Why is it that, with so much law enforcement, online scammers who do the money mule scam can’t be fully decommissioned on a global scale? What they do is send random emails and tell the victim that they can make good money by being a work-at-home shipping representative when in fact, it’s a reshipping fraud.
To a certain degree, I understand and sympathize with your reaction, particularly if you have been victimized by these scammers in the past.
But this is a more difficult problem to solve than most people realize. The single biggest reason why it’s so hard to deal with is that it’s international. To address the issues, law enforcement groups in basically every country on the planet would have to cooperate in real time.
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Why every country?
Because the scammers will just operate out of the countries that don’t cooperate or that don’t have the inclination or resources to deal with the issue. More often than not, many countries just have more important things to do with their limited law enforcement resources than to stop scammers, particularly when the scammers are targeting people outside of their country.
International law and enforcement is incredibly difficult and scammers leverage this as much as they possibly can – and that’s one of the reasons why so much malware and scams originate in countries that simply don’t have resources to enforce it properly.
What about money transfer services?
The part that I personally don’t understand about this whole scenario is why money transfer services can’t do a better job of preventing and protecting. After all, it is all about the money. As part of their scams, the scammers will insist on being paid using money transfer techniques that are apparently untraceable and unblockable.
While I’m sure that they are a fine upstanding company, I’d never transfer money to anyone using Western Union. It’s prevalent in so many scams that requesting its use makes me deeply question the person who’s asking for the money.
You’d think that companies like Western Union would take steps of some sort to protect their reputation. Unfortunately, I assume that it would then interfere with legitimate money transfers in some way and that’s why they don’t get more aggressive about it.
The bottom line is that it’s a very complicated problem and solving it isn’t easy. Skepticism on our part is by far the best way to prevent it.