I have just become a victim of a scam. I signed a contract with a company in Madrid, Spain about a month ago. Pursuant to the contract I made a bank wire-transfer (U$10647, last Aug 1, 2011) to his bank account at La Caixa in Madrid. So, obviously this company has an account with a bank in Madrid. Despite the contract he insisted an additional 10% deposit before I visit them in Spain for inspection of the goods (Copper wire scrap). I refused vehemently at first. But his consistent, persistent persuasion made to accept his suggestion where I send money to myself via Western Union. At his request I sent him the copy of the WU transfer receipt as proof. Being comfortable about the fact that the Western Union money cannot be collected in Spain without me, I process the second WU transfer last Monday, Aug 15, again payable to myself in Spain. That is when I got a call from WU Fraud Prevention Department. The sender, who is one of my employees, was asked a lot of question by WU people on the phone. Sensed some suspicion, I immediately checked on line the status of my first WU money transfer. Sure enough, the money had been collected in Spain already. I had my employee cancel the second WU transaction immediately. Luckily, we were able to cancel it and got the money back. But the first transaction where I was supposed to collect 3000 euro in Spain after I get satisfied with my product, is gone.So, in total I have lost 10,000 euro or U$15,000 to this guy.I can give you all the correspondences and proofs.Please let me know if you can help collect my money.Thanks.XXXXX XXXXX
XXX@XXXXXX.XXXCell phone # XXXXX (California, USA)
It was last Monday, Aug 15 when I realized the I had been talking with a scammer and given him money.
Since then, I hid that I knew about the scam and intentionally kept dialog, with a hope to finding some help.
There is a high probability you are not going to retrieve this money as in this well known scam, all traces will have been erased. The only thing you can do is report this scam to your local police authorities who will contact Spanish police through Interpol. But international police procedures are usually much less efficient than scammers. When reporting this to the police be sure to have all elements: description of the persons you signed the contract with, banking details at hand, all e-mails. Let the police browse through this material themselves and be sure you do not point to anyone directly as if the case somehow went to court in Spain and was dismissed, you could face having heavy civil damages to anyone you named in the criminal proceedings.
Your advice is not really helpful. Can you find a collect lawyer who would working on this case?I sent money(U$10647) to their bank account first, which should be traceable.Kevin
I am sorry but JustAnswer does not allow referrals. Moreover, no action could be taken by any lawyer (no access to the bank) before a report formally filed with the police. If you are based in the US, this report should normally filed to the police there, then transferred through proper channels to Spanish authorities. Only at this moment could a lawyer help you try to recover the money you sent.The alternative is to fly to Spain and wait till you get there to lodge your claim directly with the Spanish police, which could speed matters up. The local US consulate general in Madrid will provide you with a list of English-speaking abogados (lawyers) you can consult.
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