Is sending a payment via an escrow service safe?
As long as you use a reputable escrow service, it's perfectly safe.
You do need to be careful and ensure that the escrow service you're using is reputable as scammers have been known to setup their own fake escrow websites for the sole purpose of obtaining credit card numbers.
The only escrow service we can recommend is escrow.com and we strongly advise against using an unknown escrow service, especially if an advertiser recommends the service to you as it could be fraudulent.
1.) Is sending a payment via Western Union safe?