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Scam victims who sent money via Western Union may be eligible for refund

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People who fell victim to scammers who requested money be sent to them via Western Union may be able to get their money back.

For many years, scammers used the money transfer service to receive payments from victims who were promised prizes, loans, jobs, and discounted products or who believed they were sending money to law enforcement or family members in need.

Following a joint investigation by the Federal Trade Commission, Department of Justice, and U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Western Union admitted to aiding and abetting wire fraud and agreed to pay $586 million. The Department of Justice is now using that money to provide refunds to victims.

Eligible victims would have sent money to a scammer through Western Union between Jan. 1, 2004 and Jan. 19, 2017.

The deadline to file a claim for a refund is May 31, 2018.

For more information and to file a claim, click here.

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