Money transfers can go wrong for a variety of reasons and when this occurs, the sender has to know what to do. If you know how to reverse a wire transfer, when errors occur, you could get a way out. Electronic money transfers happen globally, making them convenient. Bu,t speed can become a disadvantage if something goes wrong.
In this guide, we have provided the needed information on wire transfer errors and reversals.
How to make a wire transfer?
In the first place, you can do a wire transfer by using a banking app on your mobile or desktop device. You can also walk into your bank to conduct a wire transfer transaction. Whether you can use an app or resort to a banking hall visit depends on your service provider.
The details needed for a wire transfer are:
- Sender’s name and address
- Sender’s bank account number
- Beneficiary’s name and address
- Beneficiary’s bank account number
- Beneficiary’s bank SWIFT/IBAN code (mostly for international transfers)
- Value of transfer and currency
- Assent to terms and conditions (with signature appended, where required)
Quick wire transfer facts
In many countries, cases of unsuccessful wire transfers are not uncommon. According to a 2021 report by Vibepay, the following statistics were highlighted:
- At least 28% of wire transfers sent to the wrong account could not be reversed by the sending banks
- Up to 33% of individuals who made wire transfers with the wrong details had to resort to their banks to cancel such. Recoveries were made within six days of such remedial actions
- The money transfer algorithm recognized up to 25% of such wire transfers with wrong input or unmatched beneficiaries and immediate reversals were made
Can a wire transfer can go wrong?
Yes. When a there are errors in the details provided for a wire transfer, the process can go wrong. The errors recorded can make it impossible for the intended recipient to receive the funds, and if there is an inadvertent match for the details provided, the funds could be lost forever.
Recovery of funds when there is an unintended beneficiary has a slim chance to succeed. Even when the complaints are filed, the receiving bank can use its internal systems to attempt to reverse the wire transfer, but no obligation exists here. The recipient has to be willing to assent to the wire transfer reversal for it to happen.
Instead of leaving your fate to chance, always double-check your details before completing a wire transfer transaction. There are internal mechanisms provided by some banks to ensure that an intended beneficiary’s details are verified using a lookup tool. If such an option exists in your bank, you can make use of it.
How to cancel a wire transfer
Cancelling an international wire transfer will take a longer processing time than domestic transactions. The geolocation of sender and beneficiary has to be taken into consideration here. Transfers within North America will sail through faster during reversals than any other between two continents.
Transfers within the same network such as domestic transactions are likely to be barred for inconsistent information immediately the beneficiary’s details are provided. If there is any entry that escapes the first line of check of beneficiary details, a reversal could proceed fast and get completed by the bank within a week. Other problematic cases could linger for a longer time.
SWIFT transfers usually take up to three working days to process and reversing such can take up to a week or more if it is a case of wrong account destination. The recipient bank would reverse the transaction if no account type matched the beneficiary as intended. If there is an inadvertent match, the sender has to file a complaint so that the sending bank can request a reversal. Again, this can become a tussle if the unintended recipient is not honest.
With wire transfers, it is always best for the sender to take the necessary steps to avoid errors. Whenever a wire transfer error occurs, the sender should register an immediate complaint to increase the chances of a wire transfer reversal going through successfully.