I had some problem with my bankcard while I was on my vacation over in Thailand and I forgot my 4 digit pins on my MasterCard. I was half way around the world and low on cash. I emailed my bank asking them why my bankcard was not working. They emailed me back asking me to call them but for some reason I could not call my bank in Thailand.
That night my brother suggested wiring me some cash with a company called MoneyGram and I’ll pay him back when I get home in Canada.
The next day I got another call from my brother in Canada saying that he had wired the money to me. He told me the total amount he had wired and he told me about my reference number. After I hung up I Google up Money Gram to see which bank in Thailand provide this service. I found that there was a bank called Siam Commercial Bank that use this service. It just happens that the Siam Commercial Bank is probably one of the biggest banks in Thailand. I see their ATM and their banks inside shopping malls and other buildings throughout Thailand. I believe the King of Thailand is the owner of this bank or one of the owner.
I went to one of the local Siam Commercial Bank and received the money in about 10 minutes. Thank god for Money Gram or I don’t know what I’ll do without any cash half way around the world. Soon after I receive one more wired transfer by my brother through Money Gram.
I notice that as long as the bank accept Western Union, it also accept Money Gram even if there is no ad or banner about Money Gram inside the bank. Just remember to bring your passport, know the total amount of money you are expecting to receive and the reference number to get your money. If you don’t have your passport for whatever reason you may bring your driving license, national identity card or a government issued identification.
The sender will have to pay a small fee to send the money, the receiver does not have to pay anything. I believe the fee to send is 10% of the total amount money transfer through MoneyGram. Find out here.
When I came back home to Canada I notice that Money Gram are located inside shoppers Drug Mart where Canada post is station, also in many grocery stores and other currency exchange stores. They even offer reward cards to keep your business. It seem to me Money Gram is a new business since I do not remember there was any Money Gram in Canada Post before. There are about 190,000 local Money Gram agents in 190 countries and territories.
Here is a link to show you how to send money with Money Gram.
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