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  • Western Union class action?

    Is there any class action against western union? it seems to me they knowingly let fraud continue wth various internet scams. I see they were warned by several state attorney general offices but when I was scammed last month western union did not have any of the supposed protections in place. And they would not even give me information on my own transfer--is it a secret who i sent my own money to??

    Irked!

  • #2
    western union class action

    I saw this below: ??? looks like they already know something is wrong.

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    Forced by several state attorneys general, Western Union's has finally decided to institute sweeping changes to its business practices to help prevent telemarketing scams against consumers on a broad scale.

    The problem of fraud-induced transfers was documented by a survey of 2002 transactions conducted in 2003 by seven states. According to the survey, more than 29 percent of Western Union transfers in excess of $300 from the U.S. to Canada were fraud-induced, representing 58 percent of the total dollars transferred and an average of over $1500 per transfer. Total American consumer losses to Canada alone in 2002 were estimated at $113 million.

    In response to these findings, a group of state Attorneys General began negotiating with Western Union. The negotiations have produced an agreement, which will provide adequate warnings to consumers who transfer money by wire, educate high-risk consumers, and change
    company practices.

    Western Union is acting to reduce the frequency of fraud-induced money transfers that are encouraged by scam operators. Western Union operates 40,000 wire transfer points in the U.S. and more than 195,000 around the world which, up to now, have been fertile ground for fraud artists to perpetrate crime against innocent consumers.

    The company will now post conspicuous warnings on its forms for sending money, on its Web site and within its toll-free telephone messages. If fraud appears likely during a transaction, the company will reimburse the principal amounts of money transfers if consumers request that Western Union reverse the transfer before the money has been picked up at its destination point. In addition, the company will establish a system to interrupt and hold transfers suspected of being fraud-induced, then notify the consumer about the risks of completing the transfer.

    Western Union has also agreed to spend more than $8 million on an education program giving consumers valuable information about avoiding wire transfers of cash that may involve fraud.

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    • #3
      i put my car up for sale about 3 or 4 weeks ago on myspace. i got a buyer but he had me wait for 2 weeks before i got the money. he sent me 3 money orders for $750 each. the car was $1000 and he wanted me to send $1250 to his shipping company in Nigeria. i sent the money to the shipping company through western union and now he says he is no longer interested in purchasing my car. he wants me to send the rest of the money to the same shipping company to pick up another car that his wife just bought for his son. what should i do? i feel that because i held this car for him and turned down other offers that i should be able to keep the money. he csn pick up the car anytime he wants. i just don't want to be sued by him if he says that i took the money and never gave him the car

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      • #4
        Do not send more--this is a common scam. You may file an FBI report for fraud but they will not likely do much unfortunately for one smaller event.

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        • #5
          Western Union is acting to reduce the frequency of fraud-induced money transfers that are encouraged by scam operators. Western Union operates 40,000 wire transfer points in the U.S. and more than 195,000 around the world which, up to now, have been fertile ground for fraud artists to perpetrate crime against innocent consumers.

          HMMMM...

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          • #6
            re: Western Union class action?

            I sent 3500 dollars to Ireland, got scammed and Western Union tells me thay will not give me the ID copy that was used by the person that picked up the money I SENT--they say it is confidential who I sent the money to--what ?? my money that I sent????

            I hope they get a nice fat class action for all their bullsh---tt

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            • #7
              re: Western Union class action?

              I recently sent money via Western union to a person in Romania to purchase 3 laptops. Because of so-called complications with delivering the laptops, I have received no product. Now I have not heard from the seller in quite a while, and he had already promised my money to be returned quite a while ago. I need to ask what there is i can do.

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              • #8
                re: Western Union class action?

                Check fraud here:

                Bridgehampton National Bank
                425 County Rd. 39
                Southhampton, NY 11968

                but according to them someone created the checks using their address and using one their account numbers that has not been used for awhile.

                And yes, I was instructed to send "tax", "insurance", and "customs" fees by Western Union and some by Moneygram. They gave me a name of a different person to send it to for each specified amount of "fee".

                They skillfully play a psychological game on hope and such, but within 2 days I began to suspect and called the bank, checked further on their information;

                "Winners Trust Finance Inc.
                117 UPHill Ave.
                St. John, NF, Canada A5C 3X6"

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                • #9
                  re: Western Union class action?

                  On 10-16-06, I found this company Puutyeshoes on TradeKey.com whom is a Silver Key Member. I started asking him for quotes on xbox360's and playstation. He responded to me right away with my total and Western union address so I can submitt my payment. I then made payment to Western union on 10-19-06 for $2405.00. Western Union gave me MTCN # . The following day, I had another order for him for 10 xbox360's. He gave me the total of $1850.00 with MTCN # . It took him 3 days to provide me tracking #'s for all these packages. This is when I really starting worrying. When finally recieving the EMS #'s, I started tracking them carefully. Well, they never arrived and I was given 3 bogus fake tracking #'s. I then called the Postal Office where the box was delivered and they told me it was a small shoes box. I?m assuming it?s money that is being transferred from China. I then contacted him and heard no response to this day. I currently deal with another distributor from China, she told me that all the electronics that this company sells are not GENIUNE as they promise they are. They sell bootleg fake electronics. Please investigate this as well.
                  This is the Western union info given to me:
                  First Name: Guoren
                  Last Name: Huang
                  Address: Nanshan St. Shenzhen City

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                  • #10
                    re: Western Union class action?

                    You people are so stupid !! You are dumb enough to fall for this stuff, you deserve to lose your money. GREED.

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                    • #11
                      re: Western Union class action?

                      i don't think ordering from a legitimate looking company was "greedy", if that is what you mean, it seemed fine to me at the time

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                      • #12
                        re: Western Union class action?

                        Hi
                        I recently came in contact with a wholesaler through ebay after weeks of communication with the wholesaler i finally decided to purchase some items from them as they seemed genuine and they were constantly willing to help answer any questions that i had about making purchases etc and as soon as i paid them

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                        • #13
                          re: Western Union class action?

                          Hi
                          I recently came in contact with a wholesaler through ebay after weeks of communication with the wholesaler i finally decided to purchase some items from them as they seemed genuine and they were constantly willing to help answer any questions that i had about making purchases etc and as soon as i paid them GBP3000 I was given a tracking number and told to expect my item in 6-8 days so i waited until today when it says the item should have arrived and when i checked it it said it had been delivered only the tracking number was for an item sent to someone in England and wasn't in fact meant for me at all. Today i have sent several email's to the supplier and have had no response i also have contact information for MSN and when i talked to the supplier regarding the problem that it was a possibility they had just given the wrong tracking number they said they would check it out and instead blocked me. I believe that this has been a fraudulent transaction and was wondering how i could go about dealing with this issue i have plenty of contact information about the supplier and have been given bank details and there address for payment purposes however the supplier is in china. The money was sent through western union -- as i had been in contact with the supplier and everything seemed like it would be ok. They have a website and are constantly advertising for business on ebay and i feel that other people may have fallen victim to this person. I would like to take action if it would be possible and also what would be the chances of anything happening and me getting my money back? I have my reciept from western union still and the tracking number showing that the item never arrived at my address aswell as all the emails exchanged between me and the supplier.

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                          • #14
                            re: Western Union class action?

                            another western union scam


                            NOTARIZATION OF YOUR US$1M CASHIER\'S CHEQUE

                            This is to confirmed that your email was recieved and from the directive of MR.DICKSON MICHAEL.FOREIGN SERVICE MANAGER,MICROSOFT WORD LOTTERY PROMO, we have ascertained and verified the validity of your winning here in LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, but you need to get a legal clearance from the magistrate court of justice here in London to a sworn affidavit on your behalf for the notarization of your cheque.

                            Furthermore, You will be required to make a payment of (GBP700) SEVEN HUNDRED BRITISH POUNDS STERLING to notarize your lotto prize cheque in the magistrate court of justice of LONDON since the cheque has been issued in your name, the fees is not deducttable and under the United Kingdom judicial constitution in compliance to the counter terrorism and anti-terrorism act adopting resolution 1373 under chapter seven of the united nations
                            The notorization document and the receipt of payment will be released and issued in your name from the magistrate court of justice here in London to our office subject upon confirmation of this payment which is payable to the magistrate court through our legal department so that we can as well send your cheque to your designated address .
                            The notarization of your cheque is mandatory because it will be attached to your cheque before the courier service can accept for the postage of your cheque due to the huge amount involved.

                            It is not the policy of lottery company to accept fund from any of our winners, but it was resolved after the 11th of September, 2001, incident in the United States of America and more recently the July 7th london bombings in the United Kingdom, that to enhance speedy delivering of the won prize cheque to the beneficiary and to duly certify that the fund is not related to as Drug money, Money Laundering and Terrorist Sponsoring fund, the cheque must be notarized in the magistrate court of justice here in London for it to be cleared by the courier service,to save time and cost it became imperative to request the notary amount in order to have the prize notarize in court and winners meet the deadline and subsequently post your cheque to your designated address.

                            You are to make the payment deposit of (GBP700) SEVEN HUNDRED BRITISH POUNDS STERLING to the Name of the Head Of Legal Department in our office in London through WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER to the name,

                            NAME: ANDREW ALVIN CLARKE
                            ADDRESS:17 LEDDAWN HOUSE MADRON STEEL,SE2LRL
                            CITY: LONDON
                            COUNTRY:UNITED KINGDOM

                            You are advice to make this payment to enable us start with the legal processing of your cheque,and as soon as you have made the payment deposit of (GBP700) SEVEN HUNDERD BRITISH POUNDS STERLING and send to me the deposit receipt that you used for payment

                            CALL ME ON PHONE(+44 704 0106 451) or email me immediately you have received this mail for confirmation here in our office.
                            As soon as you make the payment deposit through WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER, send me an email with the payment information or call me immediately.

                            Please note once your cheque is notarized, with the required notary back up document, your US$1M cheque will be delivered to your designated address, it is important that you know that without the notarization done, which requires you making a payment deposit of (GBP700) the COURIER DELIVERY SERVICE will not accept your US$1M Cheque for onward delivery of your US$1M to your address.

                            You are to immediately make the payment deposit of (GBP700) BRITISH POUNDS STERLING.

                            As soon as we have confirmation of your payment of the stipulated GBP700 notarization fee, your cheque will immediately be notarized and it will be sent to your address through the COURIER EXPRESS MAIL SERVICE and on your receipt of your payment within 48 to 72 hours.

                            Yours Faithfully,

                            DR.KENNETH WALTERS
                            DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
                            EUROPE PAYMENT CENTRE
                            MICROSOFT WORD LOTTERY PROMO.
                            Tel:+44 704 0106 451

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                            • #15
                              re: Western Union class action?

                              Western Union apparently doesn't like to give you a refund, preferring to keep you money, instead.
                              They have a phone system that seems to be designed to discourage and frustrate their

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