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 Is Walmart entering the money transfer business?

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CowboyBuck
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2008 12:16 am Reply with quoteBack to top

I received this email from a lad who I have known for a while:

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Information reaching me shows that you are now required to proceed to WAL-MART
stores to make the payment today for the legal document in your favor as you are
now advice to forget about the clark that asked you for an invoice.

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Please for the sake of humanity help Mr. Felix and I to get this money
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2008 12:24 am Reply with quoteBack to top

They usually have a WU office here, read that they sell Skype credits in the USA too, nice anonymous Wink Might have to scoot over for the Xmas presents and some of those.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2008 5:07 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Yuppers, Wal-Mart offers some kind of Money Transfer service. This article speaks of it. It looks like W-M uses MG as their vehicle though! Very Happy Twisted Evil (I do hate articles that have no "dateline" on them. Evil or Very Mad )

National Bank of Wal-Mart article wrote:
It's a pretty big market and one that Wal-Mart has already started to tap. The retailer began offering money orders three years ago and has since added payroll check-cashing and money-transfer services. Today, the company's 3,066 stores and supercenters process about a million financial transactions a week.

The prices are predictably cheap:
A wire transfer to Mexico costs less than $10, compared to $14.99 at Western Union.

Money orders are less than 50 cents, compared to a buck or more at many banks.

Checks are cashed for $3, and customers aren't unknowingly steered into short-term loans at 300% to 1,300% interest rates, as happens at some unethical check-cashing outlets.
Wal-Mart doesn't have the check-cashers shaking in their boots -- at least not yet. For one thing, the check-cashers have Wal-Mart outnumbered, with more than 11,000 outlets cashing $55 billion in checks annually, according to the Financial Service Centers of America, a trade group representing the industry.

Likewise, Western Union has far more offices abroad -- 196,000 agents in 190 countries -- than MoneyGram International, the money-transfer service Wal-Mart chose as its partner and which trails with 75,000 agents in 170 countries. MoneyGram has about 10% of the estimated $65 billion that flows out of the U.S. in money orders, estimates Aite Group of Boston, while Western Union has 22%.


This is direct from the horse's ... mouth.

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