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I used MoneyGram to send $100 to a female friend in the Philippines back in May (Western Union wasn't working) without issue and again last week for another $100 without issue.
I needed to send $500 total to help her out with a plane ticket for a job opportunity so I tried to send the remaining $400 Friday morning and got a call from MoneyGram immediately after submitting the request. No problem there, many companies call to confirm details when making relatively large transactions.
I confirmed all my personal details, and the details of the woman I was sending money to, and a number of really personal questions as well ("How long have you known this woman?" "Have you met in person before?"). I found it to be very invasive and irrelevant esp. after confirming my personal details and making it clear that the transaction was legitimate.
Didn't matter! MoneyGram refused the transaction .
This morning I tried again with a smaller amount, $100 again. My entire account has been frozen now.
Apparently *many* people have had similar experiences, even sending money to relatives within the USA: https://journalxtra.com/comment/seethin ... -pain-ass/
No lectures about sending money to foreign chicks please. I don't expect to get anything out of this - I probably will never even meet her - but she has been a friend for a number of years which was really helpful to me when I was unemployed a few years ago.
How about Paypal? Can he/she/it/them open an account there?
https://www.paypal.com/us/webapps/mpp/s ... hilippines
As you wish, but do tell us later how the job opportunity went
1)Too much of one thing defeats the purpose.
2)Everybody is full of it. What's your hypocrisy?
We've kept in touch since 2013. She actually sent me a box of small gifts for my birthday. I never mailed her a gift or gave her a penny until last year. If she was a scammer, she would have been long gone I think.
Haha, will do. I'll ask her to use PayPal if Western Union fails again.
Of course, many times.
Not responsible, just a gift. I make enough to the point where $500 is not a big deal to me.
Here's my tale of woe about trying to send money out of China.
tl;dr: wire transfers are the best option if the sender and recipient have bank accounts with IBAN/BIC/SWIFT routing codes.
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