sending financial info via email
Thread poster: Susan Welsh

Susan Welsh  Identity Verified
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Jun 6, 2009

I read some time back about how people who are very careful about their passwords for websites, making sure there's a secure connection for relaying financial data, etc., will still send sensitive financial info by email without a second thought. I can't remember where I read this, but recently I found myself doing exactly that. A client wanted my bank account info to send payment, so I cheerfully sent it by email.

Is there really a problem with this? My computer-expert son explained how complicated it is to encrypt (and un-encrypt) email -- both at the sender's end and the receiver's end.

Perhaps the best thing to do is avoid email and use the telephone, but that can be costly, and I wonder if it's worth it.



Uldis Liepkalns  Identity Verified
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Bank account Number is no secret Jun 6, 2009

Anyone of us when trying to join/prolong ProZ membership see bank info. And what?


Susan Welsh wrote:
A client wanted my bank account info to send payment, so I cheerfully sent it by email.


Lutz Molderings  Identity Verified
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-- Jun 6, 2009

I assume you only gave your client the name of the account holder, sort code and account number.

I may be wrong, but I don't think this info alone would be of much use to any fraudster.

But I would certainly avoid sending my credit card number together with the security code to somebody.

[Edited at 2009-06-06 17:15 GMT]

[Edited at 2009-06-06 17:16 GMT]


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