If you’ve wired money to a scammer: Both Western Union and Money Gram have websites with information on filing complaints.
Western Union agreed in January 2016 to a 6 million settlement with the FTC over allegations of looking the other way and allowing fraud and money laundering.
The scammer may pressure you to wire money immediately via online banking or other money transfer services, such as Express Send A scammer posing as technical support representative calls to claim there is an issue with your computer – for example, that your software is outdated or that you need to confirm your identity – and asks for remote access to your computer to resolve the issue.
Typically, the scammer will ask you to type a specific command to enable remote access.
"What we are doing is we are using intelligence to identify people who we suspect are sending money to scammers," she said."It's amounts that we know scammers ask for to particular countries - we obviously have to run filters over that because there'll be perfectly legitimate reasons to send money to these countries.
In June, the watchdog's Targeting Scams Report found Australians lost million to dating and romance scams last year.Email: Traditional phishing is usually a two-part scam involving email and may contain links to a fraudulent website that appears legitimate, but is actually a hoax designed to capture your personal or financial information.Text message: A phishing attempt via text message to a mobile device to convince recipients to share sensitive information through a reply or link to a fraudulent website.The impact of fraud on individuals, families and businesses can be devastating.Retirement savings, homes, businesses and in some cases, lives have all been lost.