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MoneyGram Scams - A Victim

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by Shorts, Aug 8, 2008.

  1. Shorts

    Shorts TGT Addict TGT Supporter

    Mar 28, 2008
    Unfortunately, I think my Dad fell victim to this. I got a call from my mom real late last night and again early this morning, she said it was the first she heard about it from Dad that he was doing this 'consumer sweepstakes' thing.

    I feel pretty bad for my Dad, I don't think he realizes it yet. He won't listen to mom about it. He sys its his money and he can do what he wants, which is why mom backed ff a bit so she doesn't really make him upset tyhat he stops telling her about what he's doing altogether. And we're both worried that the stress from the results that are yet too come will raise his BP so high it'll trigger him getting sick. I know he really meant well that the idea of the money promised would go a long way in helping the family. Who's family couldn't use any additional money?

    I want to remind everyone to be careful out there. This scam is currently going around in S.TX - Corpus Christi for sure. The bank teller Mom went to and informed said another customer was in there earlier to deposit a fraudulent check she received from some contest. I know it sounds too good to be true, and it really is. I know that idea of that kind of money is very tempting to take a chance. And that's what these predators prey on, good folks who could really use the money.

    I've done a little poking around online just now to find some kind of information. But I think for the most part, Dad will be out of his money and the scammers will move on to the next person. Nothing can come of it. Unless there is some channel we can take legally, class action, something that I don't know about yet. Again, throw out more money to someone to help like lawyers. I'm not really liking that idea exactly or even if it will be worth it for help. But what do you do when this happens?

    Just be careful folks. I'm getting tired of good people being on the short end of the stick - all the time. My poor family just cannot catch a break. Its disheartening. I think what really hurts the most is that my family is a smart bunch - they're not dumb. They're not reckless. They are just hard-workers trying to get by, pay bills, have some in savings and things must be so desperate that scammers can send something in the mail that can just take from them so easily. :(

  2. JKTex

    JKTex Well-Known

    Mar 11, 2008
    DFW, North Texas
    It's nothing new unfortunately, and has been happening for years. Obviously people fall for it or it would have stopped long ago. They just get smarter and sicker and you're right, they'll walk and never been seen again.

    Taking someone like your Mom and Dad's money isn't a joke and me personally, would want to step in and stop it for their own good. But pride is involved and depending on trust and how it's handled, you may have to let him find out for himself. Maybe having someone like the teller, or others at the bank that he can trust (and save some pride and face with family) to explain what happens would help.
  3. Texas1911

    Texas1911 TGT Addict

    May 29, 2017
    Austin, TX
    Sorry to hear that Shorts.

    Unfortunately since the dawn of man, there has always been those that seek to profiteer off of any emotion. Your Dad isn't the first, and certainly wouldn't be the last.

    The far majority of these people are in Africa. Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leon, Somalia, etc. and thus are well out of the reach of any arm of the law.
  4. zembonez

    zembonez TGT Addict

    Feb 22, 2008
    Republic of Texas
    They make a lot of these scams look so legit to some people that it isn't too surprising that it happens. Sorry to see it happened to your family.

    Personally, I am such a skeptic that Ed McMahan could knock on my door holding one of those 5 foot long checks and I would send him packing. :mad:
  5. Shorts

    Shorts TGT Addict TGT Supporter

    Mar 28, 2008
    Thanks for the words of encouragement yall.
  6. krazykat

    krazykat New Member

    Mar 18, 2008
    Texas Gulf Coast
    Yep, it happened here. It was in the local paper about a couple victims of a mystery shopping scam. They received an "official" looking letter in the mail from a bogus mystery shopping company saying they had been picked to work as a mystery shopper. Enclosed in the letter was a bogus check. The victim was supposed to cash the check, go to Wal-Mart to buy $40 in items, the victim was supposed to keep $100, then wire the rest of the money via Money Gram inside Wal-Mart.

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