Fraud Awareness


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Smart People Fall for Scams Every Day

Con artists use good people like you, and good money transfer companies like Western Union, to steal money. The best defense is awareness and education—so you can spot the warning signs. There’s a lot of information on this site to help you help yourself, help others, and help us. Together, we can fight fraud.


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Consumer Fraud Awareness Videos

Scammers are constantly changing their tactics. But understanding their techniques will help protect you against them. Watch these fraud videos that describe the most common scam types and provide valuable tips for the consumer to use to help protect themselves from falling victim.

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Money transfer never-evers

Eight things you shouldn’t do when sending a money transfer.

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Questions answered

Answers to common questions about fraud.

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Be aware

Learn more about what we do to help protect you from getting scammed.

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Fraud Awareness brochures

Download brochures for tips and information about protecting yourself from fraud.

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Fraud Alerts

CURRENT FRAUD ALERTS IN UK

According to collected intelligence in the last three months only in the UK we have reported a large number of cases of online relationships originating in Nigeria, Ghana, Philippines and Russia. Fraudsters would get in touch with the victim online, would build up a relationship to then ask for a financial support to be sent via Western Union money transfers. The purpose of transactions in most of the cases has been indicated as urgent requests such as hospital treatments, loans, plane tickets, general support.

An Anti-Virus scam along with online purchases scam has been widely recorded across the UK. People are usually buying items online and are being requested to send a money transfer to usually Africa or India. Anti virus scam has been a very common offence recently. A fraudster pretending to be a Microsoft representative calls the victim convincing he or she to make a Western Union money transfer in order to remove a virus from the computer. Usually this money is being asked to be transferred to the US or India.

Think you've been scammed?

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Report it. You can help us and, in the process, help others from getting scammed in the future.

Call our Fraud Hotline at
0800 026 0309

Forward suspicious emails to spoof@westernunion.com

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