I know this has been debated from a rush job, so the rush is
probably nearly over…but consider some of the wise words spoken.
In addition, find out WHY it’s a rush. Other options: have it sent
western union (good as cash on the receiving end) and take money off
the ‘handling’ charge if there is one…or use this fee as the
handling charge.) Have it sent from their bank to yours…we have an
account that is savings account and it just contains whatever we’re
having sent electronically plus the $5 min. the bank has. The money
is moved so they can’t automatically un-do the charge and it’s worked
through the tellers. Use paypal.
Never send ANYTHING until everything is cleared and you have the
money in your hand (or it’s switched to an unreachable account). When
the banks agree its free and clear you are generally safe, unless
it’s ‘lost’ in transit or damaged. (always send in a way that must be
signed for, and insure it, or you’re liable to lose out.) Because if
you do send it off without that money in hand, you could be throwing
out the value of your piece. You never know. And there is no way to
prove that moneyorders are ‘real and valid’ by looking at them. We
have great scanners. With them even my father (computer illiterate)
could copy a bank money order, insert a watermark, etc., and with the
right paper, no one would be the wiser. Not to mention stolen blanks
from post offices, stores, banks, etc. that can also be used.
Just my careful .02 worth. I wish it were paranoia, but these things
happen every day to lots of people…even careful people. If you want
to be certain you receive your money, don’t send until it’s cleared.
I hate saying this, and have occasionally trusted in situations I
ought not to have. Sometimes people have rewarded my faith in human
nature by being honest. Sometimes I’ve reaped penalties, loss, theft,
accusations of theft, loss, and ‘switchery’, and I still want to
believe everyone. I just can’t afford to.