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> got cheated thru Western Union? get refund!

bryon
post Jan 12 2018, 11:07 PM, updated 5 months ago

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Scam victims who paid via Western Union may be eligible for refunds

http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/crime/article194094974.html
http://www.westernunionremission.com/
https://www.ftc.gov/enforcement/cases-proce...settlement-faqs

Some people who lost money to scams and made the payments via Western Union wire transfers may be eligible for refunds.

The Roseville Police Department is alerting victims to refunds available through a settlement between Western Union and the federal Department of Justice..

Following a joint investigation by the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Justice and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Western Union agreed to pay $586 million and admitted aiding and abetting wire fraud by facilitating payment to scam artists via wire transfers, according to the FTC website. The Department of Justice is now using that money to provide refunds to people who were tricked into using Western Union to pay scammers. The deadline for submitting a claim is Feb. 12.


The types of scams covered include:


Online or internet purchase scams, in which items you attempted to buy online were not received.
Lottery or prize promotion scams, in which you were told you won a lottery or sweepstakes but never received the prize.
Emergency or grandparent scams, in which you sent money to someone pretending to be a relative or friend in urgent need of money.
Advance-fee loan scams, in which you paid upfront fees but did not receive the promised loan.
Online dating or romance scams, in which you sent money to someone who created a fake profile on a dating or social networking website.
Anyone who sent money to a scammer using Western Union wire transfer between Jan. 1, 2004, and Jan. 19, 2017, may submit a claim. Each claim will be verified by the Department of Justice, and the amount refunded will depend on the amount lost and the number of people who submit valid claims, according to the FTC.

More information is available on the Federal Trade Commission website,
https://www.ftc.gov/enforcement/cases-proce...settlement-faqs


http://www.orientaldaily.com.my/s/227627

用西联匯钱 骗局受害者可索赔


(新加坡11日讯)不慎坠入匯款骗局,通过西联匯款匯钱的受害者,若確认受骗,有望取回被骗款项。

国际匯联公司西联匯款(Western Union)去年面对未有效监管反欺诈和反洗黑钱项目的指控,同意支付5亿8600万美元(约23亿4400万令吉)金额,与美国司法部和美国联邦贸易委员会达致和解,用以赔偿受害者。

当局指出,西联匯款为其代理机构和他人参与的国际消费者诈骗计划,处理了数十万宗交易,西联匯款去年承认触犯美国法律如《银行保密法》和反欺诈法案。

这些诈骗者的干案手法是打电话给受害者,冒充为亲属或执法人员,通知他们中奖,有的则说有工作机会或家人犯法。


诈骗者过后指示受害者通过西联匯款匯钱,帮助亲戚躲避牢狱之灾或领奖,然而最后都成了「空头支票」。

索赔不限美国公民

根据西联匯款去年1月发佈的文告指出,支付给联邦政府的该笔金额,將用于赔偿指定期间的受害者。

美国司法部为西联匯款赔偿申请事宜设立的网站显示,在2004年至1月1日至2017年1月19日期间,使用西联匯款转账的诈骗案受害者,可以申请赔偿。

网站资料显示,申请不限于美国公民,意味其他地区公眾也能申请,有望取回受骗款项。受害者必须在今年2月12日前提出申请。

他们只能取回匯款金额,手续费和通过其他匯款公司进行的匯款將无法理赔。

当局指出,若想取回受骗金额,可能花上超过一年时间,处理和证明申请的真偽,以及是否能获得赔偿。

曾在指定期间通过西联匯款的受害者,若有意申请赔偿,可瀏览以上网址查询详情:http://www.westernunionremission.com。

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