WENY News - Victims of scams through Western Union can file to get money bac

Victims of scams through Western Union can file to get money back

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(WENY) - Victims of scammers through Western Union can file a claim to get their money back.

According to the Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care, The Federal Trade Commission announced that consumers who lost money to scammers who told them to pay via Western Union’s money transfer system between January 1, 2004, and January 19, 2017, can now file a claim to get their money back. 

The deadline to file a claim is February 12th, 2018. You can file a claim here. (FTC.gov/WU)

The refund program follows a settlement with the Western Union Company. In January 2017, the company agreed to pay $586 million to resolve charges brought by the FTC and the U.S. Department of Justice.

“We are seeing a growing number of local residents who have fallen victim to scams," says the Director of the Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care Pam Brown. "Although older adults are often targeted by scammers, financial exploitation can happen to anyone, regardless of age, gender, education or income.  Many times, people do not realize they’ve been scammed until after they sent money.  The FTC has provided a much-needed opportunity to get that money back if it was sent via Western Union’s money transfer system,” she says.

Filing a claim is free, so consumers should not pay anyone to file a claim on their behalf. No one associated with the claims process will call to ask for consumers’ bank account or credit card number.

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