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The following message is being sent to consumers. The email attempts to spoof an official Western Union communication. It is a scam.
From: Western Union Payment Office
Subject: Attention; Esteemed Customer,
Attention; Esteemed Customer,
Greetings from Western Union®Money Transfer Agent Location, PO Box 6992 Greenwood Village, CO 80155-6992,LAGOS NIGERIA .
We are in receipt of your fund ($950.000.00 USD) ( NINE HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS) deposited here by The International monetary fund (IMF) to be transferred to you. For security reasons and to safe guard of your fund,
It might interest you to know that we have taken out time in screening through this project as stipulated on our protocol of operation and have finally confirmed that your contract payment is 100% genuine and hitch free from all facet and of which you have the lawful right to claim your fund without any further delay.
Having said all this, it’s my great pleasure to inform you that the first sum of $4,500.00 has being sent in your address today.
Below are the details of the transaction;our website for tracking your MTCN.
Money Transfer Control Number: 1513604581
Receivers Namee: ABUBAKAR AZHARY
Sender’s name ; LAURA FRY
Sender’s Address: PO Box 6992 Greenwood Village, CO 80155-6992, Lagos
Country: Nigeria Republic
Amount Transferred: US$4,500
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Please note that the above transaction has not been authorized to pick up, the reason why you cannot pick up the USD$4,500.00 right now is because the service fee has not been send to us which is the only fee that is on holding your first pay-out today, on which without the service fee your fund cannot be authorized to pick up, so in your best interest, I hereby advised you to send the services fee so that we will mail you the Sender’s Name and AUTHORIZED the pick up of your first pay-out today, you can be able to pick up your payment at any western union agent location in your state.
Service fee covers the cost of services rendered when administering &maintaining a third-party transaction to a beneficiary that is not living within the country which the fund is being deposited, service fee is usually one percent (1%) of the deposited fund and it is under normal conditions to paid by the beneficiary of a third-party transaction. The applicable registration and transfer fees have been paid by the depositor.
The reason why the service fee cannot be deducted from your fund is because your fund has been insured by the depositor, this is in accordance with section 13(1)(n) of the national monetary act as adopted in 1999 and amended on 3rd July 2004 by the constitutional assembly. This is to protect beneficiary and to avoid misappropriation of funds.
So you have to send the service fee of $55.00 to the payment information stated below to enable us authorize your fund to pick up.
Receiver’s Name: Mr. ENUGWU EZENNIA
Country: Republic Nigeria.
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*The service fee should be sent to us today, failure to meet up with this will lead to automatic transaction cancellation.
Send the following details via e-mail to this office for prompt clearance:
Money Transfer Control Number (M.T.C.N):…………………………..
If you have questions or need assistance, our team is here to help. You can still, send us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Frank Ashley
Western Union Home
Western Union Money Transfer Agent Location, EMS Post Office.
Registered No: 1026167. Head Office: PO Box 6992 Greenwood Village, CO 80155-6992, lagos Nigeria Republic.
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I just got this e-mail.
This Message Is From Western Union:Western Union Foundation Grants 2012Your funds payment notification of $550,000.00 USD is now ready for claim.Do send your Names,Address and Phone Number to(email@example.com ) to apply for your first installment of $10,000 or Call directly on +447-951-350-869 for more information.For: Western Union® Payment Center
Dear Beneficiary Lisa Renee’ Helms ,
Your mail is well received.
This is to inform you that we have sent your first payment of $5000USD today as i was directed by the Federal Ministry Of Finance Benin Republic and be inform that your depositor have paid the transferring charge of your fund,but it will remain on hold because the TAX CLEARANCE CHARGE is not yet paid.
In order to proceed with your payment kindly try as mush as possible to send the TAX CLEARANCE CHARGE which is $199USD.
You assured that immediate you send the TAX CLEARANCE CHARGE your first payment of $5000USD will release on hold and you will pick it up.
INFORMATION TO SEND TAX CLEARANCE CHARGE THROUGH WESTERN UNION OR MONEY GRAM.
RECEIVER’S NAME———-IWUNOR PETER
I am waiting for your urgent reply to give you the payment information.
Mr Terry Samson
Western Union Payment Office.
Phone number +229 98841150.
> Subject: Payments
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> From: email@example.com
> Date: Sat, 1 Sep 2012 00:03:45 +0000
Just received this e-mail:
WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER
MALAYSIAN PAY-OUT CENTER
Dear Western Union Beneficiary,
UNITED NATIONS PAYMENT NOTIFICATION.
We wish to inform you that the United Nations (UN) has authorised us to remit to you a total amount of $1,500,000.00 USD (One Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars). This amount is to be paid to you because of the fact that you were selected as a beneficiary in the Last E-mail ballot promotion held in Malaysia, by the United Nations. This promotion is inline with the social resposibility of the United Nations Organization, which is held once every year to change the living status of five (5) lives around the Globe. This year, yourself and Four (4) other people were randomly selected. On behalf of the United Nations Organization, we wish to congratulate you formally.
Your Inheritance/Winning payment was paid out to us, by the United Nations, and they have successfully succeeded in depositing your whole funds with us here at Western Union Malaysia. They have now ordered us to take full responsibility in the transfer process of your funds and thus commence the immediate remittance of your funds to you. Be strongly informed that because of our Western Union transfer policy, your funds will be paid to you via our Western Union Daily Transfer limit of $5,000USD-$7,600USD. This means that you will continuously receive a daily amount of $5,000USD-$7,600USD USD from us, and this amount can be collected from any of our numerous Western Union outlets in your current location.
To begin receiving your daily payment as stated above, we need you to provide us with; Your Full Name, Address, and Phone Number. Upon receipt of the requested details, your first transaction will be activated and we shall then proceed to provide you with the Money Transfer Control Number (MTCN) for the first installment, and we will continue to email you others after 24 hours of receiving each payment.
For more information on your payment status;
E-mail Mrs. Frances Lee @ firstname.lastname@example.org
OR call our 24 hours Helpline @ +601 6487 2136 for any inquiries on the above message.