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  • Please publicise this in order to stop WE acting so shabbily

    Strictly it is not the W.E. itself which perpetrates the scam, but as their main concern seems to be the maximization of their profits, their security checks are somewhat superficial- that's the conclusion to which I have arrived after being defrauded of £1461.00 about $2000 (most of my savings).

    A couple of weeks ago, I received an S.O.S. from a friend, telling me that she had been robbed in Spain, and had lost everything, including her phone, so we could only communicate by e-mail; could I urgently send her some money via Western Union, naming her as recipient. I remembered how Randolph Scott set this venerable institution up against all odds, and I knew that it had a yearly turnover of $5 billion, so the trust is inborn.

    It was obviously a fraud, involving hacking into my friend's computer, but how was I to know? I went to the Western Union agency and was told that I could not do the transaction without showing MY PASSPORT! What better guarantee can one hope for? I send her an e-mail with something called the MTCN number, which, together with her passport, would enable her to draw the money. It turns out that my friend had not asked me for help, therefore that the money was paid to another party illegally.

    I made a full statement to the police which informed me that a very large number of similar scams are reported every month, involving Western Union; a friend from the US tells me that Western Union has the reputation for facilitating such things. The police told me that there was very little chance of my getting any refund from them, although they agreed with me that W.E. did not fulfil their contract to me, viz: They contracted to take my money and deliver it to a NAMED person, and did not do so. They are known to deploy a certain number of strategies in fobbing off plaintiffs, the principal one being time-wasting, taking days to respond, and asking you for the same information repeatedly, and then after months, they inform you that if you had read the small print, you would have seen a waiver from them.

    The above is an important point, as when you are at the counter, delivering your money, you are not given the time to read anything. You go by trust. Are we to expect one of the biggest multibillion dollar company to resort to cheap trickery?

    Besides informing the police, entering into a correspondence with them, I have also written to my parliamentary representative, who will no doubt look into the matter. I intend to write to Western Union, telling them how I am going to disseminate the information about their lax security, via Cowbird, Facebook etc. I also intend to do a one-man demo outside one of their offices, getting the press to come and photograph my banner, distribute leaflets etc.

    I am not considering a court case at the moment, but will do so if I can find a no gain no fee lawyer.

    I am writing this, mainly for my own sake, but perhaps it can serve as a cautionary tale to fellow Cowbirders.
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