Love May Be Blind, But MoneyGram Recommends Keeping Eyes Wide Open To Avoid Risk of Romance Scam
- The online match doesn’t match: If a picture looks too good to be true, it may be just that – too good to be true. When entering an online dating relationship, listen for clues – such as personal details about age, height, weight, and geographic location – that don’t match the photo and information in the online profile.
- The budding romance is turning into a speed date: As the 1970s pop song asserted, love takes time, so if the online companion is professing instant love, or sending intimate messages and gifts too quickly, it might be a sign the relationship isn’t headed in a legitimate direction.
- The relationship is a one-way love affair: Any budding relationship should be a give-and-take proposition, so if the communication is all incoming with no way to get in touch with the individual on the other end of the computer, stop and ask yourself if this is a red flag.
- It’s hard to tell if the romance is for love or money: Any time an online relationship includes a request for funds or access to financial information – for gifts, a sick relative, or a plane ticket to meet each other – stop the conversation before any money changes hands.
- The love affair becomes a roller coaster ride: If contact with the online companion is up and down or inconsistent, it may indicate a fraudster who is attempting to build trust with a number of individuals at one time, so re-consider if the relationship is real.
“Any time someone asks for money before they’ve met in person or
developed an honest, long-term relationship, it’s typically a warning
sign that something isn’t right,” said Garner of
As part of MoneyGram’s ongoing efforts to protect consumers from wire
transfer fraud, the company recently launched an enhanced version of its
fraud prevention website – www.moneygram-preventfraud.com.
- Know – Always know the person to whom you are sending money. Never send money to strangers.
- Show – Never show or share information about your money transfer to anyone but the recipient.
- Throw – Discard or throw away any offers that promise easy ways to earn money, especially if the offers require you to send money before earning money.
Consumers who suspect fraud associated with money transfers should
contact their local law enforcement. Consumers should call 1-800-
for MoneyGram International
Christy French, 214-379-3703