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The Michigan Attorney General's Office recently reported that if you've been a victim of fraud and used Western Union to transfer funds to a scammer, you may now file a claim to get your money back.

The History

For many years, victims of transfer fraud were instructed by scammers to make payments using Western Union wire transfers. Joint investigations of these scams resulted in Western Union admitting that it had aided and abetted the fraudulent activity.

WesternUnion has agreed to pay a $586 million settlement. The Department of Justice will use the money to provide refunds to victims of fraud who were tricked into using Western Union to pay criminals.

How Victims Can Get Their Money Back

If you were a victim of fraud and used Western Union to transfer money to a scammer between January 1, 2004 and January 19, 2017, you can file a claim to get your money back. Visit the FTC website to file your claim. You must file before February 12, 2018.

How to File a Claim Safely

It is free to file a claim, so do NOT pay someone to process your claim for you.In addition, no one who is legitimately associated with this claims process will call to ask you for your bank account or credit card number. For more information, go the Federal Trade Commissions Western Union refund page.

Questions? Contact us for a free consultation.