Scam Alert: Victims Get Their Money Back

Beginning Wednesday April 28, a claims administrator working for the Federal Trade Commission will mail more than 34,000 checks totaling almost $18 million to consumers identified as victims of a series of cross-border fraud schemes involving payments via MoneyGram International, Inc., the second-largest U.S. wire-transfer company.

In October 2009, the FTC charged that MoneyGram agents helped fraudulent telemarketers and other con artists who tricked U.S. consumers into wiring millions of dollars within the United States and to Canada – after these consumers were falsely told they had won a lottery, were hired for a secret shopper program, or were guaranteed loans.

The redress checks being issued average $520.

They are legitimate checks, and the FTC urges consumers who receive them to cash them within 60 days.

The checks are being sent to U.S. consumers who complained directly to MoneyGram about their fraud-induced money transfers within the United States or to Canada.

The redress program covers consumers whose transfers were made between the years 2004 through 2008.

Consumers should call the claims administrator at 1-877-740-6993 with any
questions.


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  • by ericas Location: co on May 6, 2010 at 08:28 AM
    I was actually scammed by a company claiming to be a secret shopping company where they send you a check and ask you to go to a specfic moneygram location (within a walmart) and send it to another location. They sent me a full packet with several documents on how to rate the moneygram employees, what to look for ect, they even had a website (which I had checked out) and operators standing by on a phone number that I had called. I lost $3800 within a month. I guess with the economy taking a plunge I made a bad decision, however I am no fool and graduated at the top of my class from college. Please have some respect for people who are taken advantage of. thank you
  • by Tom on May 3, 2010 at 11:56 AM
    I got one of these checks today in the mail and I never used MoneyGram in 2004-2008.
  • by tom Location: new bern on May 3, 2010 at 10:39 AM
    Just received a letter from canada to send money to Western Union in the UK for lottery we didn't enter. Watch out.
  • by Susan Location: Rome, Georgia on Apr 29, 2010 at 10:03 PM
    I would like to see a similar investigated done on Western Union. I wired money to two "employees" in U K in 2005. This was done against a fraudulent check which had been bleached and altered to show me as the payee. I had to repay the bank in full, though there was fault on their part in how the check was handled. They put a 10 day hold on it before releasing funds to me. This was their safeguard but it did not work for me, as the bleached check had been exposed as fraudulent months later. If Suntrust had sent this check for "Collection" (charged me fees) the fraud would have been detected earlier on. I asked Western Union to consider refunding me the transfer fees last year from the two wire transfer. They refused.
  • by susan Location: Georgia on Apr 29, 2010 at 09:51 PM
    Has anyone actually received money back from the FTC? I think that I read that $22 Million was what MOneygram paid as recompense for their losses to fraud. I was a victim in 2005 - counterfeit check - wired $3800 each to two "employees" in U. K by Western Union. The check I received which fooled the bank was ultimately a stolen bleached altered one from a Winnipeg business. I wonder if the FTC will put Western Union through a similar investigation to the one they did on Moneygram. We should all write our senators asking for an investigation review of Western Union
  • by BoBo the 1 legged Clown Location: NC on Apr 29, 2010 at 07:33 PM
    Can I get a list of these names I have a Mosquito Farm in Engelhard I would like to sell
  • by Shawn on Apr 29, 2010 at 12:47 PM
    I am glad to hear that the FTC stepped in to force MoneyGram to pay back the victims of these scams, who were told that the checks were good (see, they were NOT stupid, they were given incorrect information) When the bank tells you the check is good, verified and clear it makes you think that maybe this is all on the up and up. Scams work because people are trusting.
  • by mike on Apr 29, 2010 at 11:50 AM
    people are so stupid to think they have won. when they have not enter. they need to loss there money.this is one lesson they need to learn.
  • by Kevin Location: New Bern on Apr 29, 2010 at 10:46 AM
    Scams like these will continue to thrive because internet-illiterate people will continue to use poor judgement. If you were never out of the country how can you win an out of the country lottery?
  • by to Miranda Location: gville on Apr 29, 2010 at 09:34 AM
    Don't see where it states the government is paying for it...do you? The FTC got involved but I think that MoneyGram is paying it.
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