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I believe ive been scammed by someone who is doing money laundering please help

Community Guru
Corinne L Member Since: Jun 3, 2013
11 of 25

you should go to your bank and say you were scammed into depositing a fake check

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Arturo B Member Since: Jun 26, 2017
12 of 25

Its more complicated than that, i feel so stupid now...


This guy deposited money to my account, and i have that money now, he wants me to deposit it to china somwhere however this is clearly illegal and i dont want any part of it. 


I dont know what to do

Community Guru
Aron H Member Since: Mar 29, 2017
13 of 25

Asking an online forum might not be the right thing to do.

When you have the suspicion someone tricked you into some money laundering go to the police and represent what happened.


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Arturo B Member Since: Jun 26, 2017
14 of 25

i will do that right away

Community Guru
Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
15 of 25

This is an Upwork matter, a PayPal matter, and a bank matter.


Don't go to the police. This has nothing to do with your local police.


Keep in mind that you participated in fraudulent activity. Are there other people involved? Yes. But the scammers don't even live in your countries. So if you pressure the police to get involved, all they can do is investigate and possibly prosecute you. They can't do anything about people living in another country.

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Arturo B Member Since: Jun 26, 2017
16 of 25

I have not participated in any illegal events. i didnt carry out the money transfer as he requested

Valeria K Moderator Member Since: Mar 6, 2014
17 of 25



As others have already pointed out it's against Upwork ToS to accept payments outside of the platform. You should always make sure you have an active contract before you start doing any work for the client and don't share any personal information with them. 


Please, check resources listed in this post and especially this post by Lena.

~ Valeria
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Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
18 of 25

Whatever you do, do NOT send any money from your bank account to somebody.


I think what could happen is you would send REAL money from your bank account to somebody.


And then the PayPal payment you received could be clawed back by PayPal. So you won't have that, and you will have lost hundreds of dollars from your account.


I strongly urge you to COMPLETELY stop communicating with the scammers. Block them on whatever communications channels you have been using.


Talk to PayPal and your bank about your concerns.

Community Guru
Pat M Member Since: Jun 18, 2016
19 of 25

And yet another one...

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Alexander F Member Since: Mar 10, 2017
20 of 25

Every time I receive one of those spam emails telling me I've won 10 million dollars from some obscure lottery, or that a king needs to transfer his money to a bank in my country, I think to myself "is anyone so dumb to fall for this stuff?"


Then I see these threads and I lose hope in humanity.