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Beware of "Western Union Update" Fraudulent Text Message Scam

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Beware of "Western Union Update" Fraudulent Text Message Scam

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The text message below: "Western Union Update," which appears as if it was sent by Western Union, is a phishing scam created by scammers or cyber-criminals to steal the recipients’ Western Union account credentials (email address and password). Recipients of the email or text message, which appears as if they came from Western Union, asking them to click on or follow a link, should delete the message. Western Union will never send text messages to their customers, asking them to click on a link to update their account information.

The Western Union Phishing Scam

FRM: WesternUnion@Westernunion.com (1(410)200-500)
Subj: Western Union Update
Msg: New account notice!

Please act: micro-ho.com/wu.html

The link in the phishing text message goes to a fake Western Union website. Other fake Western Union email or text messages will contain links to other malicious or phishing websites. Remember, the legitimate Western Union website is located at: www.westernunion.com.

Now, once the potential victims enter their Western Union accounts credentials on the fake website in an attempt to sign-in, their credentials will be sent to the scammers who have created the website, who will use the stolen information to hijack their victims’ accounts. Once the scammers have access to their victims’ accounts, they will use the accounts fraudulently.

Victims of the Western Union text message phishing scam should change their passwords immediately and contact Western Union. They should let Western Union know that they were tricked by a fake text message, which took them to a phishing website where they unknowingly entered their accounts’ credentials in an attempt to sign-in, thinking they were on the legitimate Western Union website.

Note: Some of the names, addresses, email addresses and telephone numbers in email samples on this website may have been impersonated.

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  • February 9, 2019 at 12:57 PM by an anonymous user from Baltimore, Maryland, United States

    My text message looked like this: Received on 02/9/2019 11:49AM

    "1(410)100-1007
    FRM:GO TO hxxps://bitly2TGvcFc NOW
    MSG:245 Your Money Arrived. 200
    USD with WesternUnion"

    I also received the following text at 11:38AM on the same day

    "1(410)100-006
    FRM:GO TO hxxps://bit.ly/2TGvcFc NOW
    MSG:937 Your Money Arrived. 200
    USD with WesternUnion"

    remove

  • December 30, 2018 at 12:40 PM by an anonymous user from Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

    Here is the text message I received as it appeared. I did NOT open it, but deleted it.

    eu0h1862shv4@access...
    Western Union MT 1 MTCN 104266371
    Amount $600
    (your money are ready)
    continue on is.gd/fbrkw9


    (notice the grammar of the message "your money are ready" should be clue that this is a fraud. I tried calling Western Union but could not get any help from them.

    remove

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