Back in 2016, ScamWatch reported that Australians had lost over $83 million to scams that year alone. And after a few meetings with tea and biscuits here at Travel Money Oz, we decided to class that as a lot of money.
Thankfully, there are ways you can protect yourself from becoming one of the scammed. But before then, let’s take a stroll through the weird and woeful ways that people have used MoneyGram to scam people online.
You can’t believe it, you found your dream car at a terrific price! And the only thing the seller needs is a deposit to be paid by money transfer before they drive the car over from interstate. Cha-ching!
They might be legit, but this is also one of the most common scams you’ll find on MoneyGram. You’ll end up sending the cash, but that dream car never turns up in your driveway.
Where emotion is involved, there are scammers. It makes sense – we’re prone to getting swept up in the moment, and letting our logical guard down.
There’s no need to ditch online dating, but you should watch out for:
“Congratulations! You have won $5 million in the Facebook Lottery!”
This isn’t the most complex scam you’ll see, but it still accounts for all too much heartbreak in Australia. But, let’s just run through the problems with this one:
This is the sort of scam that targets your email, but most spam filters these days will catch them before they arrive.
This one takes a few different forms and styles, so we had to give it a slightly generic name. But the common ground is always that someone is in trouble, and you need to help.
It might be that a family member of yours is in legal trouble. Or maybe they’re claiming they’re the tax office, telling you you’re minutes away from being arrested unless you pay your debts. And in perhaps the worst circumstances, someone will claim they’re collecting for a charity or disaster relief.
But thankfully, there are easy steps to avoid all of these:
At Travel Money Oz, our FXperts are trained in what to look out for and how to identify scams. So when they’re processing your money transfer, they may ask a few sneaky questions about the payment – like who it’s for. They may seem a little nosy, but they’re just trying to protect you.
Here are some things you can do to (hopefully) avoid most scams:
Sadly, there are definitely more scamming fish in this dangerous sea. And if you do encounter a scam, you can report it to both MoneyGram and the ACC’s ScamWatch. But with the right foresight and security measures, you can buy and date online without a worry in the world!
If you need to make a MoneyGram transfer, find your nearest Travel Money Oz store, and give your cash the best chance of making it safely to the right people.
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