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 admitted to aiding and abetting wire fraud and has agreed to pay $586 million. The Department of Justice is now using that money to provide refunds to people who were tricked into using Western Union to pay scammers. Deadline to file a claim is

February 12, 2018.


In the immediate future, the Westtown-East Goshen Regional Police Department will be attempting to contact its residents who have been victims

of this type of scam to advise them that they may be eligible to file a claim.


To learn more or to submit a claim, victims are encouraged to visit the following link: https://www.ftc.gov/enforcement/cases-proceedings/refunds/western-union-settlement-faqs.

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