I just heard today that if you need to send money to an inmate you must have a valid Western Union account to do so. Otherwise, your money will not go through. I sent some today and for the first time, Western Union made me verify my email address. I guess there had been some fraudulent transfers. Rightly so, Western Union has taken steps to protect themselves. Crime always takes a burden out on innocent people, even if it is just verifying an email address.