Sunday, July 24, 2011

Internet Scam Victims - Real Stories

When I first became a scam victim I was embarrassed and did not want anyone to know . . . that lasted all of 5 minutes and then I was angry at so many things . . . the scammers for their greed, the banking system for not giving me accurate information about how long it takes for a cashier's check to clear, the wire transfer company for not having more warnings about these scams in their businesses and for turning a blind eye to the problem.

That is when I KNEW I had to do something.  I started to contact the media in order to get our story out there, and you know what . . . it HELPED!  It helped me to talk about it and get it out there, but it also helped so many other people.  My phone was ringing off the hook from people saying "The same thing happened to me" or from people who heard our story in the media in time for them to know the situation they were about to enter into was a scam and it saved them thousands of dollars.

If you are a scam victim, you could do the same thing for someone else.  I am contacted by the media in a regular basis asking for help in locating recent scam victims who would be willing to share their story.  Wouldn't it be wonderful to know that you saved someone else from going through the living hell that becomes your life when you discover you are a victim of a scam.

If you would like to be able to help to educate people about scams and fraud, and possibly save someone from becoming a victim, please email me and I will work to connect you with a media person that will do your story justice and help us to take a step forward in educating people about these scams.

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  1. Scam Alert**
    I worked for a short time for someone claiming to be a lawyer for family law. Turned out he took money from poor families who needed legitimate help and never did a thing for them. He now has created a fake non-profit called I created to help show who he really is. If there is anything you can do to help get the word out so he can't do this again.

    you can google the phrases Edward Herzstock Scam or visit my page to see what i have found.

    Thank you

  2. He is one of many oDesk provider, he is from UK but an African national. Sometime in December his account has been deactivated due to some personal issue. All of us under his account was temporarily on hold with our contracts. We are almost 20 employees under that contract, different nationality to be exact. We asked him what happened and he said he will fix that issue ASAP, but it never happened until he offered us to work for him and he will just pay us directly. We do have a constant communication because he was asking us to finish tasks. We had and agreement that he will be paying us every 2 weeks of our job. We started December 2, 2011 - December 16, 2011 which should be send on December 17, 2011. He said there is still one task from one of my colleague that was not accomplished. The task was divided into 2 the first half is mine and the 2nd half is for my colleague, but my colleague was not able to finish the other half and so for me to get my 2 weeks salary I told my provider that I will finish what is not accomplished by my co-worker. As promised I finished the task, my employer promised that he will pay me after December 31, 2011, because Western Union is closed and he said he will settle on January 3, 2012 for that 2 weeks salary. January 3, 2012 arrived but no salary was sent to me. Then one of colleague again did not responded to his messages and he again told me that because of that he will send me the 4 weeks total of my salary on January 7, since he is paying every two weeks. But, before he give me my 1 month salary of $210 I need to get the 7 sim cards first that he sent to my co-worker, so again I did what he asked me to. After that I told him I already got the 7 sim cards. I never stopped working though my salary was delayed, he said though I already have the 7 sim cards he still need all the review of the task I did for 1 month in a spread sheet. Because, I want to get my 1 month salary on January 7, 2012 I finished the spread sheet of all the task I did and I got the 7 sim cards. January 7, 2012 arrived but no salary again, he said he can no longer transfer money because of what my co-worker did with the sim cards, I told him I already have it. He said he will be sending me my salary on next week, and that he was in trouble because of what happened. Again I waited, but no salary has been transferred and that time he was asking me to do some task again, but I ask him about my salary and he said he has a good news for me, that they are fixing the contract in oDesk and that he will be able to transfer my 1 month salary using oDesk on another next week which is from January 16, 2012 - January 21, 2012. I told him this will be the last time I will believe on this agreement and I will take actions on his broken promises. 3 days from now (January 22, 2012) I asked him about the updates of my salary and he said he is busy just email him and he will send my salary this week as what he promised. I emailed him and ask him about the updates but no answer. I pinged him on skype yesterday (January 21, 2012) telling that it's Saturday now and where is my salary and he is telling me another issue about some documents form my co-worker. Again, he is promising me next week which is not so possible to happen anymore. If anyone of you encounter this person beware of him, because he will just let you believe of his promises and will let you believe of impossible things!!!

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  4. About the African person that I am talking about he sent me a message through skype and asking me to delete my posts against him, I think he read most of the blog only question is this "why would I, that is the truth why would I delete a very important thing, that most of the people should've known"...worst person like him don't deserve better person like me...he never had one word...

  5. BEWARE of They claim they will pay you $10 a link to post for them on directories. After you do all the work and post your link for payment they come up with a bogus reason NOT to pay you!! I wasted hours posting for this company and never got paid a dime!

  6. Hey guys, I don't know any other way to contact you, but I wrote a post today about a scam that is VERY slick. You can read about it here, and I would love it if you could share it on your blog, to warn others.

  7. I'm a victim of a scammer. Slowly recovering. His name Rich Maskry. His email

  8. Warning for single women on Skype and Messenger....I am a victim of a scammer....fake people use names of American generals with they picture and attract attention of single women and put in a contact with big names of Diplomats,Lowers just to scam you very quick keeping you in a intensive high promising and using the weak point of women....make you blinded until you get lost money and you realize than when they keep calling you and try demand more and more.... Ghana_scam