Thursday, 22 January 2009
As easy as...0000000
I pay most of my bills through the Internet using the BPay system and certainly find it far more convenient than the 'olden days' of writing and sending off cheques or lining up at the Post Office to make payments.
The system seems to work well and is pretty simple. However one of my recurring payments has a reference number of twenty digits. Twenty! There is so much scope for miskeying that reference number, especially as there are seven, count em, seven consecutive zeroes within the reference. Is such a long reference number really necessary? Most of my other bills make do with far shorter numbers; one recurring bill manages with just a three digit number.