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Is it possible to trace a bank account ?

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I suspect this is unlikely, but if you are trying to find out if someone has a swiss bank account, but you dont know with which bank and it might be very old (25+ years) is this information held on a central registry somewhere ?

I suspect not knowing how private industry works but Switzerland is very regulated so I thought I would ask on the off chance.

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Old 27.10.2008, 09:09
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Re: Is it possible to trace a bank account ?

It should be possible:
http://www.geneve-finance.ch/en/plac...rche_compte_ch


There must be billions sitting around out there. For instance, in the UK there is an estimated £77 billion unclaimed. http://www.unclaimedassets.co.uk/
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Old 27.10.2008, 21:26
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Hello,

I suspect this is unlikely, but if you are trying to find out if someone has a swiss bank account, but you dont know with which bank and it might be very old (25+ years) is this information held on a central registry somewhere ?

I suspect not knowing how private industry works but Switzerland is very regulated so I thought I would ask on the off chance.

thanks

mike
Here is some useful info about tracing dormant accounts in Switzerland:
http://swiss-bank-accounts.com/e/ban.../post1945.html

The official authority is the Swiss Banking Ombudsman
http://www.bankingombudsman.ch/
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Re: Is it possible to trace a bank account ?

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http://www.bankingombudsman.ch/en/do...sets/inquiries
"Persons suspecting assets to which they are entitled to with an unknown bank in Switzerland can ask the Contact Office of the Swiss Banking Ombudsman for the polling of the databank of all dormant customer relationships (savings books, accounts including numbered and pseudonym accounts, custody accounts, safe-deposit boxes) of Swiss banks in the course of the relevant guidelines issued by the Swiss Banker's Association."
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ok Rod you are right !
if you have debited your account of CHF 201.96 the 05 February 1995, you have a good chance to trace it.
if your father or grandfather has credited his account of CHF 1 205 996.32 the 23. February 1943, i wish you GOOD LUCK
I don't doubt that it is a very difficult, and often unsuccessful, process. Having heard of successful enquiries in the UK, I hope that the details I mentioned may be a starting point. If the OP is looking for an account from the 1980s, as their post implies could be the case, hopefully they have a better chance than from the 1940s.

If the potential sum is significant, extensive research could well be justified.
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if your father or grandfather has credited his account of CHF 1 205 996.32 the 23. February 1943, i wish you GOOD LUCK
in theory it's possible. Swiss bank are subject to very strict regulation when it comes to dormant accounts. they report to the regulator on an ongoing basis. Accounts don't just disappear.
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