• j martin July 24, 2009 at 1:52 am

    Dear sir ,

    i have been offered a job with ,agip oil production comp in nigeria ,alarm bells,they have sent me a contract,i must add i applied through a job web site and this company replied,and phoned me with there interview ,

    i have done all the checks ,also contacted the nigerian emb in london,they want me to send USD900 to pay for the procurement process and send a letter to the embassy of apointment,

    Please tell me how els i can add security and track this money through MONEY GRAM, with receipts thay with pay my expences.

    Is this a scam ,

    Please reply i need your advice please

    j martin

    • chantelle November 9, 2010 at 8:57 am

      Yes this is a scam. About 2 years ago Nigeria took me for $400. Please be carefull and dont send any money. Why should you have to pay to get a job. If it sounds to good to be true it is.

    • swamp rat April 18, 2011 at 9:43 pm

      Hey J i have a ocean front lot in Arizona for sell want to buy it. I caint belive some one would think about sending money to people they dont know or have never met. A fool and his money are soon

      • LAS_Admin April 19, 2011 at 8:03 am

        Hey Swamp, good call. Btw, I'm interested in some ocean front property–is it located near Phoenix 😉 All kidding aside, hope rings eternal with folks who want to believe in the good of others and human nature–for the most part–makes us want to help others; unfortunately, it pays (literally) to be a bit skeptical most times…

    • jorden July 21, 2014 at 2:06 am

      Yes its a scam.. even with a tracking number once you send that money there's nothing you can do to get it back.

  • AbiK July 24, 2009 at 8:25 am

    Hi J Martin,

    Gee, might just be me, but you mention "alarm bells"–your gut feel is the first reality check–then you go on to say they want US$900? Since when does an oil company–or any company–that's looking to hire you need you to send cash? Enough said…?

  • Roy Signalman August 18, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    here is yet another way to scam you

    get that moneygram in your name so they can forge your name and steal your cash

  • petpet September 10, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    This woman in indonesia named arry widya wayhuni still received money thru moneygram when infact this woman name ingga prasetya send a death certificate saying that she is dead. They often get money every month saying emergency to a polygamous man here in alaska. After so many emergency since 2002 upto now…i have evidence of their mails but this man really believe that they never lie since they are muslim converted christian.So this man here lives in poerty until now,she ask again for rent but take note,she said a lot cost $16700USD and she and boys which her brother that she said she adopt will come if sold but if only the clerk of the bank will identify this 2 woman that do the scam so they will have money monthly..they attract foreign man and gain their trust and since then have emergency monthly that coz over a thousand dollars.

  • scam September 10, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    Be aware of Domainsponsor scam company. This company operates under domainsponsor and oversee names and washes money via oversee company. Tax fraud and cheating is what they do. Stay away from them. Classaction lawsuit is coming.

  • Daren October 13, 2009 at 8:39 am

    Moneygram's cash only policy enables criminal behavior by ensuring that all transactions are insecure. If a fraud victim were to use a credit card to wire money to a criminal, the credit card company will nullify payment when the victim reports the crime. Moneygram does not want any nullification of transactions (even those based on fraud), so it only permits transactions based on cash. This enables Moneygram to profit extensively off of crime.

  • MaryEllen October 16, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    MoneyGram is no an innocent in this they protect the scam artists.I was scammed out of $5600 yesterday and even the Feds with a subpoena hit a wall when they try to get info from MoneyGram. They actually ignore the subpoenas! They are the #1 reson the scams cannot be stopped and the money cannot be recuperated. People have got to boycott/sue MoneyGram and also Walmart for protecting video of scammers in their stores. If they are going to come between honest people getting there money back and be on the side of the scammers we need to sue/boycott them also. Enough is enough. I cannot afford to just forget this. I am going to keep pusueing it until something is done about Moneygram.

    • Lisa Jones October 9, 2013 at 9:38 pm

      I recently lost money through a scam with moneygram. I was wondering if you have had any results with exposing them? As you said, I can’t just let this go. Thank you.

  • Sarah October 27, 2009 at 10:35 am

    October 17, 2009

    My daughter was scammed using a MoneyGram. The bank is charging my daughter $2700 for checks she deposited into her account. Her roommate was sending her half of the rent for a new apartment. The checks cleared only to find out they were fake. A police report was filled out as well as contact of state attorney office. The bank still have yet to act and we are giving the run away.

    • admin October 28, 2009 at 10:28 am

      Hi Sarah, I'm sorry to hear that your daughter was a victim of a MoneyGram Scam–and given the recent news of MoneyGram's $18 million settlement with the FTC, you are not alone. It's a seemingly small fine, quite frankly, for what's been reported as MoneyGram's involvement in bilking consumers out of $80 million between 2004 -2008 in a telemarketer fraud case that originated in Canada. Please let us know how your complaint(s) continues to unfold–given the comments we hear from readers, it sounds like there's potentially more legal action brewing.

  • john October 31, 2009 at 5:35 am

    Person posing as a navy soldier in Kingsville Texas took me for 4000 and money gram had me on hold when I was trying to stop payment for 30 minutes. When she finally got on the line she told me they picked up the money 15 minutes ago. On another note they had me send the money to a Walmart #$$$ and the person who stole it picked it up 100 miles away some where else. How can they be trusted to wire money anywhere.

  • Lori December 2, 2009 at 9:13 am

    I recieved in the mail yesterday 3 money grams for the amount of $950.50. What seems kind of unusual was that the money grams were inside of a folder paper, I guess so no one could see whats on the inside. Anyway, the paper is blank on both sides and gives a name of the purchaser as a Carl Brown in Deyew NY. I have no idea who this is and there's no note, have anyone experienced something like this?

  • John J January 11, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    These scams are listed here and on other websites,it would not be surprise if these fraudsters come up wtih new areas to use a reputable business such as moneygram to swindle money from people.

  • Laura W January 13, 2010 at 12:42 am

    Wow, I have been chosen out of 5700 qualified canadates to be a secret shopper for Feedback Plus INC a firm out of Dallas TX. All I have to do is pose as a customer sending a Money Gram from Wal-Mart and I get "PAID" $300 for my trouble. I received a letter in the mail containing a counterfeit cashers check for $3950 on Allegacy Federal Credit Union located in Winston Salem NC, in a envelope with no return address mailed from Canada, the instructions had a letterhead of Los Angeles CA., an 6 different 800 numbers. I mean they sent it in the frickin' mail!!!! So I am suppose to cash the fake check at my bank, wire $3580 to any first name plus my last name. I then verify that I have completed the mystery shopper assignment by faxing form with the transaction number, and Money Gram Reference code to an 800 number. Oh Yeah, all within 72 hours. I took it to the Police Dept and a copy to my banker instead.

    • admin January 13, 2010 at 5:18 am

      Hi Laura, Unbelievable! Thanks for sharing your moneygram story–and for doing the right thing! Too often folks get these things either in the mail or in their inboxes and just toss them. Good for you for taking it to the police and your banker!

    • Craig October 31, 2011 at 8:39 am

      Laura, if you are still there I have gotten something simular in the mail the other day. A letter, in broken english, two money orders and three email addresses to mail it back to. That is, of course, after I cash the orders, evailuate the service of the Western Union office from which I transfer the money, and fill out a short questionairre. I always thought a money order had to be purchased with cash. If this is so then these should be as good as cash, right?

  • Brad January 18, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    I just got scammed for 4850 last week for a car through money gram . The money was sent to a fake name in Georgia and when I called money gram they would not get back to me or cooperate . The car was listed on autotrader and from what I hear and believe , auto trader is involved in these scams . Both the companies are crooked , I will never use any of their services again . Beware , I'm only 20 years old and ha my parents take a loan out for me . Now I have to work hard every night for some nigerians pleasure . I have the FTC and a bunch of agencies involved . I will keep everyone updated .

    • Jasmine October 5, 2013 at 3:40 pm

      I'm sorry tti hear that. I've gone thru something similar, but they used amazon. So I'm wondering, did this ever get resolved?

  • Brad January 19, 2010 at 1:33 am

    It's crazy how they let this happen . I'm an honest hard working person. I needed a car to get back and forth to work every night . I was contimplating commiting suicide but I thought about it and would rather stay around to fight for me and every other hard working person until this problem is resolved . If anyone has advice please give me some input . Thank you

  • Kyle January 27, 2010 at 4:24 am

    I recently recived 2 money orders from moneygram in the mail about 2 days ago. They were dated Jan. 13th 2010. On both of them, they didnt have a "pay to" name.. It was blank.. I was wondering if you have any advice on this, because i have no idea why I recived it..


    • admin January 27, 2010 at 5:08 am

      Hi Kyle, First off, as you've probably guessed, no one just sends you a check in the mail that you weren't expecting. So it's sounding pretty much like some type of scam–and I don't have any info on why you've received it other than it appears someone's trying to engage you in what's come to be known as a "moneygram scam". Your options are: file a complaint with your local police, file a complaint at the MoneyGram website, or, simply rip it up and throw it away (or do all 3)…either way, don't try to cash it…

  • jackie January 28, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    I recieved 5 moneygram money orders from the same person and all of them are fake. Now I am out of $4700. I was contacted through a company called Stock fabrics to do work from home. I have gone to the police and filed a report. If anyone has any more information or could help please let me know.

  • Carolyn M February 2, 2010 at 3:56 am

    My husband has been scammed out of thousands. What are the odds here on recovering his losses? He has the copies of the moneygrams. Thanks for your help.

    • admin February 11, 2010 at 3:58 am

      Hi Carolyn, It's incredible how many people have been affected by a Moneygram scam and the amount of money that's been lost–I'm sorry you've been one of the many who've been hit. In terms of what to do, we just posted some additional info on Moneygram scams and some recourse that you might find useful–first step is to alert Moneygram to the situation and file a report/complaint with them. While it's uncertain whether you'll recover any monies via the current consumer redress process now being handled by the FTC, at least participation will not preclude you from exploring other legal options should you decide to–or need to–go down that route. Good luck and keep us posted on how things turn out.

      • Tammy August 10, 2013 at 6:42 pm

        These companies, Western Union and Moneygram (via Canada Post) have been participating in this and profiting from this for years. They must have liability insureance, and should be taking responsibility for the role they continue to play, and the profits they continue to make via allowing this to continue. Is there any class action lawsuit, or similar that people can join, who have been scammed, where these companies have been used?

  • hollie February 8, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    My husband got a call while he was at work from someone pretending to be a sheriff and told him that one of his employees was there and needed to be bailed out. He convinced my husband and told him to go to walmart and get a money gram. The creepy thing about it is that my husband said that they had G.P.S. tracking and told him they could see that he was 40 yards away from walking in the building.

    My husband called me after he tried to pick up said person at the county courthouse. I then immidiately call wal mart and talk to some one in the Money Gram department who told me that this kind of thing has been happening a lot lately and that there wasn't anything I could do without my receipt or an I.D. I asked if I call Money Gram personally. She couldn't even find me the money. I asked her what I could do to report it. She said I would need to file a complaint through them personally.

    I don't exactly know what to do about this but I do have a few questions: When the said person comes to pick them up don't they need an I.d. to retrieve that money? They had my husband send it directly to the person that my he believed to be in jail. My other question is he paid wal-mart the money with our depit card. Should I worry about my account information being out there and something else happening? How far can wal-mart be trusted if you don't even need an I.D. to pick up a wire transfer and all you need is a number?

    • admin February 11, 2010 at 3:51 am

      Hi Hollie, I'm sorry to hear you and your husband apparently got sucked into a scam–and this one sounds like one of the lowest of the lows I've heard, especially given that the scammers here apparently knew your husband's employees and that you mention the GPS element. It's all pretty creepy. While I can't speak to the procedures at Wal-mart, you should definitely file a complaint with Moneygram. We've also just posted some additional info on Moneygram scams that you might find useful. In terms of your debit card, just to be safe, alert your bank to what's happened and keep close tabs on your account–you may even want to have a new debit card issued simply for peace of mind. Finally, you may wish to file a report with your local police–can't hurt, could help. Good luck…

  • van February 12, 2010 at 5:44 am

    I had a room for rent and i listed it on craigslist and received an email from what was suppose to be a young lady who was interested in renting from me she was up north and wanted to move to florida. So i responded and told her that she needed to secure the room with the first months rent and deposit she then emailed me and stated she would send the money for the room and would also send the money for shipment of her car and that i was to take my money out and then she decided she would just drive down so she wanted her money back for the car shipping. so what i did was call money gram and was told that the moneygrams was fraud and that the bank would cash them and ask for the money back in approximately 3 weeks. of course by this time i would have sent her money from my account but instead what i did was contact the police and report this attempt to fraud me. all i wanted to do was rent a room and was almost taken for over 2800 dollars. Please dont let these scammers defraud you. beware of moneygrams for the amount of $950 because if they go over that amount then they are reported to the feds so they will send worthless money grams in the above amount to avoid any alert to the feds. So beware of these scum scams

    • admin February 12, 2010 at 7:34 am

      Hi Van, Thanks so much for sharing this story. You were smart–very smart–to do what you did and it saved you a bundle. I'm sure others will benefit from hearing what your experience was.

  • lou February 22, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    need your help. i was fooled by someone who told me to depsoit into moneygram visa debit card for plane tickets. he was convincing and even sent me his identification and proof that he had the miles to book me plane tickets. he made me trust him and i was stupid enough to do so…

    i sent several times due to the limit you can deposit through the express payment service per day, so i had to send 5 times which gone up to 5000 for several plane tickets.

    i still have all the proof and moneygram information, even a copy of his credit card and passport, adress and all..

    please advice me what i can do. i lost all the money i saved after getting laid off. i just wanted to leave with my family back to our country.

    what is the best option for me to get my money back.. i deposited into his debit money gram visa card through express payment service.

    i am so saddned and depressed for days.

    • admin February 23, 2010 at 6:11 am

      Hi Lou, Sounds like you got scammed pretty badly. Unfortunately, I don't think you can put much faith in the credentials your scammer provided–however, you should include whatever info you have in any report or official complaint you file with your local police, and also with Moneygram. We recently wrote an update on what to do if you've been affected by a Moneygram scam–take a look there as you'll find information on the steps you should take. There's no guarantee that you'll be able to get your money back, but you can't expect anything if you don't follow through on submitting your complaint. Good luck.

  • Diane L May 27, 2010 at 6:00 am

    I received two moneygrams yesterday. I was to cash these money grams, take out a 10% commission and forward a new money gram to a another person- Both the company where the e-mail came from and the company where the moneygrams came from had multiple website listings. Could they just be using these names of the companies?
    How about the pseron who sent me the moneygram-did they pay for it with real money?

    • admin June 1, 2010 at 8:27 am

      Hi Diane, The first rule when it comes to Moneygrams (or any other money wire service) is that if you did not initiate it or were not aware of it's being initiated by someone, then beware. Sounds like a scam to me…

  • Lisa June 25, 2010 at 1:26 pm


    I came to the recent news that I have been scammed by a bad check. I'm 22 and I don't want others to be scammed like I have. What happened was that I was led to believe that I would be babysitting for a mom coming from out of town. She wanted to "ease" her conscience by paying me for the first week's pay upfront, only to send me a check from another state for said amount plus more money to wire to someone to purchase goods for her children to use when I would babysit for her. Well, it took me a few days to catch on and I had to speak to the bank to let them know that the check was fraudulent. What I don't understand is, how the bank can give you money in your account without verifying the check right away. The check supposedly cleared and I was able to wire some of the funds, but upon realizing that this check is most likely bad and will not be noticed for a few weeks. I talked to the bank and now I have to pay what is in my account to them. I've learned my lesson but am sad to say it has left me with no money. I'm not really sure what to do next. I also have the question of whether or not I try to go back to the place where I wired the money, if there's any way to recall that.

    Thanks, and any advice you can give me would be very much obliged.

    • admin June 28, 2010 at 3:21 am

      Hi Lisa, First off, you should definitely contact the wire service you used to file a complaint with them. Filing a complaint with the wire service will not, most likely, get your money back, but you need to file a complaint should there be any form of recourse, and the wire service needs to know the details so that they can be on the alert should this "mom" try to scam again. I'm a bit surprised that the bank cleared the check without having the funds–if the check is indeed fraudulent, I would look into it further with your bank. Unfortunately, this is a classic case of "lesson learned"–and a lesson to others: never, ever agree to wire money if someone else is asking you to do so–unless you are 100% sure you know who is requesting the money, you've spoken to them directly, and you know why the money is needed; and , it's especially a red flag when someone says they are "sending you money" and that they expect you to then wire money from the money that was "sent" to you. I hope you can put this one behind you soon.

  • Jen B August 16, 2010 at 9:32 am

    I just opened my mail and out fell scam. It was from Feedback Plus, Inc, had a cashier's check for 950, a form to fax in, some guy's name to call. They want me to send the money through Western Union or Moneygram.

    Two things told me this was a scam. First, they said they were evaluating a store that had poor customer service on the receiving end and to evaluate everything that occured when I sent the money. Well, what if my family member didn't use that particular store and why would I need to pay close attention to the store where I'm sending money if it's the store on the receiving end that has the issues? Second, it said my family member was to receive the money but then the next sentence said it would be a mystery shopper who would get it so they could evaluate the store.

    Turning it over to the police today. I haven't even had it in my possession for 15 minutes.

    • admin August 17, 2010 at 5:05 am

      Hi Jen, Good for you–you're doing the right thing; it's a shame more people aren't as discerning as you and in the heat of the moment they actually follow thru on the scam only to regret it later.

  • Lori September 6, 2010 at 8:55 am

    What is a "safe" alternative to moneygram & how much does it cost to use something else?In this situation I have no credit card & place doesn't accept money orders.Thank you very much

    • admin September 6, 2010 at 7:31 pm

      Hi Lori, I can't really recommend a money wire service for you other than to say that in most instances the "big" services are legit–ie, those like Moneygram and Western Union. It's unfortunately scammers who are not associated with Moneygram that use the Moneygram service to complete their scam; I'm not sure what you're trying to accomplish, but if you're able to get a money order, you probably can get a pre-paid debit card–though there can be some high fees with those so do your research first–but you may be able to use a pre-paid debit card for the transaction.

      • Jerry Kennedy May 21, 2015 at 1:08 am

        A man named John David keeps e-mailing. Telling me I’m getting $10000, cannot put in bank many reasons n told me to go to money gram. And send an agent $400 before he releases funds to me. Its been five different people. Now Just this one man.

  • Mark September 30, 2010 at 9:05 am

    Ah the moneygram scam, I just got 4 of them today. No reference #'s The money orders are duplicates w/the same serial #. The scammers were fairly convincing, good looking website etc. Today I get a call from a guy supposedly from his office and all I hear are Roosters crowing in the background. HaHaHa office chickens!! Beware people, nobody just sends you money, get involved with something legitimate…………

  • Stacy October 22, 2010 at 10:45 am

    i was contacted about a job via craigslist. all communication was done strictly by email. i was sent moneygrams and money orders and given lists of names and addresses. i was asked to labels the money orders and i was also sent fedex and UPS labels to affix, and send them out. was doing this without a problem for 3 months. the second time i go to collect my payment for this – via moneygram – i was told i couldn't collect the money and would have to contact the sender. 1 hour later i get a call from moneygram telling me the money is fraudulent and everything i've been doing is fraudulent…nigerian scam.

    i see now that the website they gave me for verification 3 months ago, is now suspended.

    the person's email address that sends me all the moneygrams is — i'm putting this here in the hopes that the next person will google this email address first before taking any work on.

  • Fakinlede September 27, 2011 at 6:21 am

    I sent $200 to my brother 09/24/2011 in Nigeria. Someone other than he collected the money. His bank wants the bank's name where the money was collected in Nigeria. How can I get this name?

    • harbinder January 25, 2013 at 4:32 pm

      this question can not be answered by money gram or other institution like WU can provide. they are to make their commission. most of the prople are being scammed thinking that there money is in good hand. but if we do not know and make on line purchse even supplier make false and fake web site and they have fake identity. collect money. this is nothing to do with money gram or others. they had made their own profit already

  • michelle guo October 12, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    I am a moneygram agent, they took out nearly $1000 from my bank account for no reason and claim it is due to fraud outside money gram trying to evade from the responsibility, and ridiculously claim I authorized the transaction!

  • Darlene December 12, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Be on the look out for RBCI Rollintercorp sending you as check drafted on a well known bank it it fraud. I am a victim of this and I have been going on line to help any one I can so this will not happen to any one else. Please be careful everyone. They are good at what they do. Ive tried reporting this to the police department, sheriff department and I still have not been able to file a report. If anyone knows of anyone I can report to so that to protect others please let me know. To trusting

  • Lady TCB December 13, 2012 at 8:10 am

    I have been speaking to US Soldier for the last few months, and he on his last misson and due to retire…He is serving in West Africa, Nigeria…last week he said he been offered a Log contract in Nigeria, but would need to £1200 to get a form, and the contract for the Business…He has asked me to loan him the money, and send it through moneygram…..and his driver will collect the money….Which I find very odd…..Anyway I went to the post office with the cash, and the counter staff asked a few question…saying do I know the person, and have I met the person, who the money is for….they ask if receiver is wanting Nire or dollars…I came away….as it all sound very complicated and I still have my cash with me…..I must be mad for going there in the first place….has anyone eles experience this ??

  • harbinder January 25, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    i order some monitors to a supplier from china who I come cross by Alibaba. sent money by moneygram. this supplier is registerd with Alibaba. did not get monitors. complained to Alibaba. they taken all the corressponding and evidence. after few days they said. they written to that supplier they did not answer. alibaba has taken off their web site from alibaba web. and they advised me to contact police in china. or contact emabassy in china. no one cares. and clients can not do much . just angry and helpless. best thing should not trust any one how is selling any thing and do not send money

  • Mary March 25, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    I am an avon rep and i got an order from a modeling agency in california to order some products. I recieved a check and was told that the check was written over because it had included their travel expences. I sent the money back using moneygram and the bank called today saying it was a bad check. I don't know what to do now I just got screwed out of 1,700 dollars. what can be done about this I don't have a job and have no way to pay this back.

  • Chase Howard July 30, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Thanks for providing this list. It's a real shame that there are some people who actually fall of these scams, and they get taken advantage of so easily. Some scams are easier to point out then others. The one I think is the most difficult to point out are the romance scams. There are plenty of Russian scams involving this that some people would have no idea about unless they either met the person face to face or they conducted an international background check. That is something that everyone should do because if you have any doubts of any kind of someone you meet online, you should definitely consider looking into a background check that will advise you that the relationship is legitimate or it isn't. If it isn't, you should cut off all contact possible.

  • Tito August 28, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    This statement is for a company that I believed scammed me out of $452.00 dollars. They stated that they represent Merrill edge. Well it started when I received a statement email from Merrill edge and then I received a email from Marcia from Merrill edge. ()

    Saying I was approve for a loan. I waited to call when I got home. So I called 1 (877) 235-6640 and her ext is 3. She stated thank you got doing business with Merrill edge and I asked how she get my information she stated that I have a account with them which is true. So I continue with the process. She stated that all I needed to do is make a 3 month payment as security which came out to $452.00, when I sent that money through money gram which is my dumb decision I should have known better. I had to send the payment to a Shannon Campbell in Canada. I called and told them the money was sent. They told me great the contact will Br sent out to me in which it was so they asked me for my bank account information and it stated the loan term. I signed and fax back to them.(18772356640) that number didn’t work so I used the fax number on the email. I called back and they told me everything was received and that I will have my money into my account within 3-6 hours I call after 7 hours since nothing was posted nor pending in my account a John strong told me to be a little more patience. I told my I will call the next day, I did Marcia did not till I used a fake name she pick up and had me on hold for 30 minutes then came back to ask for more money from me. I told her no I don’t have it, just give me my money back she stated that the broker Bank of America policy states that she can’t do it the manager is the only one that can make at decision. So I ask to speak to the manager she told me he was busy so I called back and a micheal spencer pick up and stated he was the manager and that there’s 21 days hold on my payment before I can even think about getting back but he really wanted me to pay more and not give me back my money. I called back that night and a John strong stated the same thing however this time he stated the Merrill edge is the filet for Bank of America that’s why it takes to long. H get myself in a bad pickle, suppose to get married next week that’s while I was hunting for loan. And give up my last $452 in my account no food gas nor way to get back and forth. So I’m writing this to the Bank of America to warn them since Merrill edge( the real one) ask me to. To the BBB since they have the logo on their website and my bank to hopefully change my account information.

  • bruce November 28, 2013 at 10:05 am

    I have been offered a job by a web based company who want to send money into my account and ask me to forward it via money Gram to others.
    They do not want me to invest or pay any money. they even offer an 8% commission for each transaction paid upfront.

    is it a fraud or scam by any chance. is this legal
    have you come across any similar cases or offers

  • Mohammad December 27, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    My cousin had a child birth he lost his job so I sent 160 bucks (with currency exchange that is enough to pay basic needs for child care)

    Money gram kept me and my cousin running around their branches for 30 days


  • Suzette January 24, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    I am warning everyone who uses craigslist. I was looking for a vehicle and thought that I had found one. Barbara Melton was the seller who had the vehicle advertised. a 2003 Honda Cr-v for $1800. The purchase was through her e-mail. She used the reason for selling, her 22 year old son was killed by a drunk driver. That was why she was selling the vehicle, because the car reminded her of too many memories. She told me the vehicle was stored through e-Bay Motors. I was contacted via email from this so called fake e-Bay. Long story short. I Sent a money gram. The vehicle was promised today, but no vehicle. Hard mistake to learn by when you work so hard and save. Please beware of this craigslist and e-Bay Motors Scam.

  • Samantha Delrosario February 7, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    Suzette the I had the same thing happen to me yesterday but Debra Miller said she was selling the jeep due to her husband dying a couple months ago

  • Donald February 18, 2014 at 1:36 am

    I had the same thing happen on 2/17/14. Vehicle on ctaigslist, 99 expedition Eddie Bauer. Shes in national guard in Wash. Husband died 4 months ago in vehicle accident. Got me for $1879.00 that I worked hard for with 2 small children and nneding a vehicle. Raigslist, western union nor google wallet where a guy supposedly named Brandon Breiner, New York, google wallet agent. Her name was Barbara Blash with her email as . Needleaa to say the vehicle never got delivered. I have reported it to several authorites and filed several internet complain. My opiniom is Craigslist should be held accountable for knowing that this scam is taking place(and they do know because of finding out od numerous complaints)being filed for letting these scammers still post adds on their site. They dont care neither does the other companys because its not their damn money. I will speak to an attorney to see if I have any options but more than likely im screwed. Well I hope those bastards choke on my money and die!

    • bruce February 24, 2015 at 4:06 pm

      I had the same happen to me. Luckily I did not send any money. I called ebay and moneygram and they both advised me that it was a scam. To everyone: if it’s too good to be true then it generally is!!

  • Abbie March 11, 2014 at 10:18 am

    I’m currently trying to handle a situation. Moneygram refunded my money seeing how they suspected a scam which I thankful for. But now this scam company is harassing me and making things up to get my money. They are expecting me to drive to another state to send them the money seeing how moneygram will not send it through to them. I can’t get it to stop. Nothing seems to work.

  • Vickcruz September 29, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    someone is offering payment for a cellphone i have through moneygram…is it safe for me to take payment? What could be the outcome? they are asking me to mail the cellphone but they want to send the money for me to mail it too…again…though moneygram.
    is it a scam?

    • Mariana November 17, 2014 at 10:34 am

      Same happened to me… What did you do? Did you send the cellphone?

  • Mariana November 17, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Hi there there is this lady called Helena Bauer. She wants to purchase a playstation 3 with accessories from me. She send a moneygram but first I must send the tracking number before the money can be released. Is this a scam or what? I am not familiar with a moneygram

    • Nicole January 13, 2015 at 5:24 pm

      Hi. The same happened to me (except for she wants my cellphone) but i didn’t send it cause i am too scared to send as it sounds too good to be true. She never even looked at the phone or asked for pictures! She offered to pay for courier and the phone. Her name is Natasha Carlton. Theres even a very convincing email that was sent (but went straight to my spam box) to say that the money was sent but it on hold till i send them a tracking number. She wanted me to send it to her pastor in Nigeria but she is currently in the UK so she would be using moneygram.

      I think this is a scam also but im not sure.

      did you send your playstation to this lady and how was the outcome

      • Mariana January 19, 2015 at 2:04 am

        No I never send the playstation Told her I dont do business this way

  • Dave November 18, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    It happened in the year 2007. I got scammed because I thought I was going to meet a nice beautiful woman off the internet. The person sent me two (2) counterfeit money orders totaling $950 each ($1,900). The person said send me $1,700 through western union and keep the rest of the $200. So I proceeded like the gullible person I was only to find out about a month later that the two (2) money orders I deposited were fake. I had to pay the bank back for their losses in the amount of $1,900.00. Eventually I paid them the total amount of $1,900.00 and Chase bank discontinued my account. Unfortunately I did not make copies of the money orders. I even went to the police and told them about this scam, tried going to the civil courts and no help. As of right now 11/2014 Chase has red flagged my ID because im blacklisted as a fraud in Chase. Checked my Credit reports, DMV no signs of fraud on my ID. What Can I do?

  • tony January 3, 2015 at 9:46 am

    I know someone who receive s money from all over USA then takes 10% out the sends it on to Nigeria at no cost to them is this legit?

  • Steve February 17, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    Grandparents just got scamed. They were told I was locked up and sent money to get me out. I was pararently in Antigua. Scam artist told my grandparents not to tell my dad. Grandparents are so freaked out asking me how they stole my voice. Im like no one has my voice guys. Not sure what to do. Contact moneygram, FTC?

  • heather February 25, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    I had recently applied for a loan through an online loan company, but was denied. Then,today I received an email saying that I was actually approved and to please call to complete my application. So I call,though I’m already feeling VERY skeptical. The “loan officer” precedes to ask me to send 100.00 through money gram to prove that I’m capable of making the payments because I have cash on hand. That’s just crazy. So I call the number for the actual loan company I found online,and they don’t even do loans in my state,nor do they have my application on file as being approved. Thank goodness I didn’t send money. Sadly too many ppl are. I’m asking for a loan,obviously I don’t have money to send!!! Ridiculous.

  • heather February 25, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    I also don’t understand how these people are never brought to justice? Don’t you need a valid ID to pick up money from moneygram?

  • Brian hallman March 16, 2015 at 5:08 am

    How can someone get u for scamming but they didn’t send u any money but they got ur first and last name and my address can they do anything

  • wendy salazar April 23, 2015 at 12:45 am

    I was selling a air conditioner for 170
    And someone texted me that they will give 30 more and she sended the money order od 975 and she said the rest to deposit it to jer bank account is this a scam

  • sheharyar gill April 28, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    i contacted a guy to buy a laptop he said i send the money through moneygram but keep the refrence number once the goods are delivered i can give him the refrence number is this a scam?I have never sent money through moneygram so i don’t know anything about it.?

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