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Re: Britain targets 6,000 HSBC accounts in Switzerland

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Right. But none of that actually prevents the UK government from tracking down tax cheats using numbered accounts, as the forensics trail is still there. It makes the information harder to obtain for people that want to sell CDs to foreign governments, but it's just as easy to obtain with a court order saying "give us all documents pertaining to so and so."
The bank won't be able to identify the bank account to a name they ask.

The code names are not linked to names other than in the paper files.

It's also possible that the registered owner died a long time ago, the power of attorneys on these accounts don't stop at death, so account owner & beneficial owner may be different.
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