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A friend failed to declare a check worth $130,000 he had in

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A friend failed to declare a check worth $130,000 he had in his bag in the phillipines. Customs says he has to fill out a form C9900 and pay a fine before he can leave.

Is this true? How can he leave without paying the money as that is all the money he had.

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LADYLAWYER : I hate to be the bearer of bad news here, but fact patterns like this are all too common with "friends" people meet over the Internet. As soon as the friend tries to leave their country, something happens and now they need money to be able to leave in order to get to you. These are common scams and there is no Form c9900 that your friend had to fill out. This person is a scam artist looking for money and if he hasn't asked you for any yet, it will be coming.
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Customer: replied 4 years ago.


I did send him money through 2 friends in the US because i THOUGHT something wierd was up - how can I turn them in etc.

Oh teepstr, I am so sorry. Wish you would have asked your question before you sent the money. It is impossible to really do anything because I am sure this person did not give you their real name and probably are not even in the Phillipines. The person could be anywhere in the world or may even be right here in the US. The best thing to do is to contact the FBIs Internet crime division and report the info you have, including the email addresses and other info of the people here in the US.
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

I was suspicious so I made sure the money was sent to people in the US - I verified through linked in (?) that both people exisited - ?

It could be that your "friend" is actually a US citizen and is one or both of the two people listed on LinkedIn. Or it could be that the two people are working with someone overseas. Either way, you need to alert the FBI's Internet Fraud division since they can definitely check out the people here in the US.