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Help! My international money transfer was not received

Find out what you need to do if you international money transfer hasn’t been received.

Whether you’re using an international money transfer company, or you’re sending money using a bank-to-bank transfer, if your money transfer hasn’t made it to the receiver you need to contact customer service to investigate why the money hasn’t been received.

However, it can take up to five business days for some international payments to clear, and longer still depending on the country. Be sure you’ve waited at least three business days before you investigate your overseas payment.

Compare international money transfer options below

Rates last updated April 27th, 2018
Name Product Min. Transfer Amount Transfer Speed Services Description Online Transfer Fee Rate Amount Received
TorFX International Money Transfers
AUD 200
1 day
Online, Phone, Agent
TorFX guarantee to match any competitor's exchange rate for a transaction. Conditions apply.
Send money overseas in 45 currencies. Once registered, you'll be assigned an Account Manager who can provide support and guidance.

OFX (Ozforex) International Money Transfers
AUD 250
1 day
Online, Phone, Agent
Transfer any amount from $250 upwards. $0 transfer fee on transfers over AU$10,000, $15 flat fee applies otherwise. 24-hour customer service available with a local support team.
WorldFirst International Money Transfers
AUD 2,000
1 day
Online, Phone
Access live rates, currency converter and market updates via the WorldFirst Money Transfer mobile app. No transfer fees for personal or business customers.
FC Exchange International Money Transfers
AUD 3,000
1 day
Online, Phone, Bank Account to Bank Account
FC Exchange will match any competitor's exchange rates. Conditions apply.

No transfer fee when transferring more than £10,000 or equivalent. Send money in over 130 currencies. No maximum transfer amount.
XE International Money Transfers
AUD 0
1 day
Online, Phone, Bank Account to Bank Account
With global payments provider XE, enjoy fast and secure transfers and a range of foreign currency tools and calculators, while benefiting from $0 transfer fees.
FlashFX International Money Transfers
AUD 200
1 day
Online, Bank Account to Bank Account
Low minimum transfer amount of just AU$200, with no set-up fees or transfer fees.
Moneycorp International Money Transfers
GBP 50
Same day
Online, Phone, Bank Account to Bank Account
The longest standing and largest full service specialist currency provider in the UK.
HiFX International Money Transfers
AUD 50
2 days
Online, Phone, Agent
Transfer amounts as low as $50. No maximum transfer amount. No transfer fees if you transfer more than AU$10,000.
Currency Online International Money Transfers
AUD 0
2 days
Online, Phone
Enjoy regular scheduled transfers, one off transfers and a range of currencies. Also enjoy your first transfer for free.
BFX Australia International Money Transfers
AUD 250
2 days
Online, Phone, Agent, Bank Account to Bank Account, International Money Order
Pay $0 fee when you transfer more than $5000, regardless of whether you transfer online, over the phone or in branch.
The ‘Rate’ and ‘Amount Received’ displayed are indicative rates that have been supplied by each brand or gathered by Finder.

Exchange rates are volatile and change often. As a result, the exchange rate listed on Finder may vary to the actual exchange rate quoted for the brand. Please confirm the actual exchange rate and mention “Finder” before you commit to a brand.

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Common reasons why international money transfers are not received

Wrong name

If the recipient's name has been entered incorrectly, the receiving bank may return the money to your bank account or to the international money transfer company, depending on which service you used.

Wrong details

If you’ve entered the wrong recipient details, such as an incorrect account number, your transfer can be delayed, and the money may be returned or lost.

You’ll need to contact your bank or the international money transfer company as soon as possible to amend the mistake. An international money transfer amendment fee may be charged and if the money has already been sent to the receiving bank, there’s a chance the funds can not be returned to you.

Steps to take if the money hasn’t been delivered

Using an international money transfer company

If you have the payment confirmation and the money hasn’t been received, you’ll need to reach out to the international money transfer customer service team to investigate the issue. Once the funds have been sent to the receiving bank, it can difficult to get the money back.

TransferWise states on its website: “TransferWise does not have the ability to be involved in disputes between senders and recipients, so we strongly recommend that you know and trust the person or business that you are sending to before setting up a payment order or sending any money.”

Using a bank-to-bank international money transfer

It can take from at least 72 hours to up to five business days for an international money transfer to clear in the recipient's bank account. Sometimes the transfer must be sent to an intermediary bank first before it can reach the recipient's bank account.

You can track the status of your international money transfer through your online banking facility.

If it’s been longer than a week, you need to send a secure message to your financial institution disputing the international money transfer. You can do this via online banking.

This will start the dispute resolution process. You may be required to a pay a fee for tracking or amending an international money transfer. For example, Commonwealth Bank charge a $25 fee for each investigation or amendment.

You will also have to pay a fee if you request that your bank return an incorrect international payment. However, this depends on the receiving bank getting permission to return the funds, so there are no guarantees.

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Jacob is a writer and video journalist with finder.com.au. Credit cards, personal loans and savings accounts are his bread and butter, and he likes nothing more helping people understand the sometimes overly complex world of personal finance.

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Important Information*
TorFX International Money Transfers

TorFX guarantee to match any competitor's exchange rate for a transaction. Conditions apply.
Send money overseas in 45 currencies. Once registered, you'll be assigned an Account Manager who can provide support and guidance.

OFX (Ozforex) International Money Transfers

Transfer any amount from $250 upwards. $0 transfer fee on transfers over AU$10,000, $15 flat fee applies otherwise. 24-hour customer service available with a local support team.

WorldFirst International Money Transfers

Access live rates, currency converter and market updates via the WorldFirst Money Transfer mobile app. No transfer fees for personal or business customers.

FC Exchange International Money Transfers

FC Exchange will match any competitor's exchange rates. Conditions apply.
No transfer fee when transferring more than £10,000 or equivalent. Send money in over 130 currencies. No maximum transfer amount.

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    ArunApril 19, 2018

    Sir my father send around 1 crore for my admission procedures that has to be send in dollors for NRI seat.But niw its 4 days I didn’t get the money which send from Dubai to kerala..I have to take my admission within 3 more days,but I have no idea about my money where is it now I can I enquire that or can speed up the procedure.While asking in the Kerala branch manager is telling that he don’t know where will be it now.pls advice me

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      JoshuaApril 19, 2018Staff

      Hi Arun,

      Thanks for getting in touch with finder.

      I know that this situation can really be a source of confusion and even frustration.

      If you have the payment confirmation and tracking number of your money transfer, you need to visit a branch of your chosen international money transfer. By doing so, you can check whether your money is already there or not.

      If the money isn’t there yet, check with your father and confirm whether the money was really sent or not. If it is, reach out to the customer service team of your chosen money transfer company to investigate the issue.

      I hope this helps. Should you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach us out again.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Joshua

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