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Watch For Scams Newsletter. Money Mule
July 18, 2020

Money Mule

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Money Mule

Scammers are always on the hunt for innocent victims to use as money mules. They befriend the victim through romance and friend scams along with fake work from home scams. Criminals will also send you a check and tell you to take a cut for your work—then ask you to send the rest of the money back.

Most of the victims are approached online, through dating sites, Facebook and phone. Money mules basically allow others to use their bank accounts to transfer and launder money. Scammers use money gram and western union to move the cash.

It’s all done online via text and telephone. The scammers will eventually start requesting the victims to move money for them.

Fraudsters will recruit them to move the money because it helps disguise the tracing of the proceeds leading to a fraud.

Never give access to your bank account by sending or receiving money from strangers and it’s always best to keep your personal information private. The elderly are also marked as the number one target because some end up sending and receiving money and have no idea they’re committing a crime. If caught they can face felony money laundering charges, up to 20 years in jail and $100,000 in fines.

If you believe you have been a victim of this type of scam you should promptly report it to the IC3's website at The IC3's complaint database links complaints together to refer them to the appropriate law enforcement agency for case consideration.

Remember - always watch for scams!


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