(BOISE) – Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden has joined the Federal Trade Commission in alerting consumers who sent money to scammers via Western Union that the deadline to file claims to recoup losses has been extended. Victims now have until May 31, 2018 to file claims.

The extension is part of a multistate settlement announced in January 2017. Those who sent money to scammers via Western Union between January 1, 2004 and January 19, 2017 are invited to file claims. Western Union agreed to pay $586 million to resolve charges brought by the FTC and the U.S. Department of Justice. Affected consumers can learn more and file the claims at www.FTC.gov/WU.

“Western Union helped make it easier for scammers to prey on Idahoans,” Wasden says. “The company has now stepped up to make amends. I strongly encourage any Idaho consumers who sent money to fraudsters by using Western Union to file a claim.”

Some people who have already reported their losses to Western Union, the FTC, or another government agency will receive a form in the mail from the claims administrator, Gilardi & Co. The form will have a claim ID and a PIN number to use when filing a claim online via www.FTC.gov/WU. Gilardi was hired by the Justice Department, which is responsible for returning victims’ money as part of its settlement with Western Union.

“American consumers lost money while Western Union looked the other way,” said FTC Acting Chairman Maureen K. Ohlhausen. “We’re pleased to start the process that will get that money back into consumers’ rightful hands.”

Filing a claim is free. Consumers should not pay anyone to file a claim on their behalf. No one associated with the claims process will ever call to ask for consumers’ bank account or credit card information.