Recovering from Fraud

Who I am
I moved to the States a little less than 3 years ago. My partner and I were seeking a chance to get in the States to find better jobs and opportunities: a wish many can share. She found it first. I took 1 whole year to rejoin her. Long wait, but it was worth it.
Here we are in Chicago, with the goal of saving money for future big steps: buying a home, build a family.

What happened
On October 9th, 2020 I fell victim of a fraud.
A person phoned, pretending to work for Social Security Administration stating my SSN was linked to criminal activities (drug trafficking and money laundry).
He explained me how I was surely being sentenced and deported, since the link to my SSN wasn’t leaving any doubt on my guilt.
The only way to demonstrate that it wasn’t me committing those crimes and that my identity was stolen, was to transfer all I had on my bank accounts to a temporary government-controlled digital wallet.
In doing this I had not to drop the phone call, so to make sure it was me and I couldn’t call any partner in crime.
The panic prevailed, I followed the instructions.
No need to say it was all a fake.
That was the typical fraud you think you would never be so foolish to fall victim of.
But in that moment, in the middle of a panic attack, it all seemed to make sense: there was an explanation to everything and even the phone numbers they were calling from matched the real numbers – found out later it is an easy trick to be done with some software. Also, there was no one around to talk about it, since I was on remote working, as per this new normal.
The result: I have lost $62,000, the savings of all my working life and blowing away the plans my partner and I had made. Unforgivable.
Since the transactions are not traceable, Police Department said they can’t help me.
I appealed to the good will of my bank, but they can’t help me either for legal implications.

The picture below shows the report I have done at the local Police Station, the very same nigh of the fact, as soon as I calmed down and realized what I had done.

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What now
This foolish loss will affect me and, more importantly, my partner for years to come. While I may deserve it, her only guilt is to love and support me, and for this I will never be enough grateful and thankful to her.
My goal is put together the lost amount, to get back on our feet and start dreaming again. Any small contribution will be immensely appreciated.
This could also became an opportunity to start a fund to recover others fallen in similar frauds.

Please, Share
If you decide to contribute to our recovery or not, please share my story, so that others don’t have to experience this.
Frauds like this happen more often you can imagine.
I am sure many of you have received similar calls; hopefully you were smarter than me and dropped immediately.
The shame and the frustration that you feel after have wasted so much work and effort in such way, knowing also that someone you love will also pay the price for it, is huge.
Below some informative link:
https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-urges-public-to-stay-alert-for-scam-phone-calls 
https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2018/09/your-social-security-number-isnt-suspended-ever 
https://faq.ssa.gov/en-us/Topic/article/KA-10018 

Thank you for sharing!
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