The examples below are real cases, but they do not exhaust all possible types of fraud. It would be a daunting task for us to list the entire existing range of fraudulent remittances, so we urge you to be vigilant, regardless of their nature.
Money ordering for Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast and other African countries.
Nigerian Letter - In this type of fraud, a customer based in Bulgaria receives an email informing him / her that he / she wins a large amount of money (eg $ 1,000,000) which will be sent in parts via Western Union. The letter explains that in order to start paying the money, the "winner" must transfer 200-400 dollars or euros for charges.
Dating via the Internet, which develop into romantic relationships - Most often the subject of such frauds are Bulgarian women. The fraudster (in many cases posing as an American soldier in Africa) comes into contact with them and after a certain period of communication begins to ask for money for various purposes, including buying a ticket to Bulgaria for a possible wedding; emergency assistance and more.
Inheritance of property in an African country - The news is emailed (this should also be the 1st indication to you that something is wrong) stating that in order to receive the property, documents must be prepared by a lawyer on the spot. You are asked to send a solid amount for his fee. A lottery scam is similar to that scheme, where you are told that you should pay the cost of the transfer by sending it in advance to a stranger in Nigeria, Benin or others.
Remember. There is no lottery which will askyou as a winner to cover the transfer costs!
Money ordering for the UK, Austria, Germany and more. points from Europe:
Are you about to start working abroad? Or have you just started studying? Want to buy a cheap car abroad? Be alert. The transfers range from 1000 to 5000 euros and are sent mainly for the purpose of renting / keeping an apartment or buying a car, after agreement on a website.
IMPORTANT! Communication is by e-mail only, without telephone calls, which should make you think about the truth of the information given.
The orderly from Bulgaria is advised to send the money through Western Union to a relative, relative or friend, and then, by hiding the number, he sends proof of transfer to the "seller" in order to keep the car. The victim receives a "fake" email in which he is prompted via an internet link to check that the translation is already in the country. Clicking on this address directs him to a fake "Western Union site" where the sender enters the 10-digit translation number so that the fraudster receives the necessary information. The "recipient" makes a fake ID with the recipient's names on the form and withdraws the money within a few hours.
Sending money to China to buy goods:
Each of us has looked at a Chinese site at least once in our lives where low prices are the reason for a large number of purchases. However, what are the dangers? A customer from Bulgaria selects a particular product and pays its amount in the amount of $ 100- $ 500 through Western Union. The recipient is a Chinese national who withdraws the translation and does not send the goods.
Dating on social media quickly turns into a violent love and each of the couple trusts the other person. This also results in the sending of indecent photographs which are subsequently used to receive large sums of money from the injured party. We encourage you not to share personal information and footage with people whose identity you are not completely sure of. If you have already done so, then cut off any contact with that person, contact the police and the social media protection center, because once you send money, the fraudster will not stop asking.
You receive an email from a stranger sayingyour computer has been hacked, your passwords and contacts have been stolen, access to the camera and microphone is controlled by the extortionist and your actions have been recorded. What to do? DO NOT send money! These emails are fake. Contact the police and email provider again for additional security.
Charity - Don't be fooled, no matter how good the cause may seem. Study the initiative, the organizer and the representatives. Remember: No charity cause will invite you to send money to an individual. Our main goal is to familiarize not only our customers but also our Western Union service staff with the potential dangers. So, coming to our office, you can be sure that even if you are about to make a mistake, we are on the verge of preventing fraud.