Transferring money electronically between accounts.

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Why is transferring money online to someone else's bank account so difficult in the U.S.?

I used to live in a poor, third world country (India) where I freely transferred money between my bank account (a savings account) to accounts held by my friends in different banks, and different ...
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Why is there a limit of 6 ACH transfers out of savings accounts (per month)?

I recently discovered this limit the hard way, after being charged a fee for each transfer over the limit. With online banking becoming so prevalent, this is a huge inconvenience as it prevents people ...
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What are cheap ways to accept small amounts of money (micropayments) on my web site?

I need to receive money from users from my webpage. They will only pay very small amounts, i.e. $1 max, but the total will probably go up to $10,000.00. What is the best way to receive this money ...
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How does a big lottery winner cash his huge check risk-free?

You've just won $20 million in the lottery. Until you figure out what do do with the cash, you want to move it to the safest place you know: US Treasury account(s). But the lottery (per the ...
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Does that mean I'm fooling the US gov?

I'm a foreign student studying in the US. Soon, I'm a launching a website where an American ad agency will handle posting the ads on it from American advertisers and the revenues are supposed to go to ...
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Is transferring money in multiple small transactions dangerous?

I've got a transfer limit of 1k on my account at a bank. At one point in time, I wanted to transfer a larger sum (upper 4 digit range) from this account to another account at a different bank. To work ...
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How can my friend send $3K to me without using Paypal?

My friend is a paraplegic. He can't go to the bank and wire the money. He used to send money from our partnership via paypal. Now I am banned from paypal. What's the alternative? Google checkout? I ...
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Transfer money from Canadian bank account to US bank account while living in the US

I'm Canadian and I will be doing graduate study in the US, but I will have scholarship money deposited in my Canadian bank account (it has to be done like that, and no, they won't send checks). So I ...
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What is the best way of transferring money from American to Canadian bank?

I am a Canadian that will be working in US for some time. I will still have Canadian bills to pay, so I would need to regularly transfer US dollars from some US bank to my Canadian bank account in ...
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Why doesn't Bank of America or Wells Fargo have free ACH push or pull funds transfer?

Using my credit union's account I can do free ACH push or pull from both of my Bank of America or Wells Fargo checking accounts. However, I was wondering why doesn't Bank of America or Wells Fargo ...
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How to do an international money transfer of a large sum of money to the U.S.?

I may need to transfer a substantial sum of money (worth more than 10K in US dollars) from Israel to US. With this, I have these questions questions: I know IRS is notified on any large transfers. ...
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Receiving money from friend: PayPal?

I made some hotel + travel arrangements through the Net, and a friend needs to pay me back. We both have PayPal accounts, but I've never used it to receive money. So far, I only used PayPal to send ...
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Best way to transfer abroad loan amount to Indian parents Savings Account

Can you pls advise: I am working in Dubai, and applied for a loan of 25Lakhs, I would like to use this funds to repay my personal loan (to relatives) and want to buy a land with left out money. I have ...
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How does a bank transfer money to another bank?

In a fiat currency if I do an electronic transfer for US$200,000 from say a Bank of America current account to Citibank how do the banks account for/handle the transfer? Are we just relying on trust ...
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What is the usual delay for a SEPA transaction?

I wired some money from France to someone having an account in Germany, using a SEPA (Single Euro Payments Area) My bank acknowledged the transfer, and the person is telling me his didn't. He is ...
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Sending money from Canada to the US

I want to transfer money to an American bank account, but I am in Canada. What is the cheapest way to do so? MetaFilter has: USPS mail order - $700 limit, $4 charge Vanilla wire transfer (My bank ...
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Is Chase alone in restricting how much I can wire transfer, or do other banks also limit like this?

My Chase account requires that the amount I wire (either international or domestic) should have been in my account for at least 10 days. Is this a requirement for all the banks or only for Chase? Why ...
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What happens with an international transfer in a different currency than my own?

My customers are in Germany and I told them to pay the money for me using a bank transfer. I gave them the swift code and the IBAN and other information, but the problem is that I forgot to tell ...
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Do I have to pay the Internal Revenue Service in West Africa in order to transfer a government check from West Africa to a US bank account?

If you have a government check from West Africa and want to transfer the money to a United States bank, do you have to pay the Internal Revenue Service in West Africa before you can transfer you money ...
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What information do I give to my customers so they can pay me with PayPal?

If my customer want to pay me for their trip via PayPal, what do they have to know about my PayPal account? I already share my bank account in Thailand with PayPal.
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Is it safe to accept money in the mail?

I currently run a website that sells site currency users can purchase with PayPal. The currency they purchase is for on-site items and not physical goods. However, I've had some users request a way to ...
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What is the best way to transfer money between banks? [US]

So this question is mainly directed to the day to day transactions between accounts of different banks. More specifically I would like to know what (if any) 3rd party you use such as (pay-pal) to ...
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Money transfer to the U.K

Has anyone used a peer-to-peer option for sending money abroad? I pay a mortgage in the U.K. and am looking at the likes of CurrencyFair or Transferwise to exchange my Euro. Are there any hidden ...
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Common practice of holding payment funds on checking account?

I was about to make a payment the other day to an new loan account and was going to authorize a direct bank account transfer. There was a notice that the company would perform the charge twice on the ...
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Tax implications in India for sending money to India from US

I am planning to transfer around $8K-10K in my parent's bank account(Joint bank a/c) in India . I have read a lot of posts(like Will I have to pay taxes in India when I transfer money from a US bank ...
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What are some options for sending and receiving money electronically?

I occasionally sell items via Kijiji and Craigslist in Canada, and while cash is convenient sometimes it's easier to do electronic transfers, or even have the ability to accept credit card in person. ...
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What is the best way to save money from inflation and currency devaluation?

I live in one of the poorest and corrupt countries in Asia. The government is incompetent and laws only apply to the poor. The economy is shrinking and currency is going through constant devaluation ...
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Is it possible to transfer some money from my visa card to my amazon account to buy with them later?

I have few dollars in my visa card and it will expire soon, Is it possible to transfer these dollars to my amazon account and save them there to be able to buy with them later from amazon?
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$1147.99 lost on Entropay.com

I wanted to buy a laptop from http ://shop. lenovo .com but it turned out they were not accepting my card, so I went on to the website http ://ww w. entropay .com. This website, as it mentions, ...
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Is there a U.K. prepaid card having SWIFT, BIC, or IBAN codes, for money transfer?

I'm located in the U.K. Does anyone know if pre-paid cards here, such as Visa prepaid cards, have a SWIFT or BIC or IBAN code, because they are not really a current account? For example, for the ...
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Recurring Electronic Personal Payment Service?

Is there a service available that allows automated recurring payments for personal transactions? I have used paypal for one time transfers to friends, but would like to be able to set up a weekly or ...
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What are the options for transfering money when moving to the US?

So I'm moving to the US in august porting a J-1 visa for a year long exchange program. I need to take money with me and currently, all I have is a Brazilian banking account and an international credit ...
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What's the difference between “direct credit” vs. “local wire transfer”?

Wikipedia states that the alternatives to cheques include "direct credit" and "wire transfer" among others. What is the difference between "direct credit" and "local wire transfer"? For example, ...
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When traveling in Southeast Asia, what is the best bank and card to use?

I am going to travel to Asia, to Thailand and Indonesia among other countries (yet undecided). I am traveling from Denmark and have a Danish bank account - but also a Swedish one since I'm originally ...
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Money transfer from US account to Indian saving account while in India

I was in US and came back to India. I want to transfer (using xoom/transfast) from my US account(that I have not closed) to Indian saving account. Is it illegal to transfer your money back from US ...
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As a US Permanent Resident, how much money I can send from the US to India in my NRE account per year?

I am a Permanent Resident of US. (My wife also has a GC). We both are working (I am in IT and my wife works in a Store). We both share the same Bank account in US. The question is how much money I ...
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How can I determine the exchange rate and fees that were applied to an international wire transfer?

I received a wire transfer from Europe a while ago. The money was sent as EUR and converted into USD by HSBC. Since the incoming transaction showed an amount that was around 3% less than expected, I ...
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Transfer large amount of money from one Wells Fargo account to another

I'm helping my fiance pay off her student loans. We both have Wells Fargo accounts. What is the quickest and cheapest way to transfer a large amount, say $20K or more, to her account? I'd prefer to ...
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Reversing Electronic Transfer of Money

Suppose a friend sends me $500 through Chase Quickpay, and I accept it. The money goes into my account, and is available for further sending/withdrawal. Is it possible for Chase to reverse the ...
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In Canada, how can I most easily/cheaply send money to a friend online?

I'm moving from Europe to Canada, and considering the high fees for wire transfers (the default, instantaneous, cheap, online method I've always used so far), what is the most economical way to send a ...
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How to protect your checking account from unauthorized transfers?

I have been thinking about how unsafe a checking account is. Every time you give a check to someone, you are providing your routing number, your account number, your bank, and your name, so I really ...
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How does remittance work? How does it differ from direct money transfer?

I have a bank account in Germany in which I receive my salary in Euros. I want to deposit a part of it in my Indian bank account for personal savings. My Indian bank account is in INR. As I see it, I ...
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Why are for-a-fee wires faster than 2+ day free ACH

My understanding was that any bank-to-bank transfer (be domestic or international) has to go through the Federal Reserve (why does a private institution have to be privy to all transactions?), and it ...
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Overseas fund transfer by certified check

I work as a freelance web developer/designer residing in India. Recently I finalized a deal with a client in Jacksonville, FL for a web design contract which involves a weekly payment. The problem is ...
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How to send money from my Indian bank account/debit card to my PayPal account?

I have a verified PayPal account which I'm using for the last 3-4 yrs. I want to buy a book from a web site, but PayPal is the only option listed for payment. I have money in my bank account, but I ...
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I am an Indian citizen residing in the US on H-1B. Can I send my earnings to India to my regular Savings Bank Account?

I am in the US on H-1 B. I understand NRE, NRO and FCNR accounts are available to the Non resident Indians. But can't I continue to use my regular Savings Bank Account for sending money to India? ...
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Getting paid as a Mexican independent contractor doing work for a U.S. company?

I have been offered a remote job for a serious but small U.S.-based company. I am Mexican and I won't move to the U.S. The company tells me that hiring me as an employee would be a big problem for ...
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What is safe to share for an international bank transfer?

I am selling a smartphone to the guy who lives in UK (or that is what he says.) For the money transfer he asks me these things. Name Bank Name Account Number Iban Swift Code Is it okay to give ...
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Receive money from US Client to Myself in India by selling services

I have some clients in United States that I am doing some software development for them. How can I receive money from them. What are the exact legal steps that I need to take so this works perfectly? ...
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What is the maximum amount of money I can send from the US to India per year?

I heard that there is a limit on the amount I can send. Can someone shed light on this? Also, do I have to notify the IRS if I send above a certain amount? What is the amount?