Gmail to receive Google Wallet button soon; sending money just got easier

Despite being tremendously useful for some folks, Google Wallet isn't always given much attention. It seems Google wants to do more to get you using Wallet, placing it within Gmail, arguably one of their premier products.

It seems that the change will bring a $ button to the email compose window. Lurking behind this button will be a popup button, allowing the input of funds for immediate transfer to the email recipient's Wallet. This is probably the smallest bit of Google news you'll have seen today, but it should prove a nice addition.

The Wallet functionality within Google already allows you to buy things from the Play Store, and it never was particularly difficult to sent cash through it in the first place, but now it'll take a fairly large position within the Gmail compose window.

We don't have any ETA for when it'll be available to everyone, but it doesn't seem likely that you'll get it overnight. It didn't stop me from checking anyway. Google also has provided a video of how the functionality works, though it's more or less self-explanatory.

Source: Google Youtube video

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Gmail simply needs to update their filter. It should be top priority. In outlook, it shows you the true e-mail address (name spoofing) john@hotmail.com actually (2x9234@mol.com)

Use at your own risk. There is no way in the world I would use this service. I just think of all the security risk waiting to happen. Let alone Google monitoring all your transitions and selling it.

While that does sound darn convenient, it also sounds like a big security risk. "Eggs in one basket" type thing there. The whole "one login/password to access all accounts" is just way too risky.

This will make it easier for Nigerian princes to get the money they need to escape their country!!! Those poor souls have suffered for so long now, so it's good that their lives are about to get a bit easier!

This reminds me when I was overseas working and one of my co-workers actually fell for one of these "I'm a girl in trouble, don't have money to fly back blah blah blah" scam. He sent "her" over £2000 even tho we tried to tell him not to. When he came back from the airport and there was no one there he went to the police station to file a "complaint" the officer actually laughed at him and I didn't really feel sorry for him either. Man people can be dumb sometimes.

Now this system, it'll just get even worse than it already is.

xankazo said,
I wouldn't trust my money to Google. That's a fact.

Would make not difference to me if it was MS, Yahoo, Google. Unless they can guarantee 100 percent refund if anything happens.

techbeck said,
Would make not difference to me if it was MS, Yahoo, Google. Unless they can guarantee 100 percent refund if anything happens.

They probably can't because it would be abused to all hell. How is Google to know that a transaction is a scam or a not? I can understand if your account got hacked, but if you got scammed nah. It would be like a credit card company refunding your money just because you realized you got ripped off (legally), not going to happen.

The major problem would this would be scam emails. I recently got one from one of my flight instructors who I'm good friends with saying that he was stranded in the Philippines and had his wallet stolen / bank account emptied and if I could help him out by giving him a $1000 loan. I instantly realized that this was a scam and deleted the email, but many people wouldn't and might transfer that money (especially if its family member).

the amount of hacked gmail/yahoo/Hotmail emails I are proof enough most people would fall for a scam not saying any power user would have problems with it but a Grandma with a Nigerian phishing attack would be

Cool idea. Not sure how comfortable I would be sending something like this via email. I dont sent my account/SS numbers via email.

techbeck said,
It was a total BS comment. You have no proof and nothing to base this off of.

Not BS, it's making it easier to accept and send money via email. That will lead to more people being taken advantage off.

ccoltmanm said,

Not BS, it's making it easier to accept and send money via email. That will lead to more people being taken advantage off.

In retrospect, I could of taken it the wrong way. If so, I apologize.

techbeck said,

In retrospect, I could of taken it the wrong way. If so, I apologize.

Yeah I think the OP meant it would be easier to transfer money fraudulently if all you needed was account credentials and a "button". Not really Google's fault that there will be scammers.

ingramator said,

Yeah I think the OP meant it would be easier to transfer money fraudulently if all you needed was account credentials and a "button". Not really Google's fault that there will be scammers.

I disagree. Unless the button has some kind of two pass authentication (or other kind of special authentication) then, it could be used for scammers.

ingramator said,

Yeah I think the OP meant it would be easier to transfer money fraudulently if all you needed was account credentials and a "button". Not really Google's fault that there will be scammers.

Yea, I took it the wrong way and apologized. All is well in the land of Neowin again.