onto the Federal Trade Commission’s website at ftc.gov.
Thanks to Eddy at WorkAtHomeNoScams.com for the tip.