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SCAM: Americans owed millions refunds after using money transfer services to pay scammers

If you paid a scammer via Western Union you may be eligible for a refund.

However, time to apply for the refund is running out.


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How can apply for a refund?

So far, nearly $366 million has been reimbursed to more than 148,000 scam victims. One report says that scammers would call Western Union customers and instruct them to wire money to a relative to claim a prize. However, after the money was sent it could not be recovered.

Reportedly, some Western Union agents worked with scammers to retrieve the fraudulent funds.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) said that more than 550,000 customer complaints were recorded over 11 years. During this time, scammers made billions of dollars.

The FTC said that many of the victims were elderly. But, funds are still available for those who haven’t filed a claim yet. Anyone who was scammed between January 1, 2004, and January 19, 2017 are eligible to file a claim. Victims have until the end of August to file for a full refund.

The refund is being administered by the US Department of Justice.


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