Sending cash through the mail is not always a good idea. The money can be removed from the envelope (or the letter might disappear completely). Because of this, sending cash (if you must send cash) through a parcel carrier such as FedEx is safer. Money placed in a package does not stand out from any other package in the FedEx system, so the cash does not draw any more attention than other packages.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Package the box (or large envelope) used to mail the cash before arriving at the FedEx facility.
Request for a signature on the package at the time of delivery. This way the individual receiving the cash must first sign for it. (This also prevents the FedEx delivery staff from dropping the package off on the front door.) This process costs a few dollars extra (depending on how you are sending the package and where the package is going).
Opt for insurance. Determine the value of the cash and pay the required deposit. The deposit is a small percentage of what the actual value is (depending again on the shipment method and where it is going to). This ensures you receive all your money back in case the package is lost or stolen.
Pay for the shipment and hand the FedEx package with the cash over to the FedEx employee. You will be given a tracking number for the package, allowing you to track the progress over the Internet at FedEx.com.
Tips and warnings
- FedEx (along with other postmen) advise against sending cash through the system because the money might be stolen after delivery (if the package is left on the doorstep or the package becomes damaged and the cash falls out).
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