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Attorney General Stein: Time Is Running Out to Get Your Western Union Scam Refund

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Deadline to file a claim is May 31, 2018

(RALEIGH) Attorney General Josh Stein is encouraging North Carolinians who were deceived into sending payments to scammers using Western Union’s wire transfer service to apply for compensation soon. The payout comes from a fund related to a multi-state settlement Attorney General Stein and 49 other states, the District of Columbia, and Western Union announced last year. The $586 million fund is administered by the United States Department of Justice’s Victim Asset Recovery Program.

“If you think you may be eligible for a refund, contact my office, visit, or call 1-844-319-2124 to file a claim,” said Attorney General Stein. “This is your chance to get back what was taken from you by scammers. Don’t miss this opportunity.”

North Carolinians may be eligible to receive compensation if they were a victim of a fraud-induced transfer using Western Union between January 1, 2004 and January 19, 2017. Victims who report being scammed to Western Union or to the North Carolina Department of Justice will receive a claim form in the mail.

The deadline to file a claim is May 31, 2018.

Anyone with questions or concerns should contact the North Carolina Department of Justice Consumer Protection Division via phone at 1-877-5-NO-SCAM or online at

Laura Brewer (919) 716-6484


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