• Loretta May 2, 2010 at 6:04 am

    Where can I find out what type of method was used to come to an amount for each consumer? I was scammed out of $1,250.00 and received a settlement of $97.50. The $97.50 is not even even 10% of what I lost.

    • admin May 3, 2010 at 4:44 am

      Hi Loretta, I'm not sure by your comment exactly which settlement you're referring to, so it's a bit of a challenge to reply with any specifics. I will say though, that the amount of any given class action settlement is often lower than what an individual claimant might expect–or have lost. It's the nature of the beast; on the upside, a class action allows for many individuals to be able to even have their beef heard in court–litigation on an individual basis can be very costly; on the downside, because the "class"–ie, the collective group of plaintiffs–must meet the requirement of "commonality", individual damages are viewed collectively. So regardless of whether one claimant's damages were $5,000 (hypothetically) and another's were $1,000, both will receive the small amount come settlement time. You can read more about class actions in our Pleading Ignorance columns as well.

    • forrest September 4, 2013 at 11:37 pm

      how were you scamed ?

  • David H May 5, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    My dad fell for a scam today that had him send money from Walmart Money Gram to Ontario Canada. The caller said it was my brother (there son) who was in a auto accident and did not take out insurance on the rental car and they required $3,000 for the damage or would not let him leave the country and would miss his flight. Anyways the other party picked up the money before my dad figured it out by calling my brothers cell ph to make sure was alright after the fact.
    Filed a police report and a claim at money gram. They would not disclose which money gram location the scammer picked up the money or contact that location to make them aware a scam had happened and try to see if any video tape of the person who got the money, etc. Thy said all that we do is fil out a claim ticket and move on and not able to speak to anyone else.
    If I got a call that a fraud happened at my business I would work with the potential consumer not be rude.

    Anything updated that my dad could do or any other suggestions at this point?


    • admin May 6, 2010 at 11:33 am

      Hi David H, Thanks for your comment–it triggered an immediate reaction in me and I posted an update on the Moneygram situation just now. Unfortunately, you’ve taken most of the “correct” steps. The only other things to do are to file a complaint with the FTC–the link and phone number are in the post that just went up.. you can also contact a lawyer to review the details of your case. You can fill out a claim form on our site here if you’d like (it’s free) and it will be sent out to attorneys for review. It’s a challenging issue as the “true” perpetrator was apparently some guy up in Canada that you don’t really have–or haven’t been privy to–any info on. However, as you can see by the FTCs actions with Moneygram, Moneygram was not immune to reprimand. I’m truly sorry your father was the victim of such a scam. Keep us posted on your progress and good luck. -Abi

  • Jonathan W June 3, 2010 at 11:57 am

    Hi…back in 2005-2006 I was scammed out of 4000 dollars through money gram at a walmart near me. I filed a report at the State Troopers and with the FBI on their website….will I get a piece of the lawsuit? I didn't file a complaint with money gram because I didn't think they would do anything about it. My money ended up going to Amsterdam, Netherlands. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to recover any of the money I lost back then. I can go to the Troopers and try to get a copy of the police report if needed.

    Thank you,

    • Jonathan W June 3, 2010 at 12:02 pm

      Also, It was on a vehicle in Maryland but apparently international people were aloud to pick up my money even though I specified that I didn't NOT want it available internationally. The address in Maryland was legit too and that's why I fell for it. :(

    • admin June 3, 2010 at 2:53 pm

      Hi Jonathan, I'd give it a try by filing your complaint w/the FTC (ie, the details given in the post); you were scammed during the timeframe that they've identified, so it's certainly worth a shot…

  • Laura V June 7, 2010 at 8:47 am


    I just received money from a moneygram, how will I know if the money being sent to me is bogus or not?

    • admin June 7, 2010 at 10:21 am

      Hi Laura V, I can't say for sure, but usually one of the main ways you know it's not legit is if you knew nothing about receiving any kind of moneygram, and suddenly you're receiving one…best to be wary…

  • terrill July 30, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    I received a check from ftc v money gram is this check legit. i was scam and reported to moneygram the agent was very helpful in helping me report.

  • Sherri W September 6, 2010 at 7:30 am

    In July 2008, my husband fell for a scam that was supposedly posted online at Online Outpost with all the bells and whistles, except that the scammers used the number 0 for one of the letters O in the URL. I did not realize this until he did not receive the mower. We were asked to send a Moneygram to a man in TX since the seller was in Alaska. I have every email. receipt for Moneygram, both the seller's and Moneygram "agent's" name, as well as phone numbers. I contacted the state police at that time, but did not contact the attorney general's office, is it too late? Would this be considered a Moneygram scam or just an Internet scam? Thanks, shwoods

    • admin September 6, 2010 at 7:24 pm

      Hi Sherri, I'm sorry to hear about your husband getting scammed–and that's a common method by the way–to have a URL slightly modified just enough to be different but not really perceptible. I'd go ahead and also notify the folks at Moneygram as well. It's definitely an internet scam, but given the use of Moneygram, it's a Moneygram scam too. It is probably a bit late to notify other authorities–particularly if the scammer URL is no longer in use, which I'm guessing after two years it probably is not…

  • Anna October 8, 2011 at 8:50 am

    I was ordering a animal, and the lady asked me to pay with money gram and I did. She took the money, never sent the animal, and didn't reply to my emails. She also stopped replying as soon as she got the money. She said she will send me some money back (long story, for something else) and she didn't. She never told me her phone number so I had too look it up on the web. I will call her and ask her whats going on. There wasn't a lot of money spent but it was my childs money, (She wanted to pay for the dog) and I feel really bad. Also here, its very bad economy and $200 is a lot for a child, and we can't refund her with the money right now. So we have $-200 and no animal and a sad child. Please help! (I know this has nothing to do with money gram but still)

  • jackie lilleodden October 31, 2012 at 9:02 am

    I did everything they said in 2008 and was scammed 3800 from these people and never received a penny from the FTC. I just ran across the paperwork last nits and realized I will never recieve a dime so all you people just be gladyou git a payment

  • Venkata February 18, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    HI… I was scammed for 3000$ in roommate fraud. Please let me know the steps to get my hard earned money back.

  • CLG March 6, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    My Mom was scammed by several different Jamaican rings (sweepstakes) of around $100,000 back in 2009-2010. At the time, it was reported to the local Sheriff's office and I also have the receipts of most of the wire transfers. She used both Moneygram and Western Union. She heard about lawsuit with the FTC and Money Gram via the "American Greed" show and wants me to pursue. Is it too late?

  • Mary April 2, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    I was hired as a personal assistant. And one of my jobs was to cash a cashier check, that was sent to me in my account, and I keep my salary out of it. My salary was 350, and the check was for 1395, so if i take out my salary it would be 1045. So I sent it to London, to a supplier, and then a week to two weeks later, I go up to the bank to ask what is up with my account, and they tell me that the bank that the cashier check was from, was unpaid, And now, I have to pay them back all of the 1395 back. What should I do?

  • Jennifer April 17, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    I got an email about being mystery shopper and received 2 money orders for $645 each. I was suppose to deposit them and keep $200 and send the rest to someone in California. I received 3 more money orders and when I went to deposit them, my account was locked and they told me that the first 2 money orders were being bounced back and it took all the money in my account. What should I do?

    • triny November 6, 2013 at 8:41 pm

      same thing happened to me with a car wrap advertisement. and they sent me money one money order and i cashed it in my account and it had a return notice. i was told to keep 200 and send the rest. and now I'm f**cked.

  • Ray Box May 11, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    I’ve been scammed out of more than $40k – do I have any claim in the lawsuit ?? It started thru a dating website

    • Russell May 16, 2013 at 4:21 pm

      Ray can you tell me the dating website you got scammed on.

      • Halston March 4, 2014 at 12:56 pm

        Were you able to receive any money back from MoneyGram?

  • Jessica May 13, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    My Grandmother just got scammed out of $75k. Does anyone know if the FTC is still offering any kind of restitution? How could employees at Moneygram not have red flags go up when she kept sending money to the Phillapines day after day?!

  • Esther May 31, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    How i got back my money from internet Scammers
    Two years ago i received a mail telling me i have won a hug amount of money in one lotto,i was so amazed because i have never come across such a thing,i replied the mail and ask how i could get my winnings, they said i have to pay for courier shipping before the money is sent to me,that made me had doubt about it at first,but they kept sending me mails and calling me,it sounded convincing so i thought i pay the courier charge so the winnings be sent to me,which i later did,after making the payment i waited for days yet no package was receive, I contacted again and they demanded for another money as cost of transfer so they money be wired into my account,on hearing account i paid another huge some of money yet no package,that was how i suspected they were scammers,i wept bitterly because i lost a lot of money,this made me really down,i almost committed suicide until i came across some one who introduce me to Dr.Goodluck,i contacted him,explained to him how i was scammed,that was how the recovery process began,i did all what i was told to do,just after 2 weeks calls and mails started coming from the person who scammed me,he pleaded me to undo what i did to him,that he has been suffering from various attacks after he received a mail from me, i sent him a mail forwarded to me by Dr.Goodluck,i felt really happy because he told me that he was going to send my money back to me even though he has spent it but he will make sure i get them all back and he did started paying me bit by bit till he paid back all the money,after this i couldn't believe my self,i never thought it could be done,but Dr Goodluck did it for me,to all who has been through hell from internet scammers here is a time to have your own pound of flesh,contact Dr Goodluck he will reply to any emails asap.. HIS EMAIL ADDRESS Say No to Internet Scammers let Dr.Goodluck help you out,ONCE AGAIN HIS EMAIL ADDRESS IS:
    Good luck to you all..

    • victim October 13, 2013 at 9:16 pm

      i don't believe you. ppl never recoup scammed funds. this email address sounds like yet another scam!

  • Yang June 21, 2013 at 1:44 am

    i got been scammed from Moneygram. i sent my money to one of my friend in Louisiana by 10mins faster.
    he got busy on the date i sent to him…after the next day he tell me that someone was took it by the morning .
    i was lost $2700 on that day.
    i sent the money to him on Friday. Saturday all gone.
    i report to IC3 and FTC nothing happens and no replay back.
    how can i get my money back?

  • brendatwiggs56 September 19, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    I got scammed. At first I thought it was real He said I had won the Mega Million. I send him $1800.00 he kept coming up he needed more money. He said I had won a car and mega million. This started in Feb or March of 2013. I changed my phone number. But he called me on my old phone and I picked it up one day thinking it was my daughter. It was him ? Scott Ryan. He said he wouldn't ask for more money but he did in Sept. 2013. He would tell me he loved me and wanted to marry me each time he got off the phone he would say I love you. He loved me enough to take my money. I f you receive the following numbers run. 1-301-533-8442 which has a answering and then he gives you another number to get in touch with him ((AJAMACA call which cost you around 4 dollars a minutes. This is where he lives in Jamaca. That number is 1-876-480-0367. The he has another number you can call 1-301-328-3045 another number. I,m not finished yet Jamaca number 1-876-407-6758 his resident number. He seemed really nice until he received his last payment which was just $100. I don't understand why he tried. He always got me to send money to Jamaca with a money gram

  • mary October 2, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    I scammed too. my friend and I send money 60GBP in moneygram.because this is yhe one of the requirements in my application in UK.> we fill up the form .Am a receiver and my friend is a sender. Last Monday my friend (sender) check the money and still there, and the teller told her if u comfused u much better to get the money..but because we trust it not lost the money we decide to get the money on Friday when I take my free day.after all am still here and we worry about the money..when my friend check the money again just today, the money is gone..
    my question is the receiver and the sender is here, how the money get others person???
    it means the moneygram is not safe for our money?? or they connected too in the scam???
    how can we trust to moneygram again? it was first and last bad experience about moneygram…

  • victim October 13, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    i lost 50K on a date site scam on BBP people meet. 9K sent thru Money Gram dec 2009. Can i file to recoup any of this?

  • james j April 23, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    I was scammed out of 2,000 on craigslist,the listing was for a 04 Chevy Tahoe with a Rome listing, the person stated that she was going to be deployed to Afghanistan and needed to sell this vehicle before a certain date,I was told to send the money through Money gram,fax over all info to Google wallet to her so called seller by the name of William Vance in Montgomery Alabama,I followed all the necessary steps,they even had the Google Wallet spreadsheet and all with the status of “pending” I waiting a few days and tried to reach out to this person only to find out the email address had been closed,I contacted Google wallet to find out it was a scam,called Money gram only to find out the money had already been picked up,,talk about “being mad as hell and pissed the fuck off” anyway called money gram to file my complaint and hoping to get my money back and get these scammers prosecuted for internet wire fraud,again be careful and please read my story, and beware of the craigslist posting listed,”04 Chevy Tahoe,$2000, the posting even has a pic of a fold down DVD screen

    • Julie Baker January 29, 2015 at 5:01 pm

      This Annie Edwards chic has got a posting for a 2007 Tahoe LS for $2900 on the Butte Craigslist right now because I contacted her by the same email and she has the same story about being deployed as well. Someone needs to do something about this crap.

  • Secretness May 24, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    My grandma got scammed fro 400 dollars and we filed a complaint. Does anyone know how long it takes to get a report back to you?

  • Rick July 30, 2014 at 3:44 am

    I ordered a product from an individual for $250.00, and that was the last I heard from them. Moneygram refuses to give me any information about the scammer without a court order, which takes so long the the scammer is long gone by the time it goes through. I asked for my money back to no avail. Their BBB rating is D minus. Surprise.

  • raoul October 9, 2014 at 10:38 am

    I got scammed buying two pets and paid 430 for shipping. Now they want me to pay 550 more for a special crate. How do I get help. I’m in Canada they are in the states.

  • Justin October 22, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    My mother sent me money from Canada to Spain. I went to a Bank to collect the money but the bank teller informed me that the money was picked up. I placed a complain to MoneyGram but they never seemed to have cared, the case had been closed.
    I would like to reopen the case, if I hire a Lawyer, is there any possibility to get my money back ? They refused to tell me the Location where the money was picked up. Thank you.

  • Lauren October 29, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    I brought a car & was scammed over 3200 & I didn’t recieve any of my money back what should I do .!?

  • morrissa January 12, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    I bought a money order to pay a bill, my money order was ‘lost’ in the mail, I filled out a claim card CORRECTLY. When I called to check on the status of my refund (which I had to pay a 15$ fee) they told me that it was mailed to the wrong address because I put the wrong address on my claim card. MONEY GRAM said that I put the correct street address but the wrong city and zip code. The zip code THEY said I put wasn’t even the correct zip code for the city THEY said I put!!!!! When I call the 1-800-542-3590 on theback of my stub I can NEVER get anyone who can speak English and they tell me there is no supervisor to speak to…..where do I go from here??? I’m not sure how to make a complaint because 1-800-Moneygram can not be dialed…..

  • sss February 12, 2015 at 2:57 am

    I was scammed into buying a vehicle posted to a local craigslist. I sent $1500 via moneygram to a so called Amazon agent… Days went by and i heard nothing! No replys in my email , text or phone calls.. At the end of it someone walked away with $1500 of my money! They even went as far as blocking my number from calls.. Names involved were a D Wagner and the man who received my moneygram is a R Zitting located in Meridian, Mississippi . This happen all within this week and i am very upset! I made contact with law firms and filed fraud reports but have heard nothing yet! Even if i dont get my cash back i just hope these pathetic people dont scam another helpless innocent hard worker! I am not the firat Debra Wagner scammed with the vehicle she is.claimed to be selling i had found out after serching her name and info she provided me with!

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