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How Does Western Union Work?

Published by Scott Hershman

Western Union has been one of the most prevalent ways to transfer money for more than a century. Western Union locations can be found around the globe, but for those who have never used their services before it may seem daunting. Thankfully, we are here to help alleviate your anxiety and answer some of the most common questions that people have about Western Union.

How Does Western Union Work?

Western Union FAQs:

How Does it Work?

Western Union transfers are efficient and easy to facilitate, and the first step is locating a business that houses a Western Union location. You provide the agent with the name and location of the person that you wish to send money to, and how much money. There will be a fee associated with the money transfer service, and then you will receive a control number to give the other person so that they can receive the money.

How Long Does a Western Union Transfer Take?

Depending on the location of the person you are transferring money to, transfer times can take up to 5 business days. More often than not, transfers can be completed within one banking day, or even within minutes. You can see a chart here that demonstrates the required delivery timelines for how long international and domestic transfers take.

What Information is Needed for Western Union Transfers?

For senders, you will have to provide a government-issued ID(such as a driver’s license), and pay in cash. You will be required to provide the recipient’s full name, country, and address.

How do I get Money from Western Union?

In order to receive cash from a Western Union money transfer, you must have your government ID and the money transfer control number that the sender of the funds was provided by the clerk.

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