By Mike Haaren – Co-Founder Rat Race Rebellion – May 24, 2018
If you or someone you know was scammed in a Western Union wire transfer, the FTC and Dept. of Justice are making refunds from a $586 million fund — but act or share quickly, the deadline for filing a claim is May 31.
Background: Many people have been victimized in scams that trick them into wiring funds through Western Union. Western Union admitted to aiding and abetting the scammers and paid a penalty of $586 million, after investigations by the FTC, the Department of Justice (DOJ), and the US Postal Inspection Service. DOJ is now using that money for refunds to victims.
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Here’s what the FTC says about it:
What is this case about?
For years, many people who lost money to scams sent their payment through a Western Union wire transfer. Scammers contacted people and promised prizes, loans, jobs, discounted products or other financial rewards in exchange for money upfront. They also pretended to be family members in need of cash or law enforcement officers demanding payment. The scammers told people to send money through Western Union. No one received the cash, prizes or services they were promised….
What is the deadline to submit a claim?
The deadline to file a claim has been extended to May 31, 2018.
Who is eligible to submit a claim?
If you sent money to a scammer through Western Union between January 1, 2004 and January 19, 2017, you can submit a claim.
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Do I need an attorney to file a claim?
No, you do not need an attorney to file a claim.
Will I definitely get my money back?
Each person’s claim must be verified by DOJ. If your claim is verified, the amount you get will depend on how much you lost and the number of people who submit valid claims.
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