WICHITA, Kan. - The US Department of Justice is giving refunds to people tricked into using Western Union to pay scammers.
Many people who lost money to scams sent their payment through a Western Union wire transfer, according to the Federal Trade Commission.
After investigations by the FTC, the DOJ, and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Western Union agreed to pay back $586 million.
The company admitted to processing hundreds of thousands of fraudulent wire transfers as part of scams. The “grandparent scam,” is one example, where a scammer poses as a family member needing money to get out of jail, or another country.
Part of the settlement said some Western Union employees helped with the scams and kept some of the money that was taken.
If you were scammed out of money and used Western Union to pay, click here to find out how you can get a refund.