Western Union team honored for Service to America

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Getting money back from the Western Union settlement is a big deal for people who lost money to a scam. And that case is a big deal to both the FTC and the Department of Justice (DOJ) and their case teams. In fact, those teams were just honored as a finalist in the 2018 Services to America Medals, known as the Sammies.

You might have read about the Western Union settlement, who can apply for a refund, and how. Now you can get a behind-the-scenes view of how the civil investigation at the FTC and the criminal investigation at DOJ came together to get Western Union to forfeit $586 million. That’s money that will go back to people who wired money through Western Union and lost it to scams.

(And, while we’re at it, remember that you have until May 31 to file your claim for money back. Start at FTC.gov/WU.)

But there’s something you can do, too. Each year, the Sammies run a People’s Choice award, letting the public vote for their favorite nominee. In fact, you can vote once a day, starting now and ending July 9. On June 1, the Top 12 will be announced, so you can see how your votes counted. We have 586 million reasons to thank the FTC-DOJ case team. Please consider voting early and often.

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i hope i will become what back i have sed leatr to Western Union on 02.02.2018. thanks for your massage

salutation oui il 'a boucau de courriel d'escroqueries reçu au nom de Western Union je sais pas pour quoi les agents de Western Union ne ponderer pas a notre reclamation par courriel pas grave felicitation au Western Union cordialement --------------------------- greeting yes he's got scams email sent on behalf of Western Union I do not know why Western Union agents will not weigh our claim by email not serious congratulations to Western Union cordially

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 request a refund. You must use the process created by the US Department of Justice to file a claim.

You do not need to be a US citizen or in the US to request a refund. Go to the US Department of Justice website to file a claim and request a refund. You must file by May 31, 2018.

Send my money WU

I don't care I want my money back is 4 600 $

very nice to reward companies that care

Western Union needs to put up signs asking if you are forwarding money for a lottery prize, overseas love interest. WU clerks need to be more proactive in questioning people about why they are sending money. I've never lost any money, but have worked with individuals who have.

That's invasion of privacy, Isnt it?

I would like to express my gratitude to the Western Union team. I thought I was purchasing a chocolate lab puppy and was scammed out of over $500. I filed a report with the government but never dreamed I would see that money again. Now, when I need it most, I will get back at least part of it. Thank you so much!!!

Thanks, FTC & DOJ, great story, Thanks again

Hope to get it back soon.... wish to have the same with Money gram too??

MoneyGram do the same thing to me too. I was a victim of the scam with them too.

I was a victim of a scam as well I would like to know what I can do about it? and the money that I sent was sent to Western Union also.

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 by May 31, 2018. Go to FTC.gov/WU to read about the claim filing process. Then click on the orange button near the top of the FTC.gov/WU page to connect to the claim filing website. You must file by May 31, 2018.

So now we are suppose to thank Western Union for returning money they probably knew along was a scam. And it wasn't returned because they wanted to.

To Kitty, It's hard to think positive sometimes especially when ones trust has been broken. However, I will still Thank Western Union for listening to their conscience and recognizing an idea some call Karma. What good goes around comes back around. Best wishes to you.

I have lost money through the western union can you please check it out for me thankyou.

No, the FTC cannot look up your personal records.

The refund program is only 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 by May 31, 2018. Go to FTC.gov/WU to read about the claim filing process. Then click on the orange button near the top of the FTC.gov/WU page to connect to the claim filing website. You must file by May 31, 2018.

I didnt see this until now so is it to late to file? I lost $1000 from a WU scammer? TY

The refund program is only 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 by May 31, 2018. Go to FTC.gov/WU to read about the claim filing process. Then click on the orange button near the top of the FTC.gov/WU page to connect to the claim filing website. You must file by May 31, 2018.

i am peraonally.am impressed with the effort that is,being put.into getting my money back,because of .scammers,that have actually--scammed me out of, it's my money. and i worked for it,it dosen't belong to scammers.the word stimulus --dosent mean the word scammer or impostor.i will and at this time,be looking to be reimbursed,a.s.a.p.--thank's.where would i be without you,,,.

Thank you for the update however, after your trust has been broken its hard to believe anything is real on the internet I did receive a claim form but the amount I lost was not even close to matching my records and I think I have been getting fake email regarding this. I need an address to mail copies of my records and the address they provided is the same one for the Anthem data breach which scanned my entire family I've been dealing with identity theft since 2012 and have found zero relief will it ever get better? I'm still getting hacked

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 your money back.  You can file claims for all the money transfers that occurred between January 1, 2004 and January 19, 2017. You can file a claim, even if you don’t have paperwork related to your money transfer. You may still be eligible for a payment.

You must file by May 31, 2018.  That is 10 days from now. You can file online if you want.

Go to FTC.gov/WU to read about the claim filing process. If you want to file online, click on the orange button near the top of the FTC.gov/WU page. It will connect to the claim filing website. You must file by May 31, 2018. 

2017 I lost a lot of money due a friends need help and I did help but,an steps I was been scammed. I feel so sad due to it. I asked for a loan and so on.. But I hope I learn my lesson.

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