Smart People Fall for Scams Every Day
Con artists use good people like you, and good money transfer companies like Western Union, to steal money. The best defense is awareness and education—so you can spot the warning signs. There’s a lot of information on this site to help you help yourself, help others, and help us. Together, we can fight fraud.
Consumer Fraud Awareness Podcasts
Recognize and prevent scams
Western Union recently partnered with Scammercast—a podcast that educates and inspires seniors and their caregivers to recognize and prevent scams. Listen to learn detailed information about many of the current, insidious scams out there, and excellent real-world solutions to help protect yourself.
The Romance scam
Romance. For some, it only happens once. A love affair to last a lifetime. For way too many, romance can lead a path, not to your heart, but to your pocket book as scammers take all they can before casting you, your life and your now broke, broken heart aside to begin the next romance. Join the hosts of The Scammercast for a special “Romance Scam” episode to learn more.
Test Your Knowledge of Money Transfer Scams
Test your knowledge of money transfer scams and learn how to protect yourself.
Consumer Fraud Awareness Videos
Scammers are constantly changing their tactics. But understanding their techniques will help protect you against them. Watch these fraud videos that describe the most common scam types and provide valuable tips for the consumer to use to help protect themselves from falling victim.
Stopping Fraud Starts With You
Knowing what to look for is key in spotting the warning signs of a scam and then avoiding it. After all, you’re the first, last, and best line of defense against scammers. Read on and arm yourself with the knowledge to protect yourself.
Fraud Awareness brochures
Download brochures for tips and information about protecting yourself from fraud.
Tax Scam targeting consumers in U.S.
Fraudsters are calling victims in the U.S. telling them that they owe the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) taxes that must immediately be paid to avoid arrest, deportation or suspension of driver's license/passport. The victim is then instructed to send a money transfer or purchase a pre-loaded debit card to pay the taxes. The IRS will never communicate with a consumer by phone and will never request payment of taxes by money transfer. Hang up on these callers as this is a scam and never send money to someone you have not met in person.
Is it true love or a scam?
After all these years the perfect match has finally come along, all it took was a couple of emails and clicks of the mouse. Now you just need to send $300 for a plane ticket to finally meet. It sounds like a classic love story, but really it’s just a classic scam! Fraudsters take advantage of those looking for love and steal their cash. Watch our Romance scam video to learn more.
Think you've been scammed?
Report it. You can help us and, in the process, help others from getting scammed in the future.
Call our Fraud Hotline at
Forward suspicious emails to firstname.lastname@example.org