PORTLAND – MoneyGram International is paying $100 million back to victims of scams as part of a settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice, and some in Oregon are eligible to share in the refunds.
The settlement is part of an agreement with the DOJ after the Dallas-based electronic money transfer company admitted it aided and abetted wire fraud, and failed to maintain an effective anti-money laundering program, the DOJ said.
MoneyGram International was reportedly one of the payment methods of choice for scammers who urge their victims to send money electronically in get-rich-quick schemes, disaster relief pleas, lottery scams and a host of other Internet-based cons.
Oregonians who fell victim to a scam involving MoneyGram between Jan. 1, 2004 and Aug, 31, 2009 may be eligible to get a piece of the fund, according to the DOJ.
Records indicated at least 47 Oregon victims are eligible for refunds.
Anyone who may be eligible but has not filed a complaint with the Oregon DOJ can call 877-282-2610 or go to the United States v. MoneyGram International website here.
All forms and supporting documents must be filed by Nov. 15, 2013.