So “Steve” was stuck in Cape Town with no money and an uncashable check for about 0,000 American.
No worries: his best friend Casey would come to the rescue.
Money transfer firm Western Union has been forced by US regulators to put $586million (£435million) in a fund for scam victims after admitting ‘aiding and abetting wire fraud’ in January.
Anyone – including those in the UK – who was conned into giving money to fraudsters via Western Union between January 1, 2004, and January 19 this year can apply for a share of the cash.
I latched onto the site’s disclaimer that results weren’t 100% accurate.
I thought there might magically be a loophole, a logical explanation. That’s the direction my heart was going; my mind knew better.
As well as analysing tax credit records, computer systems, hand written application forms and bank account details and listening to hours of recorded phones calls to the Tax Credit Helpline, HMRC investigators viewed CCTV footage showing activity outside various North London Post Office ATMs and carried out surveillance on Thomas.
male pictures most frequently used by African scammers.
Still no request for money, but he mentioned how much he would need in order to leave South Africa–first ,000, then ,500 minimum.
The nanny was calling; his son needed him; oh, the pressure! Something he said during our chat that day made me uneasy, or was it the fact that an email he sent was an exact repeat of one he’d sent before (oops).
Small comfort: all the ones he sent from Cape Town actually originated there.
How to describe my feelings at that moment of discovery: part of me didn’t want to believe it.
Common scams include romance fraud, where the lonely are groomed on dating websites by crooks using fake profiles, and begging emails that appear to come from relatives abroad claiming to have had an accident and need emergency cash.