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Western Union

Posted: Sat Aug 25, 2012 11:36 pm
by kf6pog
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?

it Depends

Posted: Sun Aug 26, 2012 1:48 am
by K9XR
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.

Western Union Money Transfer

Posted: Sun Aug 26, 2012 3:36 pm
by K4ICL

I have had several transactions from Europe with complete success.


Posted: 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.

- Scott KA9FOX