Usually, scammers use email addresses from free email providers like Hotmail.com, AOL.com, Yahoo.com or Gmail.com. So, once you see a MoneyGram email message coming from one of those email addresses, that is a red flag that it is a fake.
A Sample of a Fake MoneyGram Payment Email
From: Mr Gary Ball <email@example.com>
Date: February 23, 2019 at 8:41:58 AM EST
Subject: Good Day
Reply-To: Mr Gary Ball <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I am Mr.Gary Ball due to our Manager was pasted away last week I was appointed as new Manager in this money gram office and I went through our office payment files and find out that you have sum of $1 million here in our custody since last two years ago ,I later observed that you need to comply with sum of $150 in order to starts receive your payment.
I am writing to inform you that I have sum amount of money at hand to assist you to complete your transaction here in our custody, but it's not yet complete and secondly you have to assure me that after I assisted you on this transfer,as soon as you receive your first installation payment that you will refund my money back to me. The reason why I want to assist you out of this payment,because if this fund last for more than three months in our custody, it will transfer to Government account.I need your urgent respond today,so that we shall starts process your transfer of your first $3,000.00.each mtcn and you will be allow to received three payments per day which is $9,000.00 you.reconfirm Your Receiver Details such as Your name_Address_Country_City_Tell.Send all these needed information in this Email (email@example.com)
I am looking forward to hear from you as the funds beneficiary.
Thanks and God bless,
Foreign Operation Manager.
If you have received a suspicious MoneyGram email, go to MoneyGram's legitimate website at www.moneygram.com, select your location, then click the "Contact Us" page. You can then report a fraudulent email or contact them and ask them to verify a suspicious email using the email address or telephone number listed on the page.