Banks to check account names in bid to combat fraud

Banks are moving to combat transfer fraud with the introduction of a new system to check account names from next year. 

Buyers and sellers of property are targeted by criminals committing ‘authorised push payment’ fraud. The fraudster tricks them into believing they are sending monies to a legitimate account when actually the account belongs to the fraudster. As the sender has willingly authorised the payments, banks are often reluctant to reimburse the lost money.

So the property industry welcomes the proposed change.

Banks will check whether the recipient’s name is correct as well as the account number and sort code when transferring money. If the names do not match, the sender will be able to decide whether to proceed.

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Alistair McKinlay

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Alistair McKinlay

Director & Head of Conveyancing

Alistair is a Director and Head of Conveyancing with over 20 years’ experience, having qualified as a solicitor in 1997. He leads a committed conveyancing team and supervises the work to maintain our standard of excellence. Alistair deals with a wide range of property matters, including residential sales...

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