Western Union

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kf6pog
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Western Union

Post by kf6pog » Sat Aug 25, 2012 11:36 pm

I have an offer from Romania from a buyer who wants to pay with Western Union. I have always thought that was safe. What are the dangers of using Western Union?
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it Depends

Post by K9XR » Sun Aug 26, 2012 1:48 am

Most here are coing to say "run from Western Union" but I have a different opinion if I am the seller. I have had instances when I have sold things to hams in Eastern Europe (including Romania) when the buyer did not have PayPal and really had no other way to pay. As the seller you don't have to ship your item until the money is in your hand from Western Union. The Buyer is taking a much bigger chance than you are because once you have the money the buyer has absolutely no recourse. The buyer has to really trust the seller and hope that they are not dealing with a crook. Unfortunately there are more and more of them out there.

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Post by K4ICL » Sun Aug 26, 2012 3:36 pm

Agreed.

I have had several transactions from Europe with complete success.

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Post by KA9FOX » Mon Aug 27, 2012 3:23 am

I think the take away here is that you can accept Western Union fine, but run like heck if someone wants you to SEND THEM money via Western Union.

OK if you are a seller.
BAD if you are a buyer.

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