ACCOUNT NUMBER IDENTIFIER
checking account number contains a nine-digit ABA routing number
that identifies the financial institution that the account is at.
When a check is presented for payment, it's ultimately guided back
to the issuing bank for payment. But how can an investigator identify
the bank when he just has this nine digit number but not the bank
name? Here's two options:
numbers online at this Federal Reserve website to identify the banking
can get the same information by calling the Reference Desk at the
American Bankers Association. Call 800/BANKERS.
BUREAU SUBPOENA DESKS
"Super Bureaus" collect and disseminate personal financial
information on millions of Americans. Release of the information
is regulated by the Fair Credit Reporting Act and various state
statutes. Note: Subpoenas must be signed by a judge. All three bureaus
accept service by mail at the addresses below. None charge a fee.
Be sure to include the subject's social security number and current
address when requesting a credit report by subpoena or search warrant.
Mail subpoenas/search warrants to: Equifax, Attn.: Custodian of
Records, 1600 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30309. Call 770/375-2613.
Mail subpoenas/search warrants to: Experian, Attn.: Custodian of
Records, P.O. Box 1240, Allen, TX 75013. Call 972/390-4016.
Mail subpoenas/search warrants to: TransUnion, Attn.: Custodian
of Records, 555 West Adams Street, Chicago, IL 60661. Call 312/466-6401.
numbers in the United States (800, 877, 866, etc.) are managed by
the 800 Service Management System. When calls are made to a toll-free
number, the 800 SMS figures out what phone carrier (or Responsible
Organization, in their terminology) should pay for the call. The
phone carrier then, in turn, will bill its customer to whom the
toll-free line is registered. The 800 SMS therefore maintains a
database of all toll-free numbers and knows what phone company operates
each. They don't maintain information on the actual customer to
whom the line is registered by the phone company. If asked properly,
the 800 SMS customer help section will tell you what phone company
handles any particular phone line. What is the value of this to
investigators? For one thing, when a subpoena is in hand for phone
records, this will help determine where it should be served. Call
- have a case of laryngitis and can't speak? Don't call 800 SMS
direct and speak with their customer service department. Rather,
call this automated "Responsible Organization" line from
Ameritech. You'll punch in the 800 number and hear back the name
of the carrier! Call 800/337-4194.
When You've Got THOUSANDS of sources you can afford to give another
a serial number for a lost or stolen firearm? Then contact the gun
dealer from whom the firearm was originally purchased. If the gun
dealer is out of business, contact the ATF, which will search its
records for a fee of $37.50. Include the name of the person who
purchased the firearm; the name of the out-of-business dealer; the
dealer's city, state and zip code; date of purchase or at least
a three-year time span when the purchase was made; make, model and
gauge of firearm. Include both your name and address as well as
a daytime phone number. Direct your request to ATF, Disclosure Division,
650 Massachusetts Avenue, Washington, D.C. 20226. Call 800/788-7133