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HELP! i think i may have been scammed!

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by armyboy112, Mar 24, 2009.

  1. armyboy112

    armyboy112 Newbie

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    I sent a guy over $3,000 by a bank wire transfer for something i bought from him, he lives in Canada, its been 2 weeks now and i have not gotten an email or a phone call from him since i transferred the money.. is there anything i can do to get my money back? i asked the bank if they can recall it but they said the bank account was closed... i know his name and address but he lives in Canada... what can i do about this? i heard i would have to hire an international lawyer but that would be well over what i actually wired him...please help i really need to know what i can do to get my money back.

    I have his name, address and some emails me and him sent to each other..will this help??

    and no he is not from africa or w.e. im not that stupid, it was for a business of mine of buying his products and reselling them.
     
  2. shm03

    shm03 Regular Member

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    Contact the police in canada would be your best option for the meanwhile your only real course of action is to go to canada or get a lawyer...
     
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  3. nam6641

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    you sent a bank wire to a person. you were asking to be scammed. live and learn.
     
  4. armyboy112

    armyboy112 Newbie

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    Thats all i can do? Wouldnt that cost me more than what i wired him?
     
  5. jasonac2

    jasonac2 Junior Member

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    $3,000? Jeez. Note to you: don't spent more than $500 online unless you meet them in person or at least contact them via phone.
     
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  6. coreygeer

    coreygeer BANNED BANNED

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    I don't understand.. why did you send this guy $3,000? Did you not get the product or service first...?

    In offline deals that require a lot of money, usually lawyers are involved and there's paperwork... but for some reason you just forked over 3 grand to him.
     
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  7. armyboy112

    armyboy112 Newbie

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    Well the guy sounded professional as hell and it was for something i would be selling off ebay. Yes i understand it was stupid as fckk but that is why i am trying to reverse this so i wont do it again...if there is way id like to know. i dont need criticism i need answers.
     
  8. photoads

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    Sorry to hear of your dilemma I hope you get the goods. Where abouts I am in Canada - just outside Toronto. Just because it was not Nigeria you sent the money does not mean it's not a scammer.
     
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  9. wiredmom

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    Whereabouts in Canada?
     
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  10. armyboy112

    armyboy112 Newbie

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    Toronto Ontario, Canada
     
  11. the_demon

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    The Canadian bank was probably a fake bank account made with all fake info especially considering how fast the guy dumped it after pulling the cash. Anyway, the information you have won't help much if it is fake. The scammer would have to be seriously dumb to use real info. Although I wish you good luck you are probably screwed. The only realistic thing the police in CA could maybe do is look at cameras in the bank and try to figure out who the guy is but even that is a long shot and the bank could dump old tapes depending on their storage policy.

    As for legal action you can try calling the CA police but, like I said it's a long shot. There's always a lawyer or private investigator but, like you said that will cost you more than you lost. Oh, and if the deal was for anything remotely illegal or for you to use to sell lets say fake items on ebay. Don't count on any help what so ever as the law at least here in the U.S. doesn't protect contracts that deal with anything illegal. In fact, they automatically become void.

    ~ Sorry, and best of luck.

    Please Note: I'm not implying this deal was for anything illegal. Just mentioning a few facts should they be relevant to your situation.
     
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  12. dvdcowboy

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    For $3k I would go there and get the money back myself.
     
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  13. wiredmom

    wiredmom Executive VIP Premium Member

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    Its probably real info actually. Its pretty hard to open a fake bank account.
     
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  14. the_demon

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    Not that hard to open up a fake account. At least here in the U.S.

    I mean you can buy fake identities on forums if you goto the right places fairly cheap. I joined a warez forum a while back went to the BST section and found a guy selling them. Needless to say I left that forum and have never been back. Don't want to get caught up in that mix.

    Also, if you remember right here on BHW we had some guy from india who works at one of those call centers that handle credit card applications or something who posted a screenshot of a women's complete identity!!! He has access to those all day long and a large supply... So it's really cake work to get an identity and open fake accounts you just need to have the right connections. Not to mention many off us here at BHW can use photoshop to create a fake billing statement, address, photo ID, you name it.

    I've even seen guides posted on the net before on How to steal them your self. So it is a real threat out there and once again you can prove me wrong by reporting the guy it shouldn't be hard to find him {if he exists} but, like I said if he was smart and got a fake identity good luck.

    Take the russian dating websites. An uncle of mine got scammed twice before he larned his lesson and lost about 12k between the two incidents. My Dad tried telling him (My dad = computer expert :: seriously) ...... Despite my dad's warnings my uncle talked to the women on the phone, email, etc. And he was told to send them $xxxx to pay their airfair to the U.S. ... Needless to say they never showed up and never got caught. They just vanished off the face of the earth. It's a business over there and many other countries.
     
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  15. armyboy112

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    I appreciate all the info and ill be sure to credit everyone in here with a rep and a thank you.

    and what if the information given was real? then what? because as far as i know the information is correct.
     
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    If you can get info on where he lives, You might want to go there for a softball tournament, taking your softball bat of course.

    But seriously, report to the authorities, they will prosecute if they can, consider your money gone, anything else could get you in trouble, or hurt. Just concentrate on making money with the time you would loose on this, and make that money back.

    I would take it to the authorities and see what they can do for you, but would not go lawyer route as that will just dig deeper into your pockets.
     
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  17. madhatter110

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    you must be asking for it if you sent a wire for such a large amount, he going to run off with it . contact canada police and see what can be done.
     
  18. armyboy112

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    So if he does send me something even if it isn't what i ordered i wont be able to do much about it???
     
  19. moonie

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    Unfortunately, I dont think so, dear.

    If you were going to pay that much money, I think you should have at least talked to him on the phone.

    If anything, you should have told him you did not feel comfortable sending 3,000 by wire. Maybe pay by credit card.

    Your best bet would be take the address he gave you, look up that city and call the police there. Let them know the address and have them investigate.

    I am sorry for your loss though. I know I get upset when I lose around 300-400. I cannot imagine 3,000. :( I was at a loss of 680 earlier. Now, I am at a loss -170. Just keep it up and dont give up.

    First things first, CALL THE POLICE!
     
  20. vegasvillan

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    Go to Canada and tie his ass up...Get the address of all his family members and get your 3k back and then some!.....j/k

    Sorry to hear that

    Best wishes