Scammers not aware of Western Union closure in Armenia?

Many Armenians received a SPAM email message today from someone called Inessa Gabayan, who claims she’s been robbed and asks for money. The ironic thing though, is that Western Union is banned in Armenia! So you see, all those efforts are in vain, dear scammers! Nobody would be able to send you anything even if they wanted to! Read my blog from time to time next time you attempt such a dumb scam :) Here’s an extract from the email:

I know it a bit strange for me to have contacted you under this situation and time, believe me because i have limited access to people and i have chosen you in time of need.

I don’t know what to do or where to go,I have access to only emails, No Phone, Please can you send me $1800 today so i can return home, As soon as i get home i would refund it immediately ,you need to help me have it sent through Western Union money Transfer because there is no account here.

PS: I hate when people write ‘i’ with a small letter and don’t put spaces after comma!!!

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Western Union international money transfer system is prohibited in Armenia

Western Union LogoAugust 25 decision of the Armenian Central Bank the Western Union international money transfer system is prohibited in Armenia. The CB Council decided to prohibit participation of the Armenian banks in the mentioned system and annul the contracts with it. The decision is motivated by the Armenian banks’ risk management.

In reality, it all started after Azerbaijan protested the fact, that Western Union, Money Gram and other money transfer systems are operating in the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. In response to Azerbaijan’s demands, the Western Union and Money Gram stopped their operation in Stepanakert branches of “Artsakhbank”, “Unibank” and “Armeconombank”. Earlier Azerbaijan had also demanded the closure of the Stepanakert branch of VTB bank. It seems, that Azerbaijan is adopting a more comprehensive strategy of isolating Nagorno-Karabakh. I wonder what will be the next step? Demanding the Russia-controlled electiricy network in Armenia to stop providing electricity to Karabakh? Stopping the sun from shining on that territory? What?