Sooo, I sold some pics using Smugmug Pro.
Now it's time to collect and they insist on direct deposit. They won't send me a check. They won't send to Paypal. They won't give me credit towards prints. They insist they have a "strict payment policy".They ONLY do direct deposit to my bank account. That just sucks.
I have a problem with this because I have to give them an IRS tax form that has my SSN.
SSN + bank routing number = all a smart person would need to hack my bank account. Sad but true.
Call me paranoid but since they didn't ask for this up front; I just don't understand why they're being such sticklers. What's the problem with mailing a check? Why can't they respect my desire to not expose myself to identity theft?
If they were a regulated institution or my employer I'd be OK but they're just some company.
I suppose I can open a bank account with some off-bank just for the purpose of getting my $500, then close it.
Note: After discovering how loose banking policy is regarding SSN and Routing Number being "positive proof of identity", I never use personal checks.