Refund and recovery scammers are crafty, and they cost unsuspecting people thousands of dollars annually. Their operation is simple; they convince you that they can recover a lost prize or monetary winnings that were never given to you to begin with. These people use convincing language, falsified documents and semi-truthful information about you to sound convincing enough for you to believe them. They request payment for the recovery or refund of your lost money or prize. Some are so good that they convince you that you have indeed been reimbursed.
Once you pay the fee you make it into the notorious “sucker list.” This is a list that law enforcement has found throughout many parts of the U.K. The list provides other scammers with the names, addresses, e-mail and phone numbers of people who will willingly pay for the recovery of a prize. These lists are highly valued, and they are sold from one scammer to another. One way to make sure you stay off of such a list is to completely disregard any person who requires you to pay an advance fee for services. This is against the law, and it is a prime example of a scam in operation.
If you are not aware of a prize you have won, then chances are good that it never existed. Elderly or disabled people are often the primary targets of these people because they feel that they can take advantage of them easily.