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Se están enviando cheques de reembolso por un valor total aproximado de $153 millones de dólares a más de 109,000 personas que le mandaron dinero a estafadores a través de transferencias efectuadas en Western Union. Los $153 millones de dólares son una parte del dinero que pagó Western Union cuando alcanzó acuerdos resolutorios con la FTC y el Departamento de Justicia y aceptó crear un sólido programa antifraude. En su acuerdo con el Departamento de Justicia, Western Union también admitió la responsabilidad de infracciones penales. 

Los primeros reembolsos se están enviando a las personas que firmaron y remitieron un formulario de reclamo pre-completado y que aceptaron el monto en dólares establecido en el formulario. El administrador de los reembolsos, Gilardi & Co., está verificando los reclamos que necesiten información adicional. Otras personas que presentaron reclamos obtendrán reembolsos más adelante durante este mismo año.

Los cheques de reembolso provendrán de “United States v. The Western Union Company”. Si estás en EE. UU., tienes que cobrar o depositar el cheque dentro de un plazo de 90 días. Si recibes un cheque, pero no estás de acuerdo con el monto, puedes cobrar el cheque y comunicarte con Gilardi & Co. Para más información sobre los reembolsos, comunícate con Gilardi & Co. al 844-319-2124 y visita WesternUnionRemission.com. En Western Union Refunds puedes consultar más información de la FTC sobre estos reembolsos.

769 Comments

Margit Katharina
July 28, 2020
I am from German, we have no social nr and I do not owe anyone money
Roby
July 29, 2020

En respuesta a por Margit Katharina

The same: in Italy we don't have social nr, so I do not owe anyone money...but I'm still waiting my refund! I want and need my money..and 120 days from march have passed!
FM
July 28, 2020
Anyone know that’s going on ? It’s been over 120 days since the March refunds ! This is crazy....FTC, you all know why the DoJ is taking their sweet time ?
Tissa
July 29, 2020
FTC When is Gilardi going to update there website I was advised by Gilardi official it will be in July it is the end of July, and why do we keeping getting misleading information about our claim there is no transparency for the victims of scam.
MB1981
July 30, 2020
When will the next round of payments be going out? Will everyone receive their check this year?
Tissa
July 30, 2020
I am in Australia and I don't owe any money to anyone here, but DOJ is still holding on to money that is rightfully ours. FTC please give us some answers?
Jean
August 01, 2020
What is the reason why other people, who have filed a claim. Have to wait till later this year to get their money back?
Minnie
August 02, 2020
I checked the box on my claim accepting the amount and I have not received any settlement. I have called the number provided and now I was my claim is still pending approval. I submitted a copy of my claim to info@westernunion and have not received any reply to 2 emails. On my last call I was told it can now take until the end of this year 2020. Why? I appreciate the refund just like everyone who got it back in March. Who do I contact now?
Minnie
August 11, 2020

En respuesta a por Minnie

I finally received a response a week after the 2 of August, now I was told that a check had been mailed to me back in March and they show it as uncashed. I replied stating that I never received anything and asked that they re-issue. To date I have not received another response nor a re-issued check.
Liz
August 03, 2020
I called last week. They said they weren’t reviewing individual claims and paying people out, they had to go through all the claims so they could distribute the funds evenly. So why in the world did the first group get payments before the second round of claims were reviewed. So frustrating. So some people may get 100 % if you were in the first round and some may just get whatever random percentage they decide on.
Charlie169
August 04, 2020

En respuesta a por Liz

I don't think they would dare to give 100% to the first group and a percentage to the rest. It would open a heck of a lawsuit for mismanagement. I do truly wish they would give updates as the progress.
sherylc
August 13, 2020

En respuesta a por Liz

This is so frustrating at least give a response to the documents that were sent in that it was received and being reviewed. The last proofs I sent in were September 2019. I had police reports and 1 receipt from western union from 2014 but the scam from 2005 was too old and western union didn’t keep records even that far back. Why include years in the suit that western union doesn’t have records of? Makes zero sense.
Tissa
August 03, 2020
Looks like FTC has gone quite too I was relying on some answer and updates from FTC but nothing so far. FTC please update us regarding our claim I think we all deserve to be updated with a honest answer.
Caligirl350
August 04, 2020

En respuesta a por Tissa

Totally agree. It's been 5 months and no update. In fairness all claims should have been reviewed before checks were sent out. I did everything I was supposed to do and still nothing.
FM
August 04, 2020
I still don’t get what the hold-up is. I know there are a TON of Claims, but if people have presented the proper back up, then why such the long amount of time? The end of 2020? I mean we submitted our claim (with backup) in 2018. Had everything in ON time. Now it sounds like the rest of the refunds are getting only a small percentage/part of what they lost!?!? I mean if there is a budget of a predetermined amount and then X amount of claims that need to have remission, then will future recipients now start getting ONLY a portion? Help! We are all looking for answers!
Tissa
August 06, 2020
So what do we do when we don't get any answers from FTC, DOJ and Gilardi, is there a Lawyer who can advise us, just a thought.
Peebles
August 08, 2020

En respuesta a por Tissa

I believe that we need to start notifying our various Congressmen about this situation. We need our funds now, especially in this Covid 19 situation that we are now in. The time spent so far in almost unbelievable and very, unfair to the people.
Cyn
August 26, 2020

En respuesta a por Peebles

I just filed a complaint with my senator. It will be 3 years in Nov. since I filed my claim. I did everything they asked, but can't get a straightforward answer on when we'll see our money - and it is our money.
Nancy B
August 31, 2020

En respuesta a por Cyn

I have found the people at Gilardi to be very helpful. I will wait patiently as long as it takes. This is a tremendous amount of information to be processed. I am just happy that something is being done.
Fefe
August 19, 2020

En respuesta a por Tissa

I asked something similar but FTC refused to approve my post. I’m currently looking into that now. Gilardi & co llc have quite a few negative reviews.
Still Waiting …
August 06, 2020
Let’s do the math. $586 million settlement. First they said there was 180,000 claims. Then they said in March they were going to pay out 109,000 of those claims of $153 million. That’s an average payment of $1404.00 per claim. ($153 million ÷ 109 thousand claims.) That leaves 71,000 claims left and $433 million. That means an average payment of $6098.00 per claim. (433 million ÷ 71 thousand claims) Remember this is only average, some people’s claims are a lot less then $6098 and some people’s claims are a lot more. There is NO justifiable reason this should be taking OVER 3 years to resolve. At least give us the common courtesy of timely updates, not just one every six months. Stop playing this silly game of keeping us in the dark.
Judy Malavazos
August 07, 2020
When will the checks be issued? Thank you, Judy
Xay
August 12, 2020
Still waiting since 2017...
FM
August 12, 2020
Hello, FTC, any updates????
Stillbelieve
August 13, 2020
I receive this morning an update by email that confirms my amount and they said this about the transmission of the mail letter and check : "We are hoping to mail letters and checks in the third quarter." Finally, something is moving folks!
Caligirl350
August 15, 2020

En respuesta a por Stillbelieve

Nothing is moving. There has been no solid answer on the next round of distribution checks. People are being told different things and the website has not been updated. Almost 6 months later and still nothing. I'm pretty sure they have collected interest on these funds.
Tissa
August 17, 2020

En respuesta a por Caligirl350

100% agree why would they want to distribute to anyone if they are earning big interest, they will try and hold on to the funds for as long as they could.
Tissa
August 16, 2020
Hi FTC any updates
Angelus
August 17, 2020
I received a letter in 2018 to file a claim agains Western Union, which I did, at that time, I provided the WU transaction numbers, and I got my WU claim number WUU-[number removed]. Then after a year or more I received an email requeting me the WU transaction numbers again, I had that information in my drive (for some uknown reason) that information was deleted and now after contacting WU for my transaction history they claim there is nothing under my name, I do have a written copy of my claim in Action Fraud, and I have my WU claim number, how can I see the report I submmited so I can get thos WU transactions numbers? I need help, because Wester Union info@ westernunionremission. com knows exactly my WU report number and and requested amount but not my WU transaction number. Please help.
FTC Staff
August 17, 2020

En respuesta a por Angelus

Angelus -- Please give us a little more information. Who sent you the letter in 2018 and asked you to file the claim against Western Union?  And who sent the email that asked you to give the transaction numbers again? Thanks. 

Praying
August 17, 2020
People, we all need to start praying about our refunds. With the recent U.S.Postal service problems, now would be a very bad time for them to “mail” our checks. They might get “lost” in the mail. We really need to start praying “hard”. Perhaps God will hear our prayers and get these people to move on our behalf and keep our checks from being “lost” in the mail.
Arnold
August 17, 2020
I have been calling this number 844-319-2124 , and was not getting any response rather it was question and answer. Where is my refund, how do I know if a cheque has been sent out to me? What of if my address has been changed?
Fefe
August 19, 2020

En respuesta a por Arnold

Contact them at info @westernunionremission .com and tell them you need to update your address. That’s how I did it.
Margit Katharina
August 19, 2020
I am so happy, got a Mail that the Claim is sent to the DOJ with the whole amount.
Caligirl350
August 20, 2020

En respuesta a por Margit Katharina

Well they should send letters to everyone. This whole process is unfair and checks should not have been paid out till all claims were reviewed! Where are the rest of our status updates? No letter or check!
charlie169
August 23, 2020

En respuesta a por Margit Katharina

Maybe you could do the rest of us a favor, let us know the date you got the notice and the date when you actually get a check. Thank you in advance. And did you call them or email them.
Margit Katharina
August 24, 2020

En respuesta a por charlie169

I got the Email last Friday 14th, i wait for the letter and the Check. I will let you know unil i receive it.
Dcdunn1974
August 24, 2020
Hi there - I was sent a form to sign based on a new amount. However I am in the UK and the date was only 1 week away to respond it appeared I only needed to sign if I disagreed with the amount and emailed you to advise this. As such since I have had no mail or check - please advise what happens now ?
FTC Staff
August 24, 2020

En respuesta a por Dcdunn1974

The message you posted is on an FTC blog, but the FTC is not managing the refund process.

The US Department of Justice and Gilardi & Co are managing the refund process. Gilardi & Co. would send forms about the refund process, and you should contact Gilardi & Co. if you have questions about the forms and what happens next. 

Jay D
August 21, 2020
I filled out a form online and sent in the Western Union receipts in late 2017 and never received a letter verifying an amount. Later, they asked for my social security number and correspondence to support the scam and that was turned in, but I still have not received a check or a letter verifying the amount. I have called numerous times and they state that nothing else is needed on my end and is under final review for the DOJ. Any insight on why this process is taking so long? They last said that hopefully all claims will be reviewed before the end of the year and checks should soon follow.
Tissa
August 22, 2020
FTC any reason(please give me the reason) why you have not posted my comments
FTC Staff
August 24, 2020

En respuesta a por Tissa

This is a moderated blog. FTC staff review all comments we receive. The blog Comment Policy is posted above the box where you enter your comment. We will not post comments that do not comply with our Comment Policy. 

Shiloh
August 24, 2020
Does anyone know if this is even a scam? I filled out the forms they sent years ago. They said the claim was a few thousand less then there records. I replied fine, just lets get this done, its been yrs. My husband passed, they requested and I sent certificate, marriage licence etc. Never heard back. Then sent a certified letter a few years ago. I never heard back. I tried the government and they did not have an answer for me. ???? Does someone know someone in Government that can find out or do something. I never received one more update from them..
FTC Staff
August 24, 2020

En respuesta a por Shiloh

Because of joint investigations by the FTC, the Department of Justice (DOJ), and the U. S. Postal Inspection Service, Western Union agreed to pay $586 million and admitted to aiding and abetting wire fraud. DOJ is now using that money to provide refunds to people who were tricked into using Western Union to pay scammers. That refund program is not a scam. 

DOJ hired Gilardi & Co. to manage the refund process. In March, 2020, DOJ sent checks worth about $153 million to more than 109,000 people. That was the first round of payments. DOJ is still looking at the claims people sent, and it plans to send more payments.