What should I do if someone I don’t know asks me to wire money?

Many scams are perpetrated via requests for a person to wire another person or business a certain sum of money by way of Western Union or MoneyGram. Often, the scheme will involve the victim receiving a check for a certain amount (which will be a fake check) with instructions to wire a certain portion of that amount to another person; the rest can be used to cover fees, or processing, or something similar. When the victim wires the funds, his or her money is gone forever! And then, when the victim tries to cash the check, he or she learns that it was a fake check. As a general rule, you should not wire money to anyone that you do not know very well.