Victims of Western Union scam can apply for part of $586 million settlement

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTAP) - 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.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says anyone who sent a fraud-induced wire transfer through Western Union between Jan. 1, 2004, and Jan. 19, 2017 is eligible to receive compensation from the settlement fund.

A settlement administrator is sending claim forms to over 500,000 consumers.

Ohioans may receive a form in the mail, with instructions on how to file a claim, if they reported to Western Union or to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office that they had been the victim of a scam using Western Union.

Consumers who do not receive a claim form but believe they may have a valid claim should call 844-319-2124, or visit the "Western Union Remission" link under the "Related Links" section of this story, for details on filing a claim.

Completed claim forms must be submitted online or mailed back to the settlement administrator by Feb. 12, 2018.

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