Help Recover from Financial Fraud

I am an international student recently admitted to UC Davis for grad studies. Just over a week into my arrival here in Davis, I was met with financial fraud by a scammer. The scammer sent me a check to receive on behalf of my brother who did a freelance assignment for them and requested me to receive the payment which we now understand was a terrible mistake. The check was overvalued, when I brought this up they told me that I could deposit it and pay back the exceeding amount via Zelle and when I did that, they reversed the check and I was left with negative account balance. I later found out that this is one of the most common kinds of scams, but as a foreigner, I had no idea someone would do such a thing. I thought once the money is credited into your account it does not go back, but I was wrong. The scammer is a ghost and though I've filed a complaint with both Police and FTC and disputed the Zelle transactions too, they all tell me that there isn't much hope. The amount I lost is $3,000 which is a lot for a graduate student who just moved to an as expensive college town as Davis. I admit that I made a mistake and regret not being skeptical about the suspicious ways of this person, this truly is a lesson for life but at too big a cost for me at this time when I just set off to start my studies so far away from home. Any support in helping me recover from that would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.


Maria Kanwal
Davis, CA
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