Questions tagged [bank-account]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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can the government or debt collectors garnish money from any bank account to which the debtor has access?

A trusted family member has access to my savings account. The savings account is mine, but the family member's name appears next to mine, which means that they are entitled to withdraw money from the ...
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In which circumstances can I open a bank account without SSN in the USA?

I wonder in which circumstances one can open a bank account without a Social Security number in the USA.
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At what age should I begin discussing money - saving, spending, investing - with my child / children?

In addition, when should I open a savings account at our bank for my kids; and give them accountability over it?
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Is transferring money in multiple small transactions dangerous?

I've got a transfer limit of 1k on my account at a bank. At one point in time, I wanted to transfer a larger sum (upper 4 digit range) from this account to another account at a different bank. To work ...
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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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10 yr old checking account in USA closed automatically by the bank due to no activity, can I recover the money?

I used to have a checking account in a US bank (Suntrust). I've long ago stopped using it because I moved out of the country. There was no activity on the account for 10 years, and the bank closed ...
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What exactly happens to Euro if one of European Union countries goes bankrupt?

What happens if one of the European Union countries goes bankrupt? Suppose I have money (bank deposits at local banks) in US dollars, Euros and local currency (I'm not in the US). Now one of EU ...
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Money sent to loan account after it has been paid off and closed

For the last few months I have been paying off a loan via automatic payments from my current account that transfer over automatically each month. The loan got paid off and the bank closed the account. ...
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Bank account in Germany for non-residents?

I'm an EU citizen currently working in Germany. I have a bank account there, but when my contract ends, I'll probably migrate to other country, but it's likely I'd return there after some time. I ...
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Opening a bank account in China

I'm trying to open a account with any of the major banks in China, but I live in the US. Is this possible and how would I go about doing this? I would also like to be able to transfer money between my ...
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Why do banks require small businesses to open a business bank account instead of a cheaper personal one?

I understand the need to separate personal finances and the business finances, be it sole-proprietorship or incorporation. I also understand that in the former it's optional, but in the latter it is ...
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How to make it harder to access my money

I want to start being more sensible with my money, this is especially hard around payday when I receive a month's-worth of pay at once. It's all too easy to go for a couple beers after work only to ...

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