Victims of Western Union scams could get money back

Angelo Anderson
November 14, 2017

The Office of the Delaware Attorney General says on Monday, that the Delaware Department of Justice Consumer Protection Unit has opened the process for filing claims for restitution for Delaware residents tricked into sending payments to scammers using Western Union.

An estimated 7,000 Kentuckians are eligible for roughly $6.7 million in claims.

FTC officials said Western Union was aware of the problem and received hundreds of thousands of complaints from people who claimed to have wired money based on bogus lottery winnings, prizes, family emergencies, online dating and other scams.

A claim form will be sent from the settlement administrator in the next two weeks.

Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine's office is now accepting application for people to potentially recover some money from these scams.

NY residents can apply for compensation from a $586 million national fund if they were deceived into sending payments to scammers using Western Union's wire transfer services.

All completed claims forms must be mailed back to the settlement administrator by February 12, 2018.

Beshear said most of the settlement amount would go to repay senior citizens who are particularly targeted and victimized by numerous scams that utilize Western Union.

The federal government says it has begun the process to provide recovery for Western Union Company fraud victims from a $586 million civil forfeiture.

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