Innovation, trust and convenience remain the hallmark of our business as we continue to position Western Union to compete in a fast-growing global market. With the help of Western Union and MoneyGram you can transfer money to relatives, friends and colleagues. Western Union telegrams were transmitted through a store and forward message switching system. Early versions were manual telegraph systems. Later systems using teleprinters were semi-automatic, using punched paper tape to receive, store, and retransmit messages. Plan 55-A, Western Union's last paper tape based switching system (1948 - 1976), was fully automatic, with automatic routing. In yet another variant of this scam, the buyer will provide a real Western Union Money Transfer Control Number (MCTN) to the seller, which can be checked on the Western Union website. However the buyer will not tell the seller who sent the money, thereby making it impossible to receive those funds. It's like showing someone a wad of dollar bills but not handing over the money.
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