The retained transfer trick

The target of this swindle is almost always an accommodation advertiser.

After contacting you and reaching an agreement, the traveller tells you they are going to send you a wire transfer. A few days later, they write to you again saying that the government in their country has retained the transfer and to release it, it is necessary to pay a fee or tax. You may even receive e-mails with documents that appear to come from a bank in their country or some official entity. In actual fact they are all fakes and the aim is that you pay the fraudster the “fee” for a wire transfer you are never going to receive.


  • Never pay money to receive a wire transfer; no bank anywhere in the world works this way.

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Updated on 2 October, 2018
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