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A bank account
in which the owner is identified by a number instead of a name. Numbered accounts are used for discretion, and have a reputation of protecting money launderers and other criminals. Until recently, numbered accounts were almost exclusively used in the Swiss banking
An account identified by something other than the owner's name.
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There are a lot of misunderstandings about these numbered accounts.
Yes, you can have a numbered account here and there is a lot of excitement about it but at the end of the day, the procedure to open a numbered account is exactly the same as for any other type of account.
Rafael Trujillo, for example, made off with an estimated $140 million from the Dominican Republic; Juan Peron stuffed at least $140 million into Swiss accounts: Haile Selassie's legendary $6 billion hoard may be grossly exaggerated, but he was still able to withdraw $600 million from his own accounts to help finance Ethiopia's war with Somalia: the Shah of Iran and Mobuto Sese Seko of Zaire managed to expatriate huge amounts of cash to numbered accounts
While many employees of a bank have access to customer data in general, such access is restricted for numbered accounts