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A few days ago Google announced this crazy new feature that allows you to attach actual money to Gmail messages. We've discovered the feature is actually up and running, you just have to be invited!

To get invited, someone just has to send you some amount of money over Gmail - a penny will do fine. So, find someone who has access to it, give them your email, receive a penny, and you're in!

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If you happen to find someone who has access, and they send you a penny, you'll get an email like this. Clicking on "claim money" will take you to the special wallet site that gives you access.

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Non-US users (or people that Wallet just doesn't like for some reason) will see this screen, and be prompted for a social security number. Good luck tricking that.

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Once you get access, you'll have the option to link a bank account. You can choose to not send money with you bank account and use a credit card instead, but, after the promotional period, there will be fees for that. Transferring money from a bank account is free! Here's the full fee details:

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So after seeing that, a bank account sounds like a good idea. Let's do that.

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You'll need the usual routing and account numbers, and you're off.

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Then you'll need to wait a few days for the bank account verification to happen, but during that time you can take advantage of promotional fee-free credit card usage.

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Within the next 30 minutes, you should be fully enrolled in the program, and buttons will pop up in Gmail and on wallet.google.com. Gmail is super easy, just attach money like it's a file or picture, and hit send!

Right now, you can only do this through the web site. It's not supported by the Gmail or Wallet Android apps, though, a million years ago, I did find evidence of P2P money transfers in the Wallet app. Hopefully this rolls out to both of them soon. Until then, just bask in the amazingness that is Gmail money transfers.

Welcome to the future! PayPal should be worried.

Thanks to Craig Tumblison for the info (and my invite!)

Ron Amadeo
Ron loves everything related to technology, design, and Google. He always wants to talk about "the big picture" and what's next for Android, and he's not afraid to get knee-deep in an APK for some details. Expect a good eye for detail, lots of research, and some lamenting about how something isn't designed well enough.
  • mikeyt

    If someone could send me a penny, that would be awesome. mikeytusa ((at)) gmail.com. Thanks!

  • Brandon Schneider

    I've got $0.05 that I'll pay forward. First 5 folks to email brschneider@gmail.com with their request will get a penny.

  • http://twitter.com/mikecarlucci Mike Carlucci

    Anyone still looking for an invite, reply to this message and I'll shoot one your way.

    • Linda Mitchell

      Please send me an invite at lmitc3@gmail.com

      ETA: Wow, that was fast. Thanks.

      • http://twitter.com/mikecarlucci Mike Carlucci

        No prob.

    • AdZ

      Me! adnaan.zaffer (at) gmail.com

      Thank you!

    • http://twitter.com/lopezbruce Bruce Lopez

      Can you send me a invite. lopez.bruce@gmail.com Please and thank you!

    • Josh

      Me please! jhaar57 at gmail

    • Michael Montanez

      please me! ill pay it forward so you dont do all the work :) MMontanez347@gmail.com

  • AdZ

    Invite please? adnaan.zaffer (at) gmail.com

    Thank you!

  • kgbj83

    Can I please get an invite kenneth.blacksheare@gmail.com

    • http://twitter.com/mikecarlucci Mike Carlucci

      sent

  • Franz

    Can anyone send me a penny please?

    franzvezuli@gmail.com

    • JayYo281

      You got it.

      • Franz

        Thanks Guys! I'll invite more people with this.

  • AdZ

    Can I get an invite from someone please?

    adnaan.zaffer@gmail.com

    • JayYo281

      Sent.

  • Tahir Riaz

    Can I get an invite! I'll send a $1 back and spread the wealth as well! tahir.riaz@gmail.com

    • JayYo281

      You got it.

  • http://profiles.google.com/infinite2110 Roy Zepeda

    What BEAUTIFUL person wants to invite me? 1 penny and you'll be my new favorite person.

    Infinite2110@Gmail.com

    • JayYo281

      Sent. Please pass it on.

  • guest

    PayPal need not worry about this immediately, because PayPal actually works outside of the US, while Google Wallet does not...

  • Kevin Walters

    If anyone could invite me that would be awesome! I will return the money instantly. My email is 87Kevo@gmail.com and I'm willing to invite others as well.

    • JayYo281

      Sent.

  • http://www.facebook.com/skaaat Scott Kaforey

    I'll send $1.00 back to anyone that can invite me.

    hoozdapimp@gmail.com

  • Zak Taccardi

    I'd like an invite please! I'd return the favor too

  • Andrew Loiacono

    Who ever gives me a cent and an invite will receive a dollar! -Jetsfan1991@gmail.com

    • JayYo281

      Have a cent.

  • RickMLA

    Anyone still around who can help with a penny? mason (dot) rick at gmail (dot) com
    Thanks!!! I'll pay it forward!!!

    • JayYo281

      You're a penny richer.

  • Joshua Haar

    Can someone send me an invite? jhaar57 at gmail

    • JayYo281

      Sent.

      • Joshua Haar

        Thanks!

  • Michael Montanez

    if anyone is still inviting, Ill be sure to pay it forward to anyone once I get mine MMontanez347(at) gmail.com

    • JayYo281

      just sent you a penny.

      • Joe White

        Would you mind sending me an invite too please? Ender0310@gmail.com. thanks

        • JayYo281

          sent

  • FrillArtist

    Wow. Look at all the fools posting their email on a public forum. A spammer's dream come true.

    • http://EmptyApartment.net/ Mr. Creeper

      I've got this awesome feature in Gmail called a 'Spam Filter.'

  • letsplaay

    Ahh.. Am I too late? Please someone send me a cent. Of course I will return. jmryu0414@gmail.com

    • JayYo281

      Better late than never. Check your gmail.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kenneth-Herrmann/780048383 Kenneth Herrmann

    Please send me an invite. kherrmann@gmail.com

  • Michael Smith

    If anyone is feeling generous, I'd appreciate an invite to mikejsmith5 (at the obvious domain). I will gladly return and pay it forward.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jun-Zhou/611580483 Jun Zhou

    1 cent please, zhoujun8382@gmail.com

    • blootz

      can you send me a penny please blootzm3@gmail.com

      • Michael Smith

        Done

    • Michael Smith

      Sent

  • twistkill

    Someone please send twistkill@gmail.com a damn penny!!!! :D

    • http://twitter.com/mikecarlucci Mike Carlucci

      on it's way

      • twistkill

        Thanks! :) I'll send it forward.

  • hata28

    someone please send me a penny......hata28@gmail.com

    • http://twitter.com/mikecarlucci Mike Carlucci

      done

  • http://www.facebook.com/micrololin Jeff Jones

    Can I please get an invite. micrololin @ gmail.com. I will help spread the wealth.

    • http://www.facebook.com/micrololin Jeff Jones

      Got one thanks!!!

    • Michael Smith

      Sent

  • Reykeith Dudley

    Anyone still sending out invites? I'll pay it forward 100 fold. Reykeith@gmail.com. thanks

    • http://www.facebook.com/micrololin Jeff Jones

      sending

  • Bunker Buster

    would someone mind sending me one as well? dme1973

    • http://www.facebook.com/micrololin Jeff Jones

      is that with gmail?

      • Bunker Buster

        yes

    • http://www.facebook.com/micrololin Jeff Jones

      sent

  • mihai badoi

    can i get an invite at mihai.b2@gmail.com , please ?

    • http://www.facebook.com/micrololin Jeff Jones

      sent

  • http://twitter.com/razor1049 razor1049

    Please send me an invite to razor1049@gmail.com and I will return a dollar to the first invite thanks

    • http://www.facebook.com/micrololin Jeff Jones

      sent

  • Shad k

    Someone invite me plz, lomshad@gmail.com.

    • Michael Smith

      Sent

  • wideopn11

    Is anyone still paying it forward? Could I get an invite please? wideopn11@gmail.com

    • Michael Smith

      Sent.

      • wideopn11

        Thanks!

  • http://www.ben10juegos.name/ ben10juegos

    effect on what you can

  • Leslie Hamrick

    I'd love an invite and will pay it forward. AnemailforNikki. TYVM!

    • Michael Smith

      Sent

      • Leslie Hamrick

        Thank you, Michael Smith!

  • koge

    Can anyone help out? please send me an invite as well to

    koge811@gmail.com

    • Michael Smith

      Sent.

      • http://www.Fresh360.net/ Fresh360

        Can you send me an invite please Kmoyd80 at Gmail.com...I would really appreciate it. Thanks

        • Michael Smith

          Sent

          • http://www.Fresh360.net/ Fresh360

            Thanks for the invite...Who needs an invite, I'm paying it forward...

          • Ac3ofSpades

            I'd like one, please. overdispatched at gmail dot com. Thanks, and I'll be sure to pay it forward!

  • Matt

    If anyone is still handing out invites like candy, I'd love one! mbjhug@gmail.com

    Thanks in advance!

    • Michael Smith

      Sent.

  • Jonathan Grubbs

    Can anyone spare a penny for me? jgrubbs@gmail.com

    • Michael Smith

      Sent

      • Sol Landau

        Please send me a penny to shlomeny@gmail.com
        Will pay back

      • Vicky

        I w’l be grateful to you if anyone send me a penny to venuk85@gmail.com

      • Jonathan Grubbs

        Thanks!

  • Craig Coffey

    would love an invite and will be more than happy to pay it forwards coffey.craig at gmail

    • Bunker Buster

      sent

  • afurger

    Send a penny get a dollar. :) I will send several forward as well. Thank you. adam.furger@

    • Jeff Jones

      sent

      • Ac3ofSpades

        Can you spare a penny? I'll be sure to pay it forward, or back if you'd like. overdispatched at gmail dot com. Thanks!

        • Ac3ofSpades

          Got it, thanks, Jeff!

      • afurger

        Thanks Jeff! As soon as google is done verifying, I will hit you back and pay it forward. How long did it take for you?

        • J Jones

          about 30 minutes

  • Marc

    anyone want to help a brotha out? lile30 at gmail.com

    • Marc

      i'll be more than happy to pay it forward if i get an invite too. thanks.

    • J Jones

      done

      • Marc

        Awesome. Thank you. As soon as I get it setup, I'll start sending out pennys to others.

  • SchmittyThePirate
    • J Jones

      sent

  • Sol Landau

    One cent please shlomeny@gmail.com

    • J Jones

      sent

  • http://www.facebook.com/wilhelm.vain Wilhelm Vain

    Anyone having trouble accessing their wallet right now?

    • Michael Smith

      Yep, I haven't been able to access the new features for a few hours now.

  • Kerry Fath

    Invite please kfath1978@gmail.com
    If I get one I will pass it on :-)
    And pay back.

    • J Jones

      done

  • Mark

    Penny for your thoughts?

    • Jeff Jones

      sent

  • Venu

    I would be grateful, if anyone send me a penny to venuk85@gmail.com

    • Jeff Jones

      sent

      • Venu

        Thanks Jeff..

      • Phani

        Jeff, I would appreciate, if you send me a penny to chphani001@gmail.com

        • Michael Smith

          Sent.

          • Johnathon Cormier

            I, too, would appreciate a penny! I'll send it back and help pass on the pennies! jrcormier@gmail.com

          • Michael Smith

            Sent

      • Leela

        Can you pls send me a penny as well, to leelaramabandaru@gmail.com

        • Michael Smith

          Sent

        • J Jones

          double sent whoops

  • Sol Landau

    Thank you

  • Michael Amaral

    Would anyone be able to send a penny to Azurewings125@gmail.com? I'll gladly pay back the generosity.

    • Marc

      Sent

  • Leela

    Can any one send me a penny to leelaramabandaru@gmail.com

    • Marc

      Sent

  • Phani

    I would appreciate, if someone send me a penny to chphani001@gmail.com

    • afurger

      Also Sent

  • Vicky

    A penny please, to venu.kalangi@gmail.com

    • afurger

      Sent

  • Allan Mosher

    if anyone else can send me an invite i'll pass it along as well, thanks! a-l-l-a-n-m-o-s-h-e-r [at] gmail.com (all letters, no dashes)

    • Marc

      Sent

    • Allan Mosher

      Thank you!

  • Ivan the terrible

    I'm greedy, someone please send me $0.02! ha, just kididng. If someone could send me a penny, that would be awesome...thanks a lot. I will return the favor to others as well! scuzzynutty@gmail.com

    • http://www.Fresh360.net/ Fresh360

      DONE. Don't spend it all in one place.

  • wirelessmodz

    Someone hook me up please
    wirelessmodz@gmail.com I will retrun the favor tia

    • Allan Mosher

      sent!

  • Johnathon Cormier

    Can someone please send me an invite as well? jrcormier@gmail.com Thanks! Will send it back and send more on!!

    • Marc

      Sent

  • gopal

    A penny for me as well to g3632441@gmail.com

    • Marc

      Done

  • vasu

    I would be grateful, if someone sends me that penny to vasuk522@gmail.com

    • Marc

      Sent

  • Matthew Fry

    anybody? anybody? gunslingerfry at gmail dot com

    • Marc

      Gotcha

      • Matthew Fry

        You are a superhero.

        • Marc

          Glad I could help :)

  • Dinesh

    Can any one send me a penny please, to dineshs1100@gmail.com

    • Marc

      Done

  • makeva

    please send me a penny i'll send you .25 makevabella@gmail.com

    • Craig Coffey

      Sent

  • Wenmei

    Could you give me invite? to mingx009@gmail.com

    • Craig Coffey

      sent

  • Martin Paris

    anybody still sending invites? m.paris88 thanks!

    • Craig Coffey

      Done

  • Eric Fortin

    Can i be the next in line ? $0.01 and i will refund ! (rick.fortin arobas gmail dut com)

    • afurger

      Receiving this error when trying to send to you. "Sorry, the recipient is unable to receive money with Google Wallet at this time."

      • Eric Fortin

        Thanks for trying :) i hoped it would have worked even if im not in the US. Been using Google Wallet for more than a year for other purchases...

  • David Booth

    I would love a penny invitation. seattletech@gmail.com
    Thanks!

    • Marc

      Done

      • David Booth

        Thanks!

  • Ryan Ross

    Anyone able to send me a 0.01? I would send it back and then be able to share out also. Ryaneod@gmail.com

    • Marc

      Sent

      • Ryan Ross

        Thank you very much! Awaiting the ability to send it back and it will be yours!!

        • Marc

          No problem at all.

  • sunny

    Anybody willing to send me a penny please would love to try this service out and will send foward once i get one.. Sunny.ownz@gmail.com

    • afurger

      Sent

  • William Pugliese

    If someone could send a penny to wjpugliese@gmail.com I'd really appreciate it. Thanks.

    • afurger

      "Sorry, the recipient is unable to receive money with Google Wallet at this time."

  • Nancy Neal

    Could someone please send me a penny I will send it back and share email jtmneal@gmail.com Thanks

    • afurger

      Sent.

  • Nancy

    A penny please jtmneal@gmail.com

    • afurger

      Sent(Double Post)

      • Brian Hartman

        Could you send me one, too? Thanks!

        bhartman36@gmail.com

        • J Jones

          sent

          • Brian Hartman

            I got it. Thanks. :) For some reason, I still don't have the ability to send money, but I'll send your penny back ASAP. :)

          • J Jones

            It takes about 30 minutes.

          • Brian Hartman

            Got it, and sent your penny back. :)

  • James Stumme

    If someone would be kind enough to add me to the invite list, jamesstumme@gmail.com
    Thanks!

    • J Jones

      sent

  • Brad Breitenstein

    Was wondering if you still had pennies available. brad.breitenstein@gmail.com

    • Marc

      What's your email?

  • phil

    Can anyone one spare a penny for phillygoat@gmail dot com?

    • J Jones

      sent

  • Colin Kaminski

    Can somebody please send a penny to colinkaminski@gmail.com?

    • J Jones

      sent

      • Colin Kaminski

        darn, I have to be 18. Thanks for the help though!

  • Caleb Martin

    Anyone still sending pennies? I would love to have one sent to belac1186

    • J Jones

      sent

  • Kurt Wurmser

    I'm a bit late but I'd like an invite. kurt.wurmser@gmail.com

    • Marc

      Sent

      • Kurt Wurmser

        Thank you!

  • Paras

    Please invite - hiparas@gmail.com. I promise return the money

    • Marc

      Done

  • stevegavrilles

    Can someone send me an invite please? steve@gavrilles.com

    • Marc

      Sent

  • Cool_Android_Gal

    > allows you to attach actual money to Gmail messages.

    The actual *MONEY* is what's attached? Looks like just another credit card, debit card, or bank account.

    Has anyone heard of paypal in the last 15 years?

    • Marc

      But this is Google... so it's more cool ;)

  • Russ

    Nice, looking forward to using this. Can anyone send me an invite, russwilgus@gmail.com I will return the favor, thanks, and pass it on to others

    • Marc

      Done

  • will baker
    • Marc

      Even though you didn't say the magic word, I sent you a penny anyway :)

  • CJ

    I'd kill for an invite, omfgitscj@gmail.com - not really a hitman

    • Marc

      Sent

  • Chicago1847

    I'd love an invite. Richfinn47@gmail.com

    • Marc

      Done

  • Tony Kaotix

    I would love a penny invitation.... tony12kaotix@gmail.com

    • Marc

      Sent

  • jhammon

    Will you invite me jhammon19@gmail.com I'll return the favor

    • Marc

      Done

      • jhammon

        Thank you Marc

        • Marc

          No problem.

  • irexx

    Pls invite texans2@gmail.com

    • Marc

      Sent

  • Trevor OBrion

    Can someone please send me $0.01 I would really appreciate it. Ill send you a $1 back. I need to pay my lawyer and hard to see him with conflicting work hour's. This would really come in handy
    trevor7428@gmail.com

    • Marc

      Done

      • Trevor OBrion

        Thank You. The second I get home will send you $1 or does it take 24 hours to activate?

        • Marc

          no... mine only took like 30 minutes or so.

      • Saad Ali

        I'll pay you back, could you please send me one too, if possible? THANKS
        Saadali765@gmail.com

        • Marc

          Sent

  • Abraham Ayala

    can i get an invite from anyone? I will pay it back! honest! brocinco@gmail.com

    • Marc

      Sent

      • Abraham Ayala

        Tanks Marc! I will Pay it forward!

        • Marc

          No problem.

  • Matthew Koren

    Any chance you could send me a penny? (matthew.e.koren@gmail.com)

    • Marc

      Done

  • Annoyed

    This is NOT how to get this service. What a stupid article.

    • Marc

      What do you mean this is NOT how you get it? It's how I got it setup on my account...

  • Abraham Ayala

    OK! so thanks to Marc, I am now enrolled and ready to send money via gmail. if any one is wanting in, just reply with your email and i will send some invites!

    • skizzoid

      Could I get an invite please? I promise to pay you the penny back, and my email is skizzoid at gmail.

      Thanks!

      • Abraham Ayala

        SENT!

        • skizzoid

          Thanks!

        • Phillip Booker

          Please send one to pbooker117@gmail.com, Ill refund it right back..

          • Abraham Ayala

            SENT! Just pay it forward. no need to pay me back.

        • Joel McCracken

          can i get a penny? joel.mccracken.jr at gmail dot com

  • Sreedhar

    Can someone please send me an invite? I will return a dollar and also I will do this favor for others. My email is sreedharmanchu@gmail.com. Thank you in advance.

    • skizzoid

      Invite sent!

  • khooray

    Please get me in on it! kmodek@gmail.com

    Thanks!

  • Diederik G.

    I would like to get an invite if possible. I'm looking to get started with Google Wallet asap and forget about Paypal. email : twizterstore@gmail.com

    • J Jones

      Get error.

      Sorry, the recipient is unable to receive money with Google Wallet at this time

      • Anna

        Ah, it might be because I'm not from the US. Thanks for trying though.

  • cason benham

    please send me an invite!! i'll refund back!!!

  • cason benham

    please send me an invite!! i'll refund back!!!

    cason.benham@gmail.com

    • J Jones

      sent

      • Phillip Booker

        Please send one to pbooker117@gmail.com, Ill refund it right back

        • J Jones

          done

      • Jerry Sluyter

        Me too PLEASE... I'll refund back plus a couple of pennies more. My email address is Jerald.P.Sluyter@gmail.com

        • J Jones

          sent

          • Jerry Sluyter

            THANK YOU SOOOOOO Much.

  • spicymeatball

    anyone still giving out invites for this? Can anyone spare a penny? dewayne.korth@gmail.com.

    • Abraham Ayala

      sent!

      • Jerry Sluyter

        I know you are probably tired of doing this but I would LOVE to have an invite too. Anyone willing to send me a penny? I'll repay ya. My email address is Jerry@Sluyters.com

  • Jerry Sluyter

    Okay so I'd like an invite too but I bet you are tried of doing this so if ANYONE else is willing to send me a penny I will send it back. My email address is Jerry @ Sluyters.com

  • Jerry Sluyter

    I know you are probably tired of doing this but I would LOVE to have an invite too. Anyone willing to send me a penny? I'll repay ya. My email address is Jerry@Sluyters.com

    • J Jones

      sent

    • Jerry Sluyter

      I have been invited. Thanks

  • stdragon

    Ron send me a penny please, I'll send you back 2! jrbrock at gmail.

  • Terrance Henry

    Spare a penny for me please? I'd love to get an invite. I will return it
    henry.terrance@gmail.com

    • Terrance Henry

      from anyone... doesn't have to be Ron. General shout out.

      • Terrance Henry

        got an invite! thanks!

  • Craig

    Please send me $0.01 Atleast so i can get invited ! i really need this. Send it to me at: craigandkeem212@Gmail.com

  • JT

    Someone invite me? gamemasterjt@gmail.com

  • Michael

    Can someone send me a invite? I'll return it 10 fold

    mikediep@gmail.com

  • Curtis Schmidt

    can someone send a penny to schmidt.curtis@gmail.com. I'll return it and then some :)

  • Bobyeahthatsme

    I'd love an invite. I'll return $0.10.

    rmallman@gmail.com

    • Bobyeahthatsme

      Anybody? I'm still interested.

      • Abraham Ayala

        sent!

  • Bryan

    Please send invite to brygeek@gmail.com I will repay you immediately.

  • Bryan

    If anyone could invite me I would appreciate It!

  • carlloeber

    a question for Ron .. what does it mean "not in the US" .. what if you have a US bank account but you are overseas and google knows by seeing your server ?

  • faysalshukri Elmi

    Google company shoulld help me i need your assistance very kindly

  • faysalshukri Elmi

    request of google company 15000$ for helping me iam using Google for the last ten yrs

  • faysalshukri Elmi

    tell this the owner and the general co-ordinators help me urgently
    through western union money transfers /Hargeysa /somaliland /east africa

    tel 002522=63-4415618 dr faysalshukri hospitals nurses somaliland /
    city: Hargeysa

    somaliland
    sex: M
    age: 53 yrs

  • Patrick

    Would anyone be nice enough to send me a penny?
    I'll pay you back! :)
    Patricksthomas07@gmail.com

  • Jesse Sullivan

    Would anyone be willing to send a penny invite to me at: sullivjw@gmail.com ? Thanks!

  • michael medrano

    can anyone send me a penny please mgmedrano93@gmail

  • eddy

    can you send me an invite ? I will send you a dollar! cakmak@gmail.com

  • Normally Supporter, Now Pissed

    Apparently, you don't need to be invited any more. This advertisement showed up on our corporate email today. A really unwelcome play by Google.

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