CONCORD - Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald on Tuesday announced that New Hampshire residents who were deceived into sending payments to scammers using Western Union's wire transfer service may now apply for compensation from a $586 million fund administered by the U.S. Department of Justice's Victim Asset Recovery Program.
This fund is related to a multi-state settlement with the New Hampshire Attorney General and 48 other states and the District of Columbia and Western Union that was first announced in January.
New Hampshire residents may be eligible to receive compensation if they were a victim of a fraud-induced transfer using Western Union between January 1, 2004 and January 19, 2017. New Hampshire residents who reported to Western Union or to the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office that they had been the victim of a scam using Western Union may receive a claim form in the mail. The claim form will be sent from the settlement administrator in the next two weeks. The form will contain instructions explaining how consumers may file their claim to receive compensation. If you do not receive a claim form in the mail but believe you may have an eligible claim, please visit http://www.westernunionremission.com or call 1-844-319-2124 for more information on how to file a claim.
All completed claims forms must be mailed back to the settlement administrator by February 12. The Attorney General's Office encourages everyone affected to reach out to the Consumer Protection Bureau through our Consumer Information Line if they have questions or concerns at 1-888-468-4454 or file a complaint with the Bureau at: https://www.doj.nh.gov/consumer/complaints/index.htm.