Gainesville, FL asked in Federal Crimes for Florida

Q: Good Morning, I think I may need some guidance regarding an issue I am having.

I met someone online and this person is completely legit. He decided he was going to send some personal to my residence. He sent the parcel via an international courier. They asked for an overweight fee which was paid. Then they scanned the parcel and found some funds inside. I was not made aware of this until the courier informed me. They informed an anti-terrorist certificate was needed to release the parcel . Now they are requesting a 10% tax fee on the funds found in the parcel. I am concerned about this and also wonder if my boyfriend and I are being scammed. The courier changed payment methods to Bitcoin only and the customs agent advised the courier would collect the tax fee via Bitcoin.

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1 Lawyer Answer
Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
  • Freeeport, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: Yes, it does seem as though it may be some sort of a scam. A stranger who you met online sending you stuff such as cash is suspicious. Contact the Department of Homeland Security &/or the FBI.

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