If someone sends you money and requests that you send the money to someone else, this is more than likely a money mule scam.
Money mule scammers attempt to use innocent bystanders to help move stolen funds. These scammers will send illegally obtained money to their victims, telling them they either won a prize, stumbled upon a work-from-home opportunity, or by saying they need monetary help. (Often, online dating platforms attract money mule scammers who will request financial assistance.)
No matter what the situation is regarding a money mule scam, after the scammer sends the victim money through gift cards or wire transfers, they will ask them to send some of it to a "third party" and keep a portion for themselves. The third party is the scammer's account. When the victim deposits the money to the scammer's account, the scammer is less likely to get caught with illegal funds, and the victim is left to deal with the consequences.
How to avoid money mule scams
What to do if you suspect you're involved with a money mule scam
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