ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - Western Union Financial Inc. and American Express Co. will team up to allow consumers to pick up wired money at 6,000 Amex automated teller machines, the companies said Thursday.The service will be tested on 350 machines in Atlanta, Boston, Cleveland, Los Angeles, and San Francisco early in the third quarter. The companies are aiming to provide the service on 6,000 terminals within the Amex network by early 2001. Western Union, a subsidiary of First Data Corp., plans to enroll other ATM owners and operators.

Consumers would send funds from a Western Union agent to any participating ATM in the United States. No bank card would be necessary to collect the funds; recipients would simply type in an identification number and system-assigned confirmation code relayed to them by the sender.

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