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Consumers and ARC Check Conversion

NACHA has announced the results of a survey of consumer awareness of accounts receivable check conversion (ARC).

ARC allows companies that receive consumers' checks at remittance and lockbox locations to convert them into electronic ACH payments, the same, safe electronic payments system used for Direct Deposit. ARC is used for consumer bill payments such as credit cards, mortgages, insurance premiums, and telecommunications and utility bills. NACHA estimates that in 2004 there were 1.25 billion consumer checks converted into ARC payments, and that at its current growth rate may reach 2 billion payments in 2005.

When read a description of the ARC check conversion process, 69 percent of the consumers surveyed said that they are familiar with the process. When provided with an open-ended opportunity to express any objections or concerns about check conversion, 55 percent said they had none.

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