It is so rare that anyone who gets ripped off in a telephone scam has any chance of getting part of what they lost returned.
I thought I’d take my blog space today to let you know that, for at least some of you, that may be possible as I learned in a news release form the Ohio Attorney Generals office…
“(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today announced that Ohioans who sent money to scammers using Western Union’s wire service may now apply for compensation from a $586 million fund held by the U.S. Department of Justice’s victim asset recovery program.
The fund is related to a multistate settlement Attorney General DeWine announced in January.
Consumers may be eligible to receive compensation if they sent a fraud-induced wire transfer through Western Union between Jan. 1, 2004, and Jan. 19, 2017.
“”It’s not often that scam victims have a chance to recover some of their money, so we want people to know about this opportunity,”” Attorney General DeWine said. “”If you think you’re eligible, file a claim.””
A settlement administrator is sending claim forms to over 500,000 consumers. Ohioans may receive a form in the mail if they reported to Western Union or to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office that they had been the victim of a scam using Western Union. The form will contain instructions on how to file a claim.
Completed claim forms must be submitted online or mailed back to the settlement administrator by Feb. 12, 2018.”
I wish you luck, because I think you’re going to need it.
That’s the way I see it.