Scam victims who transferred money through Western Union can now claim a refund

If you, a loved one, or your client was a victim of a scam and transferred funds through Western Union you can now claim for the return of your money.

To qualify you must:

  • Be a victim of a scam (individuals must file their own claims)
  • Have transferred the funds through Western Union (multiple transfers can be claimed)
  • The transfer must have taken place between 1 January 2004 and 19 January 2017
  • Submit the claim by 12 February 2018

Provided you meet the above criteria you can be located anywhere in the world.  You do not have to be a resident of America.

This life changing opportunity is a result of joint investigations by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S Postal Inspection Service.  Their findings resulted in Western Union admitting to aiding and abetting wire fraud and agreeing to pay $856 million.

The penalty fee paid by Western Union is being used to refund victims of scams.

Although early indications suggest it may take up to a year to process and verify peoples claims, this news is likely to provide some relief during very difficult times.

To lodge your claim you will need to file a claim with the FTC.

The website you need to go to is: 

We encourage you to type this out exactly rather than clicking the link as this will prevent any further scam opportunities.

Further information about this can be found at

Types of scams include but are not limited to:

  • Online or internet scams – you did not receive the items you tried to buy online
  • Lottery or prize promotion scams – you were told you won a lottery or sweepstakes, but never got the prize
  • Emergency or grandparent scams – you sent money to someone pretending to be a relative or friend in urgent need of money
  • Advance-fee loan scams – you paid upfront fees, but did not get the promised loans
  • Online dating or romance scams – you sent money to someone who created a fake profile on a dating or social networking website.

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