INTRODUCTION TO ONLINE SCAMS
Like many other industries, the eCommerce and retail landscape has also witnessed a transformation, following the increase in internet penetration in Cameroon. Businessmen now shop online, causing more people to take their businesses online through owned websites or online stores via social media. Unfortunately, this rapid increase in online trading has also led to an increase in online scams especially in the agriculture, fishery, mines, adoption, parrots, pets and recently artifacts sector in Cameroon. This article will guide foreigners on how to recover money from online scammers.
RECOVER MONEY FROM ONLINE SCAMMERS
Online business scams involve fraudsters pretending to be legitimate online sellers, either with a fake website or a fake social media account. While many online sellers are legitimate, scammers use the anonymous nature of the internet to rip off unsuspecting businessmen. They open these online stores for a short time, often selling fake branded goods or artifacts pictures stolen from other pages or the internet. They typically sell at much lower prices than the normal prices sold by other legitimate sellers to lure unsuspecting victims.
If you have been scammed by an online vendor, there are still ways that you can recover your money.
PROCEDURE TO RECOVER MONEY FROM ONLINE SCAMMERS
- Take a screenshot of your conversation with the online vendor on social media (Instagram, Facebook and Twitter).
- Copy out the full name and account details of the vendor who scammed you online.
- If you made the transfer via your mobile app or swift, bitcoins or binance go to your transaction history and copy out the “Transaction ID Number” of that transaction.
- Speak to a lawyer to instigate a criminal investigation by tracking the phone using the IMEI number.
- Ensure your lawyer release the information of your scammer to the police to help track them, recover your money and prosecute them under Cameroon laws.
Social media platforms have become major targets for scammers. People must take precautionary steps before transferring money to Cameroon to avoid falling prey to online scams.
Article by MAFANY victor NGANDO
Kinsmen Advocates Law Firm
“The content of this article is intended to provide a general guide to the subject matter. Specialist advise should be sought about your specific circumstance”.