Be sure everything is as it seems

#BeFraudSmart

You are our partner. While Western Union works hard to help prevent fraud, we believe that fraud prevention is everyone’s responsibility. Your best defense is to be aware, educate yourself, and use good judgment with our informative tips. Don’t fall victim: learn how to spot the warning signs of a scam or scammer before it’s too late.

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Fraud alerts

Car sale scam

Scammers are using websites or classifieds to advertise cars that don’t exist. They are asking their victims to make a transfer with Western Union as a proof of payment. Don’t pay for car purchases using Western Union.

Rental Scam

Sending money for deposit on a sight-unseen rental? Scammers pose as property owners or landlords and misrepresent terms and availability of a rental with fake ads, responses and requests for advanced fees.

Protect yourself from fraud:

  • Don’t send money for customs or shipping fees.
  • Don’t send money to someone you haven’t met in person.
  • Be suspicious of businesses without a verified street address.
  • Don’t pay for an item or service with a money transfer to an individual.

Think you've been scammed?

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

Call our Fraud Hotline
at 0800 4044014 (Mon-Fri from 8:00 to 17:00)

File a fraud claim
Report to authorities

Forward the suspicious email to spoof@westernunion.com –do not cut and paste the contents, because valuable tracking information about the source will be lost.

Find out more

Fraud types

Protect Yourself—fraud comes in all shapes and sizes

Learn more about the tricks fraudsters use to lure in victims.

Test your fraud knowledge now
Smart people fall for scams every day. Test your knowledge of money transfer fraud and learn how to protect yourself.

Test your fraud knowledge now
Smart people fall for scams every day. Test your knowledge of money transfer fraud and learn how to protect yourself.

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Western Union is helping to protect consumers from falling victim to money transfer scams through education and awareness.

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Knowledge can protect you

You work hard for your money and you want a company you can rely on when it comes to sending your money to friends and family. That’s why we want to help you protect yourself from fraud.

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Stand Guard—spot the warning signs of a scam before it’s too late, with tips, brochures, and other useful information.

Be resourceful, get educated and stop fraud
Keep informed and stay protected. The more information you have, the better you can shield yourself against criminals. Report fraud, stay updated on the latest scams, and learn how to detect con artists with these additional resources.