western union netspend scam

SCAM Western Union Certified Request: Please Verify Application Enclosed

This email claims that the user needs to verify a Western Union Netsend card.  The email contains the following information:

Certified Request: Please Verify Application Enclosed <link to a site that is NOT western union>

western union netspend scam

western union netspend scam


According to VirusTotal there are not malware links in the email:

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This is not real.  NO bank is going to advertise how much cash that they want to GIVE away via gmail!

It is a scam.  DO NOT send your personal information to these random scammers.

Dear Friend.

Firstly, I apologize for sending you this sensitive information via e-mail instead of a Certified Post-mail as this is due to the urgency of this project. I will first introduce myself to you.My Name is Yeong Keun Lee I am the executive Chairman Of Bank Of China There is the sum of $150,000,000.00 in my bank, there were no Beneficiaries stated concerning these funds which means no one would ever come forward to claim it and That is why I am asking that you be my partner and we work together as partners so as to have the sum transferred out of my bank into Your Account.

Please endeavor to observe utmost discretion in all matters concerning this issue. Once the funds have been transferred from my Bank to your Nominated Bank Account,We shall then share in the ratio of 60% for me, 40% for you. My Personal mail Address Is : [yeongkeunlee2@gmail.com]

Please if you are interested to be my partner in this project i need you to reply me back. I cannot contact you with my official email-address because it is been monitored by my Bank’s Security System.

Also you are to Fill the information below.

1, Your Full names:………………………..
2, Your age:……………………..
3, Your private phone number:……………
4, Your current country and residential address:……..
5, Your Occupation………………..………….
6, Your Level Of Investment………………..…….
7, Can You Handle This Project…………………..……..

Please send me your Personal Information above and reply me back urgently via my personal email address which is: [yeongkeunlee2@gmail.com]

Your earliest response to this letter will be appreciated.

Kind Regards
Yeong Keun Lee.

Reporting mail fraud : Corporate Controllers Unit

Years ago, I started a small business under a corporation for my websites. mail-fraud I received a letter twice from “Corporate Controllers Unit”. They were charging us $225.00 charges for annual corporate fees.  Just a few minutes of research revealed that this is a scam.

The letter threatens that if you don’t pay “Delinquent” but at the end of the letter they state that do not represent any branches of the government:

“This product or service has not been approved or endorsed by any Government Agency and this offer is not being made by an agency of the Government. U.S.C.39.6.3001(d). This is a solicitation for the order of services, and not a bill, invoice , or a statement of acocunt due. You are under no obligation to make any payments on account of this offer.”mail-fraud


6 Tips on Working Abroad and Avoiding Recruitment Fraud

6 Tips to Get Work Abroad and Avoid Recruitment Fraud

Recruitment fraud is a fairly common type of fraud that hits many overseas workers looking to stay in another country to have a decent income.  Many overseas filipino workers, for example, are affected by recruitment fraud.  They are offered what sounds like a good opportunity for work, but to start they the process they are asked to pay a fee.  After paying the fee they find out the job is not real.



 Here are some tips to avoid recruitment fraud:

 1. Do not give any amount or a placement fee as some of them are fake unregistered agencies. Agencies provide the tickets and accommodations abroad for countries such as Middle East, Singapore, UK and US.  While some companies and countries do require a placement fee you should double check the company and laws of that particular country.  If you must pay a fee, get a receipt.

 2. Re-check the license of the agency you are applying for if it exists in Philippine Overseas Employment Association, POEA or other national overseas agencies that keep track of the licenses.

3. Do not settle for a tourist visa for working purposes because it can get you in trouble abroad. There is some risk to working on a tourist visa.  Some countries may be strict on how certain visa are used.  Some filipinos are punished, deported and/or imprisonment.

4. Read papers carefully before signing the contracts. Whatever agreements are stated in the contracts regardings policies and salary matters can be use for future circumstances.

 5.  Check your passport.  Make sure your passport is legitimate.  It should have at least 6 months before it expires.  Resist the temptation of trying to “game the system” with fake visa or passport.  Anyone using a fake identity may be caught by authorities and face charges of imprisonment, deportation or be banned from other countries for a period of time.

6. Make sure all documentations submitted to the agency are processed to avoid delays, job cancellation and other problems upon leaving the country.


Working abroad can be very rewarding.  After all the paperwork and medical evaluations you might have to do, if you land a good job overseas it can be great.  Just double check documentations to make sure you don’t get caught up in recruitment fraud and don’t neglect the process and procedures that the country requires you to do.


Fraud in Social Security

Social Security Fraud refers to the act of dishonestly claiming of benefits. Due to the increasing number of fraudulent claims, the US government enacted a law that will protect individuals from these illicit conducts.

What constitutes Fraud under the Social Security Act?

The Social Security Act provides an outline for actions that are considered fraudulent. Some of those acts are the following:

• Knowingly and willfully makes or causes to be made any false statement or representation of material facts in the application for benefits under this title;

• Knowingly and willfully makes or causes to be made any false statement or representation of a material fact for use in determining any rights to the benefits;

• Having knowledge of any event affecting

o His  or her right to the benefit

o The initial or continued right to the benefit of other individual in whose behalf he or she has applied for or is receiving benefit

o Having made an application to receive any of such benefits for the use and benefit of other and having receive it, knowingly and willfully converts the benefits for the use other than for what is intended

Information needed in filing Social Security Fraud

When planning to file a Fraud complaint, you need the following data:

• Name

• Address

• Social security number of the person you are reporting.

• Description of potential fraud incident

In cases where the Social Security number is not known, you need to secure his or her date of birth, age and the name of the parents. However, if you are reporting a concealed activity you need the name of the employer and its address and phone number.

How to report Social Security Fraud incident

The Social Security Administration takes seriously any report regarding Social Security Fraud. The Office of the Inspector General is the one who investigates incidents of Social Security Fraud. If you have any knowledge regarding these incidents, you can report it immediately by:

• Calling the Social Security Office hotline number

• Use the on line fraud reporting form

• Write to Social Security Office.

Yet, if you have been the actual victim of a fraudulent act, seeking legal assistance from a competent Social Security Fraud attorney is advisable. An attorney with sufficient in handing these cases can help you prosecute the law violators.

What is the Office of the Inspector General?

The Office of the Inspector General is the one directly responsible for meeting the statutory mission promoting economy, efficiency and effectiveness in the administration of Social Security programs. It is also responsible for preventing and detecting fraud, waste, abuse and mismanagement in such programs and operations.

OIG also searches and reports systematic weaknesses in SSA programs and operations and make recommendations for improvements and corrective actions.

Penalties for the violation of the Act

Any person found guilty for Social Security Fraud shall be:

• Fined under the United States Code

• Imprisoned for not more than five years or both

The federal court in sentencing the defendant may in addition to any other penalty order restitution.

When can there be restitution?

The court orders restitution in any of the following instances:

• The Commissioner of Social Security order payment that should not have  been made

• An individual suffers financial loss due to defendant’s violation of this Act.

Our Los Angeles attorneys are proven experts in handling Social Security Fraud cases. For free evaluation of your case, log on to our website and contact our legal staff.

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Maribel Roncales
About the Author:

Maribel Roncales, once aspired to become one of the member of the elite force in the military before she pursue her law studies. Her exposure in writing starts during her high school days. For now, she is pursuing her dream to become a lawyer while working as a writer in a Los Angles based law firm.

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