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Victims of Scams that Used “Western Union” to Transfer Money May Be Eligible for a Refund

If you were the victim of a scam and used Western Union to transfer money to scammers between January 1, 2004 & January 19, 2017, you may be eligible for a full or partial refund.

 

For years, many people who lost money to scams sent their payment through a Western Union wire transfer. Scammers contacted people and promised prizes, loans, jobs, discounted products or other financial rewards in exchange for money upfront. They also pretended to be family members in need of cash or law enforcement officers demanding payment. The scammers told people to send money through Western Union. No one received the cash, prizes or services they were promised.

 

Because of joint investigations by the FTC, the Department of Justice (DOJ), and the U. S. Postal Inspection Service, Western Union agreed to pay $586 million and admitted to aiding and abetting wire fraud. DOJ is now using that money to provide refunds to people who were tricked into using Western Union to pay scammers.

 

YOU MAY STILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A REFUND EVEN IF YOU DON’T HAVE RECEIPTS

Even if you don’t have all your documentation or receipts for the Western Union money transfer,

file your claim. You may still be eligible for a refund.

Provide as much information as you can.

 

YOU MAY BE ABLE TO FILE ON BEHALF OF OTHERS

You can file on behalf of someone else if you have power of attorney, or on behalf of someone’s estate if they are deceased.

 

THE DEADLINE TO FILE IS MAY 31, 2018

If you file by mail, it must be postmarked by May 31, 2018. The U.S. Department of Justice must verify all claims before it can send refunds. This may take at least one year.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL 844-319-2124

or go to www.WesternUnionRemission.com

Remember – you can file by mail or online.

For more information, go to: https://www.ftc.gov/enforcement/cases-proceedings/refunds/western-union-settlement-faqs