7 Cheapest Ways to Receive, Send, and Transfer Money from Austria

Top 9 most cost-effective online services for international money transfers. Simple to use and with instant calculation of shipping costs and final value after conversion, before transfer confirmation. Support for over 40 different currencies in over 70 countries, including transactions with Austria!

Click here to directly access the complete list of the nine best options.

Although it may seem that this topic is not directly related to travel, know that it can be extremely useful for those who are traveling or even for those who have relatives living abroad and need to make financial transfers. (I’ll explain later how this article can be beneficial for travelers and immigrants).

(By the way, if you or someone you know is planning or wanting to live abroad, be sure to check out our page with 10 alternatives for living in other countries).


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Here are some scenarios where you can use the services of some of the companies that will be mentioned below to send money to other countries:

  • You are planning an international trip and would like to save money when exchanging cash (more on this will be explained later).
  • You are doing an exchange program or studying in Austria and need to receive money from your family in your home country.
  • Your family members are studying or studying abroad and need your financial support, so you need to send money to Austria.
  • You work in Austria and need to send money to your family in your home country.
  • You need to send money to yourself as you are living in Austria but your money is in your home country.
  • Your spouse is working abroad and needs to send money back to you.
  • You need to send or receive money from international suppliers/customers.
  • You need to make an international payment (read the end of the article to learn how to avoid fraud!).
  • You’re traveling and you’ve run out of money, and your family needs to send you money to help you continue your journey.
  • You’ve been the victim of theft while traveling and you need your family to send money to help you out.
  • You are earning a salary in Austria and want to send money back for investments in your home country.
  • You have international accounts and need to transfer money to your country.
  • You want to make money transfers abroad completely online, without having to physically go to a bank branch.

It is important to remember that the site options presented below are valid for people who reside or are citizens of any country in the world, such as Portugal, United States, Ireland, Argentina, Spain, among others. So let’s start!

So let’s get started!


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Important note: Official/spot exchange rate vs. retail/tourist exchange rate

Throughout this article, you will find mention of the “official/commercial exchange rate” and the “tourism exchange rate”.

In simple terms, it is always better to exchange your money at the commercial exchange rate or the closest to it, as you will lose less money when converting to different currencies. This is the rate used in the financial market where large amounts of money are traded (think of it as “wholesale” exchange rates).

Most of the companies I recommend below use the official/commercial exchange rate or something very close to it (I’ll mention when they don’t).

On the other hand, the tourist exchange rate is what you will find when exchanging money at airports, banks, exchange offices, etc. They use the tourism exchange rate because they have more costs and also because they want to earn more from you in the operation. This is the worst exchange rate there is.

In other words, always try to exchange currencies using the official/commercial exchange rate and NOT the retail/tourist exchange rate. We have mentioned below which rate each company uses.


How to send money abroad to save money while traveling?

As you probably already know (if you’ve read my article on how to handle money and exchange while traveling), if you use your debit, credit or prepaid card abroad while traveling, you’ll pay the 6.38% IOF on the value of each transaction. This is much money!!

The cheapest option would be to exchange money in your home country before traveling (buying dollars, euros or other currencies at commercial rates) at banks or exchange offices and using them abroad. However, in addition to not being very advisable to travel with a lot of money in cash, the quotations used by exchange brokers are the tourism quotation and are not always very attractive, so you could end up losing money in this transaction.

A more economical alternative for those traveling is to use one of the options below to send money to family and friends in countries you will be visiting on your trip. So, when you arrive in that country, you get the money back in the local currency from the acquaintances who received your money from your country.

For example, let’s say I’m in Brazil and I’m planning to travel to Austria, where my brother is studying. I use one of the 9 companies below to send money to my brother’s checking account. He will take this money in dollars and then give it back to me once I get there in Austria. That way, I don’t need to exchange money before leaving Brazil or right after arriving in Austria.

So now let’s talk about the 9 best and cheapest companies and websites to send, receive and transfer money abroad, but first…


What’re the 3 ways you should NEVER send and receive money abroad?



Numerous individuals around the world think that utilizing a bank is an uncomplicated and economical method for transferring or receiving funds abroad. Nevertheless, this notion is far from accurate!

Performing global transfers via banks is EXPENSIVE!! Banks make use of SWIFT code (or BIC) and IBAN for incoming and outgoing global wire transfers…and they will take advantage of you!

By and large, they impose a percentage of the total transferred amount in addition to a fee that can at times be almost equal to the transfer itself…and to compound the problem, the exchange rate they offer is terrible! Therefore, if you transfer money to another country using a bank, it is probable that you will lose a significant sum of unnecessary money.

For instance, if you utilize an American bank to transfer money to a European bank, charges could swiftly accrue to a minimum of $45 for a single wire transfer (plus an atrocious exchange rate).

Xe (one of the companies I suggest below) offers a comprehensive comparison of their rates and the rates of major banks for global wire transfers (formerly known as HiFX, which was acquired).


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And this table gives you an idea of the fees charged by banks for incoming and outgoing international wire transfers…ouch!



#2) and #3) Western Union or MoneyGram

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These are two of the largest money transfer firms globally. Unfortunately, this also means that many people use them and unknowingly waste their money, simply because they are unaware of better alternatives.

But if so many other individuals use Western Union and MoneyGram, why should you avoid them?

Because they…

  • Are extremely expensive and take a substantial percentage of the funds you are sending (For instance, MoneyGram will charge you almost 25% of the amount you are transferring – which is $22 for a $100 transfer…a complete ripoff!)
  • Don’t offer online options for sending or receiving money (you must personally visit their branch and the recipient must do the same) Typically use the retail/tourist exchange rate (also known as the unfavorable rate)


One last time, here are the 3 ways you should NOT do international transfers to Austria:

#1) Banks

#2) Western Union

#3) MoneyGram


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Then what are the cheapest and most practical ways to do international money transfers?

Below, I’ll list my preferred options based on cost and ease of use via mobile apps or the web. However, I advise you to always test all available options to find out which one is more economical according to your needs.


    1. Wise (formerly Transferwise)Wise

Wise (formerly known as TransferWise), created by the same team behind Skype, is likely the most affordable and straightforward method for sending and receiving money overseas. It’s my personal favorite and the one I use the most.

All you need to have is a bank account in the currency of the destination country (Note that the account doesn’t have to be in your name, making Wise an ideal option for sending money to family and friends).

Simply enter the currency and amount you want to send (e.g. R$ reais to euros), then enter the sum you wish to transfer (e.g. R$ 1,000). Wise will provide you with the final amount the recipient will receive in euros, including all fees, taxes, and other expenses.

It’s essential to note that Wise uses the official exchange rate provided by Google for the Real to Euro conversion. This means it’s the best rate possible, regardless of the transfer direction or the currencies used.

Next, register with your information and enter the recipient’s bank details (even if it’s your own overseas account). Wise will also provide you with a bank slip to pay the transfer amount, with no additional fees for issuing the slip. You can pay the slip at a bank, even if you don’t have an account there, or online through internet banking from home.

In some instances, depending on the origin country, you can also transfer funds to Wise via domestic transfer, debit card, or credit card (though paying with a credit card incurs an extra fee).

After 1-3 days, the funds will arrive in the recipient’s account.

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And notice that the currency exchange rate from Wise is pretty much the same as the official one given by Google!


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Pros of using Wise for international money transfers:

  • It’s the cheapest way to transfer money I’ve found– their fee is only around 0.35% of the total transfer value
  • They use the official exchange rate (which is much better than the “tourist” exchange rate)
  • It’s super practical – you can do everything online
  • It’s cheaper and easier than sending money internationally using banks
  • There isn’t a minimum transaction amount
  • You can use Wise to transfer money overseas for your Business and pay suppliers or employees
  • You can send money to more than 40 countries plus all the countries that use the Euro (19 in total) *
  • You can receive payments worldwide


By the way, if you want to send money to Spain, Portugal, Ireland, or other countries that use the Euro, the process is the same. All you need is to select Euro when you begin your transfer and then put the info of the bank account in the country receiving the money.


*Countries that use the Euro:

Germany, Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Portugal, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, the Vatican, Kosovo, Montenegro.


Cons of using Wise for international money transfers:

  • Until recently, it was not possible to send money if the person did not have a current account in the destination country of the transaction. But now, with Wise’s digital and physical cards, you can make payments directly from your account on the platform, but check availability in your region!

However, if in the country you are in this service is not yet available, an easy way to circumvent this problem is by using the checking account of someone you trust. Here in Sweden, for example, I helped a fellow Brazilian receive money here from his family in Brazil. They transferred the money to my Swedish bank account, I withdrew the money from the ATM and gave it to him.


Personal experience with Wise:

I’ve used Wise to send money from the United States to Brazil (which can be done with a credit card!), from the United States to Sweden, from Australia to Sweden, from Australia to Sweden, and from Sweden to the United States. It’s always worked smoothly for me! So, I’d definitely recommend it.


If you want to see, here’s a video explaining how Wise works:


    2. Xe

Xe is a reputable platform for sending and receiving money across borders. Similar to Wise and CurrencyFair, Xe also provides this type of service.

Moreover, Xe is among the largest websites globally for checking exchange rates between any two currencies, including their historical values. This feature is incredibly beneficial for verifying if a particular currency is appreciating or depreciating compared to another.

To determine transfer fees, you must create a free account with them in advance.

It is crucial to note that Xe does not offer money transfer services to certain countries, but it is an excellent alternative for individuals of other nationalities who wish to send or receive money from various countries worldwide.


PROS of using Xe for international money transfers:

  • Xe does not have a minimum or maximum limit for the transfer value.
  • They charge a relatively low fee to send and receive money from abroad (for example: for transfers up to 500 USD a fee of 3 USD is charged)
  • They don’t charge any fees to send or exchange abroad
  • They use a rate close to the official rate
  • It’s super practical – you can do everything online
  • You can send money to more than 26 countries plus all the countries that use the Euro

You can see which currencies they work with on their homepage here.

And you can easily sign up on Xe for free to check how much you’d save on a transfer.


Cons of using Xe to transfer money:

  • They don’t with all currencies
  • You must open an account before getting a quote for the cost of your transfer…..but it’s free to open an account and super fast
  • Sometimes it costs more to transfer with Xe than with Wise or CurrencyFair because their rates aren’t always as good (you’ll have to compare for your individual transaction to see what is best)


My personal experience with Xe: 

Honestly, I’ve never used Xe. But I have a friend who tried using it to send money from the United States to Sweden and she said everything worked just fine and the cost was pretty good. Plus, I use them all the time to check currency exchange rates when I’m traveling overseas. 



   3. WorldRemitworld-remit

WorldRemit is a regulated company authorized by the National Bank of Belgium and headquartered in Brussels. They provide services in more than 150 countries (including the United States, the United Kingdom, India, Brazil, and many European countries) and support over 90 currencies.

Despite offering transfers to Brazil, WorldRemit does not have a website in Portuguese. Along with transfers, the company also offers mobile top-ups in over 110 destinations. They charge minimal service and exchange fees, and the first international money transfer is free of charge (no fees).


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Pros of using WorldRemit for international money transfers:

  • Low fees and first free transfer
  • Services available in several countries
  • Cell phone recharge option


Cons of using WorldRemit for international transfers:

  • No website in Portuguese


Personal experience with WorldRemit: WorldRemit really does work at low rates, so it’s worth making a quote through this site and comparing it to others on the list. Also, your first download is completely free!



   4. Remitlyremitly logo

Remitly is a renowned player in the global money transfer market. Initially, it provided only services within the United States, but now it has expanded its services to numerous countries worldwide.

One of the significant advantages of Remitly is its remote remittance service. This allows users to send money to a different country and get it delivered in cash to the recipient’s preferred location using their delivery service.

In addition to the delivery service, Remitly also provides online transfers to conventional or digital bank accounts.


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Pros of using Remitly for international money transfers:

  • Remittance option delivered in cash to the desired address;
  • Simple and super practical interface;
  • Transfer option for digital accounts.


Cons of using Remitly for international transfers:

  • The site is not available in Portuguese;
  • Compared to other companies on the list, it does not work with a large number of countries.


Personal experience with Remitly:

I’ve never used Remitly, but user feedback is pretty positive. This is really a great option if you need to send money to someone who is not comfortable with technology or if you need cash on hand for a trip, for example.



    5. CurrencyFairinternational transfers 0

CurrencyFair operates similarly to Wise with an identical process for money transfer.

However, CurrencyFair’s drawback is that it has a smaller currency coverage and does not support some currencies like Brazilian reais.


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Pros of using CurrencyFair for international money transfers:

  • It’s a super cheap way to send and receive money from other countries – they only charge around 0.35% of the total value, like Wise does
  • They use the official exchange rate (which is much better than the “tourist” rates banks use)
  • It’s super practical – you can do everything online
  • You can send funds to more than 18 countries, including those that use the Euro
  • As with Wise, you can use CurrencyFair for your Business to pay suppliers or employees
  • It’s cheaper and faster than doing international transfers with a bank
  • There isn’t a minimum transaction amount
  • Now they are also working with Indian Rupee (INR)


Cons of transferring money with CurrencyFair:

  • It only works with about half the number of currencies Wise does


Personal experience with CurrencyFair:

I’ve also used CurrencyFair to send money from the United States to Sweden, and it worked just as well as Wise did.

Here’s a quick video on how to sign up for free:


And how to do a transfer with CurrencyFair:




   6. InstaremSeguro Instarem

Instarem is a fintech company specializing in global currency exchange and money transfer services. Founded in 2014 in Singapore, the firm operates in over 25 countries worldwide, utilizing state-of-the-art technology to provide efficient, convenient, and cost-effective financial services to its clients.

Instarem’s rates are highly competitive and clearly displayed for customers. In addition, the company has a loyalty program that allows you to earn points when you make quick and hassle-free money transfers from any location.

In the field of travel insurance, Instarem offers a comprehensive suite of products that cover medical emergencies, trip cancellations, lost baggage, and other unexpected incidents. Its insurance solutions are tailored to meet the specific needs of each client and can be easily purchased through the mobile app or website. Furthermore, Instarem collaborates with leading insurance providers to ensure that its customers receive the most optimal coverage.

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Pros of using Instarem for international money transfers:

  • The company is present in more than 25 countries, which allows it to serve a wide variety of customers around the world. In addition, the company’s geographic expansion has been constant and promising.
  • Great Value: Low fees. Great exchange rates. nothing hidden
  • Secure and reliable: Industry-leading technology moving $4 billion annually
  • Rewards: Send money and earn points to enjoy even greater value
  • Save time: skip the lines and send money quickly
  • Anytime, Anywhere: Send money anywhere with our app


Cons of transferring money with Instarem:

  • Transfer Fees and Limitations: Like any financial services company, Instarem charges money transfer fees and sets limits on transactions. This can make the company’s services less accessible to customers with lower purchasing power or who need to send large amounts of money.


Personal experience with Instarem:

Although I have never used Instarem, user feedback is generally very positive. This can be an excellent choice if you need to send someone money!



   7. RiaSeguro Ria

Ria is an international company that provides money transfer services to people across the globe. Established in 1987, the company has its headquarters located in the United States and has experienced significant growth in its global presence.

With a wide range of services that include wire transfers, bank deposits, and bill payments, Ria has a strong presence in over 160 countries through its vast network of more than 436,000 agent locations worldwide.

Ria aims to offer secure, accessible, and affordable money transfer solutions to individuals and families seeking to send funds to their loved ones worldwide.


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Pros of using Ria for international money transfers:

  • Ria has a global presence with over 436,000 agent locations worldwide, which makes sending and receiving money more convenient for its customers;
  • Ria offers a wide range of payment options, including wire transfers, bank deposits and bill payments.


Cons of using Ria for international transfers:

  • Ria imposes daily and monthly limits on the amount a customer can transfer, which can be an inconvenience for those who need to send large amounts of money;
  • Ria may charge additional fees, depending on the destination country and the payment method selected by the customer;
  • Ria may require customers to go through an identity verification process, which can be time consuming and inconvenient.


Personal experience with Ria:

Although I don’t have personal experience with Ria, user feedback is often highly positive. This can be an excellent option if you need to send someone money.



Bonus: Online International Money Transfer Companies


   Bonus 1. TransferGoBest ways to transfer money from Europe to Brazil

TransferGo is a popular company specializing in international money transfer services for European residents and visitors who wish to send money overseas.

Their services are available in over 60 countries worldwide, but currently, transfers to Brazil are limited to customers with European bank accounts. However, they offer a variety of transfer options and competitive rates for their customers.

TransferGo provides the flexibility to send money directly from a bank account, debit card, or credit card. Customers can choose between fast transfers, which take up to 30 minutes to complete, or low-fee economic transfers, which may take up to three days to finalize.

The transfer process is straightforward and user-friendly, making TransferGo a convenient and hassle-free option for international money transfers.

When making transfers with TransferGo, you can use this code or coupon: HMSESq


Best ways to transfer money from Europe to Brazil


Pros of using TransferGo for international money transfers:

  • There are no daily limits for transfers on TransferGo
  • They work with fast transfer options (for a fee of £2.99)
  • They allow transfers directly from your bank account, debit card or credit card to foreign accounts
  • They have a simple and practical interface to receive money from abroad


Cons of using TransferGo for international transfers:

  • Each transfer may not exceed the $30,000.00 limit
  • It is not possible to transfer money from the USA, Canada, among other countries to Brazil


Personal experience with TransferGo:

If you are looking for a company to transfer money from Europe to the rest of the world, this is a great option. In my experience, the whole process is done very simply and cheaply.



   Bonus 2. OFX OFX Logo

OFX is a worldwide financial company that offers international money transfer services for individuals and businesses. Established in 1988 in Australia, the firm now has branches across the globe, including the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand. OFX provides customers with competitive exchange rates and low transfer fees, as well as customized services tailored to their individual requirements.

The company’s objective is to deliver safe, speedy, and cost-effective money transfer services with 24/7 customer support. OFX offers a range of transfer alternatives, including wire transfers, bill payments, and recurring transfers.

OFX is a preferred choice for people who need to transfer substantial amounts of money overseas, such as foreign students, expats, and businesses involved in international trade. With a proven track record of excellent customer service and satisfaction, OFX is a reputable and well-known name in the international money transfer industry.


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   Bonus 3. PayPal

Paypal is a widely used platform for online payments and transactions with other parties. If you have ever shopped on eBay, you have probably used Paypal to make a payment.

Paypal can also be used for international money transfers, although one limitation is that you cannot withdraw funds without a linked US bank account.


One alternative is to use the funds in your Paypal account to make purchases at online retailers that accept Paypal as a form of payment, such as eBay. Additionally, you can transfer your Paypal balance to another individual.


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Pros of using Paypal for international transfers:

  • It’s a very easy and practical way to send/receive money between almost any two people in the world
  • It’s very popular
  • You can use it to send/receive payments from overseas from any person that also has Paypal (since you only need an email to open an account)
  • It’s super practical – you can do everything online.
  • Works for people from all over the world (although you can only withdraw the money if you have a U.S. bank account)
  • There’s no minimum transaction


Cons of using Paypal for international transfers:

  • You can’t take money out of your Paypal wallet (if someone sends it to you) unless you have a bank account in the United States (otherwise, you’ll have to leave it in your Paypal account and can only use the money to buy things on websites that accept Paypal, like eBay)
  • They charge a 3% fee on some transfers
  • They don’t use the official exchange rate (they use the retail/tourist rate instead), so you’ll lose some money when you exchange from one currency to the other


Personal experience with Paypal:

I use Paypal directly to buy things on eBay and to receive payments from a few companies that only pay with Paypal. But I don’t use it for international transfers because I think the exchange rate is bad and the options above are better, so it’s up to you.




How to do international transfers using digital currency

Virtual currencies like Bitcoin are a recent alternative in the worldwide financial market. Despite being a nascent concept, their adoption is growing steadily.

A notable benefit of digital currencies is the ability to transfer money overseas with very nominal charges as opposed to conventional channels. Additionally, transactions can be processed within minutes, irrespective of the recipient’s location.


  • Coinbase (for getting digital currencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Litecoin)receive money from abroad 1

I suggest Coinbase as a suitable platform for sending money internationally through the use of cryptocurrencies, like Bitcoin. Coinbase is the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange and is considered trustworthy by many.

To get started, create a free account on Coinbase and provide your details. Then, transfer money from your bank account to your “digital wallet” and purchase the cryptocurrency of your choice. Coinbase offers three popular cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Litecoin.

Once you have bought the desired cryptocurrency, you can send it to anyone around the world with a digital wallet. Simply enter the recipient’s digital wallet address and transfer the coins through your own digital wallet.

Once the recipient receives the cryptocurrency, they can exchange it for their local currency (such as Reais, Euros, or Dollars) and transfer it to their bank account using the Coinbase platform.

The platform is user-friendly and the entire process is straightforward. Furthermore, if you are interested in investing in cryptocurrencies, Coinbase is a great option because of its size and reputation.


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How to invest in Bitcoins or other digital currencies

If you choose to hold onto digital currencies after purchasing them, you have the option to wait for their value to potentially increase and sell them in the future. However, it’s important to note that there is no guarantee that the currency will appreciate in value, and in fact, it can even decrease in value.

So be careful with investing in digital currencies! Don’t use money that you’ll need in short or midterm!


Pros of using cryptocurrency for international transfers through Coinbase:

  • It’s a cheap way to send money between almost any two countries in the world
  • It’s getting more and more popular
  • You can use your bank account, debit card, or credit card to do the deposit into your digital wallet in Coinbase
  • You can use it to receive payments from overseas from any person that has their own digital wallet (your digital wallet can be through Coinbase or any other platform that works with cryptocurrency)
  • It’s very easy – you can do everything online
  • There’s no minimum transaction


Cons of using cryptocurrency for international transfers through Coinbase:

  • The value of the digital currencies still varies a lot (AKA: it’s highly volatile), so it’s possible that the amount you send may already be worth more or less by the time it arrives at the destination
  • You have a pay a fee of a small percentage of the total value you deposit in Coinbase. If you use a credit card, this fee can be up to 3%
  • It can take a few days for the purchase of Bitcoin to be finalized. With Ethereum and Litecoin, the buy and sell confirmation is faster
  • It’s a new market and many people still don’t know how it works


Personal experience with Coinbase:

On a previous occasion, I opted to use digital currencies to pay for an online purchase, as it was more cost-effective compared to using credit cards. I chose to utilize Coinbase to purchase a small amount of Bitcoins and transferred them to the online store. The process was straightforward and the transaction went smoothly.


Summing up…

The 7 cheapest ways to receive, send, and transfer money abroad:

  1. Wise
  2. Xe
  3. World Remit
  4. Remitly
  5. Currency Fair
  6. Instarem
  7. Ria
  8. TransferGo
  9. OFX
  10. Paypal
  11. Coinbase


In Brief….  

Just as with any important financial decision, it’s important to do your research and compare options when it comes to sending and receiving money abroad. Taking the time to compare exchange rates, transfer fees, and other factors can make a big difference in the amount of money you end up sending or receiving.

To make the process easier, you can choose a specific amount, such as $500 USD, and test each of the options listed above to see which one gives you the best value in terms of the amount received. While this may take a bit of extra time, it can ultimately help you save money and get the best deal possible.


Protect yourself against fraud and common scams with international money transfers!!

Use only the companies listed above to transfer money to trusted individuals or reputable companies with positive feedback. Do not transfer money to anyone you don’t know personally. Additionally, be cautious if a family member or friend sends you an urgent message requesting money but you are unable to contact them through phone, Skype, WhatsApp, or other reliable means.


By paying attention to strange signs like the ones below, you can tell if you’re being the victim of a scam or not….and then avoid it if you are. Think very carefully before making a transfer. If you’re not sure, don’t take the risk!

Don’t send/transfer money to people or companies:

  • If you or your family/close friends don’t know them personally
  • For a deposit to buy a property or a rent payment. Take note of this one because it is one of the most common scams for people that live abroad!  ONLY send them if you are personally in the city where you are renting and you have personally visited the property & met with the agent/landlord of the place that’s to be rented or purchased. Seriously, this scam is a lot more common than you think….and a lot of people who move abroad get screwed by it!
  • To buy something online. You shouldn’t have to use an international transfer for this, better to use a credit card or Paypal (which have payment protections)
  • From a place claiming to protect you from a virus that doesn’t accept credit cards (since all trusted antivirus companies should)
  • For an emergency situation that hasn’t been confirmed by a friend or family member
  • To “redeem” lottery winnings or prizes….another super common scam!
  • To make charitable donations. Ask for another way to contribute…be wary of any charity asking for international money transfers
  • To start working as a mystery shopper. You should never have to pay for this, it’s free!
  •   To get a job….this is always a scam! Don’t pay a company to start working with them!
  • For a credit card fee or loan. These fees are ALWAYS paid via your credit card and not through international money transfers

Use only the companies listed above to transfer money to trusted individuals or reputable companies with positive feedback. Do not transfer money to anyone you don’t know personally. Additionally, be cautious if a family member or friend sends you an urgent message requesting money but you are unable to contact them through phone, Skype, WhatsApp, or other reliable means.



That concludes my guide on how to make international transfers easily, affordably, and securely. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to leave a comment in the section below, and I will do my best to provide a prompt response.



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