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FTC takes Walmart to court

Tuesday 5 July 2022 10:04 CET | News

The US Federal Trade Commission has claimed that Walmart allowed scammers to use its money transfer services for fraud.

Walmart, which offers some financial services, acts as an agent for money transfer services such as MoneyGram and Western Union.

The FTC said, Walmart's policy was to issue payouts even when fraud was suspected and that the retailer failed to take other actions to prevent consumers from being defrauded. The result was the consumers were fleeced ‘out of hundreds of millions of dollars,’ the agency said.

The FTC also said Walmart failed to properly train staff to help them prevent consumers from sending money to scammers. The authority stated it was asking a court to order Walmart to return lost funds to consumers and to pay civil penalties.

Walmart explained in a statement that it would fight what it called a ‘factually flawed and legally baseless’ lawsuit.


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Keywords: Walmart, money transfer, fraud management, remittance
Categories: Fraud & Financial Crime
Companies: Federal Trade Commission, Walmart
Countries: World
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