Goa Jewel scam - advice required on next steps

#1 Mar 21st, 2016, 09:52
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Hi people.

I'm the unlucky and recent victim of a jewel scam in Goa and wonder what people advise on the potential next steps:

(I'm not in India anymore but certainly prepared to travel back there if it would help either me or other potential future targets).

1. Other than notifying my banks to see if they can investigate the payments, one option would be to just walk away with my tail between my legs, forget about the money etc., and move on.

2. It's perhaps important to note that I'm still in contact with the scammers as they believe I'm not yet aware of the scam so another option, when they next call, would be to threaten them with contacting the police etc. and request that they return my money immediately.

3. Beyond notifying the banks involved, perhaps I should also contact the relevant authorities, but would it be best to contact Indian police or the nearest Indian embassy to me, British police or FCO, or Interpol?

Any advice or knowledge of experiences are gratefully received.

It's funny what human greed can do to the mind!
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Any details ? When ? How much ?
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Happened couple of days ago. Around 15k sterling...
I could go into plenty more detail but it's a long story. Obviously they're well oiled but when the situation got threatening with the supposed risk of jail I just wanted to pay and leave ASAP
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Unless you describe in good detail what actually happened, what you'll get is speculative advice at best.
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Notify the banks to recover or block (be lucky) .. while keeping the scammers close.
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Also, please note that numerous people have allowed greed to cloud their reasoning power. Hence, a quick search here and elsewhere will disclose a vast quantity of experiences and work arounds (tourist police, etc). People have got their money back or losses reduced so don't just be embarrassed and take the loss. In any case, its a valuable lesson that in the world of criminality there is always a bigger criminal (fish). It may help prepare you for a career in real estate or investment banking..
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Are you able to disclose which jewellers to forewarn others?
Make use of social media to publicise the scammers too.
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15k sterling!

Ouch!

What were you thinking to give that much money to someone.

Was it cash, credit card?
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Originally Posted by naive View Post Obviously they're well oiled but when the situation got threatening with the supposed risk of jail I just wanted to pay and leave ASAP
Jail time! For what??

Do tell!
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Its the common format, they try to stampede the mark into not thinking it through..
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Originally Posted by naive View Post 2. It's perhaps important to note that I'm still in contact with the scammers as they believe I'm not yet aware of the scam so another option, when they next call, would be to threaten them with contacting the police etc. and request that they return my money immediately.

3. Beyond notifying the banks involved, perhaps I should also contact the relevant authorities, but would it be best to contact Indian police or the nearest Indian embassy to me, British police or FCO, or Interpol?


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Originally Posted by naive View Post Happened couple of days ago. Around 15k sterling...
I could go into plenty more detail but it's a long story. Obviously they're well oiled but when the situation got threatening with the supposed risk of jail I just wanted to pay and leave ASAP
How did they manage to flick 15K off you ? You wrote a cheque ? ATM withdrawls ? You had cash that they took from you ? Credit Cards ? Any why are they still in contact with you in the UK ?

I'm with Vaibhav on this - In absence of details, I'd say what can Interpol do ? They are not on a run across the international border. And what specific crime would they be charged that does not also involve you ?
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Long time no see OP I suppose. Sometimes the perp threaten the chump in this routine by threatening to go to the cops themselves! Then the OP clams up. Hopefully, the list of such incidents convinced the OP otherwise..

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