Which? I write it to you in this article where I explain what to do in case you have suffered an online scam and want to recover your money.
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What is our experience in online scam cases?
As I told you, we have dealt with several cases of people who turned to our international law firm to recover the money (sometimes even for very large amounts) they had invested in what turned out to be false investments.
I can even tell you about a person who contacted us after investing sums that have reached the amount of 200,000 euros.
You got it right, two hundred thousand euros of investment in cryptocurrencies: an investment that actually never happened because the trader had pocketed the money and hadn’t made any investment!
In fact, after paying this large sum of money, the financial advisor disappeared with the money.
The most classic of financial scams.
Based on our experience I can tell you that the classic scheme of the online scam is the following:
- the fake financial advisor offers you a small investment that actually brings you a small income;
- start earning your trust;
- offers you bigger and bigger investments;
- until he runs away with the money you thought you were invested.
This is exactly what happened to our client who contacted us in desperation.
I am attaching here his whatsapp message with the subsequent request for help for an online scam after having paid the sum of € 200,000 !!!
Since we receive so many requests for help like these, we have decided to write this article to tell you what to do in case you have been scammed online by fake promoters or fake consultants.
What to do in case of online scam?
If you find yourself in the same conditions as many of our clients and therefore you too have suffered an online scam, our advice is to immediately report what happened to the police.
But how? What are the tips I can give you? I’ll explain it to you right away!
What you need to know is that in these cases, being fast makes a difference and could allow you to recover the money you invested.
Why am I saying this?
Because in most cases, the money for the investment is transferred by bank transfer (or registered payment) and you know very well that every bank movement (or registered movement) can be traced.
It is clear, however, that the more time passes, the more difficult it will be to track the money because the scammer will try to hinder the discovery of the money through various bank transactions, some of which are certainly abroad.
Therefore it is essential to report immediately in order to have more opportunities to stop the scam immediately and above all to recover the money.
Where should the online scam report be made?
Our advice is to do it to the Public Prosecutor’s Office of the municipality of residence.
We often read and hear that the online fraud report must be made to the Postal Police: on this point I would like to clarify you.
It is certainly possible to report it to the Postal Police but this would lead to a delay in the times in the attempt to recover the money.
Because the Postal Police must – to undertake the investigation and therefore trace the culprit and your money – communicate what happened to the Public Prosecutor office who will necessarily coordinate the investigation to find the scammer.
So, by filing the complaint directly with the Public Prosecutor’s Office, you skip a step (as you go directly to the Prosecutor) and save time which, as mentioned, in these cases, is the wisest and most useful thing to do.
In addition, another consideration must be made on this point.
The thing that interests you most is the recovery of the money: the patrimonial investigations are not carried out by the Postal Police but – very often – for example in Italy are done by the Guardia di Finanza which has the appropriate investigative tools to follow the money you have invested.
Therefore, in our opinion, the complaint must be filed with the local Public Prosecutor’s Office in order to coordinate the investigation and identify the person responsible (in case his identity is not known) and to the discovery of the money wrongly stolen.
What to write in the complaint?
Writing a good report is a fundamental step in recovering the money, this is because the investigations aimed at identifying the person responsible and recovering the money will start from your detailed explanation of the facts and the information that you enter within it.
The more information will be given, the greater the chances of discovering the culprit of the online scam and obtaining the tracing of the money invested.
You must know that the investigations start with your complaint and therefore with specific and detailed information you will help the police.
What information should I enter in the online fraud report?
Here I point out the information that we usually insert in the complaints we write in favor of the people who come to us after having suffered an online scam:
Here’s what you need to include in the report:
- if known, the personal details of the person who proposed the investments to you and to whom the money was given;
- all conversations with the person (messages, whatsapp, mail, telegram, instagram chat, facebook chat etc);
- photos, pictures and contacts of this person;
- the statement of each payment made;
- the bank or account details to which the money was transferred;
- any other information that may be useful for tracing the person, his identification or finding the money.
It is clear that the list of documents to be attached to the complaint is not exhaustive and varies according to the case: the principle is that the more information you give to the Judicial Authorities, the easier it is to recover your money.
Should the complaint be written through an online scam lawyer?
The complaint does not necessarily have to be written through a lawyer: you can also write the complaint by yourself but we suggest you follow our advice to the letter.
However, I must tell you that the complaint written by a lawyer specialized in online scams can certainly be more complete and effective to achieve the desired result.
A lawyer has certainly written more complaints over the course of his professional life, he will certainly be able to better evaluate the case and therefore give you better advice on how to solve your problem.
Let’s now move on to the most critical phase: how to recover the money in case of online scam?
How to recover the money if I have suffered an online scam?
And then, as I have explained to you so far, the best way to recover the money – after having suffered an online scam – is to report the facts through a detailed report to which all the necessary documents must be attached to help the work of the police.
In fact, once the investigation starts, the scammer is identified, and the money is found in the bank accounts, the Public Prosecutor will ask the Judge to seize the money that the scammer has unduly received in the face of false investment promised.
Through the preventive seizure, the money is frozen and the scammer will no longer be able to dispose of it.
Once the money is blocked, the game is done: the judge is asked to return the money to the entitled person.
So the money you paid to the scammer will be returned to you.
How can you track money after an online scam?
As I mentioned earlier, all bank or virtual transfers are certainly tracked and therefore money can always be found, even if they are deposited in a foreign account.
In fact, the police, especially the Guardia di Finanza (in Italy), have access to national and international databases to track suspicious financial movements that come from crimes, such as a movement of money resulting from an online scam.
At the international level there are various judicial cooperation agreements where the various Police Authorities exchange investigative information to repress the crime, identify and punish the guilty.
So even if the money has been transferred abroad, it can be traced and blocked thanks to the international agreements that exist between the states.
This is even simpler if we are dealing with member states of the European Union where there are various legal institutions that make access to information of this type even easier.
Think for example of the OIE (European investigation order) or the European confiscation order.
Even if the State where the money is transferred does not belong to the European Community, for the most part, there should be no problems: you should know that many States has signed judicial cooperation agreements for the repression of crime and privileged exchange of information aimed precisely at this end.
So, if you have suffered an online scam and your money has been transferred abroad, you must know that all is not lost and that there are legal instruments that the States make available precisely to guarantee the protection of people and assets of these.
To recover the money a lot depends on how you write the report and therefore on the information you give and above all on the speed with which you do it. As I told you, the more time passes, the harder it will be to chase your money if the scammer makes more bank transfers.
If the scam was committed abroad and the money are abroad, who should I contact?
To the jurisdiction of your state and not the foreign one.
In fact, you must know that in Italy, for example, according to Article 6 of the Criminal Code, the jurisdiction belongs to the Italian State if part of the criminal conduct was committed in Italy.
I’ll give you an example: if the scammer trader resides abroad but you are in Italy and the transfer is part of Italy and the telephone contacts were held in Italy, it is clear that part of the criminal conduct was committed in Italy and therefore the complaint must be made in Italy and not abroad.
According to the rules of the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code, in various circumstances it is possible to carry out the trial in Italy and not abroad.
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Why contact an expert online scam lawyer?
As you may have understood, the one dealt with is a complex, delicate matter that requires particular and specific professional skills that not all lawyers possess.
It is therefore always advisable to rely on a competent online scam lawyer who is an expert on the subject, who knows the legal matter well, so that, right from the start, there is the maximum guarantee of the right of defense, arranging the most appropriate defensive strategy to the specific case.
Get in touch immediately with one of our lawyers who will explain our method that often leads us to have great results with the same degree of satisfaction of our clients.
Why are our law firm’s clients satisfied? Why are so many customers so grateful to us?
The method of Criminal Lawyer H24. Why choose our law firm?
Our priority is to place the client at the center of our work, to take on their concerns and fears. Being subjected to an online scam is a tragedy that involves the whole family.
Over the years we have well understood this circumstance and it is therefore essential to establish a relationship of trust with the client right from the start, which takes the form of:
– constant information on our professional activity carried out in your exclusive interest. You will be updated step by step of what we are doing and what will happen. We will explain things to you so that you can understand the difficult language of the law;
– maximum availability: our firm is called Criminal Lawyer H24 because we are always operational 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. We are always by your side and you can always count on us. Every day at any time of day or night.
– formulation of an immediate estimate with no future surprises. Each defensive choice will be agreed in advance with you, you will not have any nasty surprises and you will not have to incur unexpected costs. From the beginning you will know what costs you will have to bear.
The full respect for these simple rules and our preparation has led us over the years to give many satisfactions to our customers.
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