The technical field of the disclosure generally concerns electronic mail systems. The present invention provides an ATM or POS system having a terminal and process or which are connected to an ATM or POS data communications network. The network also includes a store and forward message switch which stores user messages for remote retrieval and use as an electronic mail system on a data communications network. Messages can be stored or retrieved through standard ATM or POS terminals, through a service bureau, through touch tone telephones or via modems. Messages can be retrieved remotely and sent to a facsimile machine, a remote paging device, computer or the like.