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Old 01-04-2012, 03:10 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Old 01-04-2012, 03:19 PM
 
Location: Northern VA (for now)
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As a former bank teller, the bank made the right call here. Pay to the order of is like it says pay to the order of. If that was not Mrs. Peter Irrozio (in EXACT name) then the bank did what it was supposed to, it is the person who made the check who messed up.
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Old 01-04-2012, 05:54 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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As a former bank teller, the bank made the right call here. Pay to the order of is like it says pay to the order of. If that was not Mrs. Peter Irrozio (in EXACT name) then the bank did what it was supposed to, it is the person who made the check who messed up.
But hubby wrote "for deposit only". doesn't that make a difference. I have been married 35 years and never officially took my husband's name. I get checks made out to Mrs. John Doe- which I have never gone by but as long as I write Deposit Only on it I've never had any trouble. Now I can see the problem if I tried to cash a check. Seems funny that one bank refused and another one had o problem.
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Old 01-04-2012, 05:58 PM
 
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Seems funny that one bank refused and another one had o problem.
I agree. Both banks should have refused. I think it's silly that some banks follow the rules while others don't.
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Old 01-04-2012, 06:17 PM
 
Location: Wherever women are
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This is standard banking practice. Sorry. Think of it this way, the person the cheque is named for DOES NOT EXIST in documentation by law. And you expect an FDIC-insured, public institution suffering from one million lawsuits and litigation to avoid "sane" banking practice in a dumb fashion???

People need to stop this anti-big bank propaganda
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Old 01-04-2012, 07:05 PM
 
Location: Northern VA (for now)
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But hubby wrote "for deposit only". doesn't that make a difference. I have been married 35 years and never officially took my husband's name. I get checks made out to Mrs. John Doe- which I have never gone by but as long as I write Deposit Only on it I've never had any trouble. Now I can see the problem if I tried to cash a check. Seems funny that one bank refused and another one had o problem.
No it does not. Technically it goes by "pay to the order of" and that is it. Banks AND credit unions are very strict on this with all the federal regulations we have to follow. Like I said earlier the maker of the checks should have taken this into consideration and made the check out to both parties specifically like John and Jakqueka Doe would have probably been acceptable.
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Old 01-05-2012, 06:11 AM
 
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But hubby wrote "for deposit only". doesn't that make a difference. I have been married 35 years and never officially took my husband's name. I get checks made out to Mrs. John Doe- which I have never gone by but as long as I write Deposit Only on it I've never had any trouble. Now I can see the problem if I tried to cash a check. Seems funny that one bank refused and another one had o problem.
So, say someone takes your paycheck out of your mailbox, brings it to their bank, writes "for deposit only" on the back and when questioned by the teller she says "oh I just got married and haven't changed my information yet" and the teller deposits her check. How would you feel about that? I'm pretty sure you would be all over that bank for not requiring proper ID.

Now, it's nice to live in an area where people are allowed to use some discretion but BoA is in the right here and they are doing that to protect YOU.
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Old 01-05-2012, 06:33 AM
 
Location: Nebraska
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My DH and I had mutual checking and savings accounts.
When I ran for public office, I opened up a checking account in my name (actually my nickname, as that was what everyone knew me as and what I ran under) for two reasons - it made it easier to deposit the checks, plus it kept my accounting for the race accurate - no "crossovers". Even though the tellers at the bank (BOA) had known me and DH for years, they would deposit checks only in the name-specified account. When I ran my business, the checks were all made out in my nick as well; so in years when I wasn't a candidate, it made it easier to deposit them as well.

When we moved, our new bank (Wells Fargo) opened my account and issued debit cards in DH's name and my - nickname! Because I was well known under my nick, they assumed it was my name; even gave us our house loan under it (many of the supporting documents for the loan were made out in my nickname). Yet, because they know me (and understand the whole 'nick' and 'professional' personas) I can cash or deposit checks made out to either my SSN name or my nick without a problem.

The only time my name change has been a problem is when I was in a flight schedule that covered two days and the airline lost my ID halfway through. I had to have my son fax me my birth certificate to prove who I was for he flight home. The person at the airport said suspiciously, "The last name on this birth certificate doesn't match the last name on the ticket." "Well, no, " I replied, "But then, I wasn't born married to him!"

There are reasons that banks do this; DH has had his identity stolen 3 times. Lots of people, especially people going thru a divorce, can find their accounts cleaned out just because the bank tellers 'know' an individual and lets them do whatever they want; or 'assumes' that a similar name is the same person. Banks have to protect themselves the same as anyone else; and identity fraud is a serious problem.
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Old 01-05-2012, 06:54 AM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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"B of A strikes again"?
They did the proper thing.
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Old 01-05-2012, 08:53 AM
 
Location: Sierra Vista, AZ
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Use the ATM, it won't argue with you
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