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Review: Ria international money transfers – November 2018

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Fast transfers, competitive exchange rates and minimal fees for sending money overseas

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Ria is a money transfer provider founded in New York City in 1987.

Today, Ria has a global transfer network of more than 240,000 agent locations in 130 countries, making it the third-largest provider of international money transfers in the world. It offers a simple service that allows you to send money overseas within minutes.

Product NameRIA Money Transfer
Min. Transfer AmountUSD 1
Max. Transfer AmountUSD 2,999
Transfer Methods
Online, Phone, Cash Transfer, , ...
Transfer Options
Transfer Speed
Minimum transfer time
3 - 5 days
Customer Service
Phone, Email, Branch
Exchange Rate UpdatesDaily

Ria strives to be a simple, reliable and friendly money transfer service. It offers a fast, secure transfer network to quickly get your funds where they need to be without breaking the bank.

With multiple payment and delivery options, your funds can be deposited into your recipient’s bank account, delivered by courier (in select countries) or picked up from one of Ria’s hundreds of thousands of worldwide locations.

Now part of Euronet Worldwide, a leading electronic payments provider, Ria offers over 332,000 agent locations in 146 countries. It also handles bill payments, check cashing and other financial services.

How much does Ria cost?

Exchange rates

As a specialist provider of international money transfers, Ria is typically able to offer better exchange rates than you’ll find at most banks.

Rates are updated daily to align with exchange rates on global markets, and you can review the rate that applies to your transaction before confirming whether you want to go through with the transfer.


The fees that apply to Ria money transfers vary depending on the amount of money you’re sending, where you’re sending it to and the method you use to pay for your transaction.

The more money you send, the more your transaction will cost — but the price per dollar per transfer decreases when you send larger amounts. Funding a transfer from your bank account is the least expensive option (but also the slowest), while debit and credit card transactions incur higher fees.

For example, sending $1,000 to Mexico from your credit card for cash pickup will incur a transfer fee of $8. Meanwhile, using your bank account to send $1,000 to China for cash pickup will attract a transfer fee of $5.

Before you commit to any transaction, Ria provides a preview of all the fees that apply to your transfer.

What types of transfers can I make with Ria?

Ria’s transfer service is designed to make it easy to send one-off transfers to 130 countries around the world. You can pay for your transfer with your:

  • Bank account
  • Credit card
  • Debit card
  • Cash

Your recipient also has multiple ways to access the money you send.

  • Bank account deposit
  • Pickup at a Ria agent location
  • Courier delivery to a home or office (available in limited countries)

Pros and cons of using Ria


  • Fast transfers. Send money in minutes or days. This is especially great for cash pickup.
  • Multiple payment options. Use a debit card, credit card or bank account to pay for your transfer.
  • Multiple delivery options. Your recipient can pick up your cash at an agent location, receive a bank deposit or, in select countries, have the funds delivered to their home or office.
  • Worldwide transfer network. With 240,000 agent locations in 130 countries, Ria is the third-largest provider of international money transfers worldwide.
  • Great rates. Ria’s exchange rates are stronger than most US banks.


  • Maximum daily limit. Ria’s maximum daily transfer limit of $3,000 may deter customers who need to transfer larger amounts.
  • Fees apply. Prepare to pay a transfer fee when you send money overseas with Ria, with an amount that varies depending on your transaction.
  • No contract options. Ria does not offer forward contracts or limit orders.
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How do I use Ria?

To easily transfer cash through Ria, you’ll need:

  • A Ria account. You can create a free account as you’re setting up your transaction. (If you’re sending through a Ria location, you won’t need to set up an account. You’ll only need to supply your sender information, payment and your recipient’s information.)
  • Valid payment. Ria accepts payment by bank account, debit card or credit card.
  • Your recipient’s name and contact information. The name must match the name shown on their government-issued ID. If you’re transferring money to their account, you’ll also need their bank’s name and account number.
  • Your contact and banking information. That includes the account or card number and security information for the account you’re transferring from.

If your recipient will be picking up your cash in person, let them know to bring along a government-issued photo ID.

Create your account online

First-time customers will need to register for a free Ria account before you start your transfer. To pay with cash, visit a Ria agent location.

  1. Specify how much you’d like to send and where you’d like to transfer your funds to.
  2. Select whether you’ll pay for your transfer by debit card, credit card or bank account.
  3. Confirm the transaction summary that details the exchange rate and fees that apply to your transfer.
  4. Enter your recipient’s full name, email address and phone number.
  5. Select how you’d like your money delivered: bank deposit, cash pickup or courier delivery (available in select countries).
  6. Transfer your funds around the world.

Steps to transfer your money online

Tracking your transfer

Your recipient should have their money in a matter of minutes or days, depending on how you chose to send it and pay for it. Follow its progress at Ria’s Track a Transfer page.

Bottom line

Ria offers a host of benefits and simple, secure transfers to its customers.

However, to make sure you get the best deal available, compare Ria with other money transfer providers the next time you need to send money overseas.

Looking for an alternative? Compare services like Ria to get the best rates and fees.

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    MarviOctober 29, 2018

    What are the Ria partner agents in the Philippines?

    • finder Customer Care
      BellaOctober 29, 2018Staff

      Hi Marvi,

      Thanks for your inquiry.

      Ria’s trusted partners in the Philippines are Mlhuillier, Cebuana Lhuillier BDO, BPI, Metrobank, PNB, and Landbank.

      I hope this information helped.

      Kind regards,

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    BrianOctober 5, 2018

    why do i need two form of i.D as the sender a source of funds.

    • finder Customer Care
      joelmarceloOctober 6, 2018Staff

      Hi Brian,

      Thanks for leaving a question on finder.

      It’s because of federal compliance laws. Ria is a financial institution and they have to follow these compliance laws-it’s the same concept like going to the bank where they need your ID to get money. It’s to prevent money laundering and other financial crimes as well too.

      Please send me a message if you need anything else. :)


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    RudyOctober 3, 2018

    Is there a RIA service that allows me to send money, which can only be accessed by the recipient after they enter a pre-determined password/code?

    • finder Customer Care
      CharisseOctober 3, 2018Staff

      Hi Rudy,

      Thanks for reaching out to finder.

      Ria money transfer does not use a password/code for their money transfer service. Instead, they use a PIN/order number which can be found on the sender’s receipt if the money is for cash pickup. The sender will then give that same PIN/order number to his recipient and the recipient will need to provide that, together with a valid photo ID, to claim the money in person.

      You can read more information about how Ria money transfer service works in their website.

      I hope this helps.


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    FredSeptember 27, 2018

    If a Ria transfer is made to a specific state in a country, is it possible for the receiver to receive in another state but in the same country??

    • finder Customer Care
      joelmarceloSeptember 28, 2018Staff

      Hi Fred,

      Thanks for leaving a question on finder.

      Yes. Your recipient can pick up the money in the most convenient Ria pickup location from him. Ria money transfer has an awesome pick up locator if you go to their website directly. All you have to do is enter your location and it will show you a list of store locations near you.

      Please send me a message if you need anything else. :)


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    AzeemSeptember 24, 2018

    Hi Gd morning, this is Azeem from Malaysia. My brother sent cash to Ria money transfer branch in Australia to my my may-bank account yesterday and today morning I check the track hopefully its complete and its shows I received deposit money in my account but I didn’t get any payment yet.. how long it takes? i am trying to call your custmer services but cannot get..

    • finder Customer Care
      joelmarceloSeptember 25, 2018Staff

      Hi Azeem,

      Thanks for leaving a question on finder.

      Bank transfer with RIA may take up to four banking days to process excluding weekends and bank holidays. If it takes longer than that, you can contact Ria via their website. Ria’s customer service team is available from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. PST Monday through Friday and 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. PST Saturday and Sunday.

      Please send me a message if you need anything else. :)


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    JessicaAugust 12, 2018

    I tracked my RIA money transfer and I was told Canceled
    ria_tracktransfer_canceled_140 What the problem?

    • finder Customer Care
      joelmarceloAugust 13, 2018Staff

      Hi Jessica,

      Thanks for leaving a question on finder.

      It means that the sender cancelled transferring funds to to you and you may want to clarify with the sender as to why. You may also contact RIA money transfer to get a more detailed explanation on the cancellation.


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    ChelseaAugust 3, 2018

    Money had been sent to me and when I track it says it’s under really and will take less than 5hours and it’s more than five hours now…so what’s happening…. It’s is been sent through an agent and not online and how will my sender get it back if we need the refund immediately

    • finder Customer Care
      AshAugust 4, 2018Staff

      Hi Chelsea,

      Thank you for reaching out to finder.

      The time frame on when you will receive the money depends on how it was paid for. For cash pickups, you should be able to receive it within the same day though it will still depend on the payout agent or courier’s business hours. If your transaction has been held for security reasons, it may take longer time for it to be processed.

      The sender can go back to the Agent Location wherein he/ she sent the money to make the necessary follow-ups or request a refund (if possible). Also, you may compare the other money transfer provider at this page

      I hope this helps.

      Let us know if there is anything else that I may assist you with.


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    KathyJune 29, 2018

    I want my refund my money is yet for pick up and the client is dead I want my refund $420 and it been 2 weeks now

    • finder Customer Care
      joelmarceloJune 29, 2018Staff

      Hi Kathy,

      Thanks for leaving a question on finder.

      If you instruct them to pay a money transfer to a designated recipient and later request that they stop the payment of such transaction, they will need to check first with the paying agent to determine if the money transfer has been paid to the recipient. If they can confirm that payment has not been made, the money transfer will be cancelled and we will refund the amount of the money transfer, including the service charge. Your refund will be in USD. All refunds shall be available within thirty (30) calendar days of the stop order or as soon as the refunds are returned by the paying agent and, whichever is first. For further information or to file a complaint, please contact their customer service team by going to the contact us section in their website.


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    NissyApril 28, 2018

    How come i cant get the money my friend send to me the money in location that I got in cash pick up I had a reference number when I track it.. It says your money transfer is under review it may take one business day.. What’s that meaning..? Do I get money as a recipient..?? Why it was happend..??

    • finder Customer Care
      joelmarceloApril 28, 2018Staff

      Hi Nissy,

      Thanks for leaving a question on finder.

      The fastest way to send money is by debit or credit card. The processing time for debit and credit cards takes, on average, 15 minutes. If you prefer to send money via your bank account, the processing time takes approximately four banking days. This is because it takes time to verify with your banking institution that your funds are in fact available.

      When receiving money, a cash pickup or home delivery will be that fastest method – although both options are dependent upon the payout agent or courier’s business hours. On average, cash pickups and home deliveries are available within the same day.

      Please note that, if a money transfer is flagged for review for security reasons, the processing time will take longer. Other things that may slow down processing times include:

      – A security review. Since security is their number one priority, they want to ensure all money transfers are legitimate.
      – Financial institutions processing times. Timing may vary slightly depending on your bank.


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    monclemApril 3, 2018

    my uncle sent me money but i want him to cancel the transfer and send it to my dad ,how long will it takes for him to get the money back?

    • finder Customer Care
      joelmarceloApril 3, 2018Staff

      Hi Monclem,

      Thanks for leaving a question on finder.

      If you later request that they stop the payment of such transaction, they will need to check first with the paying agent to determine if the money transfer has been paid to the recipient. If they can confirm that payment has not been made, the money transfer will be cancelled and they will refund the amount of the money transfer, including the service charge. Your uncle’s refund will be in USD. All refunds shall be available within thirty (30) calendar days of the stop order or as soon as the refunds are returned by the paying agent and, whichever is first. For further information or to file a complaint, You can contact their customer service team at 1-877-443-1399.


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