The DRPS Fraud Unit has been receiving numerous inquiries from victims of fraud who have received letters advising them of a settlement between Western Union and U.S. Federal Trade Commission.
Recent settlement with the Western Union Company resulted in a refund program which entitles victims who utilized Western Union to pay fraudsters of lottery and prizes, family emergencies, advance-fee loans, online dating and other scams, with compensation. They are taking applications from Canadian citizens as well. The Fraud Unit confirms this is a legitimate settlement and an opportunity for local fraud victims to get compensation.
Several victims have received a form in the mail from the claims administrator, Gilardi & Co. The form will have a claim ID and a PIN number to use when filing a claim online via www.FTC.gov/WU .Gilardi was hired by Justice Department, which is responsible for returning victims' money as part of its settlement with Western Union.
A sample of the letter victims have been receiving is attached.
For more information on the settlement, make sure you read the details in the media release sent out by the Federal Trade Commission here
If you want to report a scam attempt, visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at: www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca or call 1-888-495-8501.
Anyone wishing to report a fraud in Durham Region is asked to contact Durham Regional Police at 1-888-579-1520.
Below are attached files.
Letter (PDF file, 3,026.9K bytes)