Money Transfer Fraud Warning

Published on January 27, 2020 and last updated on February 04, 2020

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NEVER send money to anyone you have not met in person or who asks you to send them money.

Before sending money, answer these questions.

Are you sending money to:

  • The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) or another government agency?
  • Pay taxes or resolve an immigration matter?
  • Pay for something in response to a telemarketing call?
  • Pay for an on-line purchase or anti-virus protection?
  • Put as a deposit or payment on a rental property, cars, or pets?
  • Claim an inheritance, lottery or prize winnings?
  • Get a 'guaranteed' credit card or loan?
  • Get a job offer or become a 'mystery shopper'?
  • A friend or relative who claims they need help because of an emergency situation?
  • Anyone else you do not know who tells you to wire them money?

If YES: Stop. Do not send any money. It is probably a scam and someone is potentially trying to steal your money. Talk to someone you trust about the scam. If you already sent the money, ask the clerk/associate to STOP your transfer right away and refund your money. Once your money has been picked up on the other end, which can happen quickly, you may not be able to get a refund, even if you are the victim of fraud. Fraudulent transactions may result in the loss of your money with no recourse.

If you have been the victim of fraud, for Western Union domestic or international transactions including Walmart Money in Minutes, call Western Union’s Fraud Hotline at (800) 448-1492 or visit www.westernunion.com and file a complaint.

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