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Recently I received an email from some Western Union Scammers. The email was very basic but included a story full of untruths and lies. The western union scammer claims he is the manager of the money transfer company using the name Mr Paul Ulnel.

The Western Union Scammer claims to have my grant/compensation of US$15,000,000.00. In the email, this particular western union scammer sent me a link that did not work and a fake MTCN tracking number. This is an amateur scammer attempting to defraud others for $150.

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Invalid MTCN Number Sent By Western Union Scammers

Anyone at this point that believes they will receive any payment from the scammer should think again. The scammer has requested a fee upfront with the excuse of a “Bond Duty Fee”.

Typically the scammer will ask for payment in the form of gift cards purposely as they are easy to sell online.

This type of Westen Union Scam is known as the Advance Fee Scam.

Western Union Scam Examples

I will show you some Western Union Scam examples, they are all very similar. Every western union scam in this article is similar in the following:

  • Poor grammar and spelling
  • Unbelievable stories
  • Ask for a fee (typically gift cards)

The purpose of the unbelievable stories is an attempt to make the scam appear more legit. The poor grammar and spelling indicate to me that English may not be the scammer’s first language.

It’s obvious that these scammers are too lazy to even use a spell check before sending out mass emails.

Western Union Scams Email Example 1

The first email I received from the Western Union Scammers is shown below:

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Western Email Scammers – Email Example
From: Mr. MANAGER WESTERN <[email protected]>
Sent: 13 June 2022 08:34
Subject: WESTERN UNION HEAD OFFICE TX
 
WESTERN UNION HEAD OFFICE TX
ADDRESS : 100 CITIBANK DRIVE SAN ANTONIO,TX 78245, USA
DATE: 15/10/2021

Greetings from Western Union Compensation Board Office® Money Transfer
Agent Location, 100 CITIBANK DRIVE SAN ANTONIO,TX 78245, USA

This is to confirm the receipt of your Compensation Settlement Funds
in the amount of US$15,000,000.00 (Fifteen Million United State
Dollars) , The Compensation Payment was legally approved by USA
Department of Justice, Your Email address was selected from Active
Internet Fraud Victim File, You were Among the Victim Who Where
selected to be Compensated.

The DOJ agreed to pay up the Amount of $986 Billion USD To All victim
worldwide, You are one of the Victim Approved to Receive the Sum of
Fifteen Million United State Dollars as your Compensation Settlement
Funds, But we want to confirm the fact if you are (Alive) or (Dead) ?
Because Your Attorneys came Last Week Morning, Her Name Is Barrister.
Betty M. Green , from the State Court , She reported that You are
dead, She also present A Doctor report that you died Couples of weeks
Ago on Corona Virus Disease (COVID 19) and that is the reason you have
not reply the first Notification we sent to you Couples Months Ago,
She Confirmed that she is the Person to Claim your Compensation
Settlement Funds and take care of your Family.

We Just hand over your Compensation file to the USA Supreme Court ,
the Western Union Management wishes to confirm if it is True , failure
to reply back in the next 24hrs simply means that Mrs. Betty is Right
that you are dead and WE WILL SUBMIT her Form to US Supreme Court to
recover your Compensation payment to Her with Accordance to the
Western Union Policy, So if you are still (alive) and you did not
Order Any Person to Claim your Compensation Settlement Funds, you are
advice in your own best interest to reply back with confirmation of
the Below Information to Process your Prepaid Credit Card.

Your Full Name:.....
Address:..................
Direct Phone Number:....
Copy Of ID Card :............

Thanks and my regards.

Mr.
MANAGER WESTERN UNION ,TX 78245, USA
EMAIL:[email protected]

Western Union Scams Email Example 2

The second email response I received from the western union scammers appeared to be another generic email:

Western Union Scam Example
Second Email Response From Western Union Scammers
From: Mr Paul Ulnel <[email protected]>
Sent: 14 June 2022 14:09
To: xxxxx
Subject: Re: WESTERN UNION HEAD OFFICE TX
 
 WESTERN UNION HEAD OFFICE TX
ADDRESS : 100 CITIBANK DRIVE SAN ANTONIO,TX 78245, USA

Dear xxxxx

We have received your information and your grant/ Compensation is the sum of (US$15,000,000.00 ) (Fifteen Million United State Dollars) us dollars will be transferred via Western Union Money Transfer only. In accordance to the engagement agreement with  United state Foundation  (IMF / ECO-WAS / UNITED NATIONS) The Compensation Payment was legally approved by USA Department of Justice, Your Email address was selected from Active Internet Fraud Victim File, You were Among the Victim Who Where selected to be Compensated.


We were clearly warned not to tamper with your fund and no deduction for whatever reason, stating that it is a measure to safeguard the fund of the beneficiaries from embezzlement and misdirection.
 
We the Western Union here in USA has limited transfer rate because of International communities and Ant-Terrorist/Drug Law, so we are permitted to transfer $5,000.00 daily until your total payment is completed.
 
We have today transferred your first installment payment available for your pickup at any western union office nearest to you, but still on hold due to the Bond Stamp Duty Fee of $150.00 you are suppose to pay before your daily transfer will be made available to you to pick up on daily. You will pickup the bellow installment at any western union office nearest to you with bellow information's as soon as you send the $150.00 Bond Stamp Duty Fee.


You can to track your first installment payment online atwww.westernunion.com for your record purpose.
 
The Payment MTCN is available below for your tracking and confirmation on our official Website:

This is your first (MTCN 6368406063)
Sender First Name:: DALE
Sender Last Name:: BUGGINS
https://wumt.westernunion.com/asp/orderstatus.asp?country=global
 
We shall release to you, the Text Question and Text Answer upon the receipt of the official charges which will authenticate the legitimacy of your grant fund. Please do not border to go for picking up the money without the payment of the required  $150 Bond Stamp Duty Fee  because the funds is on still on
hold and you cannot pick up the money.

So once you are ready to send the money $150 for Bond Stamp Duty Fee you have to let me know so that we will give you the information you will use to
send the money $150 through western union and once you send the money $150 for the Bond Stamp Duty Fee you will pick your payment of $5000 up at any
western union office in your country today.

Thanks
Mr. Paul Ulnel,
MANAGER WESTERN UNION ,TX 78245, USA

Western Union Scam Email Example 3

The email shown below is another example of a typical western union scam:

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Western Union Email Scam Example
From: Western Union Payment <[email protected]>
Sent: 21 May 2022 18:14
Subject: Western Union Send Money Worldwide
 

WELCOME TO WESTERN UNION MONEYTRANSFER
Western Union Send Money Worldwide
Welcome to Western Union Money Transfer
Email::([email protected])

ATTN: DEAR CUSTOMER,

I believe you received my previous email? Again, I am Mrs. Joy Francis, the former Director of western union Republic of Benin, I came down here in
Cotonou Benin Republic for an ECOWAS meeting and i was searching for some files that i left in this office while i was working here, I found out that you have not received your fund amounted at $1.5 Million usd since last year 2021, and i asked Mr. Anthony Robert what happened that you have not receive your fund and he said that you refused to pay the $100.00 to update your western union transfer file before starting your transfer.

I'm contacting you because the Director of the (IMF) International Monetary Fund here in Benin Republic said that they will divert all unclaimed funds including your funds to the Government Treasury account' 'BY THE ENDING OF THIS MONTH''just because that you don't want to claim your funds since the 2015 till date. So, I want to hear from you today so that I will know the reason why you rejected such amount of money $1.5million which will change your life just because of $100.00 I want your urgent response as soon as you receive this email and explain to me the reason why you have abandoned your funds because of $100.00. But if you don't need it then I can change your name successfully to another person so that this Government will not claim this money but I know that you will not allow such a thing to happen to you in your life.

If you are finding it difficult to get the fee $100.00 immediately then you can go ahead and send the half fee which is $50.00 so that immediately you received your first payment $5,000 then you will send the balance of $50 back to us, Please my dear I want to help you in this finally opportunity to receive this fund because it was a big shock to me that you have not received your fund till date and I’m very sorry for that, you will receive your fund before the end of this meeting which will take us 3days and I will be here to monitor the transaction until you receive your fund.

As a matter of fact, your first payment of $5000.00 is ready for you to pick up at western union office now but still on hold until your transfer file is updated today as soon as you've sent the fee.

HERE IS YOUR FIRST PAYMENT BUT IS ON HOLD,
https://www.westernunion.com/ca/en/web/track-transfer/results

Your tracking number. . . . . . . . . .. (MTCN) 855-297-5372
Senders First Name: . . . . . . . . . . . . JOY
Senders Last Name: . . . . . . . . . . . . FRANCIS
Amount sent: - - - - - - - - - - - - - - $5,000.00

Warning-- Do not go to western union store for the payment yet, till you send the payment of $100.00 or half $50.00 today and get your file updated as instructed by (head office of western union) else you make yourself a fool and THIEF before your western union agent.

Once you send the payment today, I will get back to you within 45 minutes after your transfer is updated with the Question and answer for you to pick up your first payment immediately today.

The money transfer is ready for pickup. Receiver should bring the tracking number (MTCN) and government-issued ID to pick up the money once you pay the fee of $100 or half $50.00

Go now and send the $100 or half $50.00 EBAY GIFTS CARD OR GOOGLE PLAY CARD OR STEAM CARD OR  ITUNES CARD immediately and pick up your $5000.00 usd per day with in 45minutes

Be rest assured that everything will be finalized the moment the $100 or half $50.00 is received from you today, you will start picking up your daily payment of $5000.00 immediately until the total amount of $1.5Million is completed.

Thank you

Best Regards

Mrs. Joy Francis
Former Western Union Director
Western Union Payment Department section X.office
Email::([email protected])

Western Union Scammers – Conclusion

As you may have noticed from the Western Union Scammer Examples, all the emails follow the same pattern. The scammers will always offer a high-value prize or large sum of cash before asking for a fee at some point.

Western Union has its own reporting system for forwarding any suspicious emails to them. Users can forward them to [email protected] before deleting them.

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