COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV/The Gazette) - The deadline to file a claim for the Western Union refund has been extended. You now have more time to submit your claim if you wired scammers money using Western Union in the past decade. The original deadline was Feb. 12, but that has now been extended to May 31. Help me spread the word about the new deadline so that your family and friends can get back some of their hard-earned money if they lost it to scammers.
I checked back in with one KKTV 11 News viewer who is filing a claim after her family lost more than $30,000 to the Jamaican lottery scam. Lois Parham told me she finished her claim and submitted it. She is waiting to hear back. Scammers had convinced her husband he won the lottery, but he needed to pay fees and other expenses to collect his winnings.
"We started getting these calls from Jamaica," said Parham. "They told him that he had won all this money and they kept saying well you need to go to Western Union."
Other victims lost money through schemes like the grandparent scam, the IRS scam, the jury duty scam, and many more. Western Union has agreed to pay $586 million following a joint investigation by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. The wire service company also admitted to aiding and abetting wire fraud. I know I've shared this information with you before, but there's a limited time for victims to get their money back, so I want to keep getting the word out there.