The Confirmation of Payee Service (SANB) is expanding in Romania: VISTA BANK is the tenth bank that offers its own customers the facility to verify the payee’s identity for payments in lei made through internet banking

April 9, 2024


Starting from April, VISTA BANK joins the banks in Romania that have adhered to the Confirmation of Payee Service (SANB) made available by TRANSFOND, thus contributing to increasing the security of transactions carried out by customers through electronic payment orders. The new service is offered free of charge to individual and corporate clients and is available 24/7 among SANB participating banks.

How does the Confirmation of Payee Service (SANB) work?

While initiating an electronic payment order in lei to an individual payee and the payer enters the beneficiary’s IBAN code, the banking application will automatically display the payee’s first name and his/her surname initial, as they are transmitted in the SANB system by the payee's bank. If the payee is a legal entity, part of the company's name will be displayed for validation. Thus, the payer has the possibility to check if the payee’s name corresponds to the name displayed automatically by querying the SANB database and, if they differ, to correct or cancel the payment order. The facility only works if both the payer's and the payee's banks are participating in SANB.

SANB's objective is to prevent fraud among customers making electronic payments, as well as to reduce erroneous transactions generated by the wrong entry of the payee's IBAN account.

“By joining the Confirmation of Payee Service, we provide our customers with an additional verification tool, automatic and secure, through which they can ensure that their online payments are made only to the intended beneficiaries. Its usefulness becomes even greater as the vast majority of the transactions in lei initiated by our clients are carried out instantly. Digital transformation comes with multiple advantages and brings increased convenience to the users of online banking services. However, it must be accompanied by protection tools that reduce the fraud and error risks, so as to increase the customers’ safety and trust. VISTA BANK is consistent with its strategy of offering a superior experience to customers, through safe, modern services adapted to their needs. We thank TRANSFOND for the excellent collaboration during the implementation of this project.” - stated Raluca Dobre, Manager of Digital Channels and Tranformation, VISTA BANK

“SANB minimizes the potential risk of a cybercriminal requesting the payer (via email, sms, etc.), on behalf of beneficiaries known to the payer (utility providers, suppliers of services or goods), to pay invoices, by indicating their own IBAN codes (different from those of the entitled beneficiaries). Thus, some payers may follow these instructions and pay into the indicated account, considering it legitimate. SANB offers the payer the certainty that the funds reach the right destination, by automatically indicating some elements that confirm the name of the beneficiary. We welcome VISTA BANK\s participation in the SANB and we are convinced that all banks will join this service in the shortest time possible, collaborating to provide a secure payment environment to the market.” - said Răzvan Faer, Chief Development Officer, TRANSFOND.

The Confirmation of Payee service - SANB is made available to banks connected to the Clearing House of interbank payments by TRANSFOND, on an enrollment basis. As a scheme, the Confirmation of Payee service is administered by the Romanian Banking Association, as an option for SEPA RON credit transfer schemes, based on the Convention on National Payment Schemes and the mandate given by the National Bank of Romania.


With over 25 years of existence on the Romanian market, VISTA BANK has continuously evolved and contributed to the development of the Romanian economy and the welfare of its clients. As a universal bank, VISTA BANK aims to offer tailor-made, high-quality financial solutions. In recent years, the bank has grown both organically and through the acquisition of Crédit Agricole Bank Romania in 2021, thus advancing in the Romanian banks ranking. Scaling up its business will allow the bank to accelerate growth and improve its capacity to offer better banking experience to its existing and future clients. For more information:


TRANSFOND is the administrator and operator of the Automatic Clearing House of commercial retail interbank payments. The company aims to be the main partner of the Romanian financial-banking community in the area of payments (both in local currency and in euro, national and cross-border), of services adjacent or complementary to interbank payments, making maximum use of the infrastructure and know-how available. The main shareholder of TRANSFOND is the National Bank of Romania, and the rest of the shareholders are represented by 18 commercial banks active in the Romanian market. TRANSFOND has developed a number of complex and successful solutions, for the benefit of the domestic financial sector, but also of commercial companies and end consumers of financial services: Instant Payments, Confirmation of Payee Service (SANB), AliasPay, e-Factur@ and e-Archiv@. For more information:,,,

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