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Wired scammers money? You could be entitled to part of $586 million

14 November 2017

New Yorkers who reported to Western Union or to the Attorney General's Office that they had been the victim of a scam using Western Union may receive a claim form in the mail within the next two weeks.

Scammers contacted people and promised prizes, loans, jobs, discounted products or other financial rewards in exchange for money upfront. Victims were then directed to send money through Western Union to purportedly help their relative or claim their prize.

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Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear announced Monday that Kentuckians who have been victims of fraud induced wire transfers involving Western Union need to begin filing claims as part of a global settlement reached January with the company. The settlement also apparently called for Western Union to pay $586 million to a fund administered by the U.S. Department of Justice to provide refunds to consumers, as well as paying an amount to the states to cover the costs associated with the investigations that led to the settlements. Various Western Union agents were complicit in these fraud schemes, often processing the fraud payments in return for a cut of the fraud proceeds. More than 500,000 potential victims nationwide have been identified. The form will contain instructions explaining how Kentuckians may file their claim to receive compensation.

"American consumers lost money while Western Union looked the other way", said FTC Acting Chairman Maureen K. Ohlhausen.

Wired scammers money? You could be entitled to part of $586 million