John Donagher pressed the little lettered thingies in this order...

> My suggestion is to run an authorization for an extremely small amount of
> money ($1.00 is fairly standard) and that will tell you if the account is
> valid or not. Doing validation yourself implies a fully-publicly-understood

Maybe I am the only one, but I would NEVER do business with ANY 
company that charged my credit card just to see if it was valid.

At any rate, the initial request was to see if their was a way by which 
you could tell whether the number is valid BEFORE it is sent to the 
bank for processing.  Since this solution requires sending the card to 
the bank for processing to see if the number is valid, it would defeat the 

Christopher Ostmo
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