MONTPELIER, Vt. - Some Vermonters may be eligible for a refund of money they wired through MoneyGram International as a result of a consumer scam.
A press release says a scam from January 2004 through August 2009 falsely promised consumers that they would receive large cash prizes, expensive items online at a deep discount, a job as a "secret shopper", or falsely posing on the phone as a relative in urgent need of money. The perpetrator would always require the victim to wire money through MoneyGram.
Any Vermonter who thinks they lost money as a result of a consumer scam, where money was wired through MoneyGram to Canada or the United States, can file a petition for remission here: http://gilardi.com/moneygram.
The deadline to apply is November 15, 2013.
A press release says in November 2012, MoneyGram entered into a settlement with the United States Department of Justice where the company agreed to forfeit $100 million because of its involvement in consumer fraud that caused many people to lose money in various scams. The Justice Department is now offering that money to the victims of the scam.
For more information on this refund program, call the Vermont Attorney General’s office at (802) 828-5507.
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