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Sending Money Abroad
By Larry Norman

Hi all,  Please do not send cash money of any countries currency in
the mail system.  Mail does get lost and stolen.  Back in September,
a customer of mine sent a postal money order to me for some roll
purchases and the check never arrived.  I don't know if it was lost
in the mail or if someone stole the check from my mail box.  At the
same time I can confirm that three other letters did not arrive that
I was expecting.

If cash money had been sent it would be gone.  With the postal money
order or a check, they can be replaced.  If someone has cashed the
postal money order, then the police have that person on two counts.
One on stealing mail and Two on fraudulently cashing  a postal money

I cringe anytime one of my customers suggests sending cash through
the mail.  Back several years ago, during 9-11 and the anthrax scare,
one of my foreign customers sent a substantial amount of US dollars in
the mail and I never got it.  I suspect that it may have been in the
contaminated mail and will never be delivered.  It is gone.

PayPal is a great way of sending money, either foreign or domestic.
Money orders are easily obtainable, sometimes at low cost, or sometimes
you bank will give it to you for free.  Some banks now-a-days will,
for a small fee, cash foreign checks in euros, dollars, or pounds or
whatever.  My bank will cash foreign checks with no problem and I offer
that service to my foreign customers.

If a customer does insist on sending cash money, I always recommend
that they send the letter registered.  A registered letter has a better
chance of getting here as it has to be signed for at every stop all the
way to my hand and locked up securely.  Of course it costs money for
registered mail.  So, why not send a check?  It is better to be safe
than sorry.

Larry Norman, from the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia.
The fall colors are starting to come out, but due to the lack of rain
they may not be as colorful this year, but come on down anyway.

(Message sent Wed 19 Oct 2005, 12:29:30 GMT, from time zone GMT-0400.)

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