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Date: 10/3/2018 9:08 AM (PST)

I'm a senior citizen and and was trying to get a loan from Advance America for two thousand dollars. The representative told me I need to get a Google pay card to cover the insurance cost of three hundred dollars. Once that was done he assured me that the monies would be transferred low and behold I get a call saying there having problems transferring the money. Their phone number is(210)338-1586.How can I get help getting my money
back. Please help me

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Date: 10/3/2018 2:16 PM (PST)

Hello Cheryl. I’m sorry to tell you that you were scammed. The Google Play Card scam has been circulating for some time. To receive a loan, a legitimate loan company is not going to instruct a consumer to purchase a Google Play Card. This is a huge red flag that the person you are communicating with is attempting to scam you. Other red flags include:

• The scammer is instructing you to pay by wire transfer, reload pack, prepaid debit card or to an individual. Scammers use these methods because they are difficult to trace and leave their victims with little or no recourse.

• The offer is made over the phone. By law, it is illegal for companies doing business in the United States and Canada to promise a loan or guarantee a loan and ask for payment before funds are issued.

• The scammer will use a name similar to a well known company, entity or agency. Scammers will use the name of a recognized business or similar sounding name to trick consumers into trusting them.

• The scammer requires advanced fees before you receive a loan. Legitimate lenders don’t require up-front payments before extending credit.

Cheryl, I am including a link to our Resource Guide on Advance Fee Loans. The guide goes further in depth about red flags to look out for, and tips to avoid being scammed in the future: https://www.checkbca.org/tips/loans/advance-fee-loans-100 it is recommended that you contact Google Play and let them know that you were scammed into purchasing one of their cards. It is also recommended that you file a complaint with the FTC as well: https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/#crnt&panel1-1

Please contact me directly at vantillon@checkbca.org if you have any questions.

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