British money-transfer firm TransferWise has rolled out a new service to enable users transfer money worldwide through Facebook’s messenger app.

The London-based start-up has developed a Facebook Messenger chatbot that will support money transfers from Australia, Canada, Europe, UK and US.

Built using the company's API, the chatbot will guide users through each step, the company said in a blog post.

The chatbot can also be used to set up exchange rate alerts, the company added.

TransferWise head of global partnerships Scott Miller said: “Our mission at TransferWise is to bring faster, cheaper, and more convenient international money transfers to everyone in the world. Building the TransferWise bot for Messenger is a great step in that direction.

“It’s also a powerful example of how our API can be used to seamlessly integrate TransferWise into almost any messaging, bank, or business payment system.”