Back in January this year, we posted an article about Western Union admitting to criminal violations, including willfully failing to maintain an effective anti-money laundering program and aiding and abetting wire fraud.
Western Union has settled this United States based investigation for US$586m, and this money is now available to eligible scam victims. It’s not too late to claim, but it must be lodged by 31 May 2018 so there is some urgency.
While BNZ is unable to apply on your behalf, we know that there may be a significant number of victims of Western Union scams who may qualify for reimbursement, so we thought we would share this with you as a friendly reminder.
Anyone who believes they meet the eligibility criteria can visit the Western Union Remission page and lodge a claim.
As always, if you think you may have been taken in by a scam or if you’ve provided personal information to someone over the telephone or via email, or if you suspect that your identity has been stolen, please call us on 0800 ASK BNZ (275 269) and ask to speak to the Financial Crime Management Centre.