The algorithm is:

  • Multiply each digit in the credit card by its "weight". If a charge card has an even number(16 digit card number) of digits, the first digit has a weight of 2, otherwise the digit has weight of 1. Afterwards, the weights of the digits alternate 1,2,1,2.
  • If any digit has a weighted value that is more than 9, Subtract 9.
  • Add together the weights of all the digits, modulo 10.
  • the result should be zero for a valid credit card.

Examples:

Here is the card number: 3728 024906 54059

The above charge card has 15 digits. the number is odd, So the first digit has a weight of 1. to compute the check digit, we multiply:

(3*1),(7*2),(2*1),(8*2),(0*1),(2*2),(4*1),(9*2),(0*1),(6*2),(5*1),(4*2),(0*1),(5*2),(9*1)

which is:

3 14 2 16 0 4 4 18 5 0 12 5 8 0 10 9

Substract 9 from every value greater than 9, and add them together:

3+5+2+7+0+4+4+9+0+3+5+8+0+1+9 = 60

This gives a check of 0, because 60 mod 10 = 0; Hence the Credit card is Valid.

Here is another card number : 4129 0370 8071 2254

The above charge card has 16 digits. the number is odd, So the first digit has a weight of 2. to compute the check digit, we multiply :

(4*2),(1*1),(2*2),(9*1),(0*2),(3*1),(7*2),(0*1),(8*2),(0*1),(7*2),(1*1),(2*2),(2*1),(5*2),(4*1)

which is :

8+1+4+9+0+3+5+0+7+0+5+1+4+2+1+4 = 54 mod 10 = 4

Hence the credit card is Invalid.

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