Warning to victim of Limerick scam after losing €10,000
A COUNTY Limerick woman has recounted how she was swindled out of nearly €10,000 in savings as the perpetrators used a number of ploys to bleed her dry.
She details the sneaky, shady and devious methods they used to steal your hard-earned savings. The woman does not want to be named but she wants to warn others not to fall into the traps she fell into.
“I first saw an online loan ad on Facebook in January 2020. I decided to apply for a €7,000 car loan. I got approved and then got an email that if I gave them some money I would get a bigger loan. So I gave them €300,” he said.
The requests for more money kept coming. After a few months, he had delivered €3,000 and “no trace of my loan on the way.”
“I had asked about it several times, but got no response from them,” he said. If that wasn’t bad enough, things took another deceptive turn.
“I received a message on WhatsApp from a man claiming to be a lawyer. He said they found the man who took the alleged loan money from me. The ‘lawyer’ said if he paid him a fee of €300 he could get my money back, so I paid it.”
Then there was another twist in the story.
“A bank official sent me a message asking me for money so he could send me the money he had lost. It costs €400. I asked him why it was so expensive to transfer the money from his account to my account.
“He said that the bank in his country does it that way. He wanted my passport photo, address, everything. I gave him everything thinking I was going to get my money back in a few weeks,” she said.
But all he got was another demand for money this time supposedly from the customs office.
“It was a package that they received from France and it would cost me €450 to ship it to Ireland. I was becoming suspicious of everyone who contacted me regarding my package. I was afraid that someone would call my house when they had all my information.
“Then I got a message from a courier saying he had a package in storage in Belfast for me but it would cost money to get it to Limerick so I paid for it.”
At that time he had paid almost 10,000 euros “only to discover that it was all a scam”.
“There were all the different people hinting that they were giving me a loan and they weren’t giving me a loan. I worried about everything and decided to contact the guards. They said that it was all a scam and to contact the banks where I paid the money through online banking. The money could not be traced as it was paid into foreign bank accounts in Spain, the UK and Portugal.
“I contacted my own bank’s fraud department, but no luck getting my money back. I’ve learned never to click on Facebook ad loans links. Money doesn’t come easy. I lost my money instead of getting the money I was promised in a loan.”
She said she feels better after talking about how she was sucked in and hopes others don’t make the same mistakes she did. However, she still brought tears to her eyes.
The perpetrators stole more than your money, they also took your sense of security.
“I’m still afraid that someone will call my house because they have my address. I even feel under pressure to move from home to another place for safety. I have also changed my bank accounts and my phone number since everything happened to me.”
She says she is now “broke” with no chance of getting her money back, but some compensation for her will be if others don’t go through what she has.
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