Federal Trade Commission accepting claims for Western Union refunds

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Midtown buildings are reflected in the window of a Western Union store, Wednesday, April 5, 2016 in New York. The financial services company is known for person-to-person money transfers and money orders. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

The Federal Trade Commission says Western Union customers who lost money to a scammer can file a claim to get a refund. 

Customers must have sent money between Jan. 1 2004 – Jan. 19, 2017. Claims must be submitted by Feb. 12. 

The FTC says scammers have contacted people and made promises in exchange for money to be wired to them. Also, they have demanded payment by pretending to be family members or law enforcement. 

The FTC, Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service launched an investigation against Western Union. The company agreed to pay $583 million and admitted to aiding and abetting wire fraud, according to the FTC. 

Claims will be verified by the DOJ and only the amount transferred through Western Union is eligible for a refund. 

For more information, visit FTC’s website

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