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Gloucester County Consumer Protection joins State Office of the Attorney General on Western Union settlement fund

For Immediate Release: November 30, 2017
Contact:  Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger (856-853-3390) or
Freeholder Lyman Barnes (853-3380) 

Gloucester County Consumer Protection joins State Office of the Attorney General on Western Union settlement fund 

(Woodbury, NJ) – The Gloucester County Office of Consumer Protection is joining statewide groups, including the Office of the Attorney General, in notifying victims who may have paid scammers through Western Union to file for compensation through a settlement fund. 

The state Attorney General reported in a November 17, 2017 press release that there are New Jersey residents who may be eligible to receive this compensation. 

Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger said, "Gloucester County believes it is obligated to make sure that this information gets out to our residents. The good thing is the state office may have files where Western Union is named in a complaint and those victims may soon receive a claim form in the mail." 

Freeholder Lyman Barnes, Liaison to the Office of Consumer Protection said, “I know that our County Office of Consumer Affairs has received complaints related to consumers who have sent money through Western Union to scammers, but those complaints were either filed under the scammer's false business name, or referred to the Federal Trade Commission. The biggest problem is that the fraudsters prey on well-intentioned folks who believe they are helping someone or donating to a worthy cause.” 

If you receive a compensation form, noted instructions will explain how consumers can file their claim to receive compensation. Consumers who do not receive a claim form in the mail but believe they may have an eligible claim can visit www.westernunionremission.com or call

1-844-319-2124 for more information on how to file a claim. Most importantly, no one associated with the claims process will call to ask consumers for bank account or credit card numbers. All completed forms must be mailed back to the Settlement Administrator by February 12, 2018. 

In its ongoing efforts, the County Office of Consumer Protection continues to offer the public and civic organizations workshops on Identity Theft and how to protect your information.  If you would like more information or would like to schedule a presentation by one of the County’s investigators, please call the Office of Consumer Protection at 856-384-6855.
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