Wells Fargo extends Philippines remittance transfer fee waiver

Wells Fargo & Company is extending until Dec. 14 a temporary remittance transfer fee waiver for customers who want to send money to the Philippines to support friends and family. Earlier this month, the company announced, in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, it would temporarily waive all remittance transfer fees for transfers from an eligible checking or savings account to family and friends in the Philippines.

“Communities all over the Philippines are still reeling from the devastation of this terrible storm, and we know that our customers want to send as much as they can to help,” said Daniel Ayala, head of Wells Fargo’s Global Remittance Services Group. “We’ve extended our remittance transfer fee waiver, so that our customers have more time to help their families, friends, and communities back in the Philippines.”

Customers can send funds to their family or friends in the Philippines at a number of remittance network members — including Bank of the Philippine Islands, BDO Unibank, Metrobank, M.Lhuillier and Cebuana Lhuillier — by calling Wells Fargo Global Remittance Services at 1-800-556-0605, going online at wellsfargo.com, or visiting a Wells Fargo banking store. The first remittance for a service agreement must be completed in person at a store.

Wells Fargo also announced today that, using the company’s expansive network of ATMs, its customers have donated more than $600,000 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, with additional donations expected.

From now through Dec. 11, Wells Fargo customers can make a donation at more than 12,000 Wells Fargo ATMs across the United States, including Washington state. Customers will not be charged a fee for using this service and 100 percent of the donations will be sent to the American Red Cross.

Through Dec. 14, Wells Fargo is also waiving all out-of-network ATM fees for debit cardholders who use their cards in the Philippines. Owners and operators of non-Wells Fargo ATMs may still charge a fee for use of their ATMs.

Wells Fargo also announced that it would support the Philippines typhoon and flood relief effort with a grant of $250,000 — more than Php 10 million — with $125,000 going to the American Red Cross and $125,000 to the International Medical Corps. (end)

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