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.
Only use Western Union for sending money to friends and family. Never send money to someone you haven't met in person and confirm emergency situations before sending money.
Knowing what to look for is the key in spotting the warning signs of a scam and then avoiding it. If you’ve been asked to send money for any of the reasons below, please don’t. You may be the victim of fraud.
Money transfers can be paid to the receiver quickly. After the money is paid, Western Union generally can’t provide a refund -- even if it ends up being a scam.