11-12-2016, 12:13 AM
So someone I know came to me with a vague story and is asking to borrow money for what really sounds like an advance-fee scam
I told him it sounds extremely scammy and I'd help him try to prove it either way.
It sounds to me like (like he said, he's been vague) that he's paid in some money and they've got him on the hook for more. The advice I'm looking for here is:
1) let's say I convince him it's a scam. Is it best to just walk away or play along with the scammers to the point of bringing in law enforcement to hopefully catch them and/or get back whatever he's paid in so far?
2) If law enforcement, who to contact? Just by googling, I came across the Attorney General of Michigan page and it seems like they recommend contacting the FTC (this person lives in Maryland, presumed scammer claims to live in Chicago). Putting aside whatever other crap the FTC might be in charge of, if law enforcement/protection of property is included in those responsibilities, that's a legitimate function of government so I don't see why not to report the incident to them. But will they actually do anything worth a damn? If someone happens to have a contact within the FTC that might go the extra mile, please send me a PM