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$147 million in second group of Western Union refunds

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Refund checks worth about $147 million are going out to almost 33,000 people who sent money to scammers through Western Union wire transfers. The $147 million is a portion of the money Western Union paid when it reached settlements with the FTC and Department of Justice, and agreed to create a strong anti-fraud program. Western Union also admitted to criminal violations in its settlement with the Department of Justice.

 

These refunds are going to people in the US and other countries, including many older adults who lost money to grandparent, lottery, sweepstakes, or romance scams. They will get compensation for 100 percent of their verified losses. This is the second round of payments related to the Western Union settlement. In March 2020, refund checks worth about $153 million went out to more than 109,000 people.

 

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) expects to approve more refunds in the coming months. DOJ also plans to provide a way for people to apply for refunds for the first time, and to provide additional documentation to support claims that haven’t been approved yet. When there is information about how to apply for the first time or provide additional documentation, DOJ will post it on the Western Union Remission site.

 

The refund checks will come from “United States v. The Western Union Company.” If you’re in the US, you have to cash or deposit the check within 90 days. If you got a check but don’t agree with the amount, you can cash the check and contact DOJ’s administrator, Gilardi & Co. at 844-319-2124 and WesternUnionRemission.com. Learn more from the FTC at Western Union Refunds.

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I'm in Canada, and lost money to a scammer. I hope this will apply to people like me too

I lost to 2 scammers 6,000CAD apiece and a person that rooked me for 300,000CAD. I knew the latter personally. When will I get rebated?

The US Department of Justice plans to provide a way for people to apply for refunds for the first time, and to provide additional documentation to support claims that haven’t been approved yet. When there is information about how to apply for the first time or provide additional documentation, DOJ will post it on the Western Union Remission site.

What about people who have been scammed thru at least May 2020 thru online romance scams??? I filed a complaint with FTC & Western Union for allowing Western Unions to be sent to Nigeria, when they knowingly had scams ongoing previously. Im out close to $8000 & deserve compensation too since they still allowed this to happen even after a lawsuit for the same thing was in process? Nobody has answered my complaint from the FTC, Western Union denies liability once again & nobody responded from the website I believe was ic3.gov
This is very unfair. I had informed all legal authorities & filed complaints without any response, now I see this update & feel like I dont matter. I have & reported every single WU receipt that was sent. Why isnt anything being done about my complaint? Why are Western Unions being allowed to be sent to Nigeria knowing this is a country of fraud & scams?
Please, somebody do something about this! I have all the documentation needed to prove my claim. This would be simply unfair considering I was scammed from May 2019 to May 2020.
This happening just after WU was guilty of doing what happened to me after they were filed suit therefore allowing it to happen again. I deserve reimbursement. Please help me. Im of course targeted since I'm a single mother of 2 , recently out of a long term relationship. I have Lupus & kidney disease stage 3, due to have a kidney biopsy in 2 weeks for decreased kidney function. This money can be used to support my kids especially in the event of my demise. Do whatever you can. You must have several hundreds of further scam related claims with WU again. Please do something, please!!!!!! Thank you!!! Im so upset about this not being investigated or cared about.

Great, have they been sent? Because I’m in the second group .

According to DOJ's press release, the checks have started going out.

How do you know if you are in this group ? Can you call the 844 number to find out?

Myself, my Wife, one of our daughters, and one of our sons all submitted our claims before the initial deadline to submit claims, and now only my claim has been recognized by the system. I have verified our other claims, and hopefully they will be acknowledged .

I lost over $2500 purchasing gifts for my children as gratitude for them supporting me while I was dealing with serious permanent physical injuries suffered during an accident. I can only pray that I am fully compensated so that I can compensate them for their efforts.

Hello I've been using western union for years how will be contacted to know if we will receive a refund

According to DOJ's press release, the checks have started going out.

My husband was scammed out of lot money he sent through western union for love scam / inheritance . I have sent proof to our government and because I wasn't fast enough I lose out on the settlement. These scammer are still trying to contact my husband using the same email and phone numbers for over a year but yet our cyber crime can't do a thing about

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) expects to approve more refunds in the coming months. DOJ also plans to provide a way for people to apply for refunds for the first time, and to provide additional documentation to support claims that haven’t been approved yet. When there is information about how to apply for the first time or provide additional documentation, DOJ will post it on the Western Union Remission site.

Finally after 5 yrs and 9 months god has answered my prayers Alelluja Thank you all at the FTC and DOJ hopefully I should be one of the 33 thousand people getting justice served . This great and good news besides de COVID 19 and many lives lost.

Great, I called the 844 number and I sent an email to info@WesternUnionRemission.com they responded by email and told me how much I was approved for and that I was in the second group. Finally

Thank God mine was issued yesterday on September 23. Been waiting 3 years for this check and finally I will have it in the next couple of days. It is much needed right now with all that is going on. Very much relieved.

God bless

So refreshing to know the 2nd round of payments have started being mailed out. During a time when so many are in need, it is so good to know that at least part of government care about us. Thank you DOJ.

I'm a Filipina a victim of scam in negirian after take my money they did not give me my loan

My papers are sent at 08/14/2020 to the DOJ. I hope my check is on the way. I write a Mail and ask if its sent 3 days ago, still waiting for a answer

Still waiting..... No answer

Me either. The money is dwindling and claims are still being reviewed.

My wife, my son and daughter along with myself all received our remission checks this week. Thanks a million to everyone involved.

This is the first I heard about this. I am a victim of on line dating scam and I file a FTC report. There was Western union transactions. Am I part of this?

The people who got checks in the second group of refunds already filed claims with the US Department of Justice (DOJ). Did you file a claim with DOJ?

DOJ plans to provide a way for people to apply for refunds for the first time. When there is information about how to apply for the first time, DOJ will post it on the Western Union Remission site.

can you send me some paperwork

The US Department of Justice hired Gilardi & Co. to manage the refund process. Go to www.westernunionremission.com to learn about the process. 

Hi! I am a Swedish lady who got cheated of a small amount. I wonder when and how I will get my refund. I made a claim three years ago and got a reminder a year ago to which I answered immediately.

I have requested documents from Western Union for the DOJ at the beginning of this case and within the past couple weeks on 2 separate occasions. These people refuse to send me what I need.
I am due another part of my refund so how am I supposed to prove my case if they won't give me the proof I need?

why are some people getting remission checks and the rest of us just sit back and wonder if we will ever see ours. I am a senior and have lost everything to the scammers because of the scammers my health is bad The people who have applied that have not received anything need answers also.

Hello Everyone,

Today (17/10/2020), I received a letter from the United States / The Western Union Company along with the letter I got a check. The check issued by Huntington Bank and also clearly mentioned valid as my check is till Dec 22nd, 2020 only. I am living in Germany. The Huntington Bank branches not available in Germany. Using Checks in Germany is not popular anymore and most banks deny.

So, I am requesting to please provide me a solution - How to collect my check amount or any kind of bank transfer will work as well.

Please write to Gilardi & Co. at info@WesternUnionRemission.com.

Hi, i am also from Germany. I ask my Bank (Commerzbank) if there is a problem if I get a check in USD. They tell me that its no Problem, They fill out a Formular what I have ro sign. Thats all.

Did anyone receive a check from the second round?

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