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Beware of "Western Union Money Transfer Pickup or Arrived" Text or Email Message Scams

2017-11-21T13:08:00  +
Beware of "Western Union Money Transfer Pickup or Arrived" Text or Email Message Scams

Western Union customers, if you have received text or email messages claiming that you have received money that is ready for pickup, please do not click on the link in the messages. This is because the messages (see sample below) may be phishing scams that contain a link that goes to a phishing or fake Western Union website that steal Western Union account credentials and personal information.

Please continue below.

Therefore, Western Union customers are advised to go directly to https://www.westernunion.com/ and check their money transfer status there instead. This will protect them against phishing scams.

Samples of the "Western Union Money Transfer Pickup" Phishing Scam

(Western Union Money Transfer 2679902189 Ready To PickUp. Follow) hxxp://ow. ly/NHtT30b8eqT

(www.WesternUnion.com - Money Arrived. Claim Your $134.00 Moey Transfer # 53534655 @) hxxp://ow.ly/CsfP30g5T3x

Money Tranfer | WU United States - Use Western Union to send money online or in person to friends and family around the wold to more than 200 countries and terrioties from the United States.

Western Union customers who have already been tricked by the phishing text or email messages are asked to contact the Western Union immediately for help. Please go to https://www.westernunion.com/ and click on the "Contact Us" link for their contact information.

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  • Posted: 2018-03-27T00:40:54 by an anonymous user from or near: Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan


    I received a tracking NO. 2886921980 from Mrs. Cecilia Emmanuel an official of the western union. She sends $5000 to me via western union.
    I search the said tracking no from wu tracking system which shows that funds are available. I actually want to know what is this, Is it real or some type of scam.



    • Posted: 2018-04-12T08:03:27 by an anonymous user from or near: Buffalo, New York, United States

      She is from which country


    • Posted: 2018-03-27T03:00:33 by info

      It is a scam. That tracking number is what the scammers use to trick everyone, not just you.


  • Posted: 2018-03-20T00:20:59 by info

    Received via email:

    "Got a text from someone claiming to be from western union asking for my name and address. The number I got the text from is 315-895-1823"


    • Posted: 2018-03-26T18:43:48 by an anonymous user from or near: Rochester, New York, United States

      funny, that's an upstate NY number... exactly where I am located. will watch out for this number and this scam!


      • Posted: 2018-04-18T10:24:54 by an anonymous user from or near: Dearborn, Michigan, United States

        that's Detroit cause that's where I live but still beware


  • Posted: 2018-03-08T09:06:00 by an anonymous user from or near: Gilbert, Arizona, United States

    Another scam:

    "(W)estern (U)nion Go To >hxxp://bit.ly/2FxDICs
    To Pick Up Your USD290.00 Money Transfer. Use Code: 633322"


  • Posted: 2018-03-07T23:33:54 by an anonymous user from or near: Phoenix, Arizona, United States

    Another scam:

    "[.WesternUnionTEXT] Follow: hccp://bit.ly/2FAmDbg .) Your $213.00 Transfer Is Ready To PickUp. Use TCode 3678522888."


  • Posted: 2018-03-03T16:30:48 by info

    Here is another scam:

    MSG:[Western/Union/Gift] MT: 3059938191 - Transfer for - USD200.00 Follow :> hxxps://is.gd/fHtWNt and pick up now !!"


  • Posted: 2018-02-27T12:39:35 by an anonymous user from or near: Woburn, Massachusetts, United States

    I am not a Western Union customer. Received a text today also. Is there anything to worry about if I do not clink on the link?


    • Posted: 2018-02-27T14:20:29 by info

      No. Even if you clicked on the link you have nothing to worry about because you are not a Western Union customer.


  • Posted: 2018-02-21T14:22:37 by an anonymous user from or near: Acworth, Georgia, United States

    Not a western union customer. Received this text today:

    "FRM:4353774442MN.COM MSG:Western|Union|Gift|Transfer - 8915093935 - Ammount - 275.00 USD Ready to pick up GO TO : link"


  • Posted: 2018-02-21T00:34:56 by an anonymous user from or near: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

    Received the following text:

    "FRM 1663377@az.com MSG: Western/Union/Free/MTCN-1566189890 Amount 240.00 USD Ready to pick up! Follow: hxxps://is.gd.t7C4VU"


  • Posted: 2018-02-20T17:09:57 by an anonymous user from or near: Denver, Colorado, United States

    Received this text today:

    MSG:Western/Union/Free/MTCN - 5890310202 Ammount 230.00 USD Ready to pick up! Follow : hxxps://is.gd/yetmiZ"

    It came from this phone number:

    ‭1 (410) 100-001‬

    I didn’t go to the link but I did block the number the text came from.


    • Posted: 2018-02-20T18:15:11 by an anonymous user from or near: Piscataway, New Jersey, United States

      I received this exact same text today. Going to block the number right now.


  • Posted: 2018-02-08T19:52:49 by info

    Here is another scam:

    -------- Original message --------
    From: "Mr.Michael Tudon"
    Date: 2/8/18 5:10 PM (GMT-08:00)
    Subject: Western Union

    Read Carefully,

    I have deposited the check as we agreed with Western union Office.All you have to do is to contact them at:(westernunuionoffice@seznam.cz)they will give you direction on how you will be receiving the funds daily. My agreement with them is $5,000 USD two time daily until the whole of $4.8USD is transferred

    The only fee you will send to them before the transfer is 55USD for paper work and remittance. Please if this fee did not be available right now don’t send email to them for avoid demurrage, because as soon as they receive your email, the demurrage of your fund will start,E-mail them with above address,


    Your name............
    country.... ..........
    phone ...........

    The contact person is Mr.Tony Wood, with phone number:- 229-67-59-38-42

    Thank you.
    Mr.Michael Tudon Jr"


  • Posted: 2018-01-22T19:46:47 by an anonymous user from or near: Glastonbury, Connecticut, United States

    received an email saying that I have opened an account with the western union on Friday the 19th of January. someone from micro soft was trying to send me $400.00 to my bank, so they said. still trying to get ever thing straighten out. but I think I was scammed . can you check to see if anyone tried to transfer money to my account with key bank acc# ending in 3277. Brian W Morrissey


  • Posted: 2017-12-11T12:31:03 by an anonymous user from or near: Houston, Texas, United States

    received a text:

    "([Western/Union] Go to: hxxp://po.st/W07orp to get your $125.00 Transfer. Use the following code: 782631782."

    This is not a real text from the Western Union. The website looks just like a western union website however, it asks that you send them a copy of your driver's license. The Western Union does not require you to do this, it does require that you have your drivers license when you pick up the funds.


  • Posted: 2017-11-27T09:14:19 by info

    Here is another scam:

    "WU Srvc Msgs. Thanks for using WU! Your money transfer ending in 2109 has been sent. Track the status of your transfer online at go.wu.com/tr

    WU Srvc Msgs. You opted in to get text msg updates about your WU transfers. Msg&data rates may apply. Reply HELP for help; STOP to opt out of WU service texts.

    WU Srvc Msgs. NWNODI WINIFRED picked up your money transfer. Thanks! Track your next transfer with the WU(R) app at"


  • Posted: 2017-11-22T18:58:13 by an anonymous user from or near: Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, United States

    ok well, I got one of these type of emails, not exactly in the same style format from so and so from Kenya, says it being compensated for something or another and that he has sent me $5,200.00, not allot but a nice Christmas bonus it would be. well it being in my spam folder and seeing Kenya.

    I instantly said scam. so I went to the website and checked their mtcn number and it said it was good. well then I looked up to see if any fake western union websites are around, then I got this article, well I went to the western union addy this site provided and typed in the mtcn code, and low and behold the damn things says the same exact thing, sent, pending,n available, each has been checked off with a green mark to show its completed that process, so what do you guys think, is it real? I have no idea whos compensating me, they are asking for no money or info, I think the link they provided for western union is the same as this site did, so I guess I'll go try and withdraw it tomorrow.


    • Posted: 2017-11-22T22:24:55 by info

      Report it to the Western Union, do not attempt to withdraw the money.


  • Posted: 2017-11-21T14:44:45 by an anonymous user from or near: Liverpool, New York, United States

    Got one...just googled to see what scams were out there.

    Can you trace these to see where they are coming from?

    I keep deleting ... should we report ?


    • Posted: 2017-11-21T15:02:53 by info

      Yes, report it.


  • Posted: 2017-11-21T13:28:25 by an anonymous user from or near: Cles, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy

    Received a text from 184753674@info.gov that I had $350 ready to be picked up. Went to the WU website and entered the MTCN given in the text and it did not exist. Do NOT click on the link. It brings you to a fake WU site looking for your email and password. Check out the URL.


  • Posted: 2017-11-21T12:26:18 by an anonymous user from or near: Albany, New York, United States

    239879214@info.gov has sent a text stating that my $ is ready for pick up and to follow a link to claim. I did NOT click on the link.


    • Posted: 2017-11-21T13:26:27 by an anonymous user from or near: Cles, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy

      Same from 184753674@info.gov I went to WU website and entered the MTCN in the text and of course it did not exist.


  • Posted: 2017-11-21T12:10:33 by an anonymous user

    Was sent a text from 3276465171@info.gov, stating I have $350 for pick up, follow hxxp://ow.ly/OYd130quJaBiz to claim. No one I know uses Western Union, believe it's a scam, beware.


  • Posted: 2017-11-18T00:12:21 by an anonymous user from or near: Los Angeles, California, United States

    Received this text today. I reported it to Verizon & to this website. Didn't open link. No one sends me money. Ever.

    "WesternUnion : MTCN 88087944 for $300 Ready for pick up. Follow personal link at : http://bit.ly/2AOUh7a"


  • Posted: 2017-10-31T18:18:28 by an anonymous user from or near: Plymouth, Minnesota, United States

    I got one too telling me to go to hxxp://ow.ly/TEgV30gewPH. I am not very smart because I did click on it and I took a picture of my license. As soon as it asked for me to take a picture of myself as well I stopped and googled western union scams. I didn’t enter bank info or social security info. I am hoping I didn’t provide to much...


  • Posted: 2017-10-30T17:12:42 by an anonymous user from or near: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

    Just received a text saying I have $242 waiting to be picked up through Western Union. It gave me a code or transfer number saying it was 494-786-6785. But obviously it is a scam. Don't know where I should report it to him but I'm just hoping that this is the place to report it to. So beware!


  • Posted: 2017-10-18T09:51:01 by info

    Here is another scam:

    "For your information and hopefully to protect others, I just received this at 10:37am EST and I'm sending you a copy. I did not touch the links. To whom should I forward this to in addition to you?

    (Today only - [W]estern[U]nion - Free-Transfer## - 7834530111 Transfer for $240.00 Ready to pick up @ hxxp://bit.do/dQ3wT)



  • Posted: 2017-10-16T12:37:43 by an anonymous user from or near: Columbus, Georgia, United States

    "(www.WesternUnion.Com - Money Arrived. Claim Your $134.00 Money Transfer # 775636567 @) hxxp://ow.ly/FidZ30fUIAI"

    This is what I just received and it took me to a fake site wanting me to take a pic of my driver's license. I know no one is sending me money but wanted to look at the fake site, it looked somewhat legit. People be aware!


  • Posted: 2017-10-12T14:58:32 by info

    Here is another scam:
    "(WesternUnionPrize MTCN: 156-776-6155 Ammount: 300.00 USD Ready to pick up NOW. Go to: hxxp://bit.do/dQpAw)"


  • Posted: 2017-10-12T11:58:23 by an anonymous user from or near: Maitland, Florida, United States

    Just received this text message: "WesternUnionPrize MTCN: 151-661-3315 Amount 320.00 USD Ready to pick up NOW. Go to: hxxp://bit.do/dQpEZ)"


  • Posted: 2017-10-09T09:07:20 by an anonymous user from or near: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

    Just received text:

    "(www.WesternUnion.com Money Transfer-53584453758 Transfer For $143 Is Ready For Pick Up. Cash It Online @) hxxp://ow.ly/MmGY30fKatN"


  • Posted: 2017-10-05T13:28:51 by info

    Here is another scam:

    "(www.WesternUnion.Com MyWURewards - 4774865873 Transfer For $152 Is Ready For Pick Up.Cash It Online @) hxxp://ow.ly/x4w830fFvPo"


  • Posted: 2017-09-30T09:12:50 by an anonymous user from or near: Warner Robins, Georgia, United States

    I just got this text on my phone:
    "(www.westernunion.com - Your 281728192 Money Transfer Is Ready To Pick Up. Go To) ow. ly/VaQ230fxD6b To Claim."


  • Posted: 2017-09-30T08:20:12 by an anonymous user from or near: North Royalton, Ohio, United States

    I got this one:

    "(www.westernunion.com - Your 29830120311 Money Transfer For $190.00 Is Ready To Pick Up. Go To) ow. ly/1fV830fxBSFTo Claim Now."


  • Posted: 2017-09-20T10:26:44 by an anonymous user from or near: Ramah, Colorado, United States

    I just got this one:

    -$242.00 Transfer#65217364257 is Ready to Pickup
    Go to hxxps://ow.ly/EXSN30FIWYO"

    I never did a money transfer and am pretty sure no one sent me one!


  • Posted: 2017-09-13T11:45:42 by info

    Received via email:

    "They already tried to do a bank transfer through my banks in intervals of 50,31,31 which equals the amount here is the link (www.WesterUnion.Com-$112.00 Transfer#56761227 it says its ready for pick up GoTo)ow .ly/dCE73of7Eus the text came from 41182244@verizon.net"


  • Posted: 2017-09-04T17:57:32 by info

    Here is another scam:
    "(www.WesternUnion.Com - Money Transfer 2682737982 For $269 Is Ready To PickUp. GoTo) ow.ly/DuLX30eTx2P"


  • Posted: 2017-08-13T16:49:03 by an anonymous user from or near: Griffin, Georgia, United States

    Here is another scam text message:
    "(WesternUnion SundayReward. MTCN: 8934598111 Amount: 240.00$ Pick UP now. Follow: hxxp://bit.do/dFFcR SundayReward.)"


  • Posted: 2017-05-26T12:19:52 by info

    Here is another scam:

    "Fri 26/05/2017 11:02
    From: 9172823677@vzwpix.com
    Subject: text_0.txt
    (WesternUnion Money Transfer 2788277281 For $200.00 Is Ready To Pick Up. Follow : bit .do/dtezt To Pick Up.) "


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