TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi announced Monday that consumers who were tricked into sending money to scammers using Western Union's wire transfer service may now apply for compensation from a $586 million national settlement fund.
The fnd is related to a multi-state settlement reached by Bondi, 49 states, and the District of Columbia with Western Union in January 2017.
Consumers who fell victim to a fraud-induced transfer using Western Union between January 1, 2004 and January 19, 2017, may be eligible to receive compensation. More than 500,000 potential victims nationwide have been identified.
Eligible Floridians who reported falling victim to a scam that involved a money transfer through Western Union will receive a claim form in the mail from the settlement administrator in the next two weeks. The form will contain instructions explaining how consumers may file claims to receive compensation. The Department of Justice's Victim Asset Recovery Program is administering the fund through a third-party claims administrator.
If a consumer does not receive a claim form in the mail, but believes they are eligible for a claim, the consumer should visit WesternUnionRemission.com or call 1-844-319-2124 for more information. All completed claims forms must be mailed back to the settlement administrator by February 12, 2018.
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