Ever been scammed by someone desperately asking for a quick money transfer? Well, the Elder Justice Coalition of Sonoma County has a plan for payback. And by that they mean, literally, payback.
That’s because wire scam victims may now be eligible for restitution through a class-action settlement between Western Union and the Federal Trade Commission.
On behalf of the county Elder Justice Coalition, Sonoma resident Cynthia Scarborough recently sent out an announcement for anyone who’d been a victim of scams using Western Union money transfers (between the years 2004 to 2017). Ever enter a promotion or sweepstakes to win a prize that never came? Did you wire hundreds of dollars to your “nephew” being held by Mexican federales? Ever advance the fee for a loan that wasn’t delivered? You’re not the only one. Claim deadline is Feb. 12; visit westernunionremission.com to file.
Give him points for honesty. At least that much can be said for the young man seen last week going door to door in the Fifth Street East neighborhood who, according to resident Roger Bohl, said he was soliciting donations to “help inner-city people like me.” When Bohl’s wife told the man they already give to charity, he reportedly responded: “What if I told you this was not a charity?” (They declined his solicitation, says Bohl.)
Another resident reported that the man told other neighbors he was selling magazines.
While the man may be little more than the worst door-to-door salesperson since the Encyclopedia Britannica kid from ‘90s TV commercials, residents should be wary, says neighbor Julie.
“I’ve heard from the police that many break-ins begin with a knock or ring of the doorbell,” Julie says. “If someone answers they come up with a bogus solicitation or a wrong house story. My house was broken into in 2016 in the middle of the day with a car in the driveway. I’m pretty sure the perps checked the front door first.”