Bogus Western Union Email Scam
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A flood of bogus emails supposedly “from” Western Union hit this week, telling their intended victims first that a “Western Union transfer is available for withdrawl” (sic), and then that the transfer was rejected. The ‘from’ addresses are mostly manager@westernunion.com, transfers@westernunion.com, and funds@westernunion.com. Most odd is that some of them contain info about the Federal Reserve Board with a link to the federalreserve.gov site (remember that the recentOracle and Crazy Eddie scam came “from” noreply@federalreserve.gov).

They contain links to “view your transaction and transfer details”, and of course that’s the evil bit.


Here are some samples – don’t fall for these, folks!


From: “Western Union transfer is available for withdrawl”
Subject: Western Union transfer is available for withdrawl

Dear customer.

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The amount of money transfer: 6000 USD.
Money is available to withdrawl.

You may find the Money Transfer Control Number (MTCN) and receiver’s details on Western Union website (click on the link below to view MTCN number and transfer details):

MTCN_928397932_09_15_2011.DOC

 

http://www.westernunion.com.

Western Union.
Customer Service.


From: “Western Union transfer is available for withdrawl” Subject: Western Union transfer is available for withdrawl

Dear customer.

The amount of money transfer: 9200 USD.
Money is available to withdrawl.

You may find the Money Transfer Control Number (MTCN) and receiver’s details on Western Union website (click on the link below to view MTCN number and transfer details):

MTCN_928397932_09_15_2011.DOC

http://www.westernunion.com.

Western Union.
Customer Service.


From: funds@westernunion.com
Subject: Transfer rejected

The outgoing Wire fund transfer , a short time ago sent from your checking account , was not processed by the Federal Reserve Wire Network.

Please click here to view further information

This service is provided to you by the Federal Reserve Board. Visit us on the web at http://www.federalreserve.gov.


From: manager@westernunion.com
Subject: Transaction alert

The outgoing Wire fund transfer , a short time ago sent from your bank account , was not processed by the Federal Reserve Wire Network.

Please click here to view further information

This service is provided to you by the Federal Reserve Board. Visit us on the web at http://www.federalreserve.gov.

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2 thoughts on “Bogus Western Union Email Scam
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  1. Hello,

    I live in Germany, do not have a western union account and got today such a message… I guess it is a new spam?
    Please let me know?
    Paxum is an ewallet … don’t have one…
    the date is weird, in Europe right now it is the right date, but 9.16 am… 22;54 is later today..

    Secure Message Center

    As part of our ongoing effort to protect your account and our relationship, we monitor your account for possible fraudulent activity.
    We need to confirm that you or someone authorized to use your account made the following transaction(s):
    1) A transaction in the amount of $50.72 at paxum, a computer programming service company was attempted in France, Paris on or around 7/18/2012 at 22:54PM.

    NOTE: If the amount is not identical to what you show in your records, this may be due to the transaction being a pre-authorization for the final purchase amount.

  2. Thanks for sharing. I appreciate this type of information. About 5 years ago, I was scammed. Now, I am able to share and help someone else from this crooks.

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