Getting money back from the Western Union settlement is a big deal for people who lost money to a scam. And that case is a big deal to both the FTC and the Department of Justice (DOJ) and their case teams. In fact, those teams were just honored as a finalist in the 2018 Services to America Medals, known as the Sammies.
You might have read about the Western Union settlement, who can apply for a refund, and how. Now you can get a behind-the-scenes view of how the civil investigation at the FTC and the criminal investigation at DOJ came together to get Western Union to forfeit $586 million. That’s money that will go back to people who wired money through Western Union and lost it to scams.
(And, while we’re at it, remember that you have until May 31 to file your claim for money back. Start at FTC.gov/WU.)
But there’s something you can do, too. Each year, the Sammies run a People’s Choice award, letting the public vote for their favorite nominee. In fact, you can vote once a day, starting now and ending July 9. On June 1, the Top 12 will be announced, so you can see how your votes counted. We have 586 million reasons to thank the FTC-DOJ case team. Please consider voting early and often.
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