Fallen victim to a scammer? You may be able to file a claim

DENVER (KKTV) - Thousands of scam victims now have until the end of the month to file a claim to get their money back.

Western Union agreed to refund fraud victims following a 2017 settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the U.S. Department of Justice.

At the heart of the case was the fact that scammers had been telling their victims to pay them through Western Union’s money transfer system. Between Jan. 1, 2004 to Aug. 30, 2015 in Colorado alone, Western Union received 9,043 fraud complaints totaling nearly $11 million.

Western Union owes a responsibility to American consumers to actively guard against fraud,” said Attorney General Cynthia Coffman in a statement Wednesday. “For years, Western Union allowed scam artists to use its money transfer system to get payments from victims. I am glad this settlement will provide much-needed relief to the many Coloradan’s affected by these scams.”

Anyone who lost money to scammers using Western Union between the first day of 2004 and Jan. 19, 2017 is eligible to file a claim. To do so, to learn more, or to get updates on the claims process, click here.

This settlement does not apply to those who used other money wiring services.