Scam victims who wired money via Western Union can file refund claims
If you wired money through Western Union in what turned out to be a scam, you can now file a claim to get your money back.
This is part of a settlement announced by the Federal Trade Commission in January, when Western Union agreed to pay $586,000,000 to settle charges of looking the other way when people were wiring money to suspected scammers.
Western Union posts videos on its website to warn about the ruses. Scammers trick people into wiring money to win non-existent prizes, help bogus online "sweethearts" who have a sudden money emergency overseas, help a fake grandchild get out of jail without alerting his parents, or be a mystery shopper working from home.
The scams are endless, but they all ultimately involve wiring money, typically to someone outside the country.
If scammers had you pay them through Western Union go to the Federal Trade Commission website and file a claim.
And read the instructions carefully.
You're eligible to file a claim if you wired money to scammers between January 1st 2004 and January 19th of this year.
You'll have to provide the amount of money you lost and the date you wired money,
You'll also be asked to provide the Money Transfer Control Number, the destination country,
and your Social Security Number.
The claims deadline is Feburary 12, 2018.