According to officials, the reimbursements are a result of a settlement between Western Union and a group of 49 states plus the District of Columbia, stemming from an investigation into complaints from consumers. As part of the scheme, the perpetrators of fraud schemes contacted victims in the United States and falsely posed as family members in need or promised prizes or job opportunities.
Western Union agreed to settle the case for $586 million. The scammers told people to send money through Western Union.
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi announced Monday that consumers who were tricked into sending money to scammers using Western Union's wire transfer service may now apply for compensation from a $586 million national settlement fund.
The company also allegedly failed to promptly discipline problem Western Union agents, and failed to have effective anti-fraud policies and procedures.
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People may be eligible if they were victims of a fraud-induced transfer using Western Union between January 1, 2004, and January 19, 2017. These petitions will provide information and instructions regarding making a claim for compensation online or through the mail.
Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine's office is now accepting application for people to potentially recover some money from these scams.
The Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice brought up charges to Western Union in January 2017.