What should I do if I’ve been used as a money mule?

If you’ve been used as a money mule, it’s crucial to act swiftly, responsibly, and in accordance with the law to minimise the legal trouble and other consequences of your involvement as a money mule.

Take these three steps to help you get yourself out of this dangerous situation.

Three steps to take

Cut all ties right away

The very first thing you should do to get yourself out of money muling is to stop everything. Don’t transfer any more money and break off all contact. This is super important to get free from this situation.

Talk to the police

It sounds scary, but it’s vital that you talk to the police about what’s been going on. It’s not about getting into trouble; it’s about getting out of trouble. They need to know what’s happening, and cooperating with them might help you avoid serious consequences. Criminals operate in silence – by talking about it, you are protecting others. You can contact your local Police on 101 or 999 in an emergency. If you prefer not to give your details to the police, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously online or by calling 0800 555 111.

Get legal advice and talk to someone you trust

It’s important to have someone who knows the legal stuff. So, find a lawyer or an attorney who can help you understand your situation. You have the right to free legal advice if you’re questioned at a police station. You’ll also automatically get legal aid for legal representation in court if you’re under 16 (or under 18 and in full-time education) or on certain benefits. Otherwise, you may be eligible for Legal Aid if you cannot afford the costs of the legal process. If you cannot get legal aid, you may be able to get free advice from: the Law Centres Network Citizens Advice AdviceNow And don’t forget to talk to someone you trust, like a friend or family member. They can offer emotional support and help you cope with the stress that comes with all of this. You’re not alone, and it’s okay to ask for help.

Remember, you have a bright future ahead of you, and getting involved in illegal activities like money muling can mess it all up. Take the steps above to get your life back on track and put the whole mess behind you. Be quick, be responsible, and follow the law to minimise the trouble from your involvement as a money mule.

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