Victims who been defrauded and paid scammers by Western Union are being warned to watch out for fraud recovery fraud after a multimillion-dollar settlement in the US.
Fraud recovery fraud is when someone who has been a victim of fraud in the past is contacted again by fraudsters. They pretend to be a government, police or law agency that can help recover the money that was lost, but ask for a fee to get it back.
In the USA the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed charges against Western Union who admitted to not doing enough to protect victims who were using its services.
As a result, £437 million ($586 dollars) is being held by the US Government to reimburse victims of fraud that involved a wire transfer via Western Union.
Although Action Fraud have not currently received any reports, we believe that fraudsters will use this court settlement to commit fraud recovery fraud on victims who are not aware of all the facts.
We have confirmed with Western Union that anybody in the UK who was a victim of fraud which involved making a wire transfer payment between 1st January 2004 and 19th January 2017 can apply for a refund.
You can either apply online or by post until the 12th February 2018, so time is tight.
If you want to find more detail, the DOJ has a detailed list of frequently asked questions.
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