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Using Western Union to Withdraw Google AdSense Payment

February 3rd, 2008

Western Union Can see that lots of Malaysians have got their payments through Western Union without much problems. I just switch over to Western Union as well.

I did not expect the procedure is so simple. I could easily get it done in only a few clicks. But I had a too complicated mind.

The simple way

  1. Go to My Accounts tab.
  2. In Account Settings, click on the "edit" link beside Payment details.
  3. Select Setup Western Union Cash.
  4. Click continue.
  5. Enter your payee name in the correct order.
  6. Tick the checkbox at the bottom.
  7. Click Save changes.

The hard way

There is a part that made me nervous:

In order to ensure that your Western Union payment is issued properly, please provide us with the proper ordering of your Current Payee Name, shown above. If needed, you may include your middle name or initial with your first name. The names you enter below must match the contents of your Current Payee Name. If you need to update your payee name, please contact us.

Payee name fields

I was thinking that I need to enter my name correctly. Since I have always receive cheques with my surname at the back, I think I need to make sure I enter it correctly so that it will match exactly like what's in my identity card.

Original payee name: Eng Lee Teh
Surname: Teh
Given name: Eng Lee
Name in identity card: Teh Eng Lee

So, I manually requested Google to change my Payee name.

Changed payee name to: Teh Eng Lee

After a few hours, when I got the notification from Google telling me that my payee name has been changed. I get back to the Setup Western Union Cash page and enter my payee information. I entered "Eng Lee" as my given and "Teh" as my surname and finish the steps.

Then, I went back to Account setting page to reconfirm my payee information, I saw "Eng Lee Teh". I realised how silly I am.

Finally, I had no choice but to get back to the Setup Western Union Cash page and entered "Teh" as my first name and "Eng Lee" as my last name.

I know I'm silly, but when will the world learn that Chinese has their Surname at the front? Can't they just allow us to enter our payee names in a single box?

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5 Responses


Teoh K H says:

Hi Friend,
I don’t think that is important.In Pos office when they see you fu11 name there with IC. They already pay you the money.


EngLee says:

Haha. OK. Last time I was in doubt whether cheque with my surname will work. Now, I’m in doubt whether western union payment with my surname at the back will work.

Better get it right now than having problem later.


Anurag Bhandari says:

Thanks for sharing this nifty piece of information. I am sure it would help many get their AdSense account money on time, maybe me too. :)


Alan Foos says:

Well, darn! I live in Thailand, but… you’d think I could use the Western Union option for payment, but the only option it gives is for hardcopy check (or secured check for $24). Any idea why? I asked the same on the google blog, but no answers! :(


Weng says:

how if i just have wrote on my payee info. my first name and lastname but my initials is not there,is there any possibly problem with western union?tnx