Bank Account Verification Through ValidiFI
NACHA has supplemented their fraud detection standards by requiring that lenders validate their borrowers' bank accounts. LoanPro is integrated with ValidiFI, whose services can help you validate your borrowers' bank accounts. These tools enable you to detect and prevent fraud, and maintain compliance with NACHA's due-diligence rules or any laws that your company is subject to. NACHA recognizes them as a preferred partner for account validation, meaning they can be trusted to provide top-tier service in this area.
ValidiFI's integration with LoanPro makes it simple and easy to validate any payment profiles you've entered on Secure Payments.
What are their Service Levels?
Through Secure Payments, you have access to three tiers of ValidiFI account validation: Basic, Standard, and Enhanced.
- Basic: Basic searches cost $0.34 per validation. It authenticates the routing number structure and status, and ensures that the account number conforms to the routing number. It also identifies the most basic errors associated with data entry and outdated information.
- Standard: Standard searches cost $0.66 per validation. They increase the screening and validation on routing and account numbers with ValidiFI’s network of payment, banking, and merchant contributors. This helps eliminate common errors and confirm the status of routing and bank account numbers.
- Enhanced: Enhanced searches cost $0.99 per validation. The enhanced validation verifies the routing and account number against an expanded list of sources. This is ideal for ensuring maximum coverage and identifying the account's status. It also identifies accounts associated with administrative returns.
Here's a breakdown of the different analytical tools applied with each tier of validation:
Routing Number Validation
Account Number Structure
ValidiFI Bank Risk Data
Third Party Data
ValidiFI Insights Data
Within Secure Payments, click 'Actions' on the navigation pane on the left of the screen.
This page lists the different actions available in Secure Payments and lets you toggle each of them on or off. ValidiFI's services are listed as 'Bank Account Attribute Lookup', found near the bottom.
The drop-down menu lists the available service tiers.
Validating an Account
Now that you've turned on bank account controls, the system will automatically validate any payment profiles you add. Once you've created a payment profile, just navigate back to it in the Secure Payments UI and you'll see all the information ValidiFI found on the account. Add or edit a payment profile, then go to Customers > select a specific customer > Payment Profiles.
The Validation Response is a result, shorthand for what ValidiFI discovered. If there is an issue, it will be explained in the Message. This basic validation sample gives a result code of AVC8, and the message explains that while the routing number is valid, that bank has never used account numbers like the one this borrower gave. This would indicate either a simple typo or perhaps an attempt at fraud; in either case, the payment profile is likely unusable.
Result Codes and Controls
When an account is validated, the system will give you a result code explaining the results. You can configure your settings so that Secure Payments will not attempt to process payments from profiles with the result codes you specify. In the navigation pane at the left, select Bank Account Control. Toggling each result will determine whether the system will attempt to process payments with those codes. If a result code is turned on, the system will accept payment profiles that return it.
This table explains what each indicates:
Unexpected Service Disruption
An unexpected service disruption with one or more data sources occurred.
Invalid Routing Number Structure
The Routing Number structure does not conform to the ABA standard.
Suspected Bad Routing Number
The Routing Number structure conforms to the ABA standard but has a history of returns for an invalid routing number
Routing Number Not Found
The Routing Number is not found within the ABA list of Routing Numbers.
Routing Number is Not ACH Capable
The Routing Number is not Active, not ACH capable, or is of the wrong type according to the ABA list of Routing Numbers.
Suspected Bad Account Pattern
The Routing Number is valid, active, and is ACH capable. The Bank Account Number is suspected to be invalid, or has a length or pattern with a history of returns for invalid account.
Valid Account with History of Recent Returns, Unpaid, or Stop Payments
The Routing Number is valid, active, and is ACH capable. The Bank Account Number is valid and there is recent histrory of returns/unpaid or stop payments seen in ValidiFI's database.
Valid Routing Number with Limited Account Pattern and No History of Recent Transactions
The Routing Number is valid, active, and is ACH capable. There is limited history of the Bank Account pattern and no history of recent transaction seen in ValidiFI's database for the provided Bank Account Number.The Routing Number is valid, active, and is ACH capable. There is limited history of the Bank Account pattern and no history of recent transaction seen in ValidiFI's database for the provided Bank Account Number.
Valid Routing Number with No History of Account Pattern
The Routing Number is valid, active, and is ACH capable. There is no history of the Bank Account pattern seen in ValidiFI's database for the provided Bank Account Number.
Valid Routing Number and Account Pattern
The Routing Number is valid, active, and is ACH capable. The Bank Account pattern is valid.
Valid Routing and Bank Account with Recent Transaction History
The Routing Number is valid, active, and is ACH capable. The Bank Account Number is valid and there is recent history of Bank Transaction seen in ValidiFI's database.
Valid Routing and Bank Account with Verified Good Transaction History
The Routing Number is valid, active, and is ACH capable. The Bank Account Number is valid, has history of good transactions, and there is no recent history of returns seen in ValidiFI's database.