Pay a scammer by Western Union? Get your money back!

July 24, 2017

Western Union will be returning money to people who were tricked by scammers into sending them money through the money wiring company.

It's part of a $586 million settlement with the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice.

Here's what you need to know:

  • The DOJ plans to open the refund process later this year. It will be called the "Petition for Remission" process.
  • If you sent money to scammer vis Western Union between January 1, 2004 and January 18, 2017, you might be eligible for a refund.
  • DOJ will verify all the claims it gets before sending out any refunds.
  • The amount of the refund depends in part on the number of people who file a claim and how much they each lost.

To prepare:

  • Get your paperwork together, like money transfer receipts, in case you need them to file a claim.
  • Check out the FTC's and DOJ's FAQ to learn more.

We'll let you know as soon as you can file a claim so check back with us.