Electronic check conversion

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Electronic Check Conversion

A form of payment in which the payer writes the payee a check, but in which the actual funds are debited/credited electronically. The U.S. Treasury has used electronic check conversion to make large payments online.

Electronic check conversion.

Electronic check conversion is a payment process in which you give a payee a check, but the actual payment is processed as an electronic funds transfer.

The payment is automatically debited from your account using the account, routing information, and bank ID information on your check, which is either voided and returned to you or destroyed.

A business must notify you before it uses electronic check conversion to process your payment. Keep in mind that an electronic funds transfer will be completed much more quickly than a check, so it's important to have the funds available in your account before you authorize an electronic check conversion.

As with any other type of electronic funds transfer, you have the right to ask your bank to investigate any errors or misuses.

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