Western Union Customer Service

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How do I talk to a live human at Western Union?

A:Press 1 then keep pressing 0

Does Western Union offer 24 hour customer service?

A:Yes! This call center operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The least busy day is Sunday, and the most busy day is Monday.

How long will I wait on hold?

A:The average hold time is 11 minutes. The longest hold times are on Tuesday, and the shortest are on Monday. How is this calculated?

Western Union Customer Phone Numbers

Fraud Hotline

Toll-free · 24 hours, 7 days · Press 1, then 0 until transferred · Is this to report fraud, or do you have a fraud-related question?

Privacy Opt Out

Toll-free · 24 hours, 7 days · Press 1, then 0 until transferred · Are you calling to get information about Western Union's privacy policy?

Customer Care

Toll-free · 24 hours, 7 days · Press 1, then keep pressing 0 until transferred · Are you calling about an existing transaction?

How do I get through the phone menu to a live person?

GetHuman researchers routinely call this Western Union phone number to document the phone system.
Here is our latest tip for weaving through the phone menu to get to a real person the fastest: Press 1 then keep pressing 0
Here is how our research team describes the way the Western Union phone system greets you: To check the status of a money order, tracer, or refund request, press 1. To request a refund or photocopy of a money order, press 2. To cash a money order, press 3. For information on lost, stolen, or altered money orders, press 4.
Below are some clips we've found from Western Union's phone menus and tips that help give an idea of what you will encounter when you call. We've highlighted why they are important as well:

They may ask you to enter information with the dial pad

"Thank you for calling the Western Union Money Order customer service. For English, press one.
To check the status of a money order, tracer, or refund request, press one.
To request a refund or photocopy of a please enter the eleven digit digits money order number located in the upper right corner of the money order followed by the pound key."
Excerpt from a call with Western Union
Wednesday, May 15, 2024 8:35 AM

What are the hours and when should I call?

Western Union operates the call center for this 800-999-9660 phone number 24 hours, 7 days. The short answer is that you should call on a Wednesday. This observation and the following section are based on analysis of a sample set of 1,990 calls made in the last 90 days using our free, web-based phone (see above).
An important note: busy times vs hold times vs best time to call
When we refer to busy or less busy times, we are talking about the volume of calls. The busiest times are when the most people are calling this Western Union phone number (least busy times have fewer people calling). This high call volume does not necessarily mean that you will have a long hold time when you call. Companies like Western Union staff their call centers differently based on the time of day and day of the week, so you may experience a shorter wait on hold at the busiest of times. When we refer to the best time to call, we are referring to the optimal combination of lower call volume and shorter wait times.

The least busy time to call

The least busy day to call Western Union is Sunday. The most busy day to call is Monday, which averages 77% more phone calls by comparison. Again, this is based on a sample of 1,990 calls made with our AI-powered, web-based phone in the last 90 days.

The shortest wait on hold

We measured the shortest hold times to be on Monday. The longest wait in the queue on average occurs on Tuesday.

The best time to call Western Union

In summation, the best day to call Western Union is Wednesday.

Calling this Western Union Customer Number

Christian Allen is the editor / author responsible for this content.
Nov 14, 2023

Calling this number connected me to Western Union's money order customer care department. After selecting the language I wanted to be served in, I was presented with a menu. It included options such as checking on the status of a money order, refunding a money order and cashing a money order. This line also gave me the choice to trace a lost money order or report a stolen or altered money order. 

There are a couple things you can't do on this line, such as send a money order. For that, you'll need to call a different number or visit your nearest Western Union location. This line is open around the clock and therefore, there's no option to request a callback. 

After making a selection for my service, I listened to another recording. Before proceeding further to get assistance with tracking, refunding, cashing or checking the status of a money order, I had to enter the money order number. To make the process as quick as possible, be sure to have this information handy. 

To report a lost money order, I was connected to a recording informing me that special handling is required if the receipt for the money order wasn't in my possession. Next, when completing a money order research request, I was told I'd need to complete an authorization form and mail it to Western Union along with a $30 dollar processing fee. The recording then said that if I did have the receipt, a different form would be necessary and only a $15 processing fee is associated with this type of request. The automated recording then told me the mailing address to send the completed forms to as well as the Western Union web address where I could find, download and print the necessary paperwork. I wasn't given the option to connect with an agent if I had any questions or required further clarification.

Overall, it seems that this customer care line is fully automated. Despite calling a couple times and selecting different options while trying to speak with a live representative, I was unable to get anyone to get connected with anyone to answer my questions. Further, the recording didn't refer me to any online FAQ or website where I can find more information. Depending on the type of issue you have and the information you have on hand about your money order, this line may not be helpful in resolving your queries.

Christian has been writing about long hold times and customer service call center experiences since 2010. He's been featured in Bloomberg, the Wall Street Journal and the Boston Globe.

Why Customers Call Western Union

If you have time to do a bit of reading before you call Western Union, we recommend you read over some of our problem-specific articles.

How Do I Report a Scam to Western Union?

Western Union has a system to report scams and fraud. If you think you have found a scam, report it through the company's website or call the customer service team to get help.

How Do I Confirm a Transaction with Western Union?

The only way to confirm a transaction with Western Union is by double-checking the recipient's details before completing the transaction. You can also track the transaction to ensure that the intended recipient gets the funds. If the money goes to a different person, you can raise a conflict by contacting Western Union customer service.

What Do I Do If My Western Union Account Is Blocked?

If your Western Union account gets blocked, it's important to understand why and take steps to regain access. Common reasons include suspicious transactions, violations of terms of service, or security concerns. Contact Western Union customer support to unblock your account, provide necessary documentation to verify your identity, and resolve any outstanding issues. Update your contact information, change your password, and enable two-factor authentication for added security. Monitor your account activity and consider alternative transfer methods if needed.

Top Western Union customer service problems

Click the link above to get answers to just about any Western Union customer service question, including step by step guides for the most complex issues. You can also detail a new issue and get answers instantly.
Below is a sample of recent calls to Western Union, and their purpose. Are any of these similar to the reason you are trying to call?
Sending money to son: "I'm trying to send money to my son in prison."
- From a call lasting 18m 33s , Jun 20, 2024 6:31 PM
Tracking money order status: "I was wondering where in the process is the money order I sent in to get back."
- From a call lasting 7m 34s , Jun 11, 2024 9:01 PM
Tracking number inquiry: "I wanna check a tracking number to see if it had been picked up yet."
- From a call lasting 5m 21s , Jun 11, 2024 5:44 PM
Duplicate transaction query: "I transferred five hundred dollars just few minutes ago and it was debited to my account twice."
- From a call lasting 14m 17s , Jun 3, 2024 6:30 PM
Money order inquiry: "I need to inquire about a money order I recently got."
- From a call lasting 3m 40s , May 22, 2024 3:55 PM
Concerns about recent transfer: "I sent a Western Union over to my sister and it just happened yesterday, and I'm still trying figure out why I received it."
- From a call lasting 4m 47s , May 11, 2024 12:55 AM
Issues with money order: "I'm having so much problems with this. They told me I had to send a hundred and sixty five dollars for a passport, but the post office wouldn't take it."
- From a call lasting 9m 29s , May 1, 2024 2:28 PM
Issue with money order: "I need another one to be sent, it didn't have the money order that I paid for."
- From a call lasting 5m 12s , Apr 24, 2024 1:41 PM
Tracking money order status: "I got a letter from you guys, but it didn't show me who cashed it."
- From a call lasting 14m 54s , Apr 24, 2024 1:04 PM
Purpose unclear: ""
- From a call lasting 3m 10s , Mar 29, 2024 9:40 PM

More Western Union Customer Service Contacts

There are of course other ways to contact Western Union customer service besides the phone. Below we list the best ones, by medium.

Western Union Customer Service Live Chat

wucare.westernunion.com - Customer Service
Click the link for customer service chat
If phone-based customer service is not available, or the wait times are long, many people prefer chat as a next-best option. Some even prefer it to calling on the phone. Luckily, Western Union provides this option.

Western Union Customer Service on Facebook / Messenger

Some customer service teams, like that of Western Union, accept inquiries through Facebook Messenger. This is a good option if you have a Facebook account, and you may even be able to converse live with an agent this way.

Western Union Customer Help Desk / Web Support

wucare.westernunion.com - Customer Service
Online customer service submission form
As a last, sometimes only, resort- Western Union customer service can be accessed through their website. This can entail digging through help articles before finding a form and "being allowed" to submit a problem to their team, and rarely leads to a real-time conversation, which is why GetHuman does not recommend this unless it's the only way.

Conclusion and closing notes

This is Western Union's best phone number, the real-time current wait on hold and tools for skipping right through those phone lines to get right to a Western Union agent. This phone number is Western Union's best phone number because 74,682 customers like you used this contact information over the last 18 months and gave us feedback. Common problems addressed by the customer care unit that answers calls to 800-999-9660 include Missing Transfer, Trouble Receiving a Payment, Cancel Transfer, Blocked Account, Update Account Info and other customer service issues. The Western Union call center that you call into has employees from California, Texas, Florida, New York and is open 24 hours, 7 days according to customers. In total, Western Union has 4 phone numbers. It's not always clear what is the best way to talk to Western Union representatives, so we started compiling this information built from suggestions from the customer community. Please keep sharing your experiences so we can continue to improve this free resource.

GetHuman does not provide call center services or customer support operations for Western Union. The two organizations are not related. GetHuman builds free tools and shares information to help customers of companies like Western Union. For large companies that includes tools such as our GetHuman Phone, which allows you to call a company but skip the part where you wait on the line to get a live human rep. We continue to work on these tools to help customers like you (and ourselves!) navigate the messy phone menus, hold times, and confusion with customer service. As long as you keep sharing it with your friends and loved ones, we'll keep doing it.

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