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Re: US vs Overseas Banks

On Wed, 2 Aug 1995, Douglas Barnes wrote:

> Mostly they are afraid that you will get checks under a fake name, and
> bounce a lot of them, which ends up costing them a lot of money, even
> though they don't pay off on them. (Most of the  costs of any financial
> transaction system come from handling exceptions).

They really worry that you will divert real checks payable to the account 
name you are using, deposit them, collect the dough, and disappear.  They 
will then be on the hook because they paid on a false endorsement and the 
institution that deals with the false endorser gets stuck.

>They are also
> under obligation to provide accurate SSN or Business Tax-ID information
> to the government on any interest-bearing account, so that you are
> forced to declare it on your income taxes.

They are also under an obligation to obtain identity information from 
everyone who opens accounts (even non-interest-bearing).  Many Midwest 
banks still don't.  The rules don't specify exact ID requirements so 
there is some slop here.  They say you have to use the same ID 
requirements to open an account that you (the bank) would use to cash a 
If you shop around, you can find friendly banks even today.


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