The easiest way to track a money order is to look it up by serial or other number identifier. If one of those numbers is not available, some institutions may be able to find the status by searching a name or phone number of the sender or recipient.Continue Reading
Depending on the institution from which the money order was purchased, the tracking information will vary. For example, money orders purchased through the United States Postal Service, or USPS, have a serial number. Consumers can do a convenient online search for their money order using that serial number. A bank or other financial institution is required to complete an official form in order to make an inquiry about a USPS money order.
Money orders purchased through Western Union are assigned a Money Transfer Control Number, or MTCN. To track a money transfer through Western Union, a person needs to have the MTCN, the receiver's countryand the amount and currency of the transfer. If the MTCN is not available, another option is to use the phone number of the person sending the money. If for some reason neither one of those pieces of information are available, there is an option to track a Western Union transfer by the sender's first and last name, the receiver's country, the receiver's first and last name and the amount and currency of the transfer.Learn more about Personal Banking
People who believe that a Western Union money order they sent has been lost or stolen can trace the money order by filling out a completed money order customer request form and sending it to Western Union via fax, email or regular mail. This form is available on the Western Union website or at the physical location where the money order was purchased. A fee does apply to run the trace.Full Answer >
Go Banking Rates notes that the main differences between a money order and a cashier's check are how each is purchased and how much money each can be written for. A money order can be purchased at retail outlets, the post office and check-cashing services for a small fee. The money order is secured by an upfront cash payment. Cashier's checks can only be purchased at a bank.Full Answer >
The biggest differences between a money order and a cashier's check are where they can be bought, how much money they represent and the guarantee for each. In most cases, a cashier's check is considered a more credible form of payment.Full Answer >
There are a number of places where consumers can purchase a money order. The local office of the United States Postal Service is one option. Western Union offices also sell money orders, as do some grocery stores.Full Answer >