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The Western Union Company is an American worldwide financial service and communications company. Its headquarters is in Denver, Colorado. Until it discontinued the service in 2006, Western Union was the leading American company in the business of transmitting telegrams. Western Union[when?] has several divisions, with products such as person-to-person money transfer, money orders, business payments, and commercial services. The company offered standard "Cablegrams", as well as Candygrams, Dollygrams, and Melodygrams. Western Union, as an industrialized monopoly, dominated the American telegraph industry in both the 19th and 20th centuries.
Some of the highlights from an article published in November 2017 for GLOBAL NEWS about the Victims of scams involving Western Union wire transfers:
The United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the U.S. Justice Department accused Western Union of wire fraud and money laundering for not doing enough to prevent people from being victimized. In a settlement reached in 2017, Western Union agreed to pay $586 million in refunds to people who were tricked into using the financial services company to pay scammers.
In a statement, the FTC said a wide variety of scams may be covered by this settlement, including: - Online or internet purchasing scams - Lottery or prize promotion scams - Emergency or grandparent scams - Advance-fee loan scams - Online dating or romance scams
The Better Business Bureau of southern Alberta says it heard from many local victims, many of whom can least afford to lose the money. Those eligible to apply are anyone who lost money in a scam involving wiring money through Western Union between January 1, 2004, and January 19, 2017. Claimants must file a claim by February 12, 2018.