By Mohammed Waseem
Scams and money laundering are common in a country like Nigeria. Operating money transfer services to such countries is quite difficult. Amidst all difficulties, few companies offer their services to Nigeria after verifying the identity of the sender and measures required to prevent illegal activities.
WebLink International, a UK based money transfer company specializes in transferring money from the UK to Nigeria. They offer services to Nigerian nationals living and working in the United Kingdom. They can send money to bank accounts in Nigeria or send it for collections from any of the WebLink agents. Money can also be sent to WebLink-proprietary ATM cards for the recipients to withdraw it as they like.
In order to send money, the sender has to visit a WebLink agent location and fill up the send and then hand it over to the agent along with the money intended for the transfer, the applicable fee and a verification document. Money is paid out either in US dollars or Nigerian naira, as instructed by the sender. Recipients can collect the money from one of over 1000 bank branches across Nigeria, which include Skye Bank, Fidelity Bank, First City Monument Bank and Keystone Bank. Cash can be collected just minutes after the completion of the transaction and after the sender has communicated the unique reference number with the recipient.
Money can be transferred to a regular bank account at any Nigerian bank; such credit generally happens the next business day. Transfers can also be made to WebLink-proprietary ATM cards, which can complete even the same business day. To obtain an ATM card, the recipient has to walk in to any of the Skye Bank branches and request a Webfast or Webkonnect Xplorer card.
WebLink has also launched person-to-person transfer service from transfers from UK to Nigeria, which is convenient, simple and affordable. As an introductory offer, the first transaction is free of charge for a transfer not exceeding £100.
No detail of the fees for their services is given on their website. A section does have exchange rate details; however, they ask the customers to call them for more details on current exchange rates. Overall, it is a good service which is quick, secure and reliable.