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Is it safe to give out one's bank account number?

I'm managing the utility of the house and I'm sharing with another person. He asks me to provide my bank account number, so that he can transfer his money to my account when paying the utility. I ...
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As a 16 year old, how can I keep my money safe from my mother?

I am 16 and still in HS and work 20+ hours a week. I live with my mother (my Dad left us when I was a kid and I don't see him anymore). My mother is an alcoholic and has trouble keeping a job. I don't ...
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Scam or Real: A woman from Facebook apparently needs my bank account to send money

A woman on Facebook recently contacted my dad. She asked him to get a bank account so she could send him money, and he would send money to her employees (about 12 people), and she would pay him for ...
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Counterfeit checks were created for my account. How does this type of fraud work?

Two days ago, first thing in the morning I updated my quicken accounts and saw that my primary checking account had two unidentified checks totaling several thousand dollars, wiping out the account ...
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Closed account, haven't received payment. When has the bank "stolen" my money?

Background I closed a checking account over 40 days ago at a large national bank in the US. I was told I would receive a check for the remainder (>$1000) in one to two weeks. I still have not ...
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What is the purpose of endorsing a check?

Why do you need to sign a check on the back when you deposit it to your account?
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Why do banks seem to be indifferent about identity theft?

Several years ago, I was in a terrible relationship in which my girlfriend fraudulently opened a credit card in my name. I forget the specifics, but she ended up transferring the full cash advance on ...
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How to organize bank accounts with wife

My wife and I are recently married, both of us are working hard. At the moment we currently have the same system as prior to our marriage. Which simply put is that both of have our own bank accounts ...
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Why is a transfer from an account to another not done instantly when it's not the same bank?

I own accounts at two different Romanian banks. When I transfer money to another account at the same bank, the money is transferred immediately. However, when I transfer money to an account at a ...
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A guy scammed me, but he gave me a bank account number & routing number. Can I use that to take out what he owes me?

This is a really weird situation. A guy contacted me regarding a business I have. He offered far in excess of my stated fees and even told me he could help me financially if I needed it, which I do. ...
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Are programmers in the USA still able to automate fetching their bank transactions, like was possible in the 1980s and 1990s?

I have a pretty simple question for primarily programmers in the USA, but it also goes for those elsewhere. I'm in Sweden. A couple of years ago, just when I had finally set up an automated system to ...
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Possible scam for security deposit - bank operation

I am looking for apartments to rent in Switzerland and I came across a bank operation that is rather new to me. In order to put down the security deposit, I would have to do the following: Fill in a ...
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What are the advantages of a Swiss bank account?

I've heard about bank accounts in Zurich / Switzerland, but I don't fully understand the unique advantages of swiss bank accounts. What I do believe about these (but don't know for sure): They accept ...
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What risks are there acting as a broker between PayPal and electronic bank transfers?

I have a company offering a position as a transaction representative, they're located in Poland and say they can't take direct payments or use Paypal due to "money amount limits" on Paypal there. ...
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Can I open a US bank account even if I don't live in the country?

I'm Swedish, but living in Switzerland at the moment. Can I open a US bank account? Either when in the US on vacation or through the internet/phone? There are lots of situations when I find myself in ...
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Why do most banks in Canada charge monthly fee?

I am not sure about other countries, but here in the UK we mostly don't need to pay a monthly fee. But I was a bit surprised to learn that most Canadian banks do charge monthly fees that some of them ...
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How can I force a bank to close my account with them?

I'm trying to close a US bank account and they won't take my no for an answer. I've called many times and they say something like "we're confident that you'll want to come back, and you have our word ...
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Paid off $5,000 credit card 7 weeks ago but the money never came out of my checking account

I paid off my credit card that had a balance of over $5,000. I sent a one time payment for the total amount, about $5,100 to be exact and my credit card company received the payment and reflected it ...
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A friend wants to use my account for a wire transfer. Is this a scam or is it legitimate?

I have a friend since July online and Exxon owe him for a balance on a 2014 contract off the shores of Liverpool. He is presently in the Gulf of Mexico completing a contract that last for one year. ...
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Possible customer wants me to handle payment to another contractor. Is this a scam or not?

I'm going to do some possible contract work in my field and I've had an offer for some work I found through a reputable venue. However, that venue doesn't handle payments or anything like that. I seem ...
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Why is there a limit of 6 ACH transfers out of savings accounts (per month)?

I recently discovered this limit the hard way, after being charged a fee for each transfer over the limit. With online banking becoming so prevalent, this is a huge inconvenience as it prevents people ...
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Changing Bank Account Number regularly to reduce fraud

4 others and myself are going through the motions of renting a student accomodation in the UK. So far we have had to pay a holding fee to secure the flat. To do this we were given an account number ...
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How safe is money in the bank?

I live in the UK and through inheritance I have acquired a large amount of money (over 200K). I will be soon investing this money in property. But while all the conveyancing process is going on it ...
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Umlaut Character in Account Holder Name (German Bank)

I sent a payment through international bank transfer to Germany. But, the account holder name has special characters like ö, ä, ü, and etc. In my case, it's ü. Is there any other words that are ...
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Why does it take 3 days to do electronic transfers between banks? [duplicate]

It seems like electronic transfers can take 2 - 3 days to complete. For example, when I ask my online broker to transfer money from my checking account, the money won't actually be available to trade ...
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18 years old and unsure how many bank accounts to create and what types

this is my first question so I apologize if I don't provide enough information or my description seems vague. I'm 18 and live in the Midwest of the US. My parents helped me set up a bank account last ...
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Where to put an inheritance of $1.4 million upon first receiving it

Sometime in the next year, I will receive an inheritance of 1.2 to $1.4 million. I am concerned about the safety of money in a bank with threats to USD thanks to fiat vulnerability. I live in the ...
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What is the purpose of budgeting if all I need to do is look at my bank/credit card statement?

I have read over Reddit's wiki on budgeting. I rarely pay with cash so I already have a record of transactions I made with payment cards. My pay stubs are e-mailed to me. So what's the point of ...
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Second (easy access) account in case my bank screws up

Sometimes banks screw up. At the moment I have a single login with a single bank (various accounts inside). I'm not that rich, so that's no biggie. I'm under the personal savings insurance limit, and ...
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Can foreigners holding US tourist visa create a bank account in USA?

I am not a US citizen and want to visit USA as a tourist. Since withdrawing money from my home-country bank account will cost much, it is better to open an new bank account in US (after arriving) ...
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How to access a really old, untouched bank savings account?

I was just going through old things and found a Wachovia account opened for me by my aunt - specifically, I found the checkbook and transaction record. The transaction book is dated April xx, 1998 and ...
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How does Wells Fargo use my phone number to find my Bank of America account?

I'm extremely confused about how Wells Fargo's SurePay transfers money to Bank of America. I've set up my Bank of America account to use my mobile phone number to receive payments. Now someone sent ...
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Should you bank with multiple banks? What are the advantages/disadvantages?

Currently, I have everything in one bank. Checking/Banking/Investment/Credit cards. In fact, the accounts are linked. It seems to make sense to me because I can manage everything at one place. ...
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While transitioning to a new (online) bank is it OK to have my money split between two banks?

I used to keep all my money with one bank. I recently opened an account with another bank and have slowly been transitioning towards them. I have multiple jobs and sources of income. Now when someone ...
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Is there such a thing as a deposit-only bank account?

My employer wants me to give my routing-numbers, social-security numbers, and basically everything else required to take money out of my account, to several third-party direct-deposit websites (one ...
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PayPal wants me to "add a bank account", another funding source. Credit card isn't working. Why?

This is the second time in the last couple of weeks that I'm seeing the following error from PayPal. (Note: I've deliberately hidden the name of the merchant at the top.) "You cannot use this ...
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Savings vs. checking account -- when to prefer savings if interest is the same?

Let's say I'm opening a new checking or savings account, assuming: I already have another checking account All accounts offer the same interest rates Why would I ever choose to open a savings ...
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Any reason to keep around my account with my old, 'big' bank?

I recently opened a new account with a credit union and would really like to stop doing business with my current bank (BMO Harris), but before I do, I'm curious if there are any important things to ...
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Are there alternatives to double currency account to manage payments in different currencies?

I get paid in US dollars (USD), but I live in Hungary, where fiorint (HUF) is used. Right now my bank account has two accounts, one in USD, one in HUF. I receive the money on the USD account and I ...
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Should I have separate savings accounts for various savings goals?

I have read through some personal budgeting articles and saving tips. Most articles and books mention saving money for emergency funds, large purchases, etc. Should emergency funds and saving funds (...
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Is it illegal for a company to cross out the "To the order of" line on a check and change companies being paid?

Long title, but I wasn't sure how else to put this. Basically, I paid a contractor to do some work. They have two companies, one with assets, and one with no assets. We'll call them: Company A: No ...
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Can a foreign bank manager name me as the kin of a deceased customer if I don't know the person?

A few days ago, someone emailed me and said he is the branch manager of an overseas bank. He asked me to join him in an agreement. He has a deceased customer who is a citizen of my country and who has ...
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Does it hurt anything to have an unused checking account?

I have an old checking account, at a bank I no longer use (it's my only account there), with just a few cents in it. There are no account fees. Are there any reasons why I should or should not close ...
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Is there a fee to be paid to reactivate a bank account of an American citizen?

I'm a South African and was listed as beneficiary of a fund from an American citizen. I've received correspondence that the account which the fund was paid into has been inactive for a very long time ...
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What are the cons to using a brokerage account for day to day banking?

I've noticed (for awhile now) that my online discount brokerage account carries many features of a traditional bank account: Online bill pay Direct Deposit Checks ATM Card FDIC or SIPC coverage Cash ...
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What Canadian account number format do European banks need for wire transfer instructions?

I am trying to transfer funds from my account in Europe to my account in Canada. On the sending (European) bank's transfer instruction form there is a field I need to fill-in in the beneficiary's ...
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What's the difference between wire transfer and ACH?

My sponsors have two ways to transfer money. I wonder what's the difference?
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Bank of the Sierra: Are they legit? How can the checking interest APY be so high?

As of February 8th, 2009, Bank Of The Sierra offers a free checking account which earns a 4.09% APY. It looks like the catch is that you pretty much have to use them as your main bank. You need to ...
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Do US banks cover the loss of money in checking accounts due to identity theft or hacking through the FDIC or some other ways?

This question is NOT about credit card accounts. It is about checking accounts with US banks. Suppose some US citizens have checking accounts with US banks, and the customers lose money due to either ...
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How do multi-currency bank accounts work? What is the advantage?

I've recently read that banks are offering multi-currency accounts to their business customers. How do they actually work? Is it one bank account and the balance is available in, let's say for example,...
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