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Did you lose money to a scam, wiring the money via Western Union between January 1, 2004 and January 19, 2017? If so, you might know that May 31 is the deadline for filing your claim to get money back from the FTC’s and the Department of Justice’s settlement with Western Union. With the deadline fast approaching, we know two things: (1) there will probably be a rush of last-minute filers; and (2) scammers will try to take advantage of the people filing claims.

We’re sure about those scammers  because we’ve already seen them (and told you about them). And we’re still seeing scams that offer to get you special access, so-called easier ways to file, and promises of big amounts of money. This includes one recent email that said it came from the FBI, promised a refund of more than $500,000 – and said you could claim it just by emailing a Gmail address.

So, as the days click down until the May 31 deadline for filing, remember: if anyone promises you a refund – or says they’re the only way to get one, that’s a scam. If anybody tries to charge you to get your money back, that’s also a scam. If you’re still planning to submit a claim, here are a few quick pointers:

  • Start your claim at FTC.gov/WU. You don’t need to email anybody or hire a lawyer. Just start here, put in as much information as you have, upload whatever documents you have, and submit.
  • It’s free to file your claim. Don’t pay anybody to get a refund. Ever.
  • There are no guarantees. Nobody can promise you a refund at all, much less a specific amount of money. There’s a whole process that will happen once all the claims are in – to validate them, and then divide up the money among all the people who qualified.
  • There are no short-cuts. That validation process? It’ll take a while. There’s no short-cut or special access. It might take a year to get your money back, but nobody can help you get it any faster.

If you spot anybody making any of those promises, or charging for a refund, the FTC wants to know about it.

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I lose $850.00 in 2004 to scammers ,

If you used Western Union to send money to a scammer between January 1, 2004 and January 19, 2017, you can file a claim to get money back. You must file a claim by May 31, 2018.

You can file the claim online. Go to FTC.gov/WU to read about the claim process.  Click the orange button near the top of the FTC.gov/WU page to connect to the US Department of Justice website where you file a claim.

Hello, Is there a refund for Moneygram and Walmart2Walmart too. I was scammed by someone on Match.com and sent money to Nigeria too.

The refund program is related only to transfers made through Western Union. You can report other transactions to the FTC at FTC.gov/Complaint and to the wire transfer company you used. Call the MoneyGram Customer Care Center at 1‑800‑926‑9400. If the scammer contacted you through a website, for example a product sales or social media website, you can report the problem to that site.

I'm still waiting on my check that you guys spouse to send and other thing agreement or do I have to research on my own at doc I don't want to going through my document and file again I just want my freedom I need som help here that what you guys are employed and getting pay for and we're is my paycheck i have not even got a cent from the Tim and now

If you filed a claim to ask for a refund, you do not need to file again. The refund administrator is reviewing all the claims that people filed. It could take up to one year for the administrator to review all the claims. 

When the administrator is done reviewing the claims, the FTC will post a message on FTC.gov/WU.

I returned all my paperwork before the first deadline over a year ago. I have not heard or received anything. It said it could take up to a year not over a year...Maybe this hope for my money back was a scam too.

I filed a claim last year and have heard nothing. When I contacted western union I was told that the refunds would be sent out after filing closed. I still have heard nothing when Williams receive my refund?

I filed loooong before the deadline and also still haven't heard anything. It's been over a year that I have been waiting

I just received in the mail a letter stating that I had until 2/11/2019 to confirm. I am confused because everything on here says 05/31/2018. Is this a new scam going around?

Did your letter come from Gilardi & Co.?

Gilardi & Co is the company that is managing the refund process for the US Department of Justice. Gilardi & Co. is reviewing all the claim forms that people sent in. When the company has questions about a claim form, it has been writing to people to ask them for more information about the claim.

If your letter didn't come from Gilardi & Co., it might have been a scam. You can report that to the FTC at www.FTC.gov/Complaint.

Get the latest updates about the refund process at www.FTC.gov/WU.

I lost 3,000.00 via a Ebay scammer who sent a s"spoofed" second chance offer and said western union was the only way he could accept payment due to having so much activity on his account and it was maxed out.

I was contacted by a law firm in my state to verify my address and the amounts i lost for this settlement. I t would be nice to get that back.

I just hope whoever was the con artist got theirs in the end. I hope God makes them answer for it when they stand in judgement.

I'M GOING THROUGH THE SAME THING I GOT SCAMMED FOR 3500 5 YEARS AGO FOR A EBAY CAR SCAM. I DID FILE A CLAIM WITH THE LAW FIRM IN EARLY 2018. HAVEN'T HEARD NOTHING. THE WEBSITE HAS THE SAME POSTS FROM 2018. I'M CONVINCED I'LL NEVER GET MY MONEY BACK.

People sent in more than 180,000 refund claims. Gilardi & Co, the company the US Department of Justice hired to manage the refund process, is reviewing and evaluating all the claims to determine eligibility.  If information is missing from your claim, Gilardi & Co. may contact you by mail to ask for more information. After Gilardi & Co. reviews the claims, it will send recommendations to the US Department of Justice for final decisions. No payments will happen until after all the claims are reviewed. Check  FTC.gov/WU or westernunionremission.com for updates.

I filed my form over 2 yrs ago ..No word ..No contact from anyone ..They are sitting on the money ...DON'T HOLD YOUR BREATH ON A REFUND. NOT GONNA HAPPEN ..

More than 180,000 petitions were submitted. The company that the US Department of Justice hired to manage the review process, Gilardi & Co., is working to verify the claims that people send in. When Gilardi & Co. finds a claim that needs more information, they contact the person by mail and ask them to explain the lack of information and ask for more information. 

It could take up to one year to review and verify all the peititions. Gilardi & Co will not make any final decisions or send any payments until they review all the claims.

You can stay informed by reading updates at www.FTC.gov/WU and Gilardi & Co.

Can you say as to when we will get an update on the status what are they are the process? I think it's been about 6 months since the last one. I realize the process is a rather large one... But, anything?

I have a creditor that claims that expedited credit card payments must be made through Western Union. I thought this civil case included scenario like this, yes, no?

Are considered?  I sent all the deposit by post  All deposits were made in Nigeria and turned out be a scammers

This refund program is for people who used Western Union wire transfers to send money to scammers.

If you used Western Union to send money transfers to a scammer between January 1, 2004 and January 19, 2017, you can file a claim to get money back. You must file a claim by May 31, 2018.

You can file the claim online. Go to FTC.gov/WU to read about the claim process. Click the orange button near the top of the FTC.gov/WU page to connect to the US Department of Justice website where you file a claim.

I don’t think they can do anything about it , same thing happen to me , a lot of money. All to Nigeria

I know a guy who got me a lot, sending money to him and it goes to Nigeria. He is still doing it. I stop talking to him.

I think this same thing is happening to my friend. Do you have the name of this guy?

How do I know if you got my claim

You can contact the refund administrator to ask about your claim. The contact information is on this page. And save a link to FTC.gov/WU. We have useful information for claimants, and we'll update the page when there is news.

I was wondering if you received my information? I filled out paper and mailed a while back.

You can contact the refund administrator to ask about your claim. The contact information is on this page. And save a link to FTC.gov/WU. We have useful information for claimants, and we'll update the page when there is news.

It's been months, how do I know if you are working on my claim?

The refund administrator, Gilardi & Co., is working to verify claims now. This process could take up to a year. When the verification process is complete, we will post an update at FTC.gov/WU

Hello, I sent you my claim and received a code number but I need pin code to inter into your site for fallow up the investigation result. my claim code is WUU-4004xxxx-x but you did not sent me the pin code. RE

For more information about the remission process:

I filed a claim last year but haven't heard a thing. I sent a list of the amounts

Thanks for the warning

I lost lots of money to a man that said he was in the military.

If you used Western Union to send money to a scammer between January 1, 2004 and January 19, 2017, you can file a claim to get money back. You must file a claim by May 31, 2018.

You can file the claim online. Go to FTC.gov/WU to read about the claim process. Click the orange button near the top of the FTC.gov/WU page to connect to the US Department of Justice website where you file a claim.

Does this apply to money sent to a specific person who was a Nigerian scammer? What if I don't have receipts or even remember the exact amount I sent?

If you used Western Union to send money to a scammer between January 1, 2004 and January 19, 2017, you can file a claim to get money back. You must file a claim by May 31, 2018.

You can file a claim for money you sent for many different kinds of scams, including all of these scams: 

  • Online or internet scams, when you did not receive the items you tried to buy online
  • Lottery or prize promotion scams, when you were told you won a lottery or sweepstakes, but never got the prize
  • Emergency or grandparent scams, when you sent money to someone who pretended to be a relative or friend who needed money
  • Advance-fee loan scams, when you paid upfront fees, but did not get the promised loans
  • Online dating or romance scams, when you sent money to someone who created a fake profile on a dating or social networking website.

If you used Western Union to send money to a scammer you can file a claim, even if you don’t have paperwork related to the money transfer. You may still be eligible for a payment.

You can file the claim online. Go to FTC.gov/WU to read about the claim process. Click the orange button near the top of the FTC.gov/WU page to connect to the US Department of Justice website where you file a claim.

Greetings.
Write to me
I want to read about my money.

I'm deceived by 2018-02 how can you help me?

is there a similar claim process for people who have been scammed since jan of 2017?

i was scammed for a lot of money in Sept/Oct of 2017 can i still file to try and get my money back?

No, the refund program does not apply to those dates.

You can report a scam that happened in Sept/ Oct 2017 to the FTC at FTC.gov/complaint and to Western Union's Fraud Hotline at 800-448-1492.

I HAD NEARLY $3,800 in 6 months.

The refund program is for people who used Western Union to send money to a scammer between January 1, 2004 and January 19, 2017. If you sent money between those dates, you can file a claim to get your money back. You must file a claim by May 31, 2018.

You can file a claim online. Go to FTC.gov/WU to read about the claim filing process. You can click the orange button near the top of the FTC.gov.WU page to connect to the US Department of Justice website where you file a claim.

I have been unable to share your info for some time now ? I get a URL not matching message ? ty

My Dad sent money twice to scammers through Western Union before he passed away a year ago. Can my mother or I, on her behalf, make a claim?

We have information at FTC.gov/WU about the claim filing process. You can file for a family member, friend or client if you represent their estate, have a power of attorney, or are a lawyer and have a signed document that says you represent the person and have the person's permission to file for them. Read more details at FTC.gov/WU.

The refund program is for people who used Western Union to send money to a scammer between January 1, 2004 and January 19, 2017. You must file a claim by May 31, 2018. You can file a claim online from the FTC.gov/WU page. Click the orange button near the top of the page. It will connect you to the US Department of Justice website where you file a claim. 

I remember SBA accounts I have been sending for a disaster loan. Western Union told back then Country Wide folded or no longer exists. Have been scammed by a place in Nigeria. Was getting calls and from telemarketers. Never.

I lost $4,000.00 but $1800.00 were wire through western union. I never regain back any.

If you used Western Union to send money to a scammer between January 1, 2004 and January 19, 2017, you can file a claim to get money back. You must file a claim by May 31, 2018.

You can file the claim online. Go to FTC.gov/WU to read about the claim process.  Click the orange button near the top of the FTC.gov/WU page to connect to the US Department of Justice website where you file a claim.

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