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Have you ever sent money in the mail?

Some people wonder if it's legal to send money in the mail. The answer is yes. The United States Postal Service allows sending cash through the mailing system. But due to the fact that some mails got stolen on its way to the recipient, USPS discouraged inserting money bills in the mail, and recommended instead their registry service which provides maximum security and indemnity against loss. However, for those who like to send a spare dollar (or other currency) bill or other as a gift or souvenir to someone through the mail, you can send it without the cash getting stolen. Here's how to do it.

 
Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 6:38 AM on Apr. 25, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • I always send cash with birthday cards. I've never had an issue with it. My DD always gets cash sent to her on Halloween, Easter, and Valentine's Day too.

    KairisMama

    Answer by KairisMama at 12:40 PM on Apr. 25, 2010

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    Write a one or two-page letter to the person who will get the cash. It is ideal to use a stationery or writing paper that is thicker than ordinary paper.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:39 AM on Apr. 25, 2010

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    Fold the dollar bill in half. If you are inserting photos, tape the money securely in between the two photos. Make sure that none of its edges are showing. If you are sending a greeting card, tape the bill inside the card instead of just inserting it between the pages. This prevents the dollar bill from sliding off the card and becoming visible to some employees with
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:40 AM on Apr. 25, 2010

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    Once the money you want to send is held in place, insert the photos or card in the letter that you've just written in Step 1. This letter further shields the dollar bill inside.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:40 AM on Apr. 25, 2010

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    Insert the letter in a security envelope. Security envelopes have patterned linings meant to protect personal information contained in the mail. This makes it harder for anyone to know what's inside the envelope.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:41 AM on Apr. 25, 2010

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    Hold your mail against the light to check if you can see the money in the envelope. If you followed the above steps diligently, you are assured that the money is undetected. Now you can mail your letter with confidence and hope it gets to the recipient in time.

    http://www.ehow.com/how_5577508_send-money-mail-undetected.html
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:41 AM on Apr. 25, 2010


  • Tips & Warnings

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    When you are sending money in the mail, make your mail as simple as possible so it won't become an object of curiosity at the post office. Simple means it doesn't look bulky or doesn't have markings that indicate it contains something valuable inside.
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    Sending money in the mail is always risky. Use a check or money order instead if you are sending large amounts. Don't forget to register it at the post office, just in case.

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:01 AM on Apr. 25, 2010

  • In the US it is illegal to send money in the mail. If the recipient decides it is offensive, charges will be brought. Unless the mail was sent by someone who happens to reside within the same town or city, the police will be powerless to act in the investigation. They would not have jurisdiction outside their municipality or County. The proper authority to report it to would be the US Postal Inspection Service.

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:06 AM on Apr. 25, 2010

  • Why the "how to send cash" lesson?
    jesse123456

    Answer by jesse123456 at 8:36 AM on Apr. 25, 2010

  • I would never send cash through the mail. You might as well lay it by the curbside for a stranger to get.
    ambr2006

    Answer by ambr2006 at 8:42 AM on Apr. 25, 2010