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Western Union Pursues Web-Savvy Consumers

<p class='bwalignc'> <i>New ‘No Transfer Fee' Promotion Targets Consumers Who Send Money Online from the U.S. to Mexico, Philippines and India</i> </p>

Monday, June 04, 2012

Western Union Pursues Web-Savvy Consumers08:15 EDT Monday, June 04, 2012 SAN FRANCISCO (Business Wire) -- Western Union (NYSE:WU) continues to increasingly cater to the needs of web-savvy customers who want greater convenience in their financial services. To give new consumers an incentive to try its easy and reliable online money transfer service, Western Union is now offering a ‘No Transfer Fee' promotion on qualifying transfers. For a limited time, customers can now use www.WesternUnion.com to send money from the U.S. to India, Mexico and the Philippines fee-free*. The promotion is for people who send money online using their online bank accounts. Receivers can pick up the money at any of the more than 100,000 combined Agent locations in India, Mexico and the Philippines. “We began transferring money via the Internet back in 2000 with the goal of reaching what we considered at the time to be non-traditional Western Union users,” said Khalid Fellahi, Western Union's Senior Vice President and General Manager, Western Union Digital. “This segment continues to grow and has become a key audience for Western Union. Our strategy is to provide a complete suite of services catering to their needs. This includes the attractive bank-to-bank segment, which complements our traditional retail services.” The Western Union© web-based money transfer business is one of the fastest growing areas of the company; experiencing more than 35 percent revenue growth in 2011 and almost 40 percent revenue growth in first quarter 2012. The platform is attracting new customers: over the last 12 months, more than 80 percent of new online customers are new to the company's customer base, including those with established banking relationships. The Internet is just one part of the company's broader digital strategy in which it also seeks to expand its offerings for banked customers and further into the mobile arena and prepaid cards. Fellahi continued, “With our 500,000-location Agent network in 200 countries and territories, brand awareness and unique relationship with underserved markets, Western Union's sits in a solid position at the nexus between cash and digital technologies. We are equipped to help consumers get cash into or out of the financial system, which is a critical capability since cash continues to be a preferred payment method in most of the world. But digital capabilities are also critical to our long term success and WesternUnion.com and our mobile app are cornerstone efforts. After all, they provide the ultimate form of convenience because people can do business with us anytime, day or night.” *WESTERN UNION MAKES MONEY FROM CURRENCY EXCHANGE. About Western Union The Western Union Company is a leader in global payment services. Together with its Vigo, Orlandi Valuta, Pago Facil and Western Union Business Solutions branded payment services, Western Union provides consumers and businesses with fast, reliable and convenient ways to send and receive money around the world, to send payments and to purchase money orders. As of April 24, 2012, the Western Union, Vigo and Orlandi Valuta branded services were offered through a combined network of approximately 500,000 agent locations in 200 countries and territories. In 2011, The Western Union Company completed 226 million consumer-to-consumer transactions worldwide, moving $81 billion of principal between consumers, and completed 425 million business payments. WU-F, WU-G Western UnionMedia:Kathy Bell, +1-720-332-5248Kathy.Bell@westernunion.comorInvestors:Mike Salop, +1-720-332-8276Mike.Salop@westernunion.com