The 11
most
common
wire
transfer
frauds

  • The
    vehicle
    purchase

    scam
  • The
    fake loan
    scam
  • The
    lottery or
    sweepstakes

    scam
  • The
    internet
    romance

    scam
  • The
    mystery
    shopper

    scam
  • The
    charity
    scam
  • The
    relative
    in need

    scam
  • The
    internet
    purchases

    scam
  • The
    newspaper
    ads

    scam
  • The
    check or
    money order

    scam
  • The
    elder
    abuse

    scam

At MoneyGram, few things make us more angry than when people use money transfer services for illegal activities that deliberately defraud and harm consumers. These criminals will lie to convince you to wire money to them, and then you won’t be able to get your money back. The best way to stop them is to learn how they’ll try to trick you. MoneyGram is committed to educating you so you don’t become a victim of fraud.


Fraud-o-meter

Here’s how much money people are losing to wire fraud in the U.S. this year. Don’t add any of your hard-earned money to this amount.

*Estimate based on money transfer fraud complaints as reported in the FTC’s Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book, February 2012.

Don’t be a victim

Learn about the most common money transfer frauds to avoid being scammed and to make sure your transfers are safe.

Most Common Frauds

Dodge the scams

Play this game, and see if you can avoid the most common wire fraud scams coming your way.

Dodge the Scams


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Where to get help if you get scammed

If you are a victim of money transfer fraud, report the incident immediately to your local police. If you used MoneyGram to wire money as a result of a scam, please call MoneyGram at 1-800-MONEYGRAM.

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Fraud Prevention Tip Sheet

Many fraudsters use the phone to try to trick and cheat consumers. Help your older relatives by printing this helpful Fraud Prevention Tip Sheet that they can keep by their phones for handy reference.