Sunday, December 06, 2009

Note: "Western Union" phishing scam


In recent days, I’ve gotten repeated emails about payments from “Western Union”. Of course, this is a variant of the “Nigerian scam” or phishing attack. I’ve gotten about five of these a day for the past week.

But what’s really curious, to me at least, is that when I worked for a debt collection agency in 2003, we often urged debtors to pay through Western Union (rather than send a check in the mail – some debtors are “unbanked” – as discussed today in a CNN report). That was mainly out of a need to convey a sense of “urgency.” Western Union was also a major customer of Sperry Univac when I worked for Univac in the early 1970s.

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