TOPEKA - (June 4, 2018) - An unusual initiative by the attorney general’s office to find victims who wired money to scammers returned more than $1.7 million to almost 350 Kansans in about two months, Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today. A 2017 legal settlement between federal and state authorities, including the Kansas attorney general, and Western Union required the company to pay refunds to people who used Western Union wire transfers to send money to scammers. But getting the word out to victims proved difficult because many victims had not filed complaints and therefore were unknown. So in March, the attorney general obtained from Western Union a list of Kansans who had wired large amounts of money in recent years and mailed a personal notice...
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AG Derek Schmidt: Unusual effort that returned $1.7 million to scam victims 'heartwarming'