Victims of Western Union money transfer scams may file for refunds

Western Union Scam Settlement Open For Idaho Victims

Claim Your Share of the Western Union Payout

Residents are eligible to receive money if they sent payments to scammers using Western Union's wire service between January 2004 and Jan. 19, 2017. During Attorney General Herring's administration the OAG Consumer Protection Section has recovered more than $234 million in relief for consumers and payments from violators.

A total amount of $7,865,024 or more in refunds is expected to be returned to Alabama consumers. Many of those consumers could soon receive claim forms in the mail, Morrisey said. "Through the settlement, consumers will be able to reclaim their hard-earned dollars that were unlawfully taken by scammers".

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Back in January, Nevada Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt and a multi-state coalition of 49 other states and the District of Columbia settled with Western Union to resolve complaints of defrauded consumers who used their wire transfer service and unintentionally sent money to third parties involved in fraudulent schemes. The settlement administrator will mail forms in the next two weeks. The claim form will contain instructions explaining how consumers may file their claim to receive compensation. According Madigan, individuals have until February 12, 2018 to file a claim and IL residents may be receive as much as $20 million in refunds.

Con artists have adapted over the years to new technologies, but direct wire transfers have always been a popular way to take money from your pocket and put it in scammers' wallets. That would be people who have reported one of these scams to the Attorney General's office.

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