REFUND PROGRAM WILL RETURN MILLIONS TO PEOPLE WHO USED MONEYGRAM TO PAY SCAMMERS
- In a 2009 settlement with the FTC The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is an independent agency of the United States government whose principal mission is the enforcement of civil (non-criminal) U.S. antitrust law and the promotion of consumer protection. The FTC can also act as a clearinghouse for criminal reports sent to other agencies for investigation and prosecution.
To learn more visit www.FTC.gov or to report fraud visit ReportFraud.FTC.gov, MoneyGram agreed to make changes to make it harder for con-artists to use MoneyGram to defraud consumers.
- However, a joint law enforcement action by the FTC, the Department of Justice (DOJ), and the United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) charged that MoneyGram had not done what they agreed to do to reduce fraud In law, fraud is intentional deception to secure unfair or unlawful gain (money or other assets), or to deprive a victim of a legal right. Fraud can violate civil law (e.g., a fraud victim may sue the fraud perpetrator to avoid the fraud or recover monetary compensation) or criminal law (e.g., a fraud perpetrator may be prosecuted and imprisoned by governmental authorities), or it may cause no loss of money, property, or legal right but still be an element of another civil or criminal wrong. The purpose of fraud may be monetary gain or other benefits, for example by obtaining a passport, travel document, or driver's license, or mortgage fraud, where the perpetrator may attempt to qualify for a mortgage by way of false statements.
A fraud can also be a hoax, which is a distinct concept that involves deliberate deception without the intention of gain or of materially damaging or depriving a victim..
- The company agreed to pay $125 million to settle, which is being used to return money to people who used MoneyGram to pay scammers.
What’s happening right now?
The remission administrator, Gilardi & Co. LLC, is sending pre-filled claim forms to people who paid scammers using MoneyGram transfers.
The claim form will state the dollar amount you lost, based on MoneyGram records. Here’s what to do if you get a pre-filled claim form:
- If you agree with the loss amount shown, complete the form, and mail it back before the deadline. Be sure to sign and date the form, and provide your Social Security number.
- If you don’t agree with the loss amount shown, follow the instructions on the form to provide documents that show your actual loss amount.
Mail your completed claim to United States v. MoneyGram International Inc., P.O. Box 43549, Providence, RI 02940-3549, or submit your claim online at moneygramremission.com. This address is for the officially appointed refund program administrators.
From The Administrator:
The Remission Administrator is mailing Petitions for Remission in the second half of February 2021 to victims that have been identified.
These forms will show your known eligible loss based on records in the possession of the USPIS. If you get a pre-filled petition form and agree with the amount shown, sign and date the form and mail it back in the return envelope provided or submit it online.
If you don’t agree with the loss amount printed on your pre-filled petition form, fill out the information requested on the petition form and supply documentation (MoneyGram receipts, send forms, or history reports with a listed eight-digit money transfer control number) to support your claim. Do not send original receipts.
If you did not receive a Petition for Remission, please wait until June 1, 2021. You will be able to submit a petition online or via mail at that time.
Please continue to check this website regularly for updates.
QUESTION: How do I know this claim form is legitimate?
Your MoneyGram claim form should have:
- a return address of United States v. MoneyGram International Inc, P.O. Box 43549, Providence, RI 02940-3549,
- the remission administrator’s phone number, 844-269-2630, and
- the official seals of the Department of Justice and the United States Postal Inspection Service.
It’s free to file your claim. Do not pay anyone who asks for money to file a claim.
QUESTION: Why does the claim form ask for my Social Security number?
Before sending you a refund, DOJ must check with the Treasury Offset Program to verify that you don’t owe any money to the federal government. It needs your Social Security number to do that. If you owe money, your refund amount could be reduced by the amount you owe.
QUESTION: I didn’t get a prefill claim form. Can I still file a claim?
After June 1, 2021, people who did not receive a pre-filled claim form will be able to file a claim. You will be able to file a claim if you sent money to a scammer using MoneyGram:
- between January 1, 2013, and December 31, 2017,
- from within the United States, and
- using your own name on the money transfer.
You do not have to be a United States citizen or live in the United States to file a claim.
What happens next?
It will take at least a year to review and verify claims, and determine who is eligible to receive a payment. The FTC will update their web page when there is more information: moneygramremission.com
Additional information is available at moneygramremission.com/frequently-asked-questions.aspx.