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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. In this section, you’ll find informative tips and other useful material to stay informed and help reduce your chances of falling victim to scammers.


Money transfer never-evers

Lower your chances of falling victim to fraud by checking out these eight things you should never do when using a money transfer service.

  1. Never send money to people you haven't met in person.
  2. Never send money to pay for taxes or fees on lottery or prize winnings.
  3. Never use a test question as an additional security measure to protect your transaction.
  4. Never provide your banking information to people or businesses you don’t know.
  5. Never send money in advance to obtain a loan or credit card.
  6. Never send money for an emergency situation without verifying that it’s a real emergency.
  7. Never send funds from a check in your account until it officially clears—which can take weeks.
  8. Never send a money transfer to an individual for online purchases.

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Fraud Awareness Brochure

You can learn more about how to help protect yourself from fraud by reviewing our fraud awareness brochure. Download and share it by email with friends and family.

Get tips on how to help protect yourself from fraud and our fraud hotline number to report if you have been a victim of fraud.

Download a pdf version of the Ireland Fraud Awareness brochure

Send-form Warning for Consumers

Read the fraud warnings and tips on the forms you fill out when sending money using our service. 

Only send money to someone you have met in person.

DO NOT send money to an individual if you are sending:

• To a grandchild, friend or family member for an emergency situation you have not personally confirmed

• To someone you met online

• For an internet purchase

• For an employment opportunity

• To claim lottery or prize winnings

• For a rental property or lease

• For a credit card or loan fee

• For the return of a lost pet or valuables

• In response to an unsolicited letter from a purported government official

• Remember a money transfer can be paid out to the receiver within a short time and after the money is paid, you cannot obtain a refund from Western Union, even if the transfer was the result of fraud.

• Don’t let a fraudster educate you on how Western Union services work. Only take advise from a Western Union representative.

If you believe you may be a victim of fraud, ask the sales clerk to stop your transaction immediately and contact the Western Union Fraud Hotline number at: 1800 812 333 (Free from the Republic of Ireland).

Download a pdf of the Ireland Send Money form

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
1800 812 333 

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