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Western Union UK Fee Free Transfers up to £50,000


Send international transfers to a bank account fee free. I came across this when looking for an acquaintance who wants to send some GBP to AUD for a birthday gift.

I was looking at Transferwise price comparison, as I was thinking of recommending them, however I saw that, for any amount from £1 - £50,000, when exchanging GBP-AUD Western Union gave the best rate. Note that Transferwise comparison does not show Western Union for amounts over GBP4000, you have to check that for yourself.

I tested itself myself on Monday, sending a little over a quid, and the full amount in AUD is in my account in Australia 30 hours later, showing up as 'SWIFT deposit'.

Presumably to make use of this one needs a UK located GBP bank account. Rates for GBP to EUR and GBP to USD also beat Transerwise according to their price comparison.

There is a referral scheme, with format ssgt (dot) co (slash) 7chars which could be added to the OzB referral scheme if anyone is interested (I'd add mine if there were one):

"Invite up to 5 friends to register for an online Western Union profile

Get them to send
£50 or more online

Enjoy a £20 WU promo code for both you and your friend"

"You can now send up to £50,000 for a £0 transfer fee*

  • Limit increased as of September 24, 2018. Western Union also makes money from currency exchange. When choosing a money transmitter, carefully compare both transfer fees and exchange rates. Fees, foreign exchange rates and taxes may vary by brand, channel, and location based on a number of factors. Fees and rates subject to change without notice.

** Funds may be delayed or services unavailable based on certain transaction conditions, including amount sent, destination country, currency availability, regulatory issues, identification requirements, Agent location hours, differences in time zones, or selection of delayed options. Additional Restrictions may apply. See terms for details."

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  • £50,000 is chump change.

  • Always free to anywhere, Just use FIRSTFREEAU coupon

    • No code required on the UK site for fee free; rates are good.

      Sending AUD to another currency the rates are terrible …


    I am Dr. Bakare Tunde, the cousin of Nigerian Astronaut, Air Force Major Abacha Tunde. He was the first African in space when he made a secret flight to the Salyut 6 space station in 1979. He was on a later Soviet spaceflight, Soyuz T-16Z to the secret Soviet military space station Salyut 8T in 1989. He was stranded there in 1990 when the Soviet Union was dissolved. His other Soviet crew members returned to earth on the Soyuz T-16Z, but his place was taken up by return cargo. There have been occasional Progrez supply flights to keep him going since that time. He is in good humour, but wants to come home.

    In the 14-years since he has been on the station, he has accumulated flight pay and interest amounting to almost £10,000,000. This is held in a trust at the Lagos National Savings and Trust Association. If we can obtain access to this money, we can place a down payment with the Russian Space Authorities for a Soyuz return flight to bring him back to Earth. I am told this will cost £50,000 In order to access the his trust fund we need your assistance.

    Consequently, my colleagues and I are willing to transfer the total amount to your account or subsequent disbursement, since we as civil servants are prohibited by the Code of Conduct Bureau (Civil Service Laws) from opening and/ or operating foreign accounts in our names.

    Needless to say, the trust reposed on you at this juncture is enormous. In return, we have agreed to offer you 20 per cent of the transferred sum, while 10 per cent shall be set aside for incidental expenses (internal and external) between the parties in the course of the transaction. You will be mandated to remit the balance 70 per cent to other accounts in due course.

    • He was the first African in space

      I think that was Mark Shuttleworth (real name).
      Sounds good otherwise.

  • This deal is perfect for my Nigerian friend who happens to be a prince. I'll pass this on the him, thanks!

    • Or to send to your future husband who needs some money for a visa and flight tickets and come Australia to marry you

  • Finally thousands of american pensioners have a cost effective way to pay the import charges and bribes to get Saddam's Gold horde smuggled out of Syria by a Nigerian Prince and daughter of the former finance minister of the republic of Congo!

  • Strictly confidential, no one is supposed to know, I'll just post it on Ozbargain so it will remain a secret