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If they can’t trust their agents worldwide to implement the password system effectively, it should be abolished. It dawned on me that I didn’t have any of their details, other than a Facebook profile and an email address.
I very nearly went ahead with this, until I had a moment to stop and think about it. But despite all these warnings for consumers, they haven’t actually prevented this from reoccurring. And with that in mind, they may not even need the code.
So, if I wire this money to a person I don’t know with only a password between them receiving the money or not, what is to stop them bribing or whining their way to getting the clerk to hand it over? If Western Union didn’t have a password system in place, it wouldn’t trick otherwise savvy people from thinking this was a legitimate escrow system that they could trust. And why did the details look like a cut-and-paste job? The final red flag was when the supposed brother-in-law started asking for the transaction number of the payment before he arrived. But when I thought about it, once he had that transaction code, the only thing stopping them from having my money was a clerk I don’t know in a country I don’t know, who may or may not bother asking for a password. I’m sure a friendly clerk could look the transaction up for them.
The problem with scammers is that they have perfected the art of sounding harmless. Subsequently, the offer to deliver to my house, then the elaborate payment system and the brother-in-law. And why is this person ringing from a private number? I might just wait to see if this guy turns up with a Thermomix for me and pay him in cash if he does. I say again, the only reason this looked half-believable is because all of the red flags came at different times.
All of the red flags were released drip-by-drip so that they didn’t look altogether dodgy at a glance. When she sent the email with the payment details I realised she wanted me to send the payment to Benin. And when looking at this from the perspective of a regular sale of goods locally, these things didn’t seem that odd.
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