You get a call saying "congratulations, you've won money in a lottery" and all you have to do is pay the taxes. Or maybe it's somebody pretending to be a family member saying they're in trouble and they need money now. Those scams and many others have tried to trick people into wiring the money through Western Union. And Attorney General Jim Hood says the company knew what was going on and didn't do anything to stop it. Now, as part of a settlement that was reached back in January, Western Union will be compensating anyone who was a victim of a wire transfer scam over the past 13 years. Those who've already filed complaints will be notified in the next couple of weeks, and others can check the attorney general's website to find out how to file a claim.
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