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The Bottom Line: MoneyGram Bust

NISKAYUNA -- Thousands of people ripped off across the country will be getting some of their money back, including people living in the Capital Region.

These include victims of a few different types of scams, which CBS 6's Dori Marlin has gotten The Bottom Line on for years: The so-called "Grandparent Scam," mystery shopping scams, and sweepstakes or lottery scams.

The U.S. Justice Department found MoneyGram in violation of processing thousands of transactions, for individuals known to be involved in these scams.

MoneyGram profited from the scheme, by collecting fees and other revenues on the fraudulent transactions.

Now, the company has agreed to pay for its role in the scheme, between 2004 and 2009.

It'll pay $46 million to almost 18,000 victims, or family members of victims, across the country - some of them, here locally.

If you think you may be a victim, you have to file a request for compensation with the Justice Department by clicking here:  http://gilardi.com/moneygram/INDEX.htm

The posted deadline has passed, but officials tell Dori, people who think they qualify for this settlement should still send in their requests.