NORTH DURHAM: According to the Durham Region Police Fraud Unit, victims who used Western Union to pay fraudsters on a variety of scams could be entitled to compensation, thanks to a recent settlement between Western Union and U.S. Federal Trade Commission.
In a recent press release, the DRPS has said they have received “numerous inquiries from victims of fraud, who have received letters advising them of” the settlement and the fraud unit has confirmed “this is a legitimate settlement and an opportunity for local fraud victims to get compensation.”
Despite it being a settlement in the United States, Canadian citizens are also eligible to apply.
The letters come from the claims administrator, Gilardi & Co., and the form includes a claim ID and a PIN number to use when filing a claim online at www.FTC.gov/WU.
According to the FTC, in the settlement, Western Union agreed to pay $586 million, to “resolve charges brought by the FTC and the U.S. Department of Justice.”
An FTC statement said Western Union “admitted to aiding and abetting wire fraud.”
Victims have until February 12th, 2018, to file a claim according to an FTC press release.
The DRPS encourages people to report scam attempts, to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, either by phone at 1-888-495-8501 or online at www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca.
For more information on the settlement, visit https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2017/11/ftc-alerts-consumers-if-scammers-had-you-pay-them-western-union