What do college students (and recent grads), small business owners, the newly divorced and the newly retired all have in common?
They make ideal targets for criminal organizations looking to hook new “money mules” into their schemes. Most of them are looking for ways to make a little extra money, and not all of them are properly suspicious or jaded enough to spot a scam.
Money mules typically start out as unknowing accomplices to a crime, but they may eventually become aware of red flags and obvious issues.
Money mules can get into their situation in all different kinds of ways, but you should be particularly cautious if you see any of these signs:
By the time a typical money mule realizes that they’ve been used by a criminal organization to launder illegally obtained funds, they’re scared of the consequences. They may even have been told that they’re so deeply complicit that they’re absolutely bound to prison if they try to get out or contact the authorities.
If you’ve found yourself in a bad position and have been used as a money mule, get experienced legal guidance right away – even if you are not yet facing criminal charges. Help is available.