Feb 11, 2016 4:30 PM

Legal settlement may provide some relief to NH victims who wired money to scam artists

CONCORD - Granite Staters who were persuaded to use a national wire service to send money to scam artists may be eligible for restitution under a settlement with the Dallas-based MoneyGram Payment Systems Inc.

Attorney General Joseph Foster announced Thursday a multi-state settlement that will allocate some funds to reimburse eligible victims who wired money using MoneyGram in response to fraudulent requests. New Hampshire will also receive $20,000 to use for future consumer protection efforts.

The settlement requires MoneyGram to maintain and improve an anti-fraud program to detect and reduce fraud-induced wire transfers.

Fraudulent schemes include persuading people to wire money in response to a fraudulent family emergency, like a grandchild in trouble, or to pay fees before receiving fake "winnings."

The settlement provides for an independent administrator to review MoneyGram records and send notices regarding restitution to all victims who are eligible to receive restitution under the settlement.

Generally, victims who are eligible for restitution previously filed complaints with MoneyGram between July 1, 2008 and August 31, 2009 regarding fraud induced transfers sent from the U.S. to foreign countries other than Canada.

New Hampshire consumers with questions about this or other consumer-related matters can call the Attorney General’s Consumer Information line at 1-888-468-4454.

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