DEADLINE TO FILE A CLAIM IS NOW:    31 MAY 2018

Lost Money to a Scammer via Western Union – Claim Your Refund – ACT NOW!!

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.

Who is eligible to submit a claim?

If you sent money to a scammer through Western Union between January 1, 2004 and January 19, 2017, you can submit a claim.

Will I definitely get my money back?

Each person’s claim must be verified by DOJ. If your claim is verified, the amount you get will depend on how much you lost and the number of people who submit valid claims.

Only the amount you transferred via Western Union is eligible for a refund. Other expenses like Western Union fees, other losses, or transfers sent through other businesses are not eligible for a refund.

When will I get payment?

It may take up to a year to process and verify people’s claims and determine who is eligible to get a payment. We will update this page when we have more information.

Can I submit a claim if I didn’t report the fraud to Western Union?

Yes, if you meet the other eligibility requirements.

What kinds of scams are covered by these refunds?

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.

To submit your claim, click the link below:

Use this link https://kccsecure.com/westernunionremission/Claimant/UnKnownClaimForm

For more information please go here: https://www.ftc.gov/enforcement/cases-proceedings/refunds/western-union-settlement-faqs 

Where can I get more information?

For the latest information about remission process: