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

Here are the top nine choices for affordable and user-friendly international money transfers. You can easily calculate shipping fees and the final amount after currency conversion before confirming the transfer. These services support more than 40 currencies across over 70 countries, including transactions with Italy!

To access the complete list directly, click here.

While this topic may not seem directly related to travel, it can be extremely helpful for travelers or individuals with family members living abroad who need to send money. Later on, I will explain how this article can be advantageous for travelers and immigrants.

(By the way, if you or someone you know is planning or interested in living abroad, take a look at our page featuring 10 options 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’re planning to travel internationally and would like to save money on exchanging currency (more details to follow).

  • You’re studying in Italy or participating in an exchange program and need to receive money from your home country.
  • Your family members are studying or living abroad and need your financial support, so you need to send money to Italy.
  • You work in Italy and need to send money to your family back home. Alternatively, you need to send money to yourself because you’re living in Italy but your money is in your home country.
  • Your spouse is working abroad and needs to send money to you. Alternatively, you need to send or receive money from international suppliers/customers.
  • You need to make an international payment (read on to learn how to avoid scams!). Alternatively, you’re traveling and have run out of money, and your family needs to send you money to continue your journey.
  • You’ve been a victim of theft while traveling and need your family to send money to help you out. Alternatively, you’re earning a salary in Italy and want to send money back for investments in your home country.
  • You have international accounts and need to transfer money to your home country.
  • You want to make online money transfers abroad without having to go to a physical bank branch.

Please note that the options presented below are valid for individuals from any country in the world, such as Brazil, Portugal, Canada, Ireland, France, Mexico, Spain, and the UK, among others.

Let’s dive in!


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

In this article, we’ll discuss two different exchange rates: the official/commercial rate and the tourism rate.

Essentially, it’s more financially advantageous to exchange money using the official/commercial rate, as it incurs fewer losses when converting currencies. This rate is used in the financial market where large sums of money are traded (think of it as the “wholesale” exchange rate).

Most of the companies recommended below use the official/commercial rate or a rate very close to it (we’ll indicate when they don’t).

On the other hand, the tourism rate is what you’ll encounter when exchanging money at banks, exchange offices, airports, and the like. They use the tourism rate because they have more expenses and because they want to make more money from your transaction. This is the worst exchange rate available.

In other words, always strive to exchange currencies using the official/commercial rate and not the retail/tourism rate. We’ll indicate which rate each company uses below.


How to send money abroad to save money while traveling?

As you may already know (if you’ve read my article on managing money and exchanging while traveling), using your debit, credit, or prepaid card abroad while traveling incurs a 6.38% IOF fee on each transaction. That’s a lot of 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 recommended to travel with a lot of cash, the quotes provided by exchange brokers are tourism quotes and may not always be very attractive, so you could end up losing money in this transaction.

For travelers, a more cost-effective alternative is to use one of the options below to send money to family and friends in countries you’ll be visiting on your trip. So when you arrive in that country, you can retrieve the money in the local currency from your acquaintances who received your money from your country.

For instance, let’s say I’m in Brazil and planning to visit my brother studying in Australia. I’ll use one of the nine companies below to send money to my brother’s checking account. He’ll receive this money in Australian dollars and then give it back to me when I arrive in Australia. This way, I don’t need to exchange money before leaving Brazil or immediately after arriving in Australia.

Now, let’s delve into the nine best and most affordable 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?



Many people around the world assume that using a bank is a convenient and cost-effective way to transfer or receive funds internationally. However, this is far from the truth!

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

Usually, they charge a percentage of the total transfer amount and a fee that can sometimes be nearly equal to the transfer itself…and to make matters worse, the exchange rate they offer is awful! Therefore, if you transfer money to another country through a bank, you will likely lose a significant amount of money unnecessarily.

For instance, if you use an American bank to transfer money to a European bank, fees can quickly accumulate to a minimum of $45 for a single wire transfer (plus a horrible exchange rate).

Xe (one of the companies I suggest below) provides 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 two companies are among the biggest players in the global money transfer market. However, this popularity can lead many individuals to overlook more cost-effective options, resulting in unnecessary expenses.

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 Italy:

#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?

In this section, I’ll suggest a list of options that prioritize affordability and ease of use through both mobile apps and web interfaces. However, I recommend trying out all available alternatives to find the one that best fits your specific requirements.


    1. Wise (formerly Transferwise)Wise

Wise, previously known as TransferWise, is one of the simplest and most cost-effective ways to transfer funds globally, created by the same team that brought us Skype. It is my personal favorite and the one I often recommend.

To use Wise, all you need is a bank account in the currency of the country where you are sending the money (note that the account does not need to be in your name, making it an ideal option for sending money to family and friends).

Simply specify the currency and amount you want to send (for example, R$ to euros), then enter the amount you wish to transfer (such as R$1,000). Wise will provide you with the final amount the recipient will receive in euros, including all fees, taxes, and other costs.

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

After that, fill out the required information to register and enter the recipient’s bank details (even if it’s your own foreign account). Wise will also provide you with a bank slip to pay the transfer amount, with no additional charges 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 cases, depending on the country of origin, you can also transfer funds to Wise via domestic transfer, debit card, or credit card (although paying with a credit card incurs an extra fee).

Within 1-3 days, the funds will be deposited into the recipient’s account. It’s worth noting that Wise does have a transaction fee, but it’s generally much lower than those charged by traditional banks.


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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 that offers international money transfer services, and it is similar to other reliable options like Wise and CurrencyFair.

Furthermore, Xe is one of the largest websites globally that provides exchange rates for any two currencies, including historical values. This feature is particularly useful in determining if a currency is gaining or losing value against another.

To determine the transfer fees, you need to register for a free account with Xe beforehand.

It’s worth noting that Xe does not offer money transfer services to all countries, but it is an excellent choice for people of other nationalities looking 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 company authorized and regulated by the National Bank of Belgium, with its headquarters situated in Brussels. They operate in over 150 countries, including India, Brazil, the United States, the United Kingdom, and many European countries.

WorldRemit supports over 90 currencies and offers mobile top-up services in more than 110 locations. The company charges low exchange and service fees, and the first international money transfer incurs 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. Although it began by serving only within the United States, it has now expanded its reach to several countries around the world.

Remitly’s remote money transfer capability is one of its notable features. This implies that users can transfer money to a different country and have it delivered in cash to the recipient’s desired location using Remitly’s delivery service.

In addition to its delivery service, Remitly provides online transfers to both conventional and 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’s process for transferring money is similar to Wise, but the platform’s currency coverage is limited and it does not support certain currencies, such as the Brazilian reais. This is a major disadvantage of the platform.

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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 financial technology firm that specializes in global currency exchange and money transfer services. Established in Singapore in 2014, the company operates in more than 25 countries worldwide and employs advanced technology to deliver efficient, user-friendly, and cost-effective financial services to its customers.

Instarem’s rates are highly competitive and displayed transparently for clients. Furthermore, the firm offers a loyalty program that enables customers to earn points with each fast and hassle-free money transfer from any location.

As for travel insurance, Instarem offers a complete range of products that cover medical emergencies, trip cancellations, lost baggage, and other unexpected events. Its insurance solutions are tailored to meet each client’s specific requirements and can be conveniently purchased through the mobile app or website. Additionally, Instarem collaborates with major insurance providers to ensure that its clients receive 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 money transfer provider that has been delivering its services to individuals worldwide since it was founded in 1987. Based in the United States, Ria has grown its global presence over the years.

Ria offers a range of services, such as wire transfers, bank deposits, and bill payments, and boasts an extensive network of over 436,000 agent locations in more than 160 countries worldwide.

The company’s main aim is to provide secure, easy, and affordable options to people and families who need to send money to their loved ones across the globe.


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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 prominent European company that specializes in international money transfer services. Their services are available in over 60 countries worldwide, but at present, sending money to Brazil is only possible for clients with European bank accounts. However, TransferGo offers various transfer options and reasonable prices for their clients.

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

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 prominent financial institution that specializes in international money transfers for individuals and businesses. Established in 1988 in Australia, the company has expanded to numerous countries, including Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand. OFX offers its clients competitive exchange rates and minimal transfer fees, along with customized services to meet their specific needs.

The company’s primary objective is to provide its customers with secure, speedy, and cost-effective money transfer services, as well as 24/7 customer support. OFX offers a variety of transfer options, including wire transfers, recurring transfers, and bill payments.

OFX is an ideal option for people who need to send large sums of money overseas, such as international students, expats, and businesses involved in global trade. The company has a proven track record of providing excellent customer service and satisfaction, earning it a reputation as a dependable and reputable name in the international money transfer industry.


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   Bonus 3. PayPal

PayPal is a popular online payment platform that facilitates transactions between individuals and businesses. Many people use it to make payments when shopping on eBay or other online retailers.

PayPal also offers international money transfer services, although it requires a linked US bank account to withdraw funds. However, you can still use the funds in your PayPal account to make purchases online at merchants that accept PayPal as a form of payment.

Moreover, you can transfer your PayPal balance to other individuals, making it an efficient way to send money to friends and family members. Overall, PayPal provides a convenient and secure option for online payments and money transfers.


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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

Digital currencies, including Bitcoin, are a relatively recent development in the global financial industry. Despite being new, their popularity is rapidly increasing.

One of the significant benefits of using cryptocurrencies is their affordability for cross-border money transfers, in contrast to conventional methods. Moreover, transactions can be completed within minutes, regardless of where the receiver is located.


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

Consider Coinbase as a viable option for international money transfers using cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. As the largest cryptocurrency exchange in the world, Coinbase is considered a reputable platform.

To begin, create a free account on Coinbase and provide your personal information. You can then transfer funds from your bank account to your digital wallet and purchase your preferred cryptocurrency from the three options available: Bitcoin, Ethereum, or Litecoin.

Once you have acquired your desired cryptocurrency, you can transfer it to anyone worldwide who has a digital wallet by entering their wallet address and initiating the transfer through your own digital wallet.

After the recipient receives the cryptocurrency, they can exchange it for their local currency, such as Brazilian reais, euros, or dollars, and transfer the funds to their bank account through the Coinbase platform.

Coinbase’s user-friendly interface and simple process make it an attractive option for international money transfers. Additionally, if you are interested in investing in cryptocurrencies, Coinbase is a reliable choice due to its reputation and size.

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How to invest in Bitcoins or other digital currencies

In case you decide to retain the digital currencies you bought, you can wait for their value to rise in the future and sell them at a potentially higher price. Nevertheless, it’s crucial to keep in mind that there is no assurance that the currency will appreciate, and in reality, it might even decline 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….  

Similar to any crucial financial decision, it is crucial to conduct extensive research and compare different alternatives when it comes to sending or receiving money across borders. Comparing exchange rates, transfer fees, and other relevant factors can significantly impact the amount of money you can send or receive.

One approach to simplify the process is to choose a fixed amount, such as $500 USD, and test each of the above options to determine which one offers the most value in terms of the amount received. Although it may require additional effort, it can eventually help you save money and secure the best possible deal.

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.



As our conversation comes to a close, I hope that the information I have provided has been helpful in guiding you towards safe and cost-effective international money transfers to Italy.

If you have any remaining questions or require further clarification, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below. I will do my best to respond as promptly and comprehensively as possible.


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