The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the US Postal Inspection Service have been investigating Western Union who are a wire transfer company.
Western Union is often used by fraudsters as payments through Western Union cannot generally be tracked.
Western Union has admitted to aiding and abetting wire fraud and failure to maintain an effective anti-money-laundering programme and agreed to pay $586 million. That money is now being used by DOJ to give refunds to people who were tricked into using Western Union to pay scammers.
Victims of fraud who paid money to scammers via a Western Union wire transfer between 2004 and 2017 could apply for a refund.
There was a limited refund pot and there were thought to be 100,000s of victims, so not everyone got all of their lost money back.
The refund scheme covers any form of wire transfer fraud which involved making a payment via Western Union, so if you sent money to someone who wasn’t who they said they were, or you didn’t get what you were promised in return for a transfer you made, you can apply for a refund.
The process to get a refund did take years altogether but a great many people received all or part of the money scammed from them.
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