Scam Victims To Receive Refund

November 20, 2017

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If you’ve been the victim of a scam that resulted in a loss of money because you were instructed by a scammer to send a wire transfer through Western Union, the Federal Trade Commission has some very good news for you.

As a result of a joint investigation by the FTC, the Department of Justice, and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Western Union has agreed to pay $586 million to victims who were promised prizes, loans, jobs, discounted products or other financial rewards in exchange for money up front. The schemes include the sweepstakes/lottery scam, grandparent scam, IRS scam, rental scam, online dating or romance scams, and a host of other popular swindles.

If you sent money to a scammer through Western Union between January 1, 2004 and January 19, 2017, you can submit a claim from now through February 12, 2018. The Department of Justice will verify your claim, and if it is verified, the amount you get will depend on how much you lost and the number of people who submit valid claims. Only the amount you transferred via Western Union is eligible for a refund.

The remission process for this case has now started and letters have been mailed to identified victims and include instructions on how to file a petition. If you have not received a letter, but wish to be considered for a remission payment, you will be required to submit a Remission Form along with any available supporting documentation. This form and additional information can be found on the United States v Western Union Remission website at, by email at, or by phone at (844) 319-2124.

For information on this and other scams, please call the sheriff’s office fraud line at 258-3292.