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Get Your Money Back from Western Union!

Get Your Money Back from Western Union


By: Andrew Erk

Get Your Money Back from Western Union!

Over the past few years, it is no secret that scams have become more and more frequent. One of the most prominent ways for scammers to take advantage of consumers is to ask for money transfers. Some of them used Western Union for this purpose.

If you have been the victim of a scam between January 1, 2004, and January 19, 2017, and sent payment through Western Union, you can now get your money back as long as you file your claim before or on February 12, 2018.

The FTC reached a settlement in a lawsuit brought against Western Union earlier this year. The settlement requires that Western Union return $586 million to consumers, as WU hadn’t protected people from fraud or disciplined problem agents.

Here is what you need to know in order to get your money back:

As always, scammers will be trying to take advantage of these refunds. Never give out credit or bank information over the phone, don’t pay to file a claim as this is free, and no one from the FTC will ever call you.

All-in-all this process could take up to a year for validation and return of money. Have patience as the DOJ does its best to return your money.

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Andrew Erk is our Trade Practice Assistant. He writes about business trends and consumer news and is also our social media, graphic design and digital guru.