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By Los Angeles Times | April 19, 1991
Western Union Corp. hopes that its expected bankruptcy filing later this year won't tarnish its good name.Therefore it is changing its name.The company wants to avoid tarnishing its old name because its two remaining profitable operations -- money transfers and Mailgrams -- will continue to operate under the Western Union label.
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Eileen Ambrose | December 6, 2011
My story today about fake check scams prompted reader Alan Nathan to call with a similar scheme. Nathan, who is unemployed, says he received a letter from a company in Ontario, Canada, thanking him for applying for a customer service job. Nathan says he didn't. The letter included a check for $3,780 that he was instructed to deposit in his bank account. “It looked like a real check. The address (on it) was a business on the Avenue of the Americas in New York City,” he said.
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By Bill Atkinson and Bill Atkinson,SUN STAFF | June 25, 1996
Facing a threat to its primary business, National Credit Management Corp. is suing Western Union Financial Services Inc., alleging that the company is using patented technology it developed.The Hunt Valley-based financial services company filed the suit in U.S. District Court in New York seeking "injunctive relief," unspecified damages and legal fees from Western Union.National Credit, which provides credit, collections and accounts receivable management services to businesses nationwide, alleges that Western Union is using patented technology developed by National Credit that allows its clients to take check payments over the phone from consumers who are paying bills or buying goods.
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Dan Rodricks | December 5, 2011
Over the weekend, a demolition crew turned One, a chic night club for most of the last decade, into a pile of brick, broken cinderblock and sand. If you're of a certain age and missed One's run as a nightclub, you will know this location, at Guilford Avenue and Saratoga Street, as House of Welsh Corner. Instead of big dance floors and theatrically-lighted bars stocked with Dom Perignon, you'll think of a classic Baltimore tavern that served sizzling steaks on metal plates and Maryland whiskey at a bar without stools.
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By STEPHEN KIEHL and STEPHEN KIEHL,SUN REPORTER | February 4, 2006
If this were a telegram, we'd say: TLGRM DED. But this is a newspaper, so we'll say this: Western Union sent its final telegram last week, bringing to a close 150 years of shooting messages around the world, of those square message cards, of messenger boys (and later girls) on bikes and in radio cars fanning out across the country to announce births, deaths and everything in between. Western Union was making little money sending telegrams - $500,000 in revenue last year on 20,000 telegrams delivered - and will focus on the more lucrative money transfer business, with revenue of $4 billion annually.
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Eileen Ambrose | December 6, 2011
My story today about fake check scams prompted reader Alan Nathan to call with a similar scheme. Nathan, who is unemployed, says he received a letter from a company in Ontario, Canada, thanking him for applying for a customer service job. Nathan says he didn't. The letter included a check for $3,780 that he was instructed to deposit in his bank account. “It looked like a real check. The address (on it) was a business on the Avenue of the Americas in New York City,” he said.
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March 29, 2011
Folks, usually on Tuesdays we feature a Naughty Business of the Week , some tale of a business or criminal that has managed to separate consumers from their money. But let's break from tradition today to consider this Hartford Courant story about a clerk at a Connecticut supermarket who prevented an elderly woman from getting scammed . An elderly woman approached to send $2,800 via Western Union, but some gentle probing revealed that the customer was sending money to someone impersonating her grandson.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen | October 27, 2009
Andrew Edward Bradley Sr., who served in two theaters of war with the Army's 32nd Signal Light Construction Battalion during World War II and later was a Western Union communication technician, died of coronary artery disease Thursday at Baltimore Washington Medical Center. The Odenton resident was 91. Mr. Bradley, the son of Irish immigrants, was born in Dubuque, Iowa, and raised in Blue Anchor, N.J. After graduating from Hammonton High School, he moved to Baltimore in the 1930s and went to work for Western Union.
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By DAN THANH DANG | March 23, 2008
If someone overseas is offering to sell you a popular car for less than its Kelley Blue Book value, don't get rolled over, the Better Business Bureau of Greater Maryland warned. Advertising such cars through online classifieds and trade magazines, scam artists pose as sellers from outside the country. To give the buyer a false sense of security, the seller claims the transaction will be completed through Moneybookers.com, which is a United Kingdom-based service that is similar to PayPal.
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By Bill Talbott and Bill Talbott,Sun Staff Writer | August 3, 1994
A 69-year-old Manchester woman, who was told repeatedly in telephone calls from July 20 to July 26 that she was the winner of a $150,000 sweepstakes prize, lost $8,600 to a scam artist last week, according to state police.The woman, whose name was not released, told investigators she received a daily call at her home from a man identifying himself as Carl Williams, an attorney in Las Vegas.He told her he was resolving a bankruptcy claim for a mail sweepstakes company called CMCD, police said.
BUSINESS
March 29, 2011
Folks, usually on Tuesdays we feature a Naughty Business of the Week , some tale of a business or criminal that has managed to separate consumers from their money. But let's break from tradition today to consider this Hartford Courant story about a clerk at a Connecticut supermarket who prevented an elderly woman from getting scammed . An elderly woman approached to send $2,800 via Western Union, but some gentle probing revealed that the customer was sending money to someone impersonating her grandson.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen | October 27, 2009
Andrew Edward Bradley Sr., who served in two theaters of war with the Army's 32nd Signal Light Construction Battalion during World War II and later was a Western Union communication technician, died of coronary artery disease Thursday at Baltimore Washington Medical Center. The Odenton resident was 91. Mr. Bradley, the son of Irish immigrants, was born in Dubuque, Iowa, and raised in Blue Anchor, N.J. After graduating from Hammonton High School, he moved to Baltimore in the 1930s and went to work for Western Union.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,michael.sragow@baltsun.com | October 3, 2008
The tang of good old-fashioned Westerns only improves with time. Appaloosa, a story of two lawmen who clean up the title town at some personal cost, goes down like a single-malt aged for 25 years - since that last defiantly traditional big-screen Western, Fred Schepisi's Barbarosa (1982). This one has the sweeping backdrop of New Mexico and the snap of a trampoline. Ed Harris, who directed and co-wrote it with Robert Knott from Robert B. Parker's novel, also stars as a lawman named Virgil Cole.
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By Catherine Hamm and Catherine Hamm,Los Angeles Times | September 21, 2008
I traveled to London for official purposes. Unfortunately, all my money was stolen at the hotel. I don't know what to do or where to go. I didn't bring my phone, and the hotel telephone line was disconnected during the robbery, so I have access only to e-mails. Please, can you send me 1,500 pounds today so I can return home? As soon as I get home I would refund it immediately. I want you to send it through the Western Union outlet. And I want you to quit sending these ridiculous letters.
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By DAN THANH DANG | March 23, 2008
If someone overseas is offering to sell you a popular car for less than its Kelley Blue Book value, don't get rolled over, the Better Business Bureau of Greater Maryland warned. Advertising such cars through online classifieds and trade magazines, scam artists pose as sellers from outside the country. To give the buyer a false sense of security, the seller claims the transaction will be completed through Moneybookers.com, which is a United Kingdom-based service that is similar to PayPal.
NEWS
By STEPHEN KIEHL and STEPHEN KIEHL,SUN REPORTER | February 4, 2006
If this were a telegram, we'd say: TLGRM DED. But this is a newspaper, so we'll say this: Western Union sent its final telegram last week, bringing to a close 150 years of shooting messages around the world, of those square message cards, of messenger boys (and later girls) on bikes and in radio cars fanning out across the country to announce births, deaths and everything in between. Western Union was making little money sending telegrams - $500,000 in revenue last year on 20,000 telegrams delivered - and will focus on the more lucrative money transfer business, with revenue of $4 billion annually.
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By Jane Bryant Quinn and Jane Bryant Quinn,Washington Post Writers Group | July 6, 1998
THANK YOU, retired Navy Chief Petty Officer Zeno F. Brown, in Raymore, Mo.John Hawke Jr., the U.S. Treasury's undersecretary for domestic finance, thanks you, too.You alerted us both to something that the Defense Department shouldn't be doing. It has been unfairly muscling some of its retirees.Your personal issue is military pension checks, but the story is bigger than that. It also affects people receiving Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, federal disability, veterans benefits and federal checks to vendors -- everything but tax-refund checks.
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By Bill Talbott and Bill Talbott,Staff Writer | May 28, 1993
A man and two women were arrested outside Martin's food market in the 140 Village Shopping Center Wednesday and charged with trying to bilk the supermarket out of $640.Keith Mark Martin, 30, and Shelley Roberta Rosa, 32, both of Baltimore, and Daritta Watkins, 23, of Randallstown, each were charged with attempted theft and conspiracy. Mr. Martin was held on $2,500 bond. The women were released on $2,500 unsecured bond each.Police said the trio entered the food market and the man asked an employee for a Western Union money transfer slip.
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By Katrice Franklin and Katrice Franklin,KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | September 24, 2001
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.- It looks like a bank. Keeps hours like a bank. Has plastic flowers and tellers like a bank. Even has bulletproof glass windows. But Fitz Dasal doesn't do his banking there. It's where he comes when he needs to send money home to the Philippines. Like many local Filipinos, Dasal uses a rapid remittance center- a Western Union-style office - which specializes exclusively in sending money to the Philippines. "How much are you sending?" Alice Malubag asked from behind the counter of the Philippine National Bank Rapid Remittance Center in Kempsville, Va. "My family needs $100," said Dasal.
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By Jane Bryant Quinn and Jane Bryant Quinn,Washington Post Writers Group | July 6, 1998
THANK YOU, retired Navy Chief Petty Officer Zeno F. Brown, in Raymore, Mo.John Hawke Jr., the U.S. Treasury's undersecretary for domestic finance, thanks you, too.You alerted us both to something that the Defense Department shouldn't be doing. It has been unfairly muscling some of its retirees.Your personal issue is military pension checks, but the story is bigger than that. It also affects people receiving Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, federal disability, veterans benefits and federal checks to vendors -- everything but tax-refund checks.
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