Dog’s ‘Terrorist-Sounding’ Name Freezes Online Payment.
The guy wrote “Dash” in the memo line of his payment to his dog-walker, “Dash” being the dog’s name. Chase bank decided that (1) this sounded suspiciously like “Daesh”, a terrorist group; (2) there was a meaningful possibility that a terrorist would write in the name of a terror group on a check in case the recipient didn’t know what it was; and (3) there was a meaningful possibility that the terrorists used the “remove every other vowel” code.
To rub salt in it the dog owner is quoted as saying “I think anything we can do to stop the terrorists and the funding of terrorists, let’s do it.” Then again, he did say that his initial reaction was “Great, they’re stopping the world’s stupidest terrorist.”
No word on what the intended recipient of the check thought about having a payment held up for something like this.
How does your bank know your dog’s not a terrorist?