If you fell victim to a Western Union scam between 2004 and 2017, you may be able to get your money back.
Victims who sent payment to scammers through a Western Union wire transfer between Jan. 1, 2004, and Jan. 19, 2017, can now file a claim to get that money back, the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office said Tuesday.
“For years, many people who lost money to scams sent their payment through a Western Union wire transfer,” the District Attorney’s Office said in a statement. “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.”
As happens in scams, no victim received what they were promised, and the victims lost their money. However, due to joint investigations by the Federal Trade Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Western Union has agreed to make $586 million available to refund money to scam victims.
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Western Union has also admitted to aiding and abetting wire fraud, according to the statement.
The deadline for victims or their family members to file a claim is May 31. To file a claim, visit ftc.gov/enforcement/cases-proceedings/refunds/western-union-settlement-faqs.
You can also print a bank claim form from the website and mail the claim to: United States v. The Western Union Co., P.O. Box 404027, Louisville, KY 40233-4027.
The District Attorney’s Office says more information can be found at 844-319-2124.