- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 31, 2017

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire is getting about $45,000 as part of a settlement between The Western Union Company and 47 other states.

Attorney General Joseph Foster says the company has agreed to pay $5 million to 49 states plus the District of Columbia. That’s in in addition to a settlement announced earlier this month in which the company said it will pay $586 million to compensate fraud victims who used Western Union to wire money to scam artists.

The settlement with the states requires Western Union to develop an anti-fraud program. Foster says consumers should ignore solicitations from strangers promising big winnings and should be cautious about wiring money to people they meet online.

Western Union says it is committed to protecting consumers and spends $200 million a year on compliance.

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This story has been corrected to show that the settlement involved 49 states, not 48.

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