Juniper Bank / Barclays Bank seems to be engaged in a deliberate scam to generate false late payment and other fees.
Apple Computers are in a continuous business relationship with Juniper Bank/ Barklays Bank, and may benefit financially from Juniper Bank's misleading and deceptive operations.
My account was timely paid on October 3, 2007, following the instructions given by Juniper to the letter. This was verified by Juniper by means of an e-mail communication on October 4, 2007 verifying this fact using the following unambiguous words: Thank you for your payment. This Account Alert confirms that your payment has been received. Details regarding your payment: * Amount: $727.57 * Date applied to your account: 10/03/2007. But Juniper negligently failed to parse this information correctly, and had submitted an improper transaction to my bank for which Juniper must bear full responsibility.
Since the fault is Junipers, Juniper should bear the burden of the chargeback and correct their procedures and on-line instructions to prevent similar occurrences in future.
Here follows a little background information, discovered by me with a few moments of effort on the Web, after I discovered Junipers error, and which error Juniper had failed to bring to my attention with a proper notice.
The following information is largely drawn from published information from the American Bankers Association, and other publicly-available documents.
The issue is how to properly parse the MICR line on a check. Junipers instructions are plainly incorrect and misleading.
The first field in the MICR line (at the far right) may be the Auxiliary On-Us field, especially on business checks, representing the serial check number, and is preceded and followed by MICR On-Us symbols.
The next field (or possibly the first) will be the Nine Digit Transit field, preceded and followed by a MICR Transit Symbol. This field may be easily parsed from the MICR line no matter what order the fields are presented in. This field identifies the bank or institution.
Next, (to the right), is usually the On-Us field, which is usually the business or person's bank account number, and may optionally contain the check number and MICR Dash symbols, but is always followed by the MICR On-Us symbol. An optional PC Tran Code may follow the On-Us symbol to the right of the Account Number.
On checks which have been routed through a bank or other clearing house, a MICR Amount Symbol, followed by MICR numerals indicating the amount of the check, and a following MICR Amount Symbol, may be present.
MICR Transit Symbol
MICR Dash Symbol
MICR On-Us Symbol
MICR Amount Symbol
So valid MICR lines may look like the one shown on the Juniper Web page:
XXXXXXXXX YYYYYYYYYY ZZZZ
Or like the MICR line printed on my checks:
XXXXXXXXX ZZZZ YYYYY YYYYY
ZZZZZ XXXXXXXXX YYYYYYYYYY
XXXXXXXXX ZZZZ YYYY YYYY
Where X is the Transit Code/Routing Number, Y is the Account number, Z is the check number, and O is an optional PC Tran Code.
Note that the check number may be an integral part of the On-Us field, and must either be separated into its component parts by software or the user must be given proper instructions about how to parse and remove the check number from the On-Us field manually.
The Juniper instructions pay no attention to the many compliant variants of the MICR line as defined by the American Bankers Association, thereby grossly misleading the public, who cannot be presumed to know the many subtle variations of the MICR line possible under the American Bankers Association rules, whereas Juniper is itself a bank, and must be presumed to know these details intimately. Juniper may have negligently failed to inform their Web designer about these rules, or their Web designer may have ignored their good advice and put up a sloppy page which didnt incorporate all the information given to the designer, an act of professional malpractice. Either way, the tort of professional malpractice lies within Junipers sphere of responsibility, since the Web designer was acting as their agent, although Juniper may well have a cross-complaint against the designer.
I entered the perfectly valid On-Us field printed on the MICR line of my checks, as plainly instructed by the Juniper website page instructing users how to add a payment account, including a misleading and deceptive illustration, but Junipers software processing failed to take into account the fact that it contained an embedded check number, as is permissible under ABA rules, nor did Junipers Website inform me of the possibility of an embedded check number and give suggestions which would be helpful in removing it from the On-Us field before entering this field into the online form.
I suggest that this note, based on my research and offered to Juniper gratis, might form a reasonable Statement of Work detailing the scope of changes necessary in both Junipers software and Web instruction page.
Alternatively, since the offending instructions have not been changed to this day, it might serve as evidence of continuing and deliberate consumer fraud on the part of Juniper Bank, Barclays Bank, and possibly Apple Computers.
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