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Victims who lost money via scams involving Western Union from 2004-2017 can file claim

If you've been the victim of a scam where thieves took your money via Western Union money transfer, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) says you could get your money back.

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--If you've been the victim of a scam where thieves took your money via Western Union money transfer, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) says you could get your money back.

Victim's who were defrauded by paying thieves through a Western Union money transfer from January 1, 2004 through January 19, 2017 have until February 12, 2018 to file a claim with the FTC to get their money back.

The claim process is the result of a Western Union settlement with the FTC where the company agreed to pay $586 million to resolve charges filed by the U.S. Department of Justice and the FTC.

According to a statement on the FTC website, the FTC "alleged that fraudsters were able to use Western Union’s money transfer system to get payments from their victims, even though the company was aware of the problem and received hundreds of thousands of complaints about fraud-induced money transfers made for fraudulent lottery and prizes, family emergencies, advance-fee loans, online dating and other scams. The company also allegedly failed to promptly discipline problem Western Union agents, and failed to have effective anti-fraud policies and procedures."

Consumers whom were defrauded should CLICK HERE to file a claim with the FTC.

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