Scammers are constantly putting on an act. Sure, they may guarantee prizes, discounted items, or other monetary rewards in exchange for either information or money upfront, but none of it is true. They will pretend to be from legitimate and reputable companies, but you should always be aware of the warning signs. The Western Union Scam can be very dangerous, so let’s address what it is and how you can protect yourself.
In this article, we cover:
- The details of the Western Union Scam
- Why the Western Union Scam is dangerous
- How to protect yourself from the Western Union Scam
The details of the Western Union Scam
The Western Union Scam is set up to take users’ personal information and is similar to other contest scams YouMail has picked up via their Robocall Index. The scam impersonates a representative from Western Union. It informs users that they have been chosen as a finalist to win 20 million dollars in the Western Union Lottery. It then prompts the user to dial a number to speak to a representative.
Why the Western Union Scam is dangerous
The Western Union Scam comes off as very enticing and rewarding. Because the scam uses phishing techniques, victims may automatically assume that the person on the other side can be trusted. In addition, the fraudster offers cash prizes, which can draw a lot of people into the scam. Since the scammer has already established trust by claiming to be from Western Union, they’re more likely to catch people off guard. The repercussions of falling into the Western Union Scam can be expensive and frustrating.
How to protect yourself from the Western Union Scam
While there are a number of ways to protect yourself from the Western Union Scam, downloading an app like YouMail on your phone will be the most effective. YouMail not only stops fraud and phishing calls from bothering you, but it also stops robocalls from bothering anyone. When YouMail sees an illegal call, it can notify carriers, enterprises, and the authorities, so they can locate, take down, and punish the callers. Together, we can join the fight to shut down scam calls for good.
To protect yourself from the Western Union Scam, download YouMail today.
Find about more Robocall Scams at the YouMail Robocall Scam Guide.