Western Union scam victims can seek compensation

Western Union scam victims can seek compensation

Victims of fraud who sent a money transfer through Western Union may be eligible for compensation for their losses.

Consumers are asked to file their claim by going to FTC.gov/WU before February 12, 2018.

DOJ is now using that money to provide refunds to people who were tricked into using Western Union to pay scammers.

Lottery and contest scams: Consumers are told they have won a large sum of money but must first wire money to pay required taxes or fees before receiving their winnings.

As part of agreements with the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission earlier this year, Western Union, a global money services business headquartered in Englewood, Colorado, agreed to forfeit $586 million.

The company also allegedly failed to promptly discipline problem Western Union agents, and failed to have effective anti-fraud policies and procedures.

According to officials, the reimbursements are a result of a settlement between Western Union and a group of 49 states plus the District of Columbia, stemming from an investigation into complaints from consumers.

Ohioans may receive a form in the mail, with instructions on how to file a claim, if they reported to Western Union or to the Ohio Attorney General's Office that they had been the victim of a scam using Western Union.

No one associated with the claims process will call to ask for consumers' bank account or credit card number.

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