Western Union Scam in the Internet

There are a lot of scams you can experience in the internet today. There are email lottery scams telling that you won millions of dollars, yahoo email scams telling that your email address won some millions, microsoft scams which also tells that your email won in a raffle promo and still a lot of email scams that are proliferating in the internet in today’s cyber world.

Just bear some things in mind, you never entered or participated in these raffle promos or lottery. Second, you don’t really see these people who are initiating these scams or fraudulent mails.

I received again another form of internet scam in which the scammer used this time Western Union to fool people. Continue reading the letter which I received in my mailbox the other day.

Bottom Line: Never ever believe in these kind of scams or fraudulent emails in the internet. Lastly, never give your personal information.

Here is the sample of a western Union Scam:

“Thu, November 25, 2010 12:17:25 AM

THE MANAGEMENT OF WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER HEAD OFFICE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA.

From:
Western Union® Money Transfer
office.office1372@att.net

Add to Contacts
To:
DEAR VALUED CUSTOMER,
AFTER WE RECEIVED YOUR INFORMATION, WE INSTANTLY TRANSFER THE FIRST PAYMENT OF $5,000 IN YOUR NAME. AS I WAS TRYING TO EMAIL YOU THE INFORMATION YOU WILL USE TO PICK UP THE PAYMENT IN YOUR COUNTRY, I GOT A CALL FROM THE WESTERN UNION HEAD OFFICE IN LONDON UNITED KINGDOM. THEY BROUGHT TO MY ATTENTION THAT THE $5000 WE TRANSFERRED AND THE REMAINING OF $995,000.00 HAS BEEN ON HOLD THROUGH OUR NETWORK BY THE HEAD OFFICE IN LONDON UNITED KINGDOM.
I ASKED THEM WHY AND THEY SAID THAT THE HOME LAND SECURITY HERE IN NIGERIA REPORTED TO THEM THAT WE ARE TRANSFERRING SUCH AMOUNT OF MONEY WITHOUT THE HOME LAND SECURITY CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE. SO I CUT OFF THE CONVERSATION WITH THE LONDON HEAD OFFICE, I CALLED THE HOME LAND SECURITY HERE TO KNOW HOW THE CLEARANCE COULD BE OBTAINED FROM THEM AND THE COST OF OBTAINING IT. THEY SAID THAT IT WILL COST $275 ONLY TO OBTAIN THE CERTIFICATE AND IT WILL TAKE ONLY 24 HOURS FOR THE CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE TO BE READY.
I LATER CALLED THE HEAD OFFICE BACK AND ASKED THEM IF THERE IS ANY OTHER THING TO DO AFTER THE CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE IS OBTAIN AND THEY ASSURED ME THAT ONCE THE CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE IS FORWARDED TO THEM, THEY WILL INSTANTLY RELEASE THE FUNDS WITHOUT ANY DELAY.
Below are the payment details.

Track: https://wumt.westernunion.com/asp/orderStatus.asp?country=global
Sender’s Name: James Gary
MTCN : 605-036-2093
Question: Who Is Great
Answer: God
Amount: $5000.00USD
FOR SELF-CONFIRMATION, CLICK ON THIS LINK https://wumt.westernunion.com/asp/orderStatus.asp?country=global AFTER FILLING THE INFORMATION, CLICK CHECK STATUS. NOTE THAT IF YOU TRACK THIS INFORMATION, THE STATUS WILL TELL YOU THAT THE FUNDS IS ” Available for pick up by receiver” BUT YOU CAN NOT PICK UP THIS MONEY UNTIL THE CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE IS OBTAINED.
HOWEVER, YOU ARE ADVISED TO GO AHEAD AND SEND THE HOME LAND SECURITY CLEARANCE FEE OF $275 VIA WESTERN UNION SO THAT WE WILL ASSIST YOU AND OBTAIN THE CERTIFICATE FROM THE CONCERNED OFFICE. HERE IS THE INFORMATION YOU WILL USE TO SEND THE MONEY.
RECEIVER NAME: NCHEKWUBE LAWRENCE EBUKA
COUNTRY: NIGERIA
CITY: LAGOS
TEST QUESTION: IN GOD
ANSWER: WE TRUST
AMOUNT: $275
DO SEND US THE MTCN NUMBERS AS SOON AS YOU MADE THE PAYMENT. IF YOU CAN SEND THE FEE TODAY, YOU WILL PICK UP THE FIRST PAYMENT AND WE WILL SEND YOU ANOTHER $5000 TODAY AS THE CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE IS THE ONLY THING HOLDING THE TRANSFER. NOTE: YOU HAVE TO TRY AND SEND THE CLEARANCE FEE AS A MATTER OF URGENCY BECAUSE THE HEAD OFFICE IN LONDON WILL PICK UP THE MONEY IF YOU DID NOT COMPLY URGENTLY.
REMEMBER, WE WERE INSTRUCTED BY THE IMF TO RETURN THE PAYMENT FILE WITHIN 72 HOURS IF THE BENEFICIARY DID COMPLY TO CLAIM HIS/HER FUNDS. SO, IF YOU CAN NOT SEND THE FEE WITHIN 24 HOURS, LET US KNOW SO THAT WE WILL REPORT TO THE IMF THAT YOU ARE COMPLYING SO THAT THEY WILL NOT ASK FOR THE RETURN OF YOUR OWN PAYMENT FILES.
THE MANAGEMENT OF WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER HEAD OFFICE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA.
SINCERELY.

JAMES GARY
+234 70 685 883 99
Western Union® Money Transfer,
Head Office Lagos Nigeria.”

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