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More than 3 million was swindled in 2002 from U. residents through wire transfer fraud to Canada alone, according to a survey conducted by investigators in seven states.

Washington was one of 10 states that negotiated an .5 million settlement with Western Union.

First, I have seen posted for a while notices advising persons sending money out that they should not be sending money for the reasons listed in the article as being scams.

Second, I agree with antibozo that Western Union profits by being used as a conduit in these illegal scams, but I hardly feel that alone constitutes complicity.

But since they're not the victim, they don't care much about security. It took a lawsuit to convince them to take security seriously.

Western Union, one of the world's most frequently used money transfer services, will begin warning its customers against possible fraud in their transactions.

Re ebay: my point is not that WU has little motivation to correct anything; it's that they theoretically have a definite motivation to /promote/ the fraudulent transactions.

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IOW, if there's something obviously fishy about a transaction, any participant is potentially culpable.

• November 18, 2005 PM @antibozo Pretty much the same thing can be said about ebay.

As long as the crooks pay their ebay fees, ebay doesn't have a lot of motivation to do anything about auction fraud.

The real problem is the scammer posing as a legitimate offer. Instead of going after the easy (and useless) target, we need to see if we can use the conduit to help catch the bad guy. Should WU really be obligated to protect their stupid customers from themselves?

they theoretically have a definite motivation to /promote/ the fraudulent transactions *I* have a theoretical motive to promote fraudulent transactions that make me money, but that doesn't mean I do it. Do you have any reason to believe otherwise about WU? I don't see why this is a problem with WU's security. • November 18, 2005 PM @jammit: Napster's business model was ruled to be based *primarily* on promoting illegal transactions.

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