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AMERICAN EXPRESS(R) MONEYGRAM OFFERS FEE-FREE MONEY TRANSFERS TO FAMILY MEMBERS OF GUADALAJARA EXPLOSION VICTIMS

 AMERICAN EXPRESS(R) MONEYGRAM OFFERS FEE-FREE MONEY TRANSFERS
 TO FAMILY MEMBERS OF GUADALAJARA EXPLOSION VICTIMS
 ENGLEWOOD, Colo., April 24 /PRNewswire/ -- American Express(R) MoneyGram, the worldwide money transfer service, is waiving its fees on money transfers between $50 to $300 from the United States to Guadalajara, Mexico to expedite the flow of money into the city devastated by explosions on April 22. The fee-free MoneyGram transfers are available only to Guadalajara from April 24 through May 1.
 In tandem with the offer, American Express MoneyGram also announced that it will donate $5,000 to the Mexican Relief Fund of the American Red Cross to further support victims of the explosions.
 Customers can make the fee-free transfers to Guadalajara by visiting any American Express MoneyGram agent in the United States. Information about the service and agent locations is available through a 24-hour, toll-free customer service line in Spanish and English -- 800-955-7777.
 American Express MoneyGram has two levels of service to Mexico. Transfers to the American Express Travel Office at Ave. Vallarta No. 2440 and the Sears Roebuck de Mexico store at 16 de Septiembre 650 in Guadalajara are available for pick-up within 10 minutes. Transfers to the 17 Banamex branches in the city will be available for pick-up the day after the transfer. Pick-up times may be limited by the receiving agents' hours of operation.
 "Thousands of people were devastated by the explosions in Guadalajara and are in desparate need of funds and supplies," said Isaac Lasky, vice president of American Express MoneyGram International and a Mexico native. "Even in calm times, our money transfer service is often the only link between the people of Mexican descent in the U.S. and their families back home. With the result of the explosions in Guadalajara, we understand the importance of a service like ours and want to use it to help these people."
 American Express MoneyGram is managed by American Express Integrated Payment Systems Inc. (IPS) of Englewood. IPS is a subsidiary of First Data Corp., a provider of high-quality, high volume information processing and related services to more than 2,000 businesses in the consumers funds transfer, telecommunications/ teleservices, credit card processing, healthcare, systems operations, cable billing, and mutual funds transfer industries.
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 /CONTACT: Peter Ziverts of American Express, 303-488-8017/
 (AXP) CO: American Express ST: Colorado IN: FIN SU:


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