In the land of TV and movies, all electronic funds transfer systems work by transferring the money a little bit at a time. We know this because while the transfer is in progress, you can clearly see a Viewer-Friendly Interface displaying the amount of money, which starts at zero and quickly increases. This is apparently because the money is being stuffed, one dollar bill at at time, through the connection. In reality, a form of fraud known as salami slicing or penny shaving exists. Often using rounding errors to steal substantial amounts of cash, often a cent at a time. Of course, the goal is to steal the cash so slowly that nobody notices. If you're going to steal a whole load of cash in the time frame of the following examples, then you may as well just steal it all in one transaction rather than slicing it up into tens of thousands of microtransactions. (Unless it's being directed at multiple accounts, though obviously it isn't feasible to have thousands of those.) Well, unless you want to further annoy your victim with the arrival of a bank account statement several thousand pages long at the end of the month. Or annoy the bank by making them print and ship it. Or both! Another real-life approach is structuring or smurfing: if all transactions above a certain limit ($10,000 in the United States) are reviewed by regulators as a matter of course, then a large illegal transaction may be split into several still-sort-of-large pieces that are each below the limit. To muddy the waters further, each piece may be transferred by different accomplices at different locations. This might become Truth in Television in the future if electronic stores of value are ever implemented which would consist of individual, cryptographically signed, monetary tokens in the form of computer files. They would work in a similar fashion to electronic postage or coupon codes and if you had a large number of small denomination tokens, they would take time to transfer one by one.
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