The Office of the Delaware Attorney General says on Monday, that the Delaware Department of Justice Consumer Protection Unit has opened the process for filing claims for restitution for Delaware residents tricked into sending payments to scammers using Western Union.
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.
Between 2004 and 2012, Western Union processed hundreds of thousands of transactions for Western Union agents and others involved in an worldwide consumer fraud scheme, the settlement says. The deadline to file a claim is February 12, 2018.
The attorney general encourages New Yorkers to reach out to his office's consumer hotline if they have questions or concerns, at 1-800-771-7755.
A lot of scammers want people to wire them money specifically, and anyone who was a part of their scheme may be entitled to part of $586 million.
People who are eligible would have been affected by one of these scams from January of 2004 until January 19th of 2017.
Romance scams: Someone poses as a love interest and soon begins asking the victim to send money for various reasons, such as medical emergencies, auto accidents, muggings or emergency travel.
Telemarketing scams: Solicitations such as advance fee loans, work-at-home opportunities, magazine sales, credit card offers, business opportunities or travel deals.