News from the New York Attorney General’s Office
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 25, 2018
Attorney General’s Press Office / 212-416-8060
A.G. UNDERWOOD ISSUES REMINDER TO VICTIMS OF WESTERN UNION WIRING SCAM OF MAY 31, 2018 DEADLINE FOR FILING REFUND CLAIMS
Over 30,000 New Yorkers Were Affected by Scam, Losing Approximately $35 Million
Eligible New Yorkers Can File Online Claim Form at FTC.gov/WU
AG Underwood Warns Against Fraudsters Seeking to Charge Consumers for Refund Claims
NEW YORK – Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood today issued a reminder to New Yorkers that the deadline for filing a refund claim in connection with a nationwide settlement with Western Union is May 31st, 2018. Consumers who were induced by scammers into wiring money via Western Union between January 1, 2004 and January 19, 2017 are eligible to file claims.
In accordance with January 2017 settlements with the U.S. Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, 49 states, and the District of Columbia, Western Union agreed to pay $586 million to provide refunds to victims of fraudulently induced wire transfers nationwide, including for New York victims. The Federal Trade Commission is responsible for administering the refund program.
“I encourage any consumer who lost money through a Western Union wire transfer and who is eligible for a refund to file a claim through the FTC’s website,” said Attorney General Barbara Underwood. “The process for filing a claim is quick, painless, and free.”
Attorney General Underwood has also warned New Yorkers to be aware of fraudsters who may try to charge them money for filing their claim. There is no need to hire a lawyer to file a claim, nor can any third party obtain a refund more quickly.
Consumers who think they may be eligible for a refund should visit the website of the Federal Trade Commission at FTC.gov/WU to file a claim online, download a claim form, and/or obtain information on how to file a claim.