With the help of Western Union and MoneyGram you can transfer money to relatives, friends and colleagues. Use Western Union to send money online, in person or by phone to friends and family around the world. In 1873 Western Union purchased a majority of shares in the International Ocean Telegraph Company. This was an important move because it marked Western Union's entry into the foreign telegraph market. Having previously worked with foreign companies, Western Union now began competing for overseas business. Together with our Agents and more than 9,000 employees, we speak our customers' languages, live in their neighborhoods and share their culture. Western Union - one of the most used and widespread international money transfer systems. Western Union Business Solutions is a division of The Western Union Company.