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Area victims receive cash from MoneyGram settlement - abc27 WHTM

Area victims receive cash from MoneyGram settlement

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

U.S. postal inspectors in Harrisburg held a reception on Tuesday for victims who lost money to scam artists.

Investigators say MoneyGram agents were part of a scheme to defraud tens of thousands of victims in the United States, and nearly 1,000 in Pennsylvania.

Don Goulden's mother lost more than $100,000 over six years through bogus sweepstakes mailings and phone calls.  Goulden says his mother had early stages of dementia when the scam began.

Wanda Wood got a call from someone claiming to be her grandson. He said he was out of the country and needed $4,500.  Wanda sent the MoneyGram that was intercepted by an agent in Canada who converted it into cash.

Postal inspectors were able to give the victims their money back through a $100 million settlement with MoneyGram.

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