Western Union — beware customer
A friend of mine transferred money using Western Union to her colleague but before she could collect her money somebody else collected the money on her behalf using some fake identity. Many fraudster do the scam using Western Union as it has a very weak system.
My suggestion to all would be to never use Western Union.
Here is one of the scam used by a fraudster using Western Union and even police refused to file anything against it.
The student girls namely, ABC and XYZ, were looking for rental accomodation in London and found an advertisement on gumtree along with contact details of the landlady.
This landlady described herself as Kristian Nels from Sweden and said she had suffered rent losses earlier as her previous tenants were unable to pay rent.
As a result, before she travels to London to show them her apartment, she wants to make sure that she is renting the property to the person who has got enough cash to pay atleast the initial month rent and are serious about renting the property.
Not only that, she also sent them a soft copy of lease agreement, apartment pics and description of each item present in the flat.
She suggested that they transfer money using Western Union between themselves and send her a scanned copy of the receipt as a proof of cash transfer.
The girls being new to the city London and being young and innocent transferred 1200 Sterlings.
The transaction details are as below:
Transaction ID : [protected]
Transferrer : ABC
Receiver : XYZ
They sent a scanned copy of the receipt to the landlady but before XYZ could collect the money transferred by ABC, this lady (Kristian Nels) went with some fraud identity posing as XYZ and got the money.
The biggest thing to question in this case is how diligently the identity check is done by Western Union before handing over the money to receiver and are there any cameras installed using which you can atleast track the person's face who collected the money using a pin and identity.
The money was collected from Western Union Today (17-August-2008) at 12:30 pm.
Here are some further details about the fraudster:
Email ID Used : kristiannels AT yahoo.com
Phone Number : +[protected]
Gum Tree ad : ad #[protected]: 3 bedroom Maida Vale
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