Police Department Media Release
Are You The Victim of a Scam via Western Union Wire Transfer?
February 12th 2018 Deadline
Original Release: 1/18/2018
Are you the victim of a scam via Western Union wire transfer?
For years, many people who lost money to scams sent their payment through a Western Union wire transfer. Scammers contacted people and promised prizes, loans, jobs, discounted products or other financial rewards in exchange for money upfront. They also pretended to be family members in need of cash or law enforcement officers demanding payment. The scammers told people to send money through Western Union. No one received the cash, prizes or services they were promised.
Because of joint investigations by the FTC, the Department of Justice (DOJ), and the U. S. Postal Inspection Service, Western Union agreed to pay $586 million and admitted to aiding and abetting wire fraud. DOJ is now using that money to provide refunds to people who were tricked into using Western Union to pay scammers.
Eligible consumers would have sent money to a scammer using Western Union between Jan. 1, 2004, and Jan. 19, 2017. The deadline to apply is February 12th 2018.
For information follow the link below.