Texans may be eligible for refunds in $586 million Western Union settlement

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Approximately 39,000 Texans may be eligible for refunds from a $586 million Western Union settlement.

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Western Union reached a settlement in January that initiated a refund program for consumers who were deceived into sending money to charlatans.

“Scam artists are always looking for new ways to fool people into wiring them money, including schemes involving deceiving people into believing they are speaking with family members, romantic interests, lotteries or contests,” Attorney General Paxton said. “These fraudsters will be held accountable for their abuse of hardworking Texans.”

Fraudsters would contact consumers posing as family members in distress and ask to be wired money.

Other traps included winning fake prizes, credit services and fake opportunities.

Texans who believe they were a victim of money transfer fraud between Jan. 1, 2014 and Jan. 19, 2017, are eligible to recover refunds by submitting a claim here.

All claims must be submitted by Feb. 12, 2018.

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