A November 14, 2017 news release from Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald offers the following information.  This is being reprinted with permission.

Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald today announced that New Hampshire residents who were deceived into sending payments to scammers using Western Union’s wire transfer service may now apply for compensation from a $586 million fund administered by the US Department of Justice’s Victim Asset Recovery Program.

This fund is related to a multi-state settlement with the New Hampshire Attorney General and 48 other states, the District of Columbia and Western Union that was first announced in January.

New Hampshire residents 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.

New Hampshire residents who reported to Western Union or to the New Hampshire 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.  The form 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, please visit Western Union or call 1 844 319 2124 for more information on how to file a claim.  All completed claim forms must be mailed back to the settlement administrator by February 12, 2018.

The Attorney General’s Office encourages everyone affected to reach out to the Consumer Protection Bureau through our Consumer Information line at 1 888 468 4454 if they have questions or concerns.  Or file a complaint with the Bureau at https://www.doj.nh.gov/consumer/complaints/index.htm


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