Kentucky victims of fraud involving Western Union urged to file claims

Joann Johnston
November 14, 2017

The consumers reportedly used the wire service to send money to third parties involved in schemes to defraud consumers.

The Federal Trade Commission has accused Western Union of "looking the other way" when victims wired scammers money.

Ohioans who sent money to scammers using Western Union can apply for payment from a $586 million, multi-state settlement fund being held by the U.S. Department of Justice's victim asset recovery program.

Between 2004 and 2012, Western Union processed hundreds of thousands of transactions for Western Union agents and others involved in an worldwide consumer fraud scheme, the settlement says. Western Union agreed to pay $586 million dollars to resolve those charges.

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear announced Monday that Kentuckians who have been victims of fraud induced wire transfers involving Western Union need to begin filing claims as part of a global settlement reached January with the company.

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All completed claims forms must be mailed back to the settlement administrator by February 12, 2018.

The company also allegedly failed to promptly discipline problem Western Union agents, and failed to have effective anti-fraud policies and procedures.

Those eligible may receive a claim form in the mail in the next two weeks that will explain how to file a claim.

No one associated with the claims process will call to ask for consumers' bank account or credit card number.

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