Former NYPD Detective Harry Houck to Serve as MoneyGram Anti-Fraud Spokesperson

  Former NYPD Detective Harry Houck to Serve as MoneyGram Anti-Fraud
  Spokesperson

    Fraud prevention expert will increase awareness and arm consumers with
                    information to protect them from scams

Business Wire

DALLAS -- November 20, 2012

MoneyGram (NYSE: MGI), a leading global money transfer company, today
announced it has retained noted former New York City Police Department
Detective Harry Houck as a spokesperson for the company’s ongoing anti-fraud
efforts. In this role, Houck will work with MoneyGram and its anti-fraud
consumer awareness programs to alert consumers about common scams and how to
protect them from being victimized by fraudsters.

“At MoneyGram, we have zero tolerance for people who use money transfer
services for illegal activities and deliberately defraud and harm consumers,”
said Pamela H. Patsley, MoneyGram chairman and chief executive officer. “We’ve
taken numerous steps to enhance our global anti-fraud programs, including
investing in our consumer anti-fraud education program. Harry’s experience in
law enforcement reinforces MoneyGram’s leadership position in fighting fraud
and will be a tremendous asset to us as we help educate consumers in ways to
protect themselves from becoming victims of scams."

During his more than 20 years with the NYPD, Houck – a former Marine Sergeant
and Vietnam veteran – tested and implemented anti-fraud and investigative
strategies and techniques with merchants, which resulted in hundreds of
arrests and significantly reduced credit card fraud. Houck was recognized as
one of the country’s leading experts and authorities on high-tech crimes upon
his retirement as a Detective 1^st Grade in 2002. Recently, Houck developed an
innovative investigative process for a major financial network that identifies
patterns of customer behavior, which significantly reduced identify theft and
prevented consumer loss.

“Once a consumer gives their money to criminals, there is no way to get it
back,” said Houck, who often presents his identify theft investigation
techniques at law enforcement agencies nationwide, including the
internationally renowned NYPD criminal investigation course. “MoneyGram is
committed to educating consumers about fraud and scams so that they do not
become victims. The best way to stop fraudsters is to educate consumers on how
scammers operate and what to be on the lookout for.”

MoneyGram’s anti-fraud campaign cautions consumers to be vigilant against
scams, as fraudsters regularly attempt to deceive consumers into sending money
via wire transfer or money order. As part of the company’s ongoing efforts to
protect consumers from fraud, MoneyGram recently launched an enhanced version
of its fraud prevention website – moneygram-preventfraud.com. MoneyGram
recommends that before initiating a money transfer, consumers should:

  *Know – Always know the person to whom you are sending money. Never send
    money to strangers.
  *Show – Never show or share information about your money transfer to anyone
    but the recipient.
  *Throw – Discard or throw away any offers that promise easy ways to earn
    money, especially if the offers require you to send money before earning
    money.

Consumers who suspect fraud associated with money transfers should contact
their local law enforcement. Consumers should call 1-800-MONEYGRAM
(800-666-3947) if they believe MoneyGram was used to wire money as a result of
a scam.

About MoneyGram International

MoneyGram International, a leading money transfer company, enables consumers
who are not fully served by traditional financial institutions to meet their
financial needs. MoneyGram offers bill payment services in the United States
and Canada and money transfer services worldwide through a global network of
more than 293,000 agent locations -- including retailers, international post
offices and financial institutions -- in 197 countries and territories. To
learn more about money transfer or bill payment at an agent location or
online, please visit moneygram.com or connect with us on Facebook.

Contact:

MoneyGram
Mike Gutierrez/Patty Sullivan, 214-303-9923
media@moneygram.com
 
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