New Yorkers caught in Western Union scams may get compensation

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC-TV) - If you were scammed into a Western Union wire transfer, you may be eligible for compensation.

The Attorney General's Office says over 30,000 New Yorkers were affected by such transfer scams and lost approximately $35 million between January 1, 2004 and January 19, 2017.

New Yorkers who reported to Western Union or to the Attorney General's Office that they had been the victim of a scam using Western Union may receive a claim form in the mail. The claim form will be sent from the settlement administrator in the next two weeks and will contain instructions explaining how consumers may file their claim to receive compensation.

If you do not receive a claim form in the mail, but believe you may have an eligible claim, file a claim online or call 1-844-319-2124. 

All completed claims forms must be mailed back to the settlement administrator by February 12, 2018.

If you have questions or concerns, you can contact the Attorney General's hotline at 1-800-771-7755.

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