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Old 08-12-2017, 04:31 PM
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I usually send money orders to my friend through textbehind. I went onto the website today to send a money order and it says that they have temporarily stopped sending money orders.

I'm overseas and can't do Western Union or Moneygram. I have gone to each of the Western Union and Moneygram outlets close to me and not one can do the quick pay transfer to Federal Prisons. Or any kind of quick pay transfer. Does anyone know any other websites that allow you to send money orders to Federal Prisoners from overseas?

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I've only used WU so I may not be of much help, can you not mail the money order to the Iowa address?
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Thank you for your reply. I'm in Ireland. If I purchase a money order here will they accept it? Or does it have to be purchased in the US?
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Im in Australia so have similar issues. The only way i can put money on his books is through jpay. Money orders from other countries can not be cashed in the US.
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If you get a money order in US Dollars, from a bank or from a company like American Express. it will be held for 15 days before the inmate can access the funds, but I'm pretty sure that it will be OK otherwise.

Instructions for sending money by mail:
https://www.bop.gov/inmates/communications.jsp#money

How/Where to Send

Federal Bureau of Prisons

Insert Valid Committed Inmate Name

Insert Inmate Eight-Digit Register Number (xxxxx-xxx)

Post Office Box 474701

Des Moines, Iowa 50947-0001

Return Address

Your name and return address must appear on the upper left-hand corner of the envelope to ensure that the funds can be returned in the event that they cannot be posted to the inmate's account.
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Delivery Address

Send the funds to the address above. Replace the second line with the inmate's valid, full committed name. Replace the third line with the inmate's eight digit register number.
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Postage

After ensuring that the inmate has physically arrived at their facility, send the money order - but don't forget to add a stamp!

Only Send a Money Order

Obtain a money order and include both the inmate's:
Full committed name AND complete eight-digit register number.

Non-postal money orders and non-government checks will be placed on a 15-day hold.

NO Personal Checks

NO Cash

NO Additional Items

Additional items (non-funds intended for delivery to the inmate) will be disposed of.
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Thank you very much for that. I will go to the bank on Monday and see if they do money orders in US Dollars. Hopefully they will. We don't have American Express here. The money orders sent by textbehind were held for 15 days as well. So hopefully this will work for me. The only extra delay will be the few days extra it takes to mail it from Ireland
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I googled Ireland banks. If you have a Wells Fargo or Citibank, those are US banks as well so they should be able to get you a money order in US currency keep us posted!
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Hi , have you tried phoning western union that always worked for me if you ask to do a quickpay transaction over the phone to a company FBOP they used to do it for me no problem and I am in the UK. You have to pay a £10 which is high but its a quick service.The account number is his number and his last name.
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Thank you. I will let you know. We only have Irish Banks I'm afraid but I'm hopeful they will do money orders or bank drafts in different currencies. I know its a bit old school as everything is automatic bank transfer now but I'm hoping its a service that they still offer. And I'm hoping textbehind really have only suspended sending money orders to "establish a new and more efficient system" and they are not gone as their service is amazing for anyone overseas needing to transfer money to Federal.
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Hopefully textbehind.com have only suspended their service on a temporary basis. They are a good and cheap alternative to WU for those overseas.
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Thanks Maytayah. For some reason last October/November Western Union stopped offering that service to the Republic of Ireland over the phone. And there is only one Western Union place in Dublin that can do it. I am a 4 hour drive from Dublin so its not something I do unless I'm there but the guy helping me told me as far as he knows they are the only outlet in Ireland that offering the quick pay service. Its so frustrating. Before I went to him I had gone to all the local Western Union and MoneyGram locations and no one could help me.
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I contacted my bank and they said they can give me a bank draft (which I assume is the same as a money order) in US dollars. Even if textbehind does work again in the coming days I might try this to see what happens.
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Just an update. I emailed textbehind and they said they expect their new system to be live in November. I'll be back with another update to hopefully confirm that a bank draft in dollars from an other country does work.
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Thanks for agreeing to update us about the MO in US dollars. Since I never sent or received one of those, my comment was an educated guess, hopefully an accurate one too.

There have been a number of other archived PTO threads posted on the same issue, but the answers are usually specific to the country where the sender resides.
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Just back to let everyone know that the international bank draft in US dollars from my bank in Ireland did work. I posted it last Thursday and they lodged it to his account today. There is a 15 day hold on it but i was expecting that. I can't use Western Union from here anyway but if the inmate is not in a rush to get the money I think its cheaper fees wise to get the bank draft and also I think can get a better exchange rate with the bank so they get more
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I'm glad it worked out well for you. Thanks for the update.
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