Settlement Structure: Claims Made
Active: OpenCase Summary:
The Department of Justice and Western Union Company entered into a deferred prosecution agreement on January 19, 2017. The complaint alleged the company had responsibility for certain criminal actions, including wire fraud and violations of the Bank Secrecy Act. It is putting up $586 million to compensate victims through this remission process. In this Phase Two, more than 300,000 petitions have been sent to victims who did not file a petition in the first phase. Western Union is also resolving a civil investigation with the Federal Trade Commission.
The scams perpetrated on people included such schemes as “the grandparent scam” (in which fraudsters pretended to be a relative in need of immediate money to avoid personal harm), a lottery or sweepstakes scam (in which people were told they had won a large amount of money but had to pay certain taxes or expenses in order to receive it), or love scams (in which the fraudster would pose as an online love interest who needed money to visit or for another purpose).Docket Number:
Company: Western Union Company
Filing Deadline: July 1, 2022
Class Period: January 1, 2004 to January 19, 2017Proof of Purchase:
You must provide your ten-digit Money Transfer Control Number (MTCN) if you are filing for a remission. If you cannot verify your MTCN, you will be asked to provide other documentation, such as customer receipts, to support your claim. If you filed a Petition for Remission in Phase One, do not file another one now. If you previously filed a petition, you are not eligible to file another one. If your recognized loss amount is less that you claimed, or if you believe the amount of loss determined for your claim is incorrect, you may ask for a reconsideration of the decision by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.Eligibility:
You may be eligible if you wired funds from a Western Union location between January 1, 2004 and January 19, 2017, and you were a victim of one of the scams above.Typical Settlement Amount:
The Department of Justice’s Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section will compare your request to Western Union’s records and decide whether to grant your petition. Amounts recovered will be based only on the amount of the money transfer. It will not include such things as Western Union fees, incidental losses, or transfers sent through other businesses.
Total Settlement Amount: $586 millionClass Representative Proposed Incentive Fee:
No class representatives.
US Department of Justice
Case Name: United States v. The Western Union Company
Settlement Website: Western Union Company Fraud Remission Phase Two Website
Gilardi & Co., LLC
US v. The Western Union Company
PO Box 43532
Providence, RI 02940-3532