Message posted by Dennis on 26áMarchá2010 at 5:10pm - IP Logged
Have any apartment or villa owners experience of receiving deposits or payments to Corfu by other methods than Bank Transfers ?
Someone from Russia who is booking my friend's accommodation wishes to pay by Western Union transfer, something which I have no experience of. From the web-site it seems that the recipient has to be registered himself with the company and must visit a Western Union branch to get the money. There doesn't appear to be one in Corfu anyway.
Is my understanding of this procedure right?
The reason being is that in Russia it is more complicated to use Bank Transfers and prove the need for the transfer.
Does anyone use any other way to receive payments for Corfu property? My friend has no arrangement for receipt by VISA Credit card.
Maybe that this should be treated with caution. There is a scam operating whereby a "holidaymaker" books accommodation using Western Union and then "overpays" asking for a refund or partial refund; it's all quite complicated but the end result is that the owner of the accommodation loses money. I have tried to "paste in" some links which reference this, but cannot do so. Advise your friend to Google "Western Union Scam"
Perhaps your friend could suggest using PayPal? It's easy to set up and more secure.
Message posted by kinninviekid on 26áMarchá2010 at 6:27pm - IP Logged
Western Union payments have no protection in law and payment can be cancelled after its sent, sites such as Ebay have actually banned Western Union payments for this reason.
If the person is genuine they should be happy to pay with a simple bank transfer to your friends account, if not then better to refuse the booking than to risk losing money.
Bank transfers in Russia are just the same as anywhere else in the world and all they need is your friends IBAN number.
We once done a Post Office Transfer (Money Gram) and it went to the Piraeus Bank in Corfu Town.
When we payed the money in at the post office we filled in a form on this form was a Registration Number that we then emailed to the owner of the apartments and ten minutes later he could go into the Piraeus Bank with his passport and the Reference Number and collect the money.
This is not the same as the Western Union this is done by Main Post Offices in England.
I have put a link below for you Dennis now I went into Post Office in England and asked for the Russian Equivalent and this is what popped up. If the link does not work go to Google and call up Post Office Moneygram and have a look yourself you can call up different countries. Hope this helps.
There are two Western Union offices on Corfu that I know about. One in town on the road into St.Rocco past the hospital, approx 100 metres before the St.Rocco traffic lights on the right. The other is in Acharavi on the left opposite the Sconto supermarket as you enter from Kassiopi end.
Message posted by BritGreek on 26áMarchá2010 at 10:07pm - IP Logged
There are many agents in Corfu that do Western Union.
The post office and Lord Travel in town but there are many more. Many supermarkets like A&B Kontokali also do it. If you log on to the Western Union site you can find all the agents. Provided you collect the money first before the let then at least you are sure you have the payment.
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