Hello my name is ***** ***** I will help you with this.
I assume you sent the money by something like Western Union or Moneygram?
So it was not a direct bank transfer from your account to their account?
When do you return back to the UK?
Indeed. I know why because they have to follow the Police and Criminal Evidence Act. They need a signed statement in the appropriate format etc
Generally anything cross jurisdiction needs to have a complaint made locally first.
So ideally you would complain to the Police in Azerbaijan. Then they would transfer it to the Police in Scotland.
Its unlikely the FBI would get involved as you (I assume) are not a US citizen and indeed they are asked by local law enforcement to investigate.
So that is how usually it would work, you would complain locally then it would get transferred out the jurisdiction.
I understand it would cost £1500 because of air fares etc.
But you need to complain locally and then ask it to be transferred to Scotland.
Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?
Yes in reality the money has gone. This is known as advance fee fraud. Its quite common if you Google search it.
But in reality you are unlikely to get it back as the account has been emptied.
But people have lost tens of thousands of pounds, so whilst $2910 is a lot, you could have lost far more.
Well the Police are Action Fraud are slow. The wheels grinds very slowly indeed, this is what the fraudsters exploit.
You can complain, but in reality it will not change anything.
I am sorry.
I'm sorry its not better news Geoff - many people have been scammed.
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