The ACCC’s Scamwatch is urging all Australians who made payments to a scammer via Western Union from 2004 to 2017 to take action by 12 February to claim your money back.
Examples of tricks the scammers used included:
• online or internet scams
• lottery or prize promotion scams
• family emergency scams
• advance-fee loan scams
• online dating or romance scams.
The scammers would tell victims to send the money through Western Union to claim a prize or help their relative. But the money would go straight to the scammer.
Does it affect me?
The scam took place between 1 January 2004 to 19 January 2017. If you used Western Union in this 14-year period, you might be able to claim your money back.
What do I need to do?
To apply for a refund fill out the online form here:.
Make sure you report you’ve been a victim of this scam to the Australian Government (ACORN).
What is the deadline to claim?
You need to submit your claim by 12 February 2018.
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This information is provided to you by the Australian Government Initiative Stay Smart Online (Date: 23 January 2018)