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      06-06-2011, 02:25 AM
Hmm, wonder if this group is still alive. Maybe can test with a simple
question. What kind of non-obvious twists are allowed in encoding
account numbers on checks?

My checks give a weird variation for account number that doesn't match
the bank statement account number. It drops one but not all of the
leading zeros. It substitutes a strange symbol for one of the embedded
zeros. What's up with this? I know how to distinguish that number from
routing number, check number, and the normal boundary symbols.

Strangest thing is I have entered it both ways and it seems to work. I
just worry that some tax transfer or utility payment is only being
supported by a manual interventions to fix one of the wrong encodings,
and it will fail someday. Thanks

 
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      06-06-2011, 02:12 PM
On Sun, 5 Jun 2011 20:25:24 CST, dumbstruck <(E-Mail Removed)>
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>Hmm, wonder if this group is still alive. Maybe can test with a simple
>question. What kind of non-obvious twists are allowed in encoding
>account numbers on checks?
>

Can't help with the encoding question, but I have noticed before that
activity around here slows when the stock market slumps.

Plus - maybe we're getting to the point where we know it all. <g>

 
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      06-07-2011, 10:12 PM
On Jun 5, 8:25*pm, dumbstruck <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:
> Strangest thing is I have entered it both ways and it seems to work. I
> just worry that some tax transfer or utility payment is only being
> supported by a manual interventions to fix one of the wrong encodings,
> and it will fail someday.


That actually happened to me - I set up electronic payments using my
routing number and checking account number as I knew them. After a few
months, I got a nasty-gram from the bank, saying that I should use the
account number as it was printed on the paper checks. That consisted
of an extra leading zero, and an extra trailing "3". They got tired of
recoding the transactions every month.

 
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