- Online conversations filled with spelling and grammatical errors
- Profile photo does not match alleged age or ethnicity of individual
- Person refuses to provide contact information or claims not to own a phone
- “Relationship” moves really fast
- The topic of money comes up quickly
MoneyGram advises consumers to keep their hard-earned dollars in their own pockets by following the three Rs – recognize, react, and report.
- Recognize: Savvy consumers should look for red flags when someone asks them to send money through a wire service or money order, because scammers often request these methods knowing that once the money is sent, it cannot be retrieved.
- React: When they identify a scam, consumers should immediately put an end to any transaction or conversation – hang up the phone, delete the email, or end the back-and-forth messaging.
- Report: Report the suspected scam to the local police, and file reports with the Federal Trade Commission, National Consumers League, and Internet Crime Complaint Center (if the suspected fraud was online).