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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 Learn more from the FTC at Western Union Refunds.

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