Only send money to friends and family using trusted means, like our International Payment Services. Never send money to someone you don’t know or who you don’t have a business relationship with. Scammers sometimes encourage people to transfer money for seemingly legitimate means.
Do not transfer money to unknown or unverified persons who ask for funds:
- for an emergency situation you haven’t confirmed;
- for an online purchase;
- for anti‐virus protection;
- for a deposit or payment on a rental property;
- to claim lottery or prize winnings;
- to pay taxes;
- for a donation to charity;
- for a mystery shopping assignment;
- for a job opportunity;
- for a credit card or loan fee; or
- to resolve an immigration matter.
Transferring funds overseas often involves a network of correspondent and intermediary banks. Once funds are transferred, it is often difficult (if at all possible) to cancel or recall transactions, even if you are the victim of fraud. Be alert! Even the most streetwise or business-savvy person can fall victim to fraud if they let their guard down.