Western Union message in my email box ! Telling i have $500,000 dollars !

@Shan93 (39)
Sri Lanka
May 20, 2012 1:27am CST
"Western Union Office UK Department From-(Western Union)westernunion.london49@yahoo.co.uk To: Shan Perera Following the high rate of fraud star, scam and money laundry activities case perpetrated via South Africa, Nigeria,Ghana, Togo, Burkina-Faso, Benin, Ivory Coast, Europe, Malaysia and other African countries. We write to informed you about the meeting held today by the Eco-was and EU Union money laundry commission, organized crime/fraud division have mapout the sum of $500,000.00 dollars for your compensation......." Telling me to pay $320 then they will send my money They asked me to fill some details about me Telling me to contact them from a website ! WEBSITE:https://wumt.westernunion.com/asp/orderStatus.asp?country=global Sender's First Name: JAMES Sender's Last Name: EYORA Money Transfer Control Number (MTCN): 1536432755 Shall i pay them ?and take the money $500,000 dollars ! Tell me your ideas soon ! Rate and answer my others questions if you have time !
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29 responses
@Loverbear (4918)
• United States
21 May 12
DON'T PAY THEM!!! this is a scam!!!! Anytime you receive a message that you have won or may have won and then asks you to send money is a scam. You will lose your money and not get anything in return. DO NOT give them any information of a personal nature. This includes driver's license number, social security number, phone number, bank account numbers, even your birth date. They would not only take your $320 but they will use the information to clear out your bank accounts and any thing else they can squeeze money out of. They can order items in your name and then leave you holding the bill. These people are crooks! Destroy the notification immediately. Don't fall for what they have to say, it is very easy for crooks to set up these kind of scams and many people will fall for them. It is usually people who don't have a lot of money to start with. They pay the required amount and receive nothing in return, and they wonder what happened and why they didn't get their money. The only one who benefits from the scam is the people who get the money sent to them. You will get NOTHING! [B]AGAIN, DON'T PAY THEM!!! DO NOT FALL FOR THE SCAM!!! THIS IS A SCAM CREATED TO STEAL YOUR MONEY, DON'T FALL FOR IT!!! THE ONLY ONE WHO WILL BENEFIT FROM YOUR SENDING THE MONEY IS THE PEOPLE WHO CREATED THE SCAM!!![/B]
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@mobhomeir (7558)
• Philippines
21 May 12
Hello Shan...never ever do that my friend. That is a scam. Common sense, you can tell by yourself. Did you ever joined any raffle draws or any money contests that you think won? If you say you never did, then leave this in your mind.. Good luck.. Mobhomeir here 052112 2123hrs
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@smoke_gun (1243)
• Malaysia
20 May 12
Who writing and send this e-mail to you totally,absolutely one of the internet scam criminal,but not the smartest one."compensation"? whole world economy drop like hell today even government need loan from bank to solve money issue,who the hell still got lot of money to pay compensation to internet scam victim?think about it!
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@ruperto (1552)
• Philippines
20 May 12
They always do not know who you are and they try to make you send a few hundred dollars to claim a huge amount. I think these are referred to as scams - actually crimes that are committed due to technical flaws. One of the flaws is that a victim is made to get excited about false opportunity for gain. The other flaw is that millions of people may not be aware of these scams. What do you think?
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• Singapore
21 May 12
That's definitely a scam. Why should you need to pay money to get money? This is the typical type of ruse that scammers use to rip people off. You shouldn't fork out your money to such people cos you will never see your money again if you do that.
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21 May 12
Dear Shah It's good that you let us know about this kind of money making scheme but do continue telling others of this scam. If I were you I would not even get close to such sites with a 10 feet pole. Please do not fall into this trap. Being a Malaysian by birth, I have observed many schemes of this nature whereby innocent victims are cheated by the 'black' in Africa. This scheme may be have its origin in Malaysia but such scams are basically done by the nations mentioned above. That's my take for now. Aright? Love: Bro. Joe. GBU
@GardenGerty (157987)
• United States
21 May 12
This is a huge scam, report them as spam e mail, do not give any information. Also, here on MyLot, do not ask people to read and respond and rate you. If you post interesting things we will do it.
• United States
20 May 12
I'm sorry to say all these types of money ideas are scams. If it is to good to be true, then it is most likely a scam. I have seen these types of emails before. When you send the money, you will never hear from them again.
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@MsTickle (25180)
• Australia
25 May 12
Congratulations!. Don't listen to the other responses, they are simply jealous of your good fortune. Yes, it is a scam and these people will take ALL of your money as well as the $320 if you fall for their duplicity. If you send me $100 to my PP account, I will tell you how to get your money for sure and there will be no loss to you and it won't cost you $320. Just friend me here and I will send you a PM.
@MsTickle (25180)
• Australia
25 May 12
PS. Do not confide this info to anyone else. It must be private between just us or else everyone will want to know what I know. Be quiet...OK?
@jdyrj777 (6530)
• United States
22 May 12
Keep your money. To send it would be giving it away. If you really want to give away some money send it to me. Ill give you me e-mail and you can pay throught paypal. I have a bridge to sell you. Lol!!! Just kidding. Its a scam never open these e-mails they could contain virisus. Delete them unopened. Spam them.
• Philippines
31 Jul 12
Hi Shan, I'd like to know the update of this. I hope you don't give money to them because this is absolutely a scam. If you win something, then it's not your obligation to give them just a few bucks for something. To think about it, you won half a million dollars and they are still asking money? What for? Why not deduct from the 500K and give you what is left?
• United States
22 May 12
Hi Shan, Everyone is right. This is a huge scam. The true Western Money Union would not charge you for receiving money on the behalf of someone. However I do believe they charge a service fee for you to send money to someone. There are far too many scams involving Western Union. Plus these types of scams are always originating from those areas, particularly Nigeria. They always sound quite professional, and they always come from a country other than your own. If you do send money to receive something you likely won't get, you're out of $320.00. However, suppose you pay them $320 and you get what looks like a $500,000 western union money order or check? I can guarantee you that the money order or check will be fraudulent and that you will pose a large risk in being scammed with the potentiality of helping the fraudster commit fraud. I know it's nice to dream about making nice extra dollars to do the things you want to do. But think about it. Do you really want to fall victim to a scam? Do you want to lose $320 that you have already just to get nothing but trouble? Use your $320 for something worthwhile. Like paying a bill, or buying a new electronic. Maybe even buying yourself clothes. Anything but wasting it on that scam. Please, do yourself a favor. Delete the e-mail. One more thing. I just ran a security check on that address in your post. It's a forged website used for stealing your identity and credit/debit/bank information.. There is no https in the actual western union money website. And there certainly ins't any wumt in the url of the actual western union money website. - This is the actual website: http://www.westernunion.com/
@Rick1950 (1575)
• Lima, Peru
25 May 12
I think the whole stuff is a fraud. I get posts like this frequently and I throw them immediately into the trash. Don't pay attention to those kind of mails and delete as soon as you see them.
• Mexico
23 May 12
LOL LOL LOL Are you kidding me? The hilarious thing here is not the ridiculous message you have got, but the fact that you are still doubting whether it is a scam or not. It's for all's eyes clear that it's an average phishing spam email, go deleting it asap and carry on.
@gtargirl (5376)
• United States
20 May 12
Yeah, sorry to say it's a scam. Western Union wouldn't charge you ... if they charged it would be to the sender. Mr. I'm-not-real EYORA would have to pay. Plus I don't think Western Union would do this through email. Anyway, if you're asked to pay, it's usually a scam. By the way, if you go to http://www.snopes.com who report what is a scam and what is not have a list of a gazillion Western Union Scams.
@kiran8 (15348)
• Mangalore, India
20 May 12
Hi Shan , welcome to mylot Before you decide on whether to pay them let me tell you an incident that happened to someone I know of.This lady got a similar mail and she decided to pay them,and meet the concerned people in person at Bombay where she would be handed over the cheque.With difficulty she managed to get the amount of Rs 21,000 and sent it to them ! That,s it, nothing was heard after that, none of her main replied and the tel number that they had given was no more there.When she called up the number at Mumbai, she was told that it was some random number from a shop. It could be that those people too were involved...Please be careful, no one gives away money without a reason, and we know how hard it is to earn even a single dollar .In fact they want to take away $ 320 away from you - all the best and happy mylotting
@much2say (53940)
• Los Angeles, California
20 May 12
DON'T DO IT!! As everyone else has already said, it IS a scam! I get so many of these emails - and boy, if I answered every one of them and sent my precious money, would I be extremely rich? No, I would be dirt poor from being scammed. By now I would hope everyone knows these type of letters are scams, but they are hoping to reach some unknowing sucker to take their money. DON'T DO IT!!!
@sender621 (14894)
• United States
20 May 12
Unless i was expecting it, I don't think I could put my faith into an email from western union promising me a huge amount of money. It reaally does sound too good to be true. I would definitely research something like that before allowing the email to be opened.
• Canada
20 May 12
Don't ever believe that. It's a big scam!!!
@swapmind (355)
• Australia
20 May 12
these are mere scams to ditch innocent people,they misuse very well known brands like western union in your case and many a times people become victims of such acts.Its a shame and justifies the fact that technology can be used,misused and abused.i have a similar experience in the name of microsoft,i felt like chazing the act and was convinced in the best possible way ,the guys were so smart that they even forwarded me the copy of microsoft winners certification .though i terminated the process the time they started demanding money for cheque dispatch.awareness is the biggest remedy in the wake of cyber crime.