Source: Western Union
For consumers in the UK, sending money to loved ones around the world just got a little easier. Western Union, a subsidiary of First Data Corp. (NYSE: FDC) today announced that it has launched its online money transfer service in the UK.
The service allows consumers to send funds directly from their PC.
Consumers can now enjoy the ease and convenience of the Internet coupled with Western Union's trusted brand name.
"Western Union is committed to expanding availability of its services to our customers through the European Union," said Christina Gold, president, Western Union Financial Services, Inc. "Our online services have been a successful complement to our traditional walk-in agent locations in the United States making it even more convenient to send money to loved ones anywhere at any time. The launch of our UK site marks the first time the online service has been made available outside North America and we are confident that our UK customers will find it equally valuable."
Sending a Western Union money transfer transaction online is fast and easy. The service is available 24 hours a day and allows users to check the status of their transactions at any time. Consumers simply register with Western Union, enter the amount to be sent, the receiver's name and location where the money will be picked up. A confirmation screen allows consumers to review the details of the transaction, including the transfer fee and the exact amount of currency the receiver will be paid, and make changes if necessary.
Payment can be made using any UK-issued VISA or MasterCard branded debit or credit card. Once the transaction is completed, funds are available for pick-up at any Western Union agent location in the designated receive country, usually within minutes. The westernunion.co.uk Web site is protected using Secure Socket Layer technology, ensuring that the consumer's personal data is protected.