Beware of Money Transfer Scams
Monday, June 07, 2010
There’s a new variation on the old Nigerian Letter scam. Rather than contacting potential victims directly by letter or email, money transfer scammers are trying to lure unsuspecting victims who are looking for a good deal into giving up their bank account information.
For example, a North Carolina consumer has reported that while searching online for a mortgage consolidation loan, she found one with an enticing rate of 3.2%. When she investigated the offer, she was told that it would involve a Chinese bank putting money into her bank account. She wisely declined the arrangement and contacted our office.
Consumers should never provide their account numbers, no matter how promising an offer might be. Consumers who fail to heed this warning will find that instead of adding money, the scammers will usually just drain the account. If funds are actually moved into the consumer’s account, the scammers may be using the account to illegally launder the money.
If you have been the victim of a scam, contact the Consumer Protection Division of the Attorney General’s office at 1-877-5-NO-SCAM. For more information on how to protect yourself against scams, visit www.ncdoj.gov.