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MoneyGram pays $18m in FTC settlement

20 October 2009  |  1976 views  |  0 Source: MoneyGram International

MoneyGram International (NYSE:MGI), a global leader in the payment services industry, today entered into an agreement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to make certain enhancements to its consumer anti-fraud program to further combat consumer fraud perpetrated by criminals who use MoneyGram's services illegally.

"At MoneyGram, we take the issue of consumer fraud very seriously. Our ability to provide safe and reliable money transfer services for our consumers is critically important," said Pamela H. Patsley, MoneyGram chairman and CEO. "MoneyGram has committed extraordinary resources to building a state-of-the-art consumer anti-fraud program."

The company has begun implementing new systems and processes to further bolster consumer protection, which have been effective at stopping millions of dollars in fraudulent transactions every year.

"While we don't agree with the FTC's allegations regarding our fraud prevention in the past, we can agree on fraud prevention today and in the future," said Patsley. "We don't want our customers being victimized by third-party fraud. What we are announcing today with the FTC is our commitment to enhance our already comprehensive efforts to combat fraud and ensure our customers can continue to rely on MoneyGram for safe, reliable money transfer services."

MoneyGram provides consumer warnings about the latest scams on its website and money transfer send-forms, and through its 24-hour customer service center. The company also works closely with local, state, federal and international law enforcement to combat this global criminal activity.

"We are committed to be vigilant in our efforts in protecting our customers from fraudulent activity," said Patsley. "Ensuring safe and reliable money transfers for our customers all over the world is at the forefront of all we do."

As part of its agreement with the FTC, the company has also agreed to pay $18 million into an FTC-administered fund to refund consumers who have been victimized through third-party fraud.

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