Approximately 18 months ago I was scammed by a company (SafeNet Financial) which ended up costing me over $1000.00. I have been working ever since with my area's FBI and one on one with an assigned agent from the Homeland Security unit of the US Secret Service. Back then I was advised to open a different account than the "affected" one, at an entirely different banking institution. This I did.
Then on or about the end of March, 2008 the "affected" account had some interesting activity. Having only the minimum $50 necessary to keep it open, a withdrawal for $31.98 was made from IDPROCS. The agent working the case instructed the bank to notify me at once with any activity attempts.
Within 4 days a second attempt was made, but now the transaction was refused due to NSF. The bank involved called me along with mailing out a notice. WHILE WE WERE ON THE PHONE DISCUSSING THE EVENT, ANOTHER ATTEMPT WAS MADE FOR THE REMAINING $6.98!
The bad news is I now owe the bank NSF fees until and unless this whole thing gets straightened out by the various and ongoing investigations. Neither of the law enforcement agengies have any encouraging words regarding the supposed relief found at the idtheftrefund website. If there is anyone who has actually recovered any part of their unauthorized seized funds? Is so, please contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use RECOVERED FUNDS as the subject line or the message will be deleted. Thank you.
Finally as I have been asked to repeat as many times as I can tolerate by the agents working on my behalf (as well as the interests of many others): should there come a time when you realize you have suffered an internet scam or any other event which involves a particular bank account: close the account at once! Notify the particular banking institution or credit union, etc for the reason you must reopen a new account and demand they do not link the two in any way. Then, if you really would like to try to locate the scammers, leave the original account open for as long as you'd like, with the minimum amount in it, just to see how long they wait until they strike one more time. Good luck and God bless all the honest, hard working citizens of this great country. As I have also learned, very very few other governments offer any kind of remedy. In fact more often than not, they are all in it together, just trying to get whatever pennies they can from as many as they can. That is between them and their God. Thank you for reading and having the interest, and I am sorry for any losses which have brought you here.