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Taking action after being victim of a scam

You might have been lured into what seemed like a good business deal either in person or online. The person seemed honest and it seemed like a great opportunity, but he or she took advantage of you.

Becoming victim to a consumer scam can be one of the most frustrating things. You will likely feel anger toward the person or business that scammed you and annoyed at yourself for going through with the deal, but you are also likely to have lost a significant amount of money.

Getting your money back after becoming a scam victim

For almost every victim, the first thought that comes into his or her mind when they realize that they have been scammed is the question of whether they will get their money back. This depends on a number of factors, most notably the type and the nature of the scam. If your credit or debit card was used as part of the transaction, your bank may refund you. Similarly, if you paid through a secure trading service online, the company may reimburse your account.

In addition, if you know the identity of the scammer, you may be able to successfully make a claim against them in a small claims court. Regardless of whether you get your money back, it is always a good idea to register a complaint with organizations such as the Better Business Bureau so that they can investigate.

If you have been the victim of a scam, it is best not to lose hope in getting justice and getting your money back. Depending on the type of scam, you may be able to retrieve your money and prevent further cases.

Source: FindLaw, "Consumer Scams FAQ," accessed March 22, 2018

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