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The SWIFT code is 8 or 11 characters, made up of:
4 characters - bank code (only letters)
2 characters - ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 country code (only letters)
2 characters - location code (letters and digits) (if the second character is '1', then it denotes a passive participant in the SWIFT network)
3 characters - branch code, optional ('XXX' for primary office) (letters and digits)
Where an 8-digit code is given, it may be assumed that it refers to the primary office.
Query results Active as of 7 Nov 2009
N° BIC code Institution Branch name City heading
1 BTCDUS44XXX BANKERS TRUST COMPANY, N.A. DES MOINES,IA
2 TRCCUS61XXX BANKERS TRUST COMPANY OF CALIFORNIA LOS ANGELES,CA
Originally posted by MR BOB
my thougts are that it has something to do with that that these bank are run by a freemason. and they want to secretly, but openly advertise that they are a 33rd degree mason.
it is not illegal to do and nothing particulary nasty about it.
[edit on 8-11-2009 by MR BOB]