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53. Is Western Union a safe way to send money? I found a great deal that requires using Western Union.

It's a scam.
They'll tell you to wire the money to a fake name, and say, "I can't get the money without knowing the fake name. Don't tell me what it is until you're satisfied with the product."
Then they'll say that before they can ship the product to you, they need the Money Transfer Control Number (MTCN) "just so we can verify you made the transfer." They may also ask for the exact name you used when sending it.
All they need to get your money is the MTCN, and sometimes, the name you used when sending it. They don't need the fake recipient name. So when you give them the MTCN, they go pick up the money, and never ship you the product.


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