I am an oversea student who are studying in UK. And I had never used facebook before. In order to make some friends in the new environment, I use the facebook. But after a few days I see a request from a people who has the mutual friend, so I accepted. But this people is a scrammer.
What happen to me is similar to others. They blackmailed me and threat me if i dont give them money, they will report to my school and the ambassy. At that time, I am scared and I lose my ability of judgement. So I agree to give money. They forced me to use the western union or MoneyGram at first paid by card online, and they use the video talk (just like a facetime )of Messager to monitor me. when I registrate the app of MoneyGram. This app said if i want to transfer money, I need to take a photo of my passport to identify my infomation, so I take a photo during the facetime. When I use other apps, the scrammer said my camera had shut down and shout at me to force me open the camera. But what I worry about is they were lying and they saw my passport info and use my information to do some dangerous things.
The app of Western Union and MoneyGram reject my transfer, so the scrammer forced me to pay by cash. After I sent money through cash, they kept asking me to pay more. Even though I have some money at first, but it is my living expense... I cannot afford anymore, so I choose to call the police. And I finally know the vedio cannot make me be arrested by police and the ambassy. I realised how foolish I am. The policeman is nice and taught me how to block them. And then I reported to the facebook.
During these time, even though I try to recover, sometimes I just feel sad and always think why I am so stupid. And searched it online and I found many international students in my country have the same situation and they recommend this website a few days ago and I follow all the steps and report all the detail related to it. I have deactivated my facebook. In fact, in my country, people hardly use facebook. And I search my name through the Google and the TouTube, and I can't find nothing.
Thank you very much, after reading your article I feel better. And I had told all of my best friends, I felt grateful they all give me a hug, and they are the best friends.
After 15days is gone, the scrammer didn't find me. They know I called the police. But I still feel scared whether they have my passport information, even though they dont have the original document. And the receipt of Western Union have my address and telephone number in UK, I am not sure whether they would find me again, even though they didn't find me after I called the police. And When I try to use the app of West Union and MoneyGram to pay, I have input the bank information. Even though I have remove the card and contact the MoneyGram to shutdown my account and nothing happened to my bank card in this period, I don't know whether there are risks.
Could you give me some advices to check whether I am safe? In these day I am trying to recover, Thank you very much.