• 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

    • Sophia oun August 31, 2015 at 6:01 am

      Hi David H
      My name is Sophia Oun .i just read your thing.
      On August 29th , 2015 ..One lady call from Thailand and say i have a package from a friend at UK he sent me something about the lady said i have to pay $ 850 dollars that all so they can sent a package to me i feel something not right so I call my friend and ask him did he sent me something , he said he did and he already paid for the delivery why i have to pay for delivery since he already paid. But anyway my friend just told me to pay 850 to Thailand place and these thailand people say ok we going to sent me a package, but they didn’t do it, and now they said i have to pay another 650 so they can release my package and delivery to me.
      I think if I willing to pay another 650 who know they gonna come up and say this and that. That why i tell my friend no I’m not pay another 650.

      So in my case what should I do. .Please help me out

  • 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.

    • Caroline Bleaney March 11, 2015 at 5:52 am

      I just had the some problem as you. And they refuse to tell me where the money was picked up from. If i don’t get my money back from moneygram I will put this in the radio and on the news so people from around the would will stop using moneygram because it is unsafe.

  • 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 .!?

    • Red March 2, 2015 at 3:15 pm

      So dam sad in 2009 I was scammed out of Alllll my darn Tax money $3000 thru Western Union, another $3000, thru Money gram trying to purchase a car for me an my mom, just found out that Money gram settled last year, 1-3 Million, I asked them were was my refund the lady said to me that I had until March 2013 to submit a claim., I said to her I’m just hearing about this an if you guys sent me something thru the dam mail I would have known, .not all people are aware of Civil suits, if the Government made them pay all that money back based on THERE DATA, THEN WERE IS MY MONEY reality is they get to keep money from All the people who didn’t have a chance to place a claim, my solution is to take them to court an fill a Small Claims suite ,

  • 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!

  • Dennis February 21, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    I was recently romanced scammed and believing the person was who she was (or maybe he?), I had sent $600 to them in thinking I was helping this person when she claimed her apt was burglarized. I know if the money was received, it’s gone for good, but is there a way to get it back if by chance it was NOT received at all?



  • Victoria February 23, 2015 at 9:40 am

    I was recently scammed with a vechile and had me send through money gram for eBay they gavee the eBay agents name to put it under and send to Virginia so how I sent it to a specific name that person wentto collect it so he should be on camera ggetting the money from money gram?? This happened Feb 12 what can I do?

  • Danielle Carter March 11, 2015 at 1:39 am

    I was just a victim of money gram allowing a person to receive my money from a moneygram location in Halifax Virginia.. I never released my security question to no one I put in an complaint with them..but the manager stated that there is nothing they could do about the situation…how can I take further action against moneygram company for negligence on their behalf, under their policy it states that receiver must know the security question before funds can be released but that not what happen…I don’t know who they let get my money

  • Caroline Bleaney March 11, 2015 at 5:48 am

    Hello, everyone! Moneygram is to unsecured. I sent money to my brother in-law in Nigeria in a City called Sapele, he couldn’t get the money there and was told to come back for it. When he returns all he was told was that the money has being picked up. I contacted moneygram and find out that the money was picked up from a different City and a different bank. How could that happened? So money can be received from moneygram without the original receiver. My heart is broken because it is a lot of money.
    The most secured money transfer is RIA, they assign a pickup location and make sure the money it picked up from that location.
    I need my money back from moneygram and I would advise people to use this method of transfer because of it insecurity.

  • pissed March 25, 2015 at 11:11 pm

    Ok I just was scammed thru moneygram I sent the money and tried to have it reversed but since the receipt has someone else name on it they wouldn’t put a hold on it for me. The thing is I gave them my name and name but the receipt somehow has a different name what can I do????? I called and the money has been received it was sent to a mastercard.

  • kiara April 13, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    I just got scammed thru instagram all togetherbin this scam I lost 900+ dollars which was more so of my boyfriends hard earned money I have a 2 year old son and no money I cant get and dont want to get payday loans. This started on friday and he had me keep going back and forth from money gram and western union I dont know why I fell for this in the first place.. mayybe its because desperate times calls for desperate measures…. I needed fast cash and I fell completely into the trap.. I cant believe that I fell for this…. im so mad because now he wont return my calls and he wont text messages… he blocked my number and I had to download a app just to get him to answer my call he answered but when he realise it was me he hung up the number is 586-738-8565 he goes by the name of bigmoney_johnny in instagram but the name thatbwas given to send thru western union is david todd…. I need to know what steps I have to take in order to get my money back from this fraud…. I just gotta get sonething back I cant let this pass… money gram has to come up with something some type of return policy… I will make this national news if I have to we are victims and we dont deserve to be treated like its our fault we fell in the trap

    • Rheachelle July 27, 2015 at 10:07 pm

      My situation is just like this except with different instagram account. I sent out $75 to get $500 back. He won’t answer me either. Did you end up getting any money back?

  • Edgar April 15, 2015 at 1:54 am

    I sent money to a person that works for t mobile and she sells phones on craiglist and she only accepts money gram only and I sent 450 dollars to her so I could buy the phone and once I sended the money to her she never texted me back I don’t know what to do I have the messages and the receipts of the money that I sent her. Can someone help me please I don’t know what to do

  • Rebecca April 25, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    Hi, my partner has been sending money via money gram, we’ve recently found out that’s it’s all a scam and were in the UK and sending it to France. Does anybody know if we’re guaranteed in getting any of our money back, we sent them over £1000.

  • Christina May 1, 2015 at 4:58 am

    I was nervous sending a moneygram 4 an item on craigslist but they assured me that the person receiving the $$ would need to have the Security Code, my name/address, and be able to answer sec. ? In order to get pd. But I never gave them that info. When I went bk to cancel the pmt only a couple hrs later they said all they need is a picture ID. Honestly, :what’s the point of having a security code if it provides Zero security? How lazy is that?`They knowingly gave me false info to make me believe they were secure. Is there anything I can do

  • Trisha June 20, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    I was recently scammed through money gram. I was contacted by a lady who claimed to have seen my profile in and she wanted a babysitter for her 6yr old son who was in a wheelchair. Well she fedexed me $2775.90 and told me that $280 was my paycheck and if I could pay the rest of it for a wheelchair her son needed before they arrive to my state. I ended up paying $2460.90 through moneygram for the wheelchair. By the time I realized it was a scam, my money was long gone.

  • Rocio Rangel July 1, 2015 at 11:21 pm

    I did a money transfer to a friend in need.Its been four days that the transfer is under review because they say her name is on a list of people who cant use moneygram,so they want to speak with her to make sure it not her.Both her and I have been calling for the past four days but have got no where. Our calls keep hanging up.I can’t get my money back because they have to talk to her first but how can they speak with her if their call keeps hanging up.I don’t know what to do anymore.

  • Ryan July 16, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    I’ve sent over 5 grand to the buyer of my four wheeler to cover the shipping charges and insurance I said i would if he’d refund me, sent the money and he disappeared and every website I read and visited said you’ll probably never get your money back. So not only am I broke now because i tried to sell my four wheeler, I’m angry and betrayed and used and won’t get any money back. I talked to money gram and the cops and its looking hopeless.

  • Michalena Giangrossi August 2, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    I bought a phone off of Instagram for $60 and I still havent received the phone what can I do to get my phone back?

  • Dexron August 7, 2015 at 7:27 am

    To start this comment I’m one of those people that got scam on a money flip on instagram

    Get this instagram account that showing people how to do a money flip with in 30 to 45mins just txt the guy in Florida n he will call u to give the info what to do

    I got encourage to try it for the first time n try to make more money for my family cause the guy talk so professional that he’s brother is a manager on moneygram in Florida that he can edit the $400 by adding a 0 to the $400 that I send to make it $4000 with in 30 to 45mins so I went to Walmart on moneygram n send him $400 then he call me to ask the reference number n the name of the sender n reciever then he call me back that he get the information so I wait for 1hour n he call me back again that he’s brother in law accidentally put 2 0 on my $400 which is $40000 but the only way I can get it is to send him another $400 cause he told me only can hold $20k on the first $400 I send but I tell him o don’t have enough money then he told me that he gonna see what he gonna do after 1day he call me again n told me that he can’t do nothing that I have to send him another $400 to get the $40k n only take 20min n I will get it so I told him what if send me the $20k n then I send u $5000 as ur cut on the $40k but he keep saying cannot so he told me he gonna call me back again n he gonna talk to he’s brother what else can do to get the money so I wait again after whole day of waiting I try to call n txt the number that he use he ignore my call n not replying my txt so I got suspicious that time so I did my research n found out I get scam n I dnt knw if I still can get my money so I call the moneygram n mainland to file a report so the agent help me make a report n he told me that they will keep me updated n they not sure if they can refund the $400 that I send to Florida but he told me to file a police report n I did n the police told me that they will do everything to catch the scamper n help me get my money…so base on my own experience people do research first b4 u gonna be one of the money flip victim…

    • Eduardo villegas September 15, 2015 at 6:59 pm

      I was scammed this morning for $300 they said something similar saying he worked at a office for money gram in ohio. I want to know what more we can do to stop these people they are all over IG thats where i found my scammer also. We should do something to stop them from doing this to someone else. That was all my family had and i risked it to try to provide more and it bit me in the A** i reported the number on internet.odk what else to do i feel like we and money gram should do more

      • Ana November 3, 2015 at 1:04 am

        I just got scam too from a guy in Ohio. Same thing about flipping money in Instagram. So sad that people are doing this. I haven’t report nothing bcuz I know ain’t getting my money back.

  • Steven M Castillo September 29, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    I am selling my horse. I was contacted by a lady in the UK who said she wanted to buy him. She had seen him on a “horses for sell” web site. She first sent a cashier’s check from a bank in the UK. The check was returned, marked “return to maker”. Upon notifying her she asked for $150 to help cover the cost of sending the money. She asked that the money be sent thru money gram. Now I have received an e-mail from her asking for an additional $500 to complete the transaction on her end. I was leary of sending the first $150, but did so anyway. Now after this second request for money leaves me no doubt this is a scam. How do I know if this is a money gram scam or a scam from the individual sending the e-mails?

  • Sierra October 14, 2015 at 2:34 am

    Hi, I was scammed by a mixture of moneygram and paypal. These past couple of days I was trying to sell something but then I had to pay a certain amount through moneygram in order to get paid for what I was selling. It made sense to me but I guess I was just stupid to realize it. I do not know how to get my money back and I’m sure that there’s no way I can but I’m a single mom and that was all I had left. I was trying to sell something so I could provide for my five-month-old and now I don’t know what to do. It wasn’t completely moneygram so I wasn’t sure if I should report it to them or not.

  • Joe Wiemann October 19, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    I was just scammed out of about 7,000 USD… Helen Anderson was the name of the person. She claimed to be Briana Lee… She told me she loved me. I moneygrammed the money to her. How can I get help?

  • Victoria November 2, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    I wanna know how i can get my money back. i now know that i have been scammed by continental petsafe cargo transport. i found 2 ferrets on craigslist & messaged the people. they said they are from south dakota not missouri. but they told they will ship the ferrets to me. i got a email from the supposed pet shipping company. i was dumb because i thought it was legit. well i paid the $180 shipping fee through moneygram. to a guy anthony moore. i thought it was weird that it wasn’t to a company. but i proceeded anyway. then the next day they said i need to send $340 for a thermal electronic crate for safety. but i could rent it & get my money back when the ferrets were delivered to me. i thought that stupid. the people sending the ferrets said they could send hald the $340. So i said ok.i got an email from the pet transport saying they got the money & are send it to the head office. then the flight tickets will be purchased . then ithey told me that the ferrets are shipping out at 6pm & will arrive at 8am the next day. i waited all day & no response from either one. then i finally got ahold of the pet senders they said yeah the agency contact them saying the ferrets are stuck in kansas. the pet control department wants $240 for pet insurance license update but yet its refundable ? What? That’s messed up too. i contacted the pet transport & told them i want my money or I’m taking legal actions. they have not responded back. but the pet senders keeping playing along. trying to get money from me. what can i do? I’m out $340

    • Amanda November 4, 2015 at 1:48 pm

      Take legal action! I’ve traced my criminal and found out they are doing this to alot of people. I’ve linked their phone number to a Google voice account at which now I need to contact Google legal services. Don’t erase any messages or texts. Call local police dept and report what they did to u. These people will be caught one day

  • Amanda Oldham November 4, 2015 at 11:24 am

    I was scammed on Nov 2 2015 by someone claiming to be Maria Wends, possible Shain Allain from NJ but I am not sure. I was buying a puppy, a Norwegian Elkhound and she told me it would be shipped from Texas to me in Missouri. The puppy was $400 plus $100 to ship the puppy. She went though an animal shipping company called Paramount Live Express. Everything seemed legit enough as I bought a dog a year ago online and had no issues. The seller of this dog claimed to want a moneygram payment (the first person I went through used paypal) to me it wasnt that big of a deal, or so I thought. I sent the money and within 20 mins I got a text from this person that stated the crate for the dog was too big for airline regulations. she tried to ask for more money and wanted me to pay for the crate that the company uses, either to purchase or rent. The rent price for this thermo proof crate was $700–refundable once the puppy was delivered. I was shocked and I told the person nevermind, I cant afford that and to just refund me as I wont be able to pick up the puppy. I never heard back. Ive filed a complaint with moneygram services on this matter. I have personally narrowed down where the money was picked up at, the criminals are in Frisco TX. Ive contacted the attorney general of Missouri, my local PD and Frisco PD. Something needs to be done about these kind of people. Moneygram should have an address at which the money is received that way its not a needle in a hay stack. There is no security with moneygram services. They dont protect their clients. If anything they are allowing innocent people like myself to fall victim to criminals like all of these mentioned. I want justice, and I want these people found, Ive tried calling several moneygram services in Frisco this morning to see if they can look up the reference number and find out if it was picked up at their location. I am coming to dead ends because their system doesnt show information besides yes it was picked up or not, but it does not show if it was in fact that same store. Theres only 17 places in Frisco that offer moneygram services. Moneygram should be half responsible for this since they dont provide anything for the customer. If i cant rely on them to help me locate these criminals they are going to keep doing it.

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