Western Union Scam: How It Works
(with video below) Western Union is one of the best and fast ways to send money overseas, being used in pretty much every country in the world. Unfortunately, scammers use WU's great features to victimize people all over. What's the newest scam?
Watch the video below to see the Western Union Email Scam exposed:
Similar to the Bank Account Upgrade scam, this comes as an e-mail requesting you to update your Western Union account. The message might have the "Western Union Response" as the sender's name, and might come from the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org. However, the email address could be a different one, as they send millions of emails in bulk.
Here is the content of the scam email:
"Your Western Union account [your email address] has been deactivated due to incorrect information provided during the sign up process. To avoid losing important information, such as reward points and discounts, you must reactivate your account within the next 24 hours.
Account Login [this is the compromised link]
Reminder: Your password is 7-16 characters long and includes at least one capital letter, one lower case letter and one number.
Thank you for using Western Union."
Western Union Scam: How To Avoid
Do not click on their links. It will open a Western Union look-alike website (photo below) asking you for your login credentials, as well as you CVV on your credit card!
Before writing your username and password look at the web address in the browser. It's not even Western Union's domain name! The fake one has www.shiningstargtc.com as domain. The scammer even funnels this website through another one, www.brianarthurbrown.com (which might not even be his and is just being used for funneling).
If you are still confused, log into your real account just like you usually do, by typing Western Union's web address (www.westernunion.com) in the browser by yourself and not using the links provided.
Western Union Scam: How To Report
Make your family and friends aware of this scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to Western Union using the link below:
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