Confirmation of Payee
When you create a new saved beneficiary or edit an existing beneficiary, you’ll need the following information:
- The account name exactly as it appears on their bank account statement or invoice if you’re paying a business
- The account type - personal or business
- The account number and UK sort code
- A nickname for the beneficiary. This is to help you identify the beneficiary in online banking and does not form part of the Confirmation of Payee check
- The reference. For some account types, the destination bank requires additional information to identify the underlying account name, make sure you include this information in the reference section.
We’ll check the details you provide against the details on the payee’s account and let you know the results before you make the payment. There can be a few outcomes:
- The name and account type match
If you use the right name and account type, we’ll let you know that they match the details the beneficiary bank has so you can carry on creating or editing the beneficiary.
- The details partially match
If you’ve got a partial match, you’ll be given the actual name or account type of the account holder, so you can check and update the details, or contact the person or organisation you’re trying to pay.
- The name doesn’t match
If the name doesn’t match, we'll tell you, and ask you to contact the person or organisation you’re trying to pay.
- The reference isn’t correct
If the reference for those account details is incorrect, we’ll let you know. Make sure that you check the reference details with the person or business that you’re attempting to pay before continuing.
- We can’t check the account
If the type of account doesn’t support the checks or there’s a technical issue, we’ll tell you. Not all banks are participating in the scheme straight away so if you’re paying someone whose bank isn’t participating yet we won’t be able to check the name on the account you’re sending money to.
If we can’t check the account details, you’ll be able to use the details you have if you want to, but you should always double-check they’re correct. The funds may go to the wrong account and we might not be able to recover the money.
If you need to pay a joint account, you’ll need to ask for the name of one of the joint account holders, exactly as appears on their account statement.
You'll need to provide the business or trading name exactly as it appears on an invoice or other payment instruction you've been given. (Remember that some businesses may have more than one trading name).
Giving you extra peace of mind
These checks can help you avoid simple mistakes like mis-typing account details when you set up a payment. They also help tackle some types of fraud like authorised push payment scams and other forms of maliciously misdirected payments. Find out more at our security center.
Remember - Never set up new or change existing payment details without first verifying the request directly with the person or company you're paying, preferably using existing contact details.