Western Union is one of the global leaders in the market of international money transfers with more than 160-year history. The international network of the company covers more than 200 countries and 500 000 service points. The company's services are also available in 100 000 ATMs. For 2013, the turnover of the company amounted to $82 billion, and the number of transactions – up to 242 million. The headquarters of the company are located in Englewood, Colorado (USA).
In Russia, the company is presented by OOO "NPO Western Union DP Vostok". The company's partners in Russia are large banks with extensive branch network, the Russian Post service, retail outlets, etc.
How to send a money transfer
To send a money transfer, one will need a proof of identity, money, and the full name of the recipient. The operator will issue a receipt with a reference number, which one will need to inform the recipient. In some countries, the reference number is not required for receipt. The transfer status can be checked on the website of the company via control number.
How to receive a money transfer
A transfer is given upon presentation of the id document, and transfer control number (not always).
Restrictions on money transfers
• Within one operational day, the residents of the Russian Federation can send abroad not more than $5 000 or the equivalent.
• Money transfers in Russia are carried out only in rubles.
• Sending remittances is available only to individuals and not intended for use in commercial and business purposes, for the purchase of real estate and investment activities.