USPS Money Orders are not what they seem

Published 9:34 am Tuesday, September 5, 2017

To the editor of the Oxford Eagle:

I am writing this to alert your readers to erroneous information posted on the Internet by the United States Postal Service.  The website says money orders are “…widely accepted”.  It goes on to say “…it is similar to a certified check.” Furthermore, “If you have a USPS money order, it typically will typically be cheapest to take it to a US Post Office and get it cashed.”  (Emphasis mine).

We bought a USPS money order and sent it to my son in another state. He doesn’t have a bank account which is why we did it in the first place.  He took it to his local post office and they would NOT cash it even with his showing his state identification card.  He went to second US Post Office and they wouldn’t cash it either.

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If any of you have tried to get postal agency help, you know you will be routed to a Washington DC phone bank which may get back to you in 48 hours.

We shall never again trust the postal service and will never again buy a money order from them. You would be well advised to heed my words.

Sincerely yours,

Richard Roberts