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Validating Credit Card Numbers

The following function validates credit card numbers. If the number is in a valid format, the function returns "True"; if the number is in an invalid format, it returns "False". This algorithm should work with all credit cards. If the function validates a card, it doesn't mean the card is actually good, it means only that the numbers are arranged in a valid format. If a card isn't validated, you've saved some card-processing time. You can easily use this function in Common Gateway Interface (CGI) forms that process credit card orders.
Function CheckCard(CCNumber As String) As Boolean
Dim Counter As Integer, TmpInt As Integer
Dim Answer As Integer

Counter = 1
TmpInt = 0

While Counter <= Len(CCNumber)
If IsEven(Len(CCNumber)) Then
TmpInt = Val(Mid$(CCNumber, Counter, 1))
If Not IsEven(Counter) Then
TmpInt = TmpInt * 2
If TmpInt > 9 Then TmpInt = TmpInt - 9
End If
Answer = Answer + TmpInt
'Debug.Print Counter, TmpInt, Answer
Counter = Counter + 1
Else
TmpInt = Val(Mid$(CCNumber, Counter, 1))
If IsEven(Counter) Then
TmpInt = TmpInt * 2
If TmpInt > 9 Then TmpInt = TmpInt - 9
End If
Answer = Answer + TmpInt
'Debug.Print Counter, TmpInt, Answer
Counter = Counter + 1
End If
Wend

Answer = Answer Mod 10

If Answer = 0 Then CheckCard = True
End Function

This was first published in August 2001

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