Account number encoding

Discussion in 'Financial Planning' started by dumbstruck, Jun 6, 2011.

  1. dumbstruck

    dumbstruck Guest

    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
     
    dumbstruck, Jun 6, 2011
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  2. On Sun, 5 Jun 2011 20:25:24 CST, dumbstruck <>
    wrote:

    >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>
     
    HW \Skip\ Weldon, Jun 6, 2011
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  3. dumbstruck

    bo peep Guest

    On Jun 5, 8:25 pm, dumbstruck <> 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.
     
    bo peep, Jun 7, 2011
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