Everything for Your Home's
Beauty, Comfort & Convenience 384-2123
704 Jamestown St, Columbia
Dr. Ronald P. Rogers
Support for your body's natural healing capabilities
Click here for details
Columbia Walmart Supercenter
Open 24 Hours
Click here for information
Real Estate & Auction Co.
Duo County Telecom
Now Available Through
Your Cable Service!
GUN & PAWN
What's Going On
Info about the
Janice Holt Giles
and Henry Giles Society
Columbia Gas Dept.
GAS LEAK or GAS SMELL
24 hrs/ 365 days
270-384-2006 or 9-1-1
Call before you dig
Directory of Churches
phone numbers and more
for churches in Adair County
7,000+ Kentuckians eligible for a portion of $586 million
Attorney General Andy Beshear urges Kentucky victims of fraud involving Western Union to file claims. Kentuckians who reported to Western Union, the Federal Trade Commission or Beshear's office that they had been the victim of a scam using Western Union between January 1, 2004, and January 19, 2017, should receive a claim form in the mail.
By Terry Sebastian or Crystal Staley
News from Attorney General Andy Beshear's Office
FRANKFORT, KY (Mon 13 Nov 2017) - Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear announced today that Kentuckians who have been victims of fraud induced wire transfers involving Western Union need to begin filing claims as part of a global settlement reached January with the company.
An estimated 7,000 Kentuckians are eligible for roughly $6.7 million in claims.
Kentuckians who reported to Western Union, the Federal Trade Commission or Beshear's office that they had been the victim of a scam using Western Union between January 1, 2004, and January 19, 2017, should receive a claim form in the mail.
Beshear said anyone who was the victim of fraud who sent funds to scammers using Western Union is eligible to receive compensation if they file a claim form. He is urging Kentuckians to take advantage of this opportunity.
"When a Kentucky family is scammed and cannot get its money back, it hurts," Beshear said. "Here there is $6.7 million available for harmed Kentuckians. We need everyone who was scammed to file a claim."
A claim form will be sent from the settlement administrator in the next two weeks. The form will contain instructions explaining how Kentuckians may file their claim to receive compensation.
Beshear said if Kentuckians believe they may have an eligible claim and do not receive a claim form in the mail they should visit http://www.westernunionremission.com or call 844-319-2124 for more information on how to file a claim.
All completed claims forms must be mailed back to the settlement administrator by Feb. 12, 2018.
Beshear said because the Department of Justice is handling the claims, each claim form requires an individual's Social Security number because the Treasury Offset Program must review approved claims.
The agreement Beshear announced in January is part of a multistate settlement with Colorado-based The Western Union Company to resolve an investigation on complaints by consumers who transferred money to a fraudulent third party using the company's services.
Beshear said most of the settlement amount would go to repay senior citizens who are particularly targeted and victimized by many of the scams that utilize Western Union.
The $586 million nationwide settlement also requires Western Union to develop and put into action a comprehensive anti-fraud program designed to help detect and prevent incidents of fraud from scammers.
Nationally, more than 3 million consumers were conned out of $765 million in 2015. Seniors lose nearly $37 billion a year to elder financial abuse.
Examples of fraud induced wire transfers may involve con artists contacting Kentuckians and falsely posing as family members or friends in distress or in dire financial need, or promising sweepstakes or lottery prizes, and even offers of job opportunities. The con artists direct a victim to send money through Western Union to help a relative or to claim a prize.
Beshear launched Scam Alerts - the state's first direct messaging service that notifies Kentuckians when con artists are on the attack. Kentuckians may sign up for Scam Alerts by texting KYOAG Scam to GOV311 (468311) or enroll online at ag.ky.gov/scams and select text message or email alerts.
To date, nearly 170 partners have joined Scam Alerts, including Kroger, AARP of Kentucky, the Kentucky Council of Churches, Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, Kentucky Bankers Association, University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, the Better Business Bureau, the United States Postal Inspection Service, Alzheimer's Association, Greater Kentucky-Southern Indiana Chapter and the Bluegrass Council of the Blind.
This story was posted on 2017-11-14 04:15:12
Printable: this page is now automatically formatted for printing.
Have comments or corrections for this story? Use our contact form and let us know.
To sponsor news and features on ColumbiaMagazine, please use our contact form.
More articles from topic Kentucky:
Meeting, in E-town, to address racial disparities for children
Jody Richards statue unveiled on WKU campus
Gov. Bevin makes appointments to KY Boards & Commissions
Kentucky Mesonet at WKU installing station in Monroe Co., KY
KY releases county unemployment data for September 2017
Public Surplus Auction Oct. 30 in Frankfort
KY child pornography case nets 23 years in federal prison
Beshear to transfer $10,000 to State Police Lab
Bertram honored for Child Support collection efforts
Oral Health: A Key Component for Kentuckians' Overall Health
View even more articles in topic Kentucky
Click for Info
Bank of Columbia
If You're Thinking of Selling,
Let Us Do the Yelling
Principal Broker & Auctioneer
Burton Real Estate
& Auction Service
Call Us For Appraisals
Click for Listings
On This Site
or Click Here
Columbia in the Movies
from the archives of
Click for Stories
The Best of
Local Stories of
The Greatest Generation
Order Book or e-Book
See who's celebrating
Birthdays and Anniversaries
Special Events List
Find Great Stuff in
Antiques, Help Wanted,
Autos, Real Estate,
Legal Notices, More...
ColumbiaMagazine.com content is available as an RSS/XML feed for your RSS reader or other news aggregator.
Contact us: Columbia Magazine and columbiamagazine.com are published by D'Zine, Ltd., PO Box 906, Columbia, KY 42728.