Added 3/27: Alert: Click here to read how some scammers are trying to take advantage of the settlementDid you wire money using Western Union to a scammer between January 1, 2004 and January 19, 2017? If you were conned and lost money you are in luck!The Federal Trade Commission has announced that if you were the victim of a scam between January 1, 2004, and January 19, 2017 and used Western Union’s money transfer system, you can now file a claim to get your money back. You have until May 31, 2018 to file the free claim.“American consumers lost money while Western Union looked the other way,” said FTC Acting Chairman Maureen K. Ohlhausen. “We’re pleased to start the process that will get that money back into consumers’ rightful hands.”The refunds are a result of a joint investigation by the FTC, the Department of Justice (DOJ), and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. Western Union agreed to pay a $586 million settlement, and the DOJ is using that money to provide refunds to victims.Consumers who were victim to multiple scams can also file a different claim for each case. Once the claim is filed, the DOJ will will check with the Treasury Offset Program to ensure that victims do not owe money to the federal government. Refunds could be reduced if victims owe money. To learn how to submit a claim click here.In 2017, BBB Scam Tracker received almost 88,000 scam reports. More than 10% requested that consumers wire money to complete the transaction. Some of the types of scams that requested money to be transferred (wired) include:Romance Scams – A person you meet online expresses interest in you romantically. When you are serious with your new friend they ask for money to travel to see you, for medical services, or to help a family member. You never meet your new friend or see your money again.Advance Fee Loans – A loan is offered, but there is a fee that must be paid upfront prior to the issuing of the loan. The fee is for a processing fee orinsurance. The loan never is received and your money is gone.Lottery or Prize Scams – You are informed that you have won a prize or are a winner in a lottery. In order to collect your prize you must pay taxes, shipping or other fees upfront. The prize is never received and your money is in the scammers hands.Grandparent Scam – You receive a call from someone who sounds like your grandchild, but you just aren’t sure. They say they are in jail in another country and need bail or are having an emergency – such as needing medical assistance. They ask for money to be wired. It is a scammer calling you, not your relative. Your relative is fine, but your money will never be seen again.BBB advises of 10 steps to avoid a scam: https://www.bbb.org/avoidscams/.If you have questions about claims and refunds, you can contact the refund administrator at 1-844-319-2124 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Learn more on the FTC's blog in English and in Spanish.BBB Serving Utah and BBB of Northeast California contributed to this report.