What are the disadvantages of a money order?
Money orders can be more difficult to track than a personal check—to find out whether the money order has been cashed, for example, can require forms and take weeks. Cashing the money order can incur a fee. There may be a delay in getting the funds if they are cashed at a bank other than the issuer.
What are the advantages of using money orders?
Money orders let you send and receive large amounts of money safely, without stupid bank fees. And most important, they help guard your personal information. Money orders will include your name and address, but unlike a personal or certified check, they won’t include your bank account or routing numbers.
Is money order a form of collateral?
Collateral. It is used as a way to obtain a loan, acting as a protection against potential loss for the lender should the borrower default in his payments.
What is the minimum for money order?
There is no minimum, but you’ll have to pay a fee for each order. These fees vary depending on where you buy. For example, the Postal Services charges $1.20 for money orders up to $500, $1.65 for those between $500.01 and $1,000, and $8.55 for all international transactions.
Are money orders refundable?
If the money order has been cashed, the issuer will not replace it or refund the purchase amount. But if the money order goes missing, you have a good chance of getting your money back—minus a fee and a few weeks’ delay—as long as it hasn’t been cashed.
Who Started money orders?
The money order system was established by a private firm in Great Britain in 1792 and was expensive and not very successful. Around 1836 it was sold to another private firm which lowered the fees, significantly increasing the popularity and usage of the system.
Can I cash my money order if I already wrote on it?
Many money order providers and cashiers won’t let you correct the mistake yourself. Changing information on the completed money order will make the order ineligible for cashing; the official policy is that money orders must be canceled and/or refunded if there is a mistake.
Is it illegal to cash a blank money order?
Answer: Money orders usually require the recipient to verify their identity before the money can be received. If you know that you are not the intended recipient of the money, it would be advisable to not cash the order. Theft of lost property is a crime.
How do I get my money back for a returned money order?
Take it to the Bank If the money order is blank, put your name in the recipient’s area and endorse the back of the money order. Then you can either present it to a teller. If you don’t have a bank account, many banks such as Chase, Wells Fargo and Bank of America will cash a money order for a fee.
What do I do with a returned money order?
Do banks issue money orders?
Cashier’s checks and money orders can be purchased at banks and credit unions, but money orders can be bought at many other places, including various grocery stores and convenience stores, Western Union, the post office and Walmart. Not all banks issue cashier’s checks to non-customers, but many banks do.