Barnegat Residents Set to Recover Money Lost from Scams 

Feb 14, 2018

Western Union recently reached a $586 million settlement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and Federal Trade Commission to provide restitution to victims of scams that involved wiring money to scammers via its service between Jan. 1, 2004 and Jan. 19, 2017. The Barnegat Police Department proactively searched through every fraud and scam complaint going back to 2004 and identified 40 township residents who fell victim to scams involving Western Union.

Police Chief Keith Germain said that as of Feb. 8, the department had contacted all 40 victims and advised them of the settlement and the process through which they can seek restitution. The total amount expected to be recovered is $176,443.

“It would have been easy to just advise victims that they had fallen victim to a scam based outside of the United States and that there was little chance of them ever recovering their money,” said Germain in a press release. “But as they always do, our officers went above and beyond to meticulously document these offenses. It is only because of that effort that we were able to go back all these years later, identify victims, and help them get back the money they lost.”

Mayor Frank Caputo added, “This demonstrates what a good police department does to help its residents recover their money lost by a scam. What’s appreciated most is our fine police department going the extra mile to make it all happen.” E.E.

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