I have a consultant that did some work for me. While the majority of our people are working in Israel and Poland, we actually have people working for us all over the map.
The consultant submitted their invoice at the end of the month and we sent a wire transfer to the provided account. So far, pretty normal and business as usual. We do double verification of account details, to avoid common scams, by the way, so we know that the details we sent were correct. Except… the money never arrived.
When we inquired, it turned out that the money transfer was reversed. The reason why? This is the address that the consultant provided (not the actual address, mind, but has the same issue). Note that the
Mr. Great Consultant
1234 Cuba Avenue
Alta Vista, Ottawa, K1G 1L7
The wire transfer was flagged as potential international sanctions violation and refused.
That was… very strange.
It appears that someone saw Cuba in the address, decided that this is a problem and refuse the transfer. I’m not sure if I would rather that this is the case of an over active Regex or a human not applying critical thinking.
We are now on week two of trying to resolve that with the bank and it is quite annoying.
Next port of call, buying Monero on the dark web… .