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Western Union Payout – File Now!

posted Dec 19, 2017, 2:18 PM by Wayne Wieseler   [ updated Dec 19, 2017, 2:18 PM ]

Have you lost money to a scammer through the Western Union? Many of us know the stories of a prize that wasn’t real, a pretend family member in need or purchases that never came. Now is your chance for justice!

For transfers made with the Western Union between Jan. 1, 2004 and Jan. 19, 2017, you can now file a claim to get that money back in a monumental settlement with the U.S. Government. If you have been scammed more than once, you can file for multiple transfers. You can even file on behalf of someone else if you represent their estate, are their power of attorney and have permission to file on their behalf.

A wide variety of scams may be covered by this settlement, including:

  • 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.
The FTC has all the information, but the company servicing claims has set up an easier website to use http://westernunionremission.com/.

Claims can be submitted: https://www.ftc.gov/enforcement/cases-proceedings/refunds/western-union-settlement-faqs

Claims must be filed by Feb. 12, 2018, so act quickly. This is a rare opportunity to recuperate funds that are often untraceable and considered gone. Share this opportunity with everyone you know, you never know who may have lost money this way.

Submitted by Donata Mikulik, Elder Justice Coordinator with Senior Advocacy Services - a Sonoma County non-profit providing resources that address the challenges of aging.