Everyone loves to win a prize! Especially something impressive, like an all-expenses-paid holiday, complete with spending money to enjoy while you’re there. If you receive an email telling you you’ve won such a prize, it seems like a dream come true. Enough for you to ignore the fact that you don’t remember entering any drawing for such a prize. That’s how the scammers get you.
An email with a prize notification
Most likely you will get an email saying that you won a trip, and it will be an all-expenses-paid holiday to a destination of your choice. All you have to do is provide them with your personal information and bank account details. They’ll tell you this is so they can set up your bookings and deposit your spending money.
If you provide the requested information, you’ve fallen into the scammer’s trap.
How does it work?
The scammers want all your private information. With the information you sent them to “book your trip”, they withdraw every penny from your account. That’s how the scam works. They get your sensitive personal information like name, surname, and ID number, and all your banking information. You’ve given them everything they need to access your account and transfer all of your money to themselves.
Another thing connected to the travel prize scam is identity theft. With the information they tricked you out of, the scammers can create a fake ID or passport. With that fake ID, they can purchase anything they want as well as taking big loans putting you in a bad situation. It’s all in your name. You will pay for things you did not purchase. Your credit rating could be severely damaged by their actions, and you could deal with bill collectors.
Take action quickly
The moment you realized your bank account has been emptied, you have to take action.
The first thing you have to do is to contact the police. You must report it, because of the chance of identity theft. It’s a criminal offense and there needs to be an open case about it. However, this is not likely to get your money back, as the scammers were likely operating outside of your local jurisdiction.
Claim Justice can get your money back
You have another option if you want your money back: contacting Claim Justice. We are a service that fights for justice and helps scam victims get their money back.
However, there are a few requirements you need to meet before asking for help.
To qualify for assistance from Claim Justice, there are a few requirements you need to meet.
You’ll need to provide information about the money that was transferred out of your account. How much was taken, and where it was transferred to? Although these transactions were done without your cooperation, your bank should be able to give you the information, and we can use it to track down your money.
You’ll need to share all contact between you and the scammers. If they called you, the number they called you from, and records showing when you received the call. Even better, if you have emails, share those. Share everything you have and everything you remember.
Finally, you have to show that you have already tried on your own to get your money back before we can take over.
Once these steps are complete, we can open your case and begin the process of getting your money back from the scammers.