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  • Submitted: Wed, September 16, 2009
  • Updated: Sun, October 02, 2011

  • Reported By: p — Marysville Washington USA
Bank Of America - overdraft fee masters
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*Consumer Comment: GOOFBALL SONG 17....

*Consumer Comment: GOOFBALL SONG 16......

*Consumer Comment: Encore presentation of- DOW JONES POEM

*Consumer Comment: Encore presentation of- FED POEM 2

*Consumer Comment: Thank you Edward...

*Consumer Comment: History In The Making

*Consumer Comment: 'Fighting the system' is NOT the way to go! 'EXPOSING' the system....

*Consumer Comment: STACEY, I WATCH THE PBS STATIONS FOR MY NEWS BECAUSE I LIKE TO SEE WHAT'S REALLY GOING ON IN THE USA & AROUND THE WORLD, & I DON'T LIKE TO....

*Consumer Comment: Fight the system! (maybe not)

*Consumer Comment: Uh huh

*Consumer Comment: BREAKING NEWS AS OF 15 MINUTES AGO!!! Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, & Wells Fargo banks have announced that customers who have a DEBIT CARD can....

*Consumer Comment: Except It Won't Change A Thing

*Consumer Comment: edward I appreciate your views

*Consumer Comment: Edward Unplugged

*Consumer Comment: RONNY G, PERHAPS THIS QUOTE FROM A HARVARD.....

*Consumer Comment: Karl..

*Consumer Comment: It's Official: The Banks Have Blinked

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* : Jim, It's a Different Game Now

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* : One for Karl...

* : And..now on to my friend Jim..

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* : Jim..you are failing to comprehend..again..

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* : BREAKING NEWS!!! 'FDIC chief considers tapping Treasury for funds' can be read by simply.....

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* : Charged for moving money from savings is a banking regulation.

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I check my bank account on a regular basis and have found bank of America the biggest rip off out there. They charge you $35.00 for every transaction that goes over your account and then lets it pile on. This morning, I found out that I was already in the hole by $70.00 in over draft fees.
I checked my account last night and had money in it. Then the "transactions" took place later that night. When I checked my account this afternoon, I was over drawn by $14.00 so I put $30.00 in there from my savings. I called the customer service number and the idiot on the other end of the line explains to me that I have 2 pending over draft fees coming through tonight for $70.00 and that if I don't put more money in the account, then I'll be hit with another fee (that would bring me to $105.00 in fee's for going over by $14.00). I asked why then was I able to use my debit card at 7-11 earlier this morning and he explained to me that Bank Of America will let you overdraft up to $25.00 but each transaction leading up to that -$25.00 allowance will incur a $35.00 fee.
Are you kidding me? This is what the end result of allowing banks to get this big is. They turn into companies that rip people off. Look, I didn't take care of my money and I should pay a penalty. Fine, I should repay the -$14.00 and maybe a $35.00 over draft fee but seriously, $105.00 for going $14.00 in the hole.
Do you all know that Bank of America Charges you if you move funds from your savings account more than 3 times a month? Yea, they charge YOU for moving YOUR money. Sham.
Let bank of America dwindle down to nothing and collapse. Serves em right. I have to be reminded once in a while, exactly who is it that bailed these idiots out with billions of dollars? oh yeah, us, the common folk.



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GOOFBALL SONG 17....

AUTHOR: Karl - (USA)

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#2 Consumer Comment

GOOFBALL SONG 16......

AUTHOR: Karl - (USA)

will be submitted at this website soon.

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#3 Consumer Comment

Encore presentation of- DOW JONES POEM

AUTHOR: Karl - (USA)

DOW JONES POEM

There once was this thing
It was called the Dow Jones
We used to think it was strong
But it's just broken bones
One day it's up
The next day it's down
One day you smile
The next day you frown
People losing their money
But the big-shots don't care
Banks are collapsing
So give money to Bear
Losing your job
Feeling a bit cranky
Go work for Bear Stearns
'Cause here comes Bernanke
He will help you out
If your cash-flow is low
But you better be an executive
Like a big CEO
So tell us- who's next
Which bank still needs cash
Bernanke to the rescue
No stock market crash
But guess what, big Ben
You better get on your knees
If the ones who cash-out
Are the good ole Chinese!

End.

The Dow Jones lost 242 points on March 16, 2011. It is currently up 121 points at 10:05 AM ET on March 17, 2011.

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*Anyone can 'Google' this- THERE IS NO GAS SHORTAGE, and go to the BusinessWeek article from April 1, 2008, and then go to the comment posted on April 7, 2008 at 11:46 PM and read- "DOW JONES POEM".
(I believe that comment is on, or around, 'Page 54' in the comments section.)

**Don't forget to 'Google' this- BERNANKE'S HISTORY LESSON, and go to the BusinessWeek article from February 27, 2008, and read the comment that was posted on March 18, 2008 at 3:59 PM.

"Knowledge is power."

POWER TO THE PEOPLE
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#4 Consumer Comment

Encore presentation of- FED POEM 2

AUTHOR: Karl - (U.S.A.)

FED POEM 2


There once was a man

Whose last name was Bernanke

He inherited a BIG problem

Was it due to any 'hanky-panky'?



It's a question that's easy to answer

Interest rates were way to low

That other guy who ran the FED

Just wanted our economy to BLOW!



It looked like things were booming

People buying homes & much, much more

They'd put all their purchases on plastic

They were buying-up the store!



Everyone seemed to be happy

If they were sad they'd just go out & buy

When they realized they couldn't afford it

They just made a call to RE-FI.



And sometime in 2006

Many got into BIG trouble

That low rate that got it all going

Created a MONSTER of a BUBBLE!



Those ARM's are now adjusting

Just like the good ole Dow Jones

Americans are now in shock

As they scramble to their phones.



No one really has the answer

And no one will accept any blame

This thing is more mysterious than the Federal Reserve

Seems we're only a pawn in their game.



I guess that this poem is over

My shrimp-cocktail's on ice, it's a chillin'

Just listened to Sting & Peter Gabriel

Hey honey, why don't you put on some Dylan.



End.



'Google' this- YOUTUBE BOB DYLAN BLOWIN IN THE WIND, and watch it on the web.



Quote: "The answer......my friend.......is right here on the web.....the ANSWERS, are right here on the web."


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#5 Consumer Comment

Thank you Edward...

AUTHOR: Ronny g - (USA)

You saved me a lot of typing.

The reality is...some "critics" will never see the logic or fairness of what we expect from our banks..or they do but have too much pride to admit they see our side. Regardless, the exposure is starting to make a difference..which there is nothing I can ask for more.

If it puts a stop or delay to the lawsuits..that is really great news..as I get no pleasure making lawyers richer.

The banks are making these changes because they are smart, and perhaps running a little scared.

And yes..your analogies and comparisons were a bit extreme..but I had no problem understanding the point, it was obvious...when we are getting abused or being done wrong..there are really only 2 choices...take it..or fight it. Sure we will lose some..but real change is never made unless we fight until we win...or reach a treaty/truce.


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#6 Consumer Comment

History In The Making

AUTHOR: Edward - (U.S.A.)

To Edgeman and Exemployee18, yes I did realize in advance how my post might come across to some. It did cross my mind to begin the post with a disclaimer explaining the angle of the post. That's why it was titled Unplugged. If you're familiar with my posting history, you're obviously aware of my usual tone and etiquette. Let's just say it's built up disgust at cowards who think they can belittle others who have fallen on hard times, many by their own doing, but some because of sneaky, tricky and deceptive policies. I'm certainly aware that overdraft fees don't even come close to measuring up to human rights issues. Again that's why it was title Unplugged.

The majority of the post was directed at the critics. But the subliminal message to the victimized consumers is not to listen to those who try and distort things, put you down, and make it seem as if it's all your fault, all the time. Like many of you, I'm also in agreement that consistent and habitual overdrafters have no one to blame but themselves. Ok? I've said this numerous times on numerous posts. But because of unfair and deceptive tactics by banks, there are now hundreds of thousands of customers getting tricked, exploited and then buried in debt all because of one innocent mistake. One single overdraft of 50 cents leads to ten overdraft fees in one day, thanks to Re-Sequencing? Come on people! And then the snowball affect ensues. I'm sorry, but yes I sympathize with a customer in that category and the point of my Unplugged post was to show them that you don't have to take it lying down.

Here's the primary point of my Unplugged post. We often hear about how it's only a small minority affected by OD fees, while the majority of us know how to balance our checkbooks. Recent events by the banks this week should tell you something about that statement. Why are the banks suddently back pedalling for just a small minority of customers? Why are the banks making voluntary concessions never done before, that will cost them billions in profits, for just a small minority of customers? Think about that long and hard.

That was my point to the victimized consumers who have been vindicated this week. The human rights references were just extremely, exaggerated comparisons to get the cowardly critics to see the idiotic hallowness of their own comments. Those of you who are perfect, raise your hand.

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'Fighting the system' is NOT the way to go! 'EXPOSING' the system....

AUTHOR: Karl - (U.S.A.)

is all you need to do!

Quote: "EXPOSURE is a corporation's worst fear." - Harvard Business Professor, 2004.

To read that quote, & others, simply 'Google' this- RIP OFF REPORT FUEL FREEDOM INTERNATIONAL MPG CAPS, and go to the 2001 Toyota Tacoma Rip Off Report, and then to the 'Update' entitled- "Blame it on a Lawyer", & you can read them.

Believe it or not, WORDS can take down publicly held corporations if harnessed in the appropriate way.

Quote: "There is no way to peace. Peace is the way." - Mahatma Gandhi

Quote: "The Art of Peace emanated from the Divine Form and the Divine Heart of existence; it reflects the true, good, beautiful, and absolute nature of creation and the essence of its ultimate grand design. The purpose of the Art of Peace is to fashion sincere human beings; a sincere human being is one who has unified body and spirit, one who is free of hesitation or doubt, and one who understands the power of WORDS." - Morihei Ueshiba
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STACEY, I WATCH THE PBS STATIONS FOR MY NEWS BECAUSE I LIKE TO SEE WHAT'S REALLY GOING ON IN THE USA & AROUND THE WORLD, & I DON'T LIKE TO....

AUTHOR: Karl - (U.S.A.)

be bombarded with commercials about- 'ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION' MEDICATION, & 'DEPRESSION' MEDICATION that air everyday on- NBC, CBS, & ABC News stations during their 30 minutes of so-called 'News', which is really the 'News' that THEY want Americans to see, get it?

I just 'Googled' this- CUSTOMERS FACE CHANGES TO OVERDRAFT FEES JIM LEHRER, and I watched that 7 minute 11 second video on the web just a few minutes ago. It's Thursday morning & it is available on MY computer. Maybe you have a computer that only allows you to see what 'THEY' want you to see, huh?

Stacey, Does your computer allow you to 'Google' this- RIP OFF REPORT GM CREDIT CARD SERVICES, and go to Betty's Rip Off Report about her interest rate going from 10.99% to 32.44%, and then to the '1st Update' where the "Collapse of the U.S. economy" was accurately predicted on 9/3/2007 when the Dow Jones was well above 13,000 points?

Here's that quote, in case YOUR computer won't allow you to access it-

Quote: "The Collapse of the U.S. economy is in its infancy. Get all of your money out of the stock market and cash in your retirement NOW!" - 9/3/2007.

Too bad NBC didn't alert Americans about this, huh? I guess all the information they were sent, including the info that came from a Harvard business professor, wasn't convincing enough, right? It certainly would be interesting to know if the TOP executives at NBC & their parent company GE, acted & cashed-in their stocks & retirements, & other investments that were all tied to the stock market, huh?

But since these large corporations are PROTECTED by our CORRUPT legal system & many of our CORRUPT politicians, we'll probably never know, right? They probably control all the investigations that are performed by the FBI too, huh?

WELCOME TO AMERICA- IN FRAUD WE TRUST!

P.S. Can YOUR computer 'Google' this- SLUDGE POEM, and access that poem? Toyota's CEO announced his resignation exactly two weeks after that poem was written & posted about him right here at Ripoffreport.com on 8/23/2007.

And guess what? A little over a year after 'SLUDGE POEM 2' was posted about Toyota's President in Japan, he was REMOVED from his position as President & replaced by Akio Toyoda. You can 'Google' this- SLUDGE POEM 2, and read that poem about Katsuaki Watanabe, if your computer can access it. 'SLUDGE POEM 3' is available also. It's about Akio Toyoda. 
Have a nice day, Stacey.

WRITE A POEM- THEY'LL ALL KNOW HIM!

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#9 Consumer Comment

Fight the system! (maybe not)

AUTHOR: Edgeman - (U.S.A.)

Edward, I hope that you really don't believe that the debate about overdraft fees is one the same level as freeing the slaves (or any human rights struggle). Last week I completed a paper on the Vietnamese Boat People who abandoned their homes to float on the ocean without food or water. They were robbed by pirates and repeatedly beaten and raped. African-Americans were hung from trees. Women were stoned to death. You name the group and I'll tell you about the atrocities and as a reasonable fellow, I think that you'll agree that overdraft fees do not compare.

In the United States, human rights are recognized to come from a higher power (God, if you're a religious type). In theory, the federal government is supposed to recognize and not infringe upon those rights though in practice they fall a bit short.

Entering into a legal agreement with a bank is voluntary. The consumer looks at the account agreement, decides if he or she wants to open an account under these terms and depending on the decision, either signs the document or leaves. The consumer is not forced to open an account with the bank. In fact, the consumer is not required to open a checking account at any bank. In this age of prepaid credit cards that accept direct deposit and bill pay services, one does not need a checking account from the bank.

Since this is a Bank of America thread, I think that you'll agree that their terms and conditions apply here. Page 19 of my copy describes how they process electronic transactions and I ask you to refer to that page (I can copy and paste the relevant text if you wish). Put simply, Bank of America plainly informs the account holder that they may process transactions in any order, the order that they process tomorrow's  transactions may or may not be the same as the order they processed yesterday's transactions, how transactions are grouped may be changed at any time, that they do not process transactions in the order that they are made, that they process from high-to-low and that this method may generate additional overdraft fees if the account holder goes over the available balance.

The account holder can read this information before writing a single check, authorizing a debit or even agreeing to open an account. It's not buried under mountains of text, isn't too tiny to read (I have video game manuals in a smaller font than the account agreement) and is even listed in the table of contents.

Now we have an informed consumer (there is simply no excuse for not reading a legally binding agreement before signing it) with a debit card. This person can choose to expend some effort and manage their accounts so that they will not overdraft or they can choose not to and put themselves at risk of overdrafting their account.

The FDIC study shows that processing transactions from highest to lowest does not affect the vast majority of account holders. Most of us do not pay overdraft fees. The people who do pay overdraft fees tend to fall into these categories:

A. Those who do not understand when deposited funds are fully available.

B. Those who do not adequately manage their finances (if at all). This includes keeping a check register, noting automatic bill payments, etc.

C. Those who intentionally overdraft without considering how their transactions are processed.

You and I have the same goal. We would like to see people stop paying overdraft fees to the banks. Where we differ is our methods. If you want to sue the banks, then go sue the banks. You've seen me challenge people to sue the banks before and I have no problem with anybody who chooses to do so. However, the odds aren't that great. Even if a class does win, they will more or less just get a cookie while the lawyers dine on steak. The consumers will also eventually have to accept that checking accounts require management.

My method encourages personal responsibility and some basic bookkeeping, but it works. Minding your deposits and debits and making sure that you do not go over your available balance means you do not incur overdraft fees. Sure, some events are outside of your control such as merchant double charges or fraud but these are relatively rare and you have some recourse. During the Memorial Day weekend of 2008 I had a fraudulent charge on my checking account at US Bank and they refunded the overdraft fees.

Put simply, my method requires less resources than a lawsuit and the results are instantaneous.

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#10 Consumer Comment

Uh huh

AUTHOR: Stacey - (U.S.A.)

Karl I do not know where you got that story but here is the story I saw
Sept. 23 (Bloomberg) -- Bank of America Corp ., JPMorgan Chase & Co., and Wells Fargo & Co., three of the biggest U.S. banks, reduced overdraft fees amid criticism from lawmakers that the charges were too high and assessed too often.
The three banks, which offer overdraft protection on all checking accounts, will allow consumers to opt out of the service, eliminating the potential for paying overdraft fees. JPMorgan and Wells Fargo will cancel fees for accounts overdrawn by $5 or less, according to separate statements. Bank of America will end fees on accounts that are short $10 or less, it said in a statement yesterday.
Banks and credit-card lenders have come under fire from Congress because of the fees, which are charged when customers exceed the balance on their checking accounts by writing checks or using a debit card. Customer complaints about fees on bank accounts and credit cards helped spur calls for a consumer financial protection agency.
These are positive changes, but the system has gotten completely out of whack, said Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd , a Connecticut Democrat who introduced legislation to crack down on overdraft fees last week. I will take a close look at the banks new policies as I continue work on a bill to permanently protect customers from excessive overdraft fees.
JPMorgan currently charges $25 for the first infraction in 12 months, $32 for overdrafts up to four times, and $35 after that. Bank of America levies $35 if the amount overdrawn is more than $5 and a $10 fee for shortfalls of $5 or less. Wells Fargo charges $35, while Wachovia Corp., acquired by Wells Fargo on Dec. 31, charges $22 for the first infraction in a 12-month period and $35 after that.
Three Penalties
Those who elect to continue overdraft protection at JPMorgan will pay a maximum of three penalties per day, down from six. Bank of America and Wells Fargo will cap fees at four a day, instead of 10. Wachovia didnt have a limit.
JPMorgan will apply the changes to all checking accounts, starting in the first quarter of 2010. The bank said it will deduct charges in the order theyre incurred, instead of starting with the largest amount at the end of each day. Consumers complained the existing system drove up fees.
We recognize the tremendous growth in our customers debit-card usage and were revamping our overdraft policies and posting order to be more consistent with the way they use their accounts today, Charlie Scharf , head of retail financial services at New York-based JPMorgan, said in the statement.
Bank of America, based in Charlotte, North Carolina, will introduce some changes beginning Oct. 19, while others will begin June 2010, including a limit on the number of times a customer can overdraw an account. San Francisco-based Wells Fargo didnt have a date for implementation.
Fee Revenue
The amount of lost fee revenue wasnt disclosed by any of the banks. A study by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. released in November 2008 found that customers paid from $10 to $38 to use overdraft protection. Banks earned an estimated $1.97 billion from the service in 2006, the survey said.
What we need are consistent overdraft reforms for all Americans who have or open a bank account, Representative Carolyn Maloney , a New York Democrat, said in a statement today.
Maloney has proposed legislation requiring that consumers be notified when a transaction is about to incur an overdraft fee, and that banks process the transactions chronologically instead of by size. She called the policy changes by Bank of America and JPMorgan significant improvements.
To contact the reporter on this story: Elizabeth Hester in New York at ehester@bloomberg.net .
 
Does not mean that you can go carte blanche on your account - the ONLY way to maintain a positive balance is to keep a check register, reconcile your monthly bank statements and stop relying on online balances, atm balances and phone balances
Learn to take responsibility for your own finances - If you are unable to then hire a money manager, CPA or keep your money under a mattress - Learn to BUDGET!
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#11 Consumer Comment

BREAKING NEWS AS OF 15 MINUTES AGO!!! Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, & Wells Fargo banks have announced that customers who have a DEBIT CARD can....

AUTHOR: Karl - (U.S.A.)

go into the bank and have their debit card 'turned-off', or deprogrammed so it can NO LONGER make a purchase, or a withdrawl at an ATM when the money isn't really in the account, according to a report on- 'The News Hour with Jim Lehrer'. According to the report that aired at 6:45 PM MST today, customers can now go into their Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, or Wells Fargo bank and have the ability for their DEBIT CARD to make purchases (when the money isn't really there) turned-off, or deprogrammed so it will prevent OVERDRAFTS which result in OVERDRAFT FEES.


You can probably 'Google' this- THE NEWS HOUR WITH JIM LEHRER, and search the story that was an interview with Ron Lieber from the NYT. Or go to the 'New York Times' & search the article that may have been posted today, or a few days ago by Ron Lieber regarding DEBIT CARDS issued from BofA, JP Morgan Chase, & Wells Fargo.



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*Customers who DON'T KNOW about this will not go into their banks and do what's necessary in order to PREVENT these fees from continuing because if you DON'T KNOW about it, you can't do anything about it, right?



You see, you need to KNOW what's going on in this country & around the world in order to take action and protect yourself & your money, wouldn't you NOW agree?
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#12 Consumer Comment

Except It Won't Change A Thing

AUTHOR: Jim - (U.S.A.)

Edward, your hopes of this having any sort of change on behavior has no basis in fact.  Just for starters, you're assigning financial intelligence to people who don't have the smarts to keep a check register and continue to use a debit card without understanding its consequences - will now be smart enough to go to a bank and ask for overdraft protection?  That's quite a leap of faith you're making.

I suspect in the end, the banks will make their $30+ billion in fees in these next years, just as they did these past years.  The reason won't be because they've reformed their resorting or processing behavior.  They'll see it because people will still not understand that using your debit card more than 23 times in one week while they're on unemployment is devastating to their financial condition.  They'll see it because people don't get the fact that overdrafts are based on available balance, and not account balance.  They'll see it because banks will simply discontinue fee free accounts for people who manage their money properly.

I still believe anyone incurring over $100 in OD fees to a bank should earn their way to a free class offered by a bank and taught by a money manager (not a bank employee) on how to avoid these fees.  After all, they paid the bank for the class through their fees - the least they could do is make certain they avoid such in the future.  Once empowered with the education, they can go forth and overdraft no more and blame someone else for it.  You can bring a horse to water, but you can't make the horse drink.

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#13 Consumer Comment

edward I appreciate your views

AUTHOR: Exemployee18 - (U.S.A.)

But you are comparing apples and oranges.  What you are comparing is human existence and ethical morality in regards to equality between races.  This is a business not a human rights issue.  People have the right NOT to use their debit cards.  Do banks promote this usage?  Of course they do because it generates tons and I mean tons of fee income for them.  However they do not forceably place cards in customers hands and say go to town spend everything you got we want to make our pockets richer.  That is the philosophy you all are having and it is dead wrong.  I have opened numerous accounts for customers that do not wish to have a debit card or ATM card.  They like writing checks and that is OK.  You have your so called law makers and governement officials come in and legislate debit card policies banks will have to get rid of debit cards all together which in turn will lead to extremely lower fee income, lower revenues, less jobs and therefore would put large freezes on lines of credit people need to live.  What you are suggesting would in turn nationalize the banking industry and believe me that is not what the government nor anyone wants.
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#14 Consumer Comment

Edward Unplugged

AUTHOR: Edward - (U.S.A.)

Now that hell has finally frozen over, let me enlighten two groups of people. (1) Victimized customers, and (2) The high morals or holier than though critics. I really hate to group some consumer critics in with the entire group, because some of you are very intelligent, and some of you do acknowledge wrong doings by the banks. But what all of you critics have in common is that customers should just stop trying to fight the system and learn to get along. Consumers should take responsibility, act like adults and stop whining.


It was that type of thinking that tried to convince the slaves to stop whining and learn to get along with their condition and stop trying to abolish slavery and become free. Women and minorities should have stopped whining about not being able to vote and just accepted it. That rape victim should stop whining about being violated and learn not to go out in public alone, wearing that outfit. The robbery victim should stop whining and learn not to go to the supermarket alone at night.


This is the type of ludicrous advice that has been leveled at customers who were justifiably complaining about unfair bank practices. I just never understood why some of you chose to be on the wrong side of this argument from the beginning. The lawmakers have been given an earful from their constituents and those lawmakers are acting. A sign of things to come was first given last year when the Fed Reserve Board adopted sweeping regulations against Credit Card companies. Two days ago, lawmakers announced the same regulations coming soon for banks. Just one day later, two of the largest banks blink and announce their own voluntary concessions. Coincidence? Hardly!


Why would these banks do this? After all, they are For Profit business. What about their shareholders? These are additional questions dished out by consumer critics. If we're trying to bring the entire global economy back from the brink of collapse, how can that be done if you're constantly stepping on the necks of those who can make it happen? This was the writing on the wall that the banks finally saw. Helped in no small part by a very real threat from the lawmakers. The lawmakers were helped in no small part by angry feedback from their constituents, the consumers, who repated the famous quote from Peter Finch: ''I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore.''


-Edward out.

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RONNY G, PERHAPS THIS QUOTE FROM A HARVARD.....

AUTHOR: Karl - (U.S.A.)

Business Professor will give you the answer.


Quote: "Events don't cause corporations to collapse. It's the OPINIONS of the events that trigger the collapse." - Harvard Business Professor, 2004.



You see, if people DON'T KNOW what's really going on, & they continue to be 'manipulated' by the 'manipulators', then things will never change for the better. However, once the masses of people can see, read, & watch what's REALLY HAPPENING in our country & around the world, that's when CHANGE will start to come about. People are 'conditioned' all their lives into believing in 'authority figures', wouldn't you agree? However, we NOW KNOW that many of these 'authority figures' are corrupt individuals with ulterior motives, right?



Once people realize that EVERY 'leader' & EVERY authority figure is corrupt (to some degree) then people will finally wake-up, and that's when REAL change will take place. If someone protects another person who is corrupt, you may not believe that the one protecting that corrupt individual is also corrupt, but he (or she) isn't the type of person that should be a 'leader' or an authority figure, wouldn't you agree?



The WEB gives ANYONE the ability to EXPOSE the problems we have in this country, & all over the WORLD by exposing people, companies, corporations, governments................ & anything else you can think of! The Harvard professor would have been correct had he said this-



"Events don't cause economies to collapse. It's the opinions of the events that trigger the collapse." OR- "Events don't cause governments to collapse. It's the opinions of the events that trigger the collapse." OR- "Events don't cause civilizations to collapse. It's the opinions of the events that trigger the collapse."



*It was once stated that the 'savior' would come again, right? GUESS WHAT? The 'savior' has ALWAYS been here. Simply take a look into the mirror- YOU ARE THAT! Millions upon millions of people are realizing that they have the ability to CHANGE anything that is based on- FRAUD, DECEPTION, MANIPULATION.........................., by simply EXPOSING it on the WORLDWIDE WEB!!! The web has CONNECTED the WORLD, & anyone who wants to EXPOSE what's evil & corrupt.......... can do so!



Years ago, when the web wasn't around, people would take to the streets and speak-out. However, it would also get some people hurt, & even killed by speaking-out against the 'authority' figures & the so-called 'leaders' of those days, right? It is very possible that the greatest man whoever lived was also the greatest whistle-blower whoever lived too. I can only think of one reason that a man would be put up on a cross & crucified. Someone didn't like what he was doing, & they wanted to set an example to others what would happen if they spoke out like he obviously did. 



'Google' this- SANHEDRIN, and go to the- 'Sanhedrin Trial of Jesus' site and read about who he was, & who the ones were that wanted to ELIMINATE him!!!



I believe that written history is WRONG! History ('his story') needs to be re-written. You can BELIEVE whatever you'd like. I like to BELIEVE in what's happening. And what's happening now was happening then, & it will CONTINUE to happen unless the people speak-out. The WEB gives anyone the ability to SPEAK-OUT, correct? 



Make sure to 'Bing' this- DR MANDELSTAMM OF KIEFF, and click on- 'Controversy of Zion' and read the passage entitled- 'The Talmud And The Ghettoes'. Read it very slowly, at least 3 or 4 times, then ask yourself this question-



Is all of this currently happening in the USA, & around the world?



YOU BE THE JUDGE!



Then ask yourself this question-



*Why would a man who was preaching love & forgiveness be put on trial, & then sent to be CRUCIFIED?



ANSWER: He was obviously not just preaching love & forgiveness. He was SPEAKING-OUT & exposing the CORRUPT 'leaders' in his day who were enslaving the PEOPLE by making life extremely difficult. The so-called 'leaders' back then were NO DIFFERENT from the so-called 'leaders' of today! They want POWER & MONEY! ANYONE in any position of POWER will eventually become CORRUPT! Corruption destroys the very fabric of society. That's WHY the USA had a 'meltdown' last year. That's WHY the WORLD ECONOMY had a 'meltdown' last year. That's WHY it's going to happen again. Those elements are the FOUNDATION of economies & governments ALL OVER THE WORLD, including the USA.



*GREED & CORRUPTION & the other elements mentioned above have all but DESTROYED this country, and the rest of the world. That's WHY there's so much turbulence, & it's why things will not get better anytime soon. You & anyone else can BELIEVE whatever you'd like. It's your right. And guess what? I can BELIEVE whatever I want. And I WAS able to PREDICT the "Collapse of the U.S. economy" back on 9/3/2007, wasn't I? Show me one other person in the world who made that prediction on the web in September of 2007. If someone else did make that prediction, then they can see what I can see. I see a world filled with GREED & EVIL & CORRUPTION.....................



Thank you. 
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#16 Consumer Comment

Karl..

AUTHOR: Ronny g - (USA)

In your last post..everything you posted is true..and obvious. Ironically...some wealthy people who lived not too far from me lost their life savings from Madoffs ponzi scheme. And a Well Fargo executive was busted using their 12 million dollar foreclosed home as a weekend getaway and party house. The neighbors reported the license plate of the bank executives car..and put 2 and 2 together. We are dealing with a different breed of people here Karl..they are living in a different world then the people they rob..all of them

The thing is...other then your posts requesting everyone google this and twitter that...do you have any recommendations for a solution? Google, twitter and engine sludge apparently is not cutting it.
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#17 Consumer Comment

It's Official: The Banks Have Blinked

AUTHOR: Edward - (U.S.A.)

Hot of the presses of the New York Times today, two banks blink in response to mounting pressure from customers and certain future law regulations from Congress. Here are quotes directly from the New York Times article today:


''Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase, two of the nations biggest banks, announced plans on Tuesday to drastically overhaul their debit card programs by lowering or eliminating fees, changing the way they credit transactions and allowing customers to opt out of overdraft protection.


Bank of America said it would allow current customers to turn off the ability to spend when their account hits zero, starting Oct. 19. Next June, the bank plans to limit the number of times each year that current customers can overdraw their accounts when using a debit card at a store. It will let new customers choose whether they want overdraft protection when they are opening their account.


Bank of America said it was spurred by consumer demand rather than legislative pressure to change its policy. We made the decision that we had to help customers now and help those most stretched by the economy, said Brian T. Moynihan, president of Bank of Americas consumer and small-business banking operations. They found themselves getting hit by too many fees, and they said, Help us out.


In another news article about the same story today, here's another quote:


''When asked about the reversal from the fee hikes earlier this year, [A BofA spokesperson] said .''the company is responding to the "changing needs" of customers in the difficult economic environment''.


Uh, ya think?

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RONNY G, The Mainstream Media was sent HARD PROOF regarding our....

AUTHOR: Karl - (U.S.A.)

CORRUPT corporate sector in 2006 & 2007. The Mainstream Media was also sent information back in 2007 that came from a Harvard Business professor regarding the stock market & its 'potential' COLLAPSE, which DID eventually take place, right? The Dow Jones closed at its ALL-TIME high of 14,164 on October 9th 2007. It reached its lowest point in many, many, years on March 9th 2009 when it closed at 6,547 on that day, correct? (Simply look at all the time-lines that will follow below.) The Mainstream Media was sent information in November of 2007 about how '3rd Quarter Results' can be MANIPULATED by publicly held companies & how '4th Quarter Results' would then skew the numbers for 'Annual Sales Results', which would cause stocks & the stock market to go down substantially, which they both did starting in January of 2008. 

The Mainstream Media was sent information in 2007 about how 90% of American's RETIREMENTS are invested in the stock market. They were basically HANDED (on a silver platter) the entire story about HOW & WHY our stock market and our economy was going to COLLAPSE, and it HAPPENED, didn't it? I'm not saying that the Mainstream Media was the reason for the problems in our country. But they KNEW about many of the problems which caused the COLLAPSE, and they DIDN'T alert Americans about it! WHY? Had Americans been alerted to the fact that their RETIREMENT ACCOUNTS were mainly invested in the stock market, perhaps some Americans might have taken action and NOT LOST the amount of money that they did, correct?

Keep in mind, there was also a man who alerted the SEC about the 'potential' that Bernard Madoff was running a PONZI SCHEME years before it was exposed, correct?The SEC didn't take it seriously, or perhaps the SEC did know, right? It's possible that the Mainstream Media may have been paid-off with LUCRATIVE contracts from BIG corporations who would ADVERTISE with them in order to keep everything quiet, right? It is possible, isn't it? You can 'Google' this- FRONTLINE THE MADOFF AFFAIR, to see who the man was that sent the SEC letters & information about Mr. Madoff's PONZI SCHEME prior to Americans knowing about it, if you'd like. What good is the SEC if they don't do what they're supposed to do??? What good is the mainstream Media if they're not going to alert Americans about 'potential' problems, like the COLLAPSE of the U.S. economy???!!!! One would think that a story of that magnitude might be important to some Americans, correct?

*It would be interesting if an INVESTIGATION was done to see if the TOP executives & others at NBC & CBS, and their parent companies- GE & Viacom 'CASHED-IN' their investments that were tied to the stock market back in the summer & fall of 2007 when they obviously had all of this information, which by the way, CAME TRUE!

I'm 100% that all of this is TRUE because I can PROVE IT!

I KNOW that our entire system is CORRUPT! That's WHY we were in such turmoil, and it's WHY we'll continue to see other collapses in the future. Just watch! All you need to do is 'Google' the four following Rip Off Reports for just SOME of the proof about what I just stated, & read the 'Updates' in their entirety with the asterisk underneath each Report for evidence of what the Mainstream Media knew. Pay attention to the dates of those 'Updates' too. 'Google' the following Rip Off Reports, & read the 'Updates' with the asterisk-

RIP OFF REPORT FUEL FREEDOM INTERNATIONAL MPG CAPS
*'Blame it on a Lawyer', 8/21/2007

RIP OFF REPORT GM CREDIT CARD SERVICES
*'Go To The Toyota Page Of This Site And Read', 9/3/2007

RIP OFF REPORT PRIORITY TOYOTA SCION AUTOMAX
*'Similar Post On The DODGE Page On This Site', 8/26/2007

RIP OFF REPORT TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION USA MANIPULATION
*'Suggestion', 7/16/2007

And there's LOTS, LOTS, LOTS, LOTS.......................LOTS more that the Mainstream Media knew about our CORRUPT, DECEPTIVE, MANIPULATIVE system we have in this country, which is solidly built on a foundation of LIES, in my opinion.

You can be 80% certain, but I'm 100% certain. And keep in mind, everything in those 'Updates' CAME TRUE, didn't they? (The lost value in 401K's & retirements, the 'adjustment' of the Dow Jones, the 'COLLAPSE of the U.S. economy', etc., etc.) Even down to the precise time that our stock market would reach its lows, & when our economy was going to experience 'the big collapse', right? It ALL HAPPENED, didn't it? Please explain all of this. And please explain why the SEC didn't do their job regarding the Madoff PONZI SCHEME. WHY weren't Americans alerted?! Explain that for me, okay?

One last thing: My definition of the 'Mainstream Media' is the National Networks, not the local ones.

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Jim, It's a Different Game Now

AUTHOR: Edward - (U.S.A.)

Regarding your last post, in the past no one could disagree with you regarding putting faith in politicians because of the bank lobbyist's massive contributions to politician's campaigns and pockets.  But Jim, it's a new day, times have changed, and it's a totally different game now. Here are a few catch phrases to show you why:

'Bailout', 'TARP', 'Bernie Madoff', 'Mortgage Crisis', 'Global Recession'.

Jim, when the entire global economy is lowered to the brink of collapse, that causes the politicians to wake up and take notice. The Federal Reserve and Congress no longer want to hear any bickering or requests for favors from the financial institutions who contributed heavily to the current events and sad state of affairs.

Don't take my word for it. Here's proof. Remember those proposed regulation changes from the Federal Reserve Board last year? You can say they had two targets, (1) Credit Card Companies, and (2) Banks. Guess what? The Credit Card regulations passed. A few of these new regulations already went into effect last month, and the remaining majority of regulations are scheduled to go into effect February of next year.

Uh oh! That's not a good sign of things to come for the banks, who are next on the radar. Times have changed Jim.

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One more for Jim....

AUTHOR: Ronny g - (U.S.A.)

I didn't see your last post and I want to respond to it also...I know it is directed at Edward..but I believe he won't mind if I take liberty...



Let's remember it's the lobbyists for the banks that pay for the campaigns these slimeballs in Congress (and the President) run each cycle.  What will ultimately happen is that you might see reform but it will not come out anything close to what the paper said, nor will it end up anything close to what anyone hopes.  Let's all understand as well that when you dry up the revenue source through legislation like this, you only force the bank to figure out another way to make money.  When people like these idiots in Washington upset the applecart trying to punish institutions like the banks, we the consumers are the losers.

Response: This is quite accurate and I can't disagree. But regardless of the advice you often leave..or I do..it all is a means to an end..right? So regardless if your advice was heeded..it would eliminate many fees..correct...and if my advise is heeded..it will eliminate many fees....agreed? So if you really fear we "the customers" are going to lose if the banks are punished..why are you advising ways to lose the banks a lot of income? If you are being genuine and offing your advice with integrity..how does this work out to anyones favor?

Personally I do not feel the changes we ask of the banks policies are "punishment". And if for some miraculous reason there was a landslide lawsuit decision..and the banks had to return every penny in fees that were the result (hypothetically I do not think this would ever happen in my lifetime)..it still would not really be "punishment"..it would just be paying back what many feel they should not have taken to begin with.

Punishment would be if someone was jailed for the crimes..or if the banks were fined billions on top of the billions they took..but all we are asking if fair play. Honestly I can't really place 100% of this on the banks..as of course if the government allowed or approved any of the tactics...I hold them just as responsible..and herein lies a real problem for us..is the government going to sue themselves? Or press charges on themselves? I think not. But maybe..just maybe they will agree to pass some legislation


"The other thing is that when you dry up future revenues for the bank (as this bill supposedly does) it negates the effect of the bailout.  Let's remember the bailout is a LOAN - not a gift - and as such, the banks have to pay it back.  Moreover, the banks have already begun paying the loans back, so the whole argument regarding that since we gave the banks a bailout, they have to do something for us.  Well, if they pay back the loan Edward, what does the bank have?  A reduced revenue stream."

Response: So..we were not only required to bail them out with our tax dollars..but we have to help them pay it back by allowing them to continue to clean out the accounts of the already financially hurting customers that are also suffering from the lousy economic conditions? Are the bank officers giving up any meals or their car payment to help pay us back? What is their sacrifice? What are they doing to help their fellow customers during this crisis? From what I recently saw on the news it seems a Wells Fargo exec was living it up in a foreclosed property..12 million dollar home in Malibu..not too far from where I live..maybe then can invite me over for some tea and crumpets since they now own Wachovia..and Wachovia has bilked me in the past. I have no pity for them.


"Let's finally remember the bailout only took place because our own government dropped the ball on ALL of the guarantees Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, and AIG made to the banks when it made these loans.  It was the first two that established the qualifying standards for obtaining a loan, and the final organization that was supposed to insure the loans if they went bad."


So..this still makes it right for the banks to rip off their customer by deception and manipulation? If I owe anyone money i try to do more business and work harder. i don't deceive anyone else to pay my loans back. Actually i am debt free..have been for years. I did it by making wise decisions and not ripping anyone off, and self sacrifice. I blamed no one else when I owed the money..and I made no one else pay my loan and asked for no additional loan to pay another loan..or any handouts. I realize there is plenty of blame to go around..but the policies of some of these banks were made by that bank..and are carried out by that bank. If they can't find an ethical fair way to pay back a loan..or profit..then yes..they will need to fail. That is the way a capitalist system is designed to work..but in a democracy we have a government by the people and for the people..where are they as well for us?


The more Congress intrudes in our lives, the worse off we are for it.

Response: Couldn't agree more..I am a staunch libertarian and a constitutionalist to the core..we don't want congress to intrude in "our" lives..but we do need them to protect us sometimes..specifically from large corporations having too much power and control..and to police themselves. And to keep us safe from enemy attack. Other then that..I have no real use for any of them.


A long while ago Edward, I had an idea (I posted it here) that banks take the money earned from OD fees, and invite their most prolific OD'ers to a free class offered periodically that would teach money management to these OD'ers.  After all, these OD'ers essentially pay for the class through their own fiscal mismanagement.  I think if you offered this idea to a bank, they would be happy to offer the class and have it be led by money managers, not bank employees.  It would have to be a requirement for the bank and the OD'ers.  If someone came to me and asked me to take 4 hrs of my time to teach a class, I would do it.  I'd even do it for a rate they couldn't refuse.


Response: Great idea actually. And we should also make every bank employee and officer attend ethics class. I would be glad to teach it for free.

It does seem however the way you are stating it is like it is a mandatory "punishment" for anyone who overdrafts. So looks like you have felt this way for a while. I guess you are pretty firm on not understanding the banks part in this..and that all overdrafts are caused by financial irresponsibility.

I wonder if many of these "Od'ers" as you refer to them..(why not just call them "criminals" if we are going to classify and judge them all the same) had not had overdraft protection..would have been saved as many..if not more fees then your class would save them. And would have prevented many of them from overdrafting in the first place.

But realistically..why would the banks want to train anyone or pay to teach anyone how to do the opposite of what they need to happen for them to make all that money? The bank does something much smarter for THEM. Issue a register..and give them mandatory overdraft protection...did the trick..didn't it?

Now that would be a solution to this.  Education:  YES.  Legislation:  NO

Well we almost agree I guess. My solution is Education, Legislation, and accountability.

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One for Karl...

AUTHOR: Ronny g - (U.S.A.)

I google plenty. But I don't need to google to find evidence that Congressman get "perks" and insider information and all kinds of benefits we the lowlifes are not privy too. Everyone knows it. If they don't they are living in a vacuum.



I am aware investigations will be blocked..information will be hidden..some results will still be unfair to the consumer...but changes begin by first publicizing..and then battle.
Those disregarding ethics..or doing anything illegal..will one by one..be exposed..and that is as good a starting point as any.... would you not agree? We can't get to the "truth" until we expose the lies..and those delivering the lies.




Ronny G, it's quite apparent to SOME people that our corporate system, our banking system, & even our government (much of it) is CORRUPT, wouldn't you NOW agree? If CORRUPT people are in charge of any investigation, what do YOU believe will be the outcome of that investigation?

As far as the outcome..we will see..I can not predict..I only know I am driven to participate and help expose what I can. Nothing will happen overnight..and anything positive will require baby steps...but to do nothing but hide behind a computer screen in belief..or denial, is not enough. I expect obstacles..I expect battles to be lost..but I also expect there will be more elections in the future..more exposure, and more lawsuits...what else can we do?

To quote you Karl...




"*Arguing with people about what's 'right' & 'wrong' does little good in America because many Americans BELIEVE in what's WRONG, isn't that correct? Many Americans will argue 'for' the banks until something bad happens to them. There are many people who get pleasure from seeing other people's pain. I am 100% certain that these banks are doing things in order to manipulate overdrafts that result in FEES for the banks. I am 100% certain that these same banks were taking out 'SECRET LIFE INSURANCE POLICIES' on their employees. I am 100% certain that these same banks invested in TOXIC ASSETS. I am 100% certain that many banks are FAILING, & the FDIC is coming in & rescuing the depositors. I am 100% certain that the american people were charged $700 BILLION in the form of 'TARP", & much of it was injected into failing banks like BofA, & other FAILING companies like AIG, GM, Chrysler, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac....., I am 100% certain that our entire banking system in America is FLAWED, & in many cases, even corrupt.







I'm 100% certain that the Mainstream Media in America is on the side of the corrupt corporations, the corrupt banks, the corrupt politicians, the corrupt lobbyists.................. the corrupt lawyers, & all the other corrupt individuals who make certain that the Mainstream Media continues receiving its advertising dollars so it can continue to MANIPULATE the innocent people living in this CORRUPT, FLAWED, GREEDY, & DECEPTIVE place we call America, wouldn't you NOW agree?"

Response: I agree with "80%" certainty.  And I still choose to debate..and expose.
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And..now on to my friend Jim..

AUTHOR: Ronny g - (U.S.A.)

Edward summed it up very well..and glad he is keeping up with the news..how many times have I stated the press is catching on to the new ways the banks are ripping people off...some of us agree it is criminal..regardless of how I or others feel..the courts and hopefully our government "by the people and for the people" will decide. And there will be plenty of battles ahead..we welcome them..because we know we are right.

Now Jim...as Edward expressed...I also feel you are genuine in wanting to help people keep hold if their hard earned money..and you always have offered sound reasonable advice, most I agree with..to a degree.

I can't speak for Edward or anyone else..but I feel the only way to make a drastic decrease in the amount of banking customers that experience the banks tactics, unaware they will be hit so hard with so many fees..and don't really understand why UNTIL it is too late..that more needs to be done then what you suggest.

I know when I drive my car I could get in an accident..so perhaps I should never drive again to hedge my bets. Now that would be a solution..right? Maybe if  hide in the house I will be safer..but then what if it catches fire and I get trapped inside?

My point being there are things in life that we have come to depend on..the banks are one..they are letting us down and endangering us with some of their tactics. If we can possibly amend any changes..should we not try?

Now yes our advise may not always be the same..but as Edward stated..we are on the same team it appears..so why fight us? Perhaps you honestly feel our methods and views are not correct or can't work...but the proof is in the pudding...yes it had failed as well sometimes..but so have the banks. The thing is to get up..wipe yourself down..and go back into battle..that is HOW you win battles, or come to a treaty..or die trying..surrender is not an option.
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Truth dectector first...

AUTHOR: Ronny g - (U.S.A.)


Even when someone is mocking you in jest, you can't seem to grasp the concept...



Reply: Perhaps you can better explain the "concept". As far as jesting..I do it plenty myself..I mock when mocked..I am respectful when respected.

Since you missed the point of the last post, I will s-p-e-l-l it out for you:



Banks decide how they do business, not Ronny the Delusional. If you don't like the terms and conditions a bank sets forward (even when regulators, legislators and the judiciary have approved and confirmed them), Go to another bank.


Uhhh...this to you is a solution? And more personal attacks against me make you seem anymore credible??? delusion perhaps???


Oh, the banks can decide how they do business..I guess so can a thief. But if a financial institution..or a thief is doing something MANY people feel is unethical AND possibly illegal..and many feel they have been victimized or otherwise ripped off..and will continue to do so unless some action is taken..you honestly feel the solution is to cut your losses and run away? And maybe if you do this..and find a bank that has better terms and disclosures and gets you in the door...to find out they have the right to change any terms or policies at any time for any reason?


A financial institution such as a bank is not a department store...and it is not like buying a car..we the people are trusting them with our hard earned money..and bailing them out with tax dollars..and what do we ask in return? To be fair and ethical...I guess that is too much to ask..after all they are perfect angels..right? The bank can do no wrong I guess..in YOUR fantasy land perhaps..some of us choose to fight this..and that is how America works...we win some..we lose some..but we don't roll over and take abuse..well maybe some do...but the ones who haven't are ALSO protecting the ones who won't fight..win-win..wouldn't you agree??? Oh wait..no you would not..that's right..you feel it is all a waste of time..don't you?..and I am delusional?. But I see perfectly clear what is happening...I almost wish I didn't..but I do.





Is that clear enough, or should I draw you a picture in crayon?




I am not the one having a problem with clarity...so you can keep the crayon.

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Let's Not Place Too Much Faith in Politicians

AUTHOR: Jim - (U.S.A.)

Let's remember it's the lobbyists for the banks that pay for the campaigns these slimeballs in Congress (and the President) run each cycle.  What will ultimately happen is that you might see reform but it will not come out anything close to what the paper said, nor will it end up anything close to what anyone hopes.  Let's all understand as well that when you dry up the revenue source through legislation like this, you only force the bank to figure out another way to make money.  When people like these idiots in Washington upset the applecart trying to punish institutions like the banks, we the consumers are the losers.


The other thing is that when you dry up future revenues for the bank (as this bill supposedly does) it negates the effect of the bailout.  Let's remember the bailout is a LOAN - not a gift - and as such, the banks have to pay it back.  Moreover, the banks have already begun paying the loans back, so the whole argument regarding that since we gave the banks a bailout, they have to do something for us.  Well, if they pay back the loan Edward, what does the bank have?  A reduced revenue stream.


Let's finally remember the bailout only took place because our own government dropped the ball on ALL of the guarantees Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, and AIG made to the banks when it made these loans.  It was the first two that established the qualifying standards for obtaining a loan, and the final organization that was supposed to insure the loans if they went bad.


The more Congress intrudes in our lives, the worse off we are for it. 


A long while ago Edward, I had an idea (I posted it here) that banks take the money earned from OD fees, and invite their most prolific OD'ers to a free class offered periodically that would teach money management to these OD'ers.  After all, these OD'ers essentially pay for the class through their own fiscal mismanagement.  I think if you offered this idea to a bank, they would be happy to offer the class and have it be led by money managers, not bank employees.  It would have to be a requirement for the bank and the OD'ers.  If someone came to me and asked me to take 4 hrs of my time to teach a class, I would do it.  I'd even do it for a rate they couldn't refuse.


Now that would be a solution to this.  Education:  YES.  Legislation:  NO

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The Same End Goal

AUTHOR: Edward - (U.S.A.)

Jim, some often mistake your sentiments as being the defender of the evil banks. I know that not to be true. You really have the same end objective, you just choose to approach it differently. Your common themes are credit unions and stop using debit cards and you emphasize empowerment and not falling into victimhood status. Others like myself and Ronny G have the same goal as you, which is to educate people about OD fees to help avoid them.

Our approach is different because we choose not to bury our heads in the sand and just let the financial institutions keep pissing on everyone's head and keep saying it's raining. Why stop using handy,convenient debit cards because of unfair and deceptive bank practices? Instead of trying get along with the unfair evil system, why not try and have that unfair, evil system exposed and corrected? Because Jim, I submit to you that the majority have not learned to function within the system. Why else would the Federal Reserve Board waste time with regulation changes for only a small minority of consumers? Why would Congress waste time with new legislation changes, announced just today in the Washington Post, for only a small minority of consumers?

Jim, many people are fed up with shady tactics of greedy financial institutions. And then those same financial institutions have to be bailed out by the same consumers they're ripping off....well that's the last straw, even for the Feds and Congress. By the way, in the Washington Post article today, members of Congress used words like 'criminal' and 'rip-off' when describing what's happening. No longer just the words of Edward or Ronny G. Looks like members of Congress are spending time reading the Ripoff Report.

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Bottom Line

AUTHOR: Jim - (U.S.A.)

All customers of a bank have to abide by the terms and conditions the bank establishes for all customers.  Not the customer's T&C's.  The bank's.  Since all bank's T&C's are becoming identical - for both statuatory and legal reasons - between all banks, there is no point in saying all banks are not the same.  Contractually and functionally - they are.  Since it's now our courts and legal system that have made this system so that it cannot be materially changed, we have a choice.  We can:

(1)  Switch to a credit union and hope they never function they way a bank does (looking like there's less and less hope for that these days)

(2)  Learn how to financially function within the system.  Don't use debit cards, stick to checks and cash, and keep a register - that will stick it to the banks more than anything else.

(3)  Continue to be victimized.

The point is not to be victimized.  Empowerment begins with us and working within the system the government setup.  Lawsuits don't work and waste more money.  The banks sure have learned to operate within the system and millions of others have as well....how hard could it be to learn how to financially function within the system??  The majority sure have....

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Ronny G, Here's an example of how messed-up....

AUTHOR: Karl - (U.S.A.)

our system really is: I'm sure you already 'Googled' this- KEY LAWMAKER RECEIVED COUNTRYWIDE LOANS, and read that article where Lawmaker Edolphus Towns allegedly received 'mortgage loans' with lower interest rates from Countrywide (which is now owned by BofA), correct? It seems as though Congressmen are entitled to 'special rates' that the average American citizen can't get, right?


Now 'Google' this CNNMoney.com article that came out today- CONGRESS DEMANDS BofA DETAILS ON MERRILL DEAL REPORT, and read it. Look at WHO was mentioned! And keep in mind, BofA now owns Merrill Lynch & Countrywide, correct? If a Congressman was receiving 'special loans' with 'lower interest rates' from a company that is now owned by BofA, do you honestly believe that any 'investigation' will be a TRUE investigation? Remember, if at least ONE Congressman was receiving 'special loans' (and another one was mentioned a few months before this Congressman too), then isn't it possible that three, four, five................... & even ALL OF THEM may have been receiving 'special loans'? If that's the case, then do you believe that this 'investigation' will actually be a TRUE investigation that will reveal the whole TRUTH?



Ronny G, it's quite apparent to SOME people that our corporate system, our banking system, & even our government (much of it) is CORRUPT, wouldn't you NOW agree? If CORRUPT people are in charge of any investigation, what do YOU believe will be the outcome of that investigation?



*Arguing with people about what's 'right' & 'wrong' does little good in America because many Americans BELIEVE in what's WRONG, isn't that correct? Many Americans will argue 'for' the banks until something bad happens to them. There are many people who get pleasure from seeing other people's pain. I am 100% certain that these banks are doing things in order to manipulate overdrafts that result in FEES for the banks. I am 100% certain that these same banks were taking out 'SECRET LIFE INSURANCE POLICIES' on their employees. I am 100% certain that these same banks invested in TOXIC ASSETS. I am 100% certain that many banks are FAILING, & the FDIC is coming in & rescuing the depositors. I am 100% certain that the american people were charged $700 BILLION in the form of 'TARP", & much of it was injected into failing banks like BofA, & other FAILING companies like AIG, GM, Chrysler, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac....., I am 100% certain that our entire banking system in America is FLAWED, & in many cases, even corrupt. 



I'm 100% certain that the Mainstream Media in America is on the side of the corrupt corporations, the corrupt banks, the corrupt politicians, the corrupt lobbyists.................. the corrupt lawyers, & all the other corrupt individuals who make certain that the Mainstream Media continues receiving its advertising dollars so it can continue to MANIPULATE the innocent people living in this CORRUPT, FLAWED, GREEDY, & DECEPTIVE place we call America, wouldn't you NOW agree?



Thank you.



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#28

Your rebuttal is proof that you don't get it, Ronny...

AUTHOR: Truth Detector - (U.S.A.)

Even when someone is mocking you in jest, you can't seem to grasp the concept...

Since you missed the point of the last post, I will s-p-e-l-l it out for you:

Banks decide how they do business, not Ronny the Delusional. If you don't like the terms and conditions a bank sets forward (even when regulators, legislators and the judiciary have approved and confirmed them), Go to another bank.

Is that clear enough, or should I draw you a picture in crayon?

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#29

Uhh..truth detector..I think you are slipping...

AUTHOR: Ronny g - (U.S.A.)

Your solution, Ronny, is far simpler than you lay out...


How about this: Open your own bank!


yes..you are right..that would be a simple solution. Maybe as simple expecting that if everyone kept a register..there would never be another overdraft fee again..guess i could open the Bank of Ronny..but there may be even simplier solutions..imagine that???

Yes, Ronny...it's true! At your own bank, you can charge irresponsible morons as little as you wish. Heck, you can even PAY them to overdraft! It'll be great!

So...everyone who incurs an overdraft is an irresponsible moron? Yeah..send them to my bank please. Well send me all the irresponsible morons..which would be our government..most of the financial institutions...well just send everyone...why not..at least my bank would play fair..and i bet if I keep a register while running my bank..maybe it won't fail and require a 700 billion dollar payout from the taxholders...you think??

Stupidity and IGNORANCE aside...have you ever seen myself..or any other poster her even remotely suggest a customer should be paid for overdrafting? Has a matter of fact..99.9% of them admitted they either had an error or oversight..or intentionally overdrafted..and expected in good faith to pay the fees..as agreed by the bank PER overdraft. But when they were hit with many additional fees by the banks tactics procedures and policies of manipulation..were unaware they could be charged so many additional fees..and overdrafts for transactions that did have the funds available and cleared at the time of transaction.

Now it seems you may actually be certifiably insane with what I am reading in this post so perhaps I am wasting my time trying to reason with you..but even you should see no one is asking for a free ride..or a refund of any legitimate fees...they just want fairness..how is any of this unreasonable..in OZ or anywhere else you sick man.

When they bounce checks, YOU can pay the merchants. Of course, you won't be making enough money to buy a stick of gum, let alone run a business. But you'll be "consumer friendly", right?


Did you ever see anyone or myself imply that a bounced checked should not incur a fee? I am sensing delusion at this point...can't wait to read the rest...


Interest on loans? NONSENSE! That would be exploiting consumers for profit (Heaven forbid a business make a profit!). Every service at the First Bank of Ronny is absolutely 100% FREE. If you default on your auto loan, he won't repossess. In fact, he'll buy you new tires and fill up your gas tank right before he washes and waxes the car!

I have nothing against the banks profiting..but if the only way they can survive is by misleading their customers...forcing mandatory overdraft protection on us..manipulating and re-sequencing transactions..altering time...holding and delaying etc...then they deserve to FAIL...as they have..but next time no more bailout..let nature take it's course.


However...


Until The First Bank of Ronny is operational, other banks have every right to run their businesses in a profitable manner. For nearly every bank, this means punitive actions against those who help themselves to the bank's money without signing a loan agreement. All your Dorothy-like wishes of clicking your heels and changing the way banks do business mean SQUAT when banking regulators, legislators (Your Maloney-sponsored bill has been a dying quail for 3 years, by the way...) and the judiciary have all confirmed the legality of the ordering process.


Make sure you tell Toto and the Tin Man "hello" from those of us who live in reality and not FANTASY land...


How about this for "however"...

You open the "Bank of Truth"...and figure out if there is a way to profit without deception and ripping off your customers. But if the only way you can survive is by practicing unethical practices....well this is the USA..and fortunately we have rights. And our rights say we can leave the bank...challenge through lawsuits...and try to pass laws to better protect consumers. Now if every time a law or bill didn't pass committee..or make it there..the people just gave up and purchased some vaseline in preparation for the future violations..I think we would be in much worse shape then we are now. But I don't need to make any promises here..or prove anything by posting it here..it will all be self evident.


But I will continue to inform others of the real truth..what is happening..what the banks are doing..and what steps they can take to protect their money now and in the future.....and this does not apply just to Emerald City.


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The 'Irresponsible' Irony and Hypocrisy

AUTHOR: Edward - (U.S.A.)

Quote from Truth Detector: ''Accordingly, we should have the right to DEMAND that Bank of America change its policies to suit our irresponsible habits.''

For the record, I used to have an account with Bandits of America but I closed my account with those robbers years ago. But let's take a look at an existing customer with Bandits of America. This customer is responsible. This customer keeps a check register faithfully. But this responsible customer understands that no one is perfect. So that customer requests that BofA stop approving his debit card transactions once the balance reaches zero. You know, just in case the customer has an oversight or just in case he forgets.

The official bank policy response from Bandits of America: Can't do it. It's mandatory that we keep allowing you to spend even after your balance reaches zero. It's mandatory that we allow you to overdraft your account, even though you responsibly do not want us to do this.

So who is really the irresponsible entity here? Now, if it's mandatory that all BofA customers be allowed to overdraft their account, why don't we hear of customers overdrafting their account to the tune of hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars? Do you think if a customer's bank balance is ($1,000,000) or negative -$1,000,000, that his card swipe will be approved at Walmart or Starbucks?

The answer is no because there's a limit for obvious reasons. BofA allows the customer to overdraft up to a certain limit to reap the fees, then after the loot has been stolen, that's when they cut you off at the knees, and stop approving that card......until the next direct deposit shows up.

And that's the 'irresponsible' yet clever ripoff here.

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Ronny, how is the weather in OZ?

AUTHOR: Truth Detector - (U.S.A.)

Your solution, Ronny, is far simpler than you lay out...

How about this: Open your own bank!

Yes, Ronny...it's true! At your own bank, you can charge irresponsible morons as little as you wish. Heck, you can even PAY them to overdraft! It'll be great!

When they bounce checks, YOU can pay the merchants. Of course, you won't be making enough money to buy a stick of gum, let alone run a business. But you'll be "consumer friendly", right?

Interest on loans? NONSENSE! That would be exploiting consumers for profit (Heaven forbid a business make a profit!). Every service at the First Bank of Ronny is absolutely 100% FREE. If you default on your auto loan, he won't repossess. In fact, he'll buy you new tires and fill up your gas tank right before he washes and waxes the car!

However...

Until The First Bank of Ronny is operational, other banks have every right to run their businesses in a profitable manner. For nearly every bank, this means punitive actions against those who help themselves to the bank's money without signing a loan agreement. All your Dorothy-like wishes of clicking your heels and changing the way banks do business mean SQUAT when banking regulators, legislators (Your Maloney-sponsored bill has been a dying quail for 3 years, by the way...) and the judiciary have all confirmed the legality of the ordering process.

Make sure you tell Toto and the Tin Man "hello" from those of us who live in reality and not FANTASY land...

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Truth dectector..

AUTHOR: Ronny g - (U.S.A.)

Everything you stated..is just as ludicrous and ridiculous as someone lodging a ripoff report here...and at the end stating "I am going to change banks"...

And then some bank defending Nazi responds.."go ahead..but the same thing will happen..all banks are the same."

The issue here is really not so much the fact that BofA may be the ONLY bank that requires their customers to participate in this type of overdraft protection..which I have stated and proven time and time again..does nothing but encourage overdrafting..and then blame only the customer when they are zinged with many more ADDITIONAL fees due to the manipulations and holds and delays etc..but the fact that most banks either do not inform the customers that they have this protection service..or don't ask them if they wish to opt out..or have them sign up for this service without explaining the consequences..until it's too late.

And even then..when the customer calls the bank to protest..or ask what happened..how many times do we see that the bank either could or would not explain it..or be truthful...or just plain out told the customer it is all their fault and send them a register?

Now...of course anyone with 1/2 a brain can understand why the bank would want their customers to have this type of overdraft protection..regardless of means they use to give it to them..but none of this makes it right..and as I have stated before..it will take more then you and I to make this decision..and it will end up in court again..eventually.

And win, lose or settle...we will continue to spread the word...and we will continue to fight. The few changes in terms and disclosures we request of the bank to adopt and/or change..are far from unreasonable..and the bank would still be able to charge for any LEGITIMATE overdraft fees. Yes, they won't like it because it will substantially cut down on the money they can legally fleece from us..but the banks should not be in business if the only way they can survive is by using misleading and unethical tactics and unfiar policies..which leads to the next question...

Can the banks survive if these changes are put into law?


1) No re-sequencing from highest to lowest unless the customer is given a choice, and agrees and understands the reason and implications.

2) To clarify that overdraft fees are covered and to require written consent before enrollment in the overdraft loan program. Also to understand the implications and consequences.

3) Require financial institutions to warn the customer when an ATM withdrawal will trigger a fee from the bank..not just the ATM's fee, which currently does always warn at the ATM.

4) Prohibit financial institutions from changing the order of check clearing or delaying the posting of deposits solely to increase overdraft fees.
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#33

Edward and Ronny are ABSOLUTELY RIGHT...

AUTHOR: Truth Detector - (U.S.A.)

In America, we REQUIRE banking customers to open accounts with Bank of America (Hence, the name of the bank...).

Law enforcement holds a gun to our head and FORCES us to sign in agreement with the terms and conditions of the accounts we were FORCED to open and keep.

Accordingly, we should have the right to DEMAND that Bank of America change its policies to suit our irresponsible habits. After all, we had NO choice as to who we bank with. It's not like there are other banks out there.

Wait...What's that you say?

All banks aren't the same - and we actually have a choice as to who we bank with?

We can actually tell the bank to shove it and take our business to another one?

Staying with a bank when you disagree with its policies, procedures, terms and conditions...then whining about them. THAT is the rip-off here...

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Fact and Fiction

AUTHOR: Edward - (U.S.A.)

Be careful Jim. I'm merely the messenger, just repeating the facts as I have heard and read.

All banks could be well on their way to adopting similar policies as the Bandits of America. But right now, BofA is the only bank that I've heard of that will not allow a customer to opt-out of courtesy overdraft. I understand that some customers have tried this at other banks and have been denied, but it's usually just the bank employees giving the customer the runaround. Classic example is Ronny G and his two attempts to get it done at Wachovia. But Ronny G was able to eventually get it done.

But it's a documented and proven fact that at BofA, it's not a runaround. Ronny G could have attempted this at BofA one million times and he would still fail. Why? Because it's BofA's official bank policy that customers have no say so about opting out of courtesy overdraft. I haven't heard or read this for any other bank. That's all I'm saying, Jim.

Now, speaking of making something true simply by repeating it, the same can be said about the false conclusions reached in only one part of the still pending Gutierrez vs Wells Fargo case. Stay tuned for the real facts about what the judge actually said in the decertification of just one class, while the other class is still certified and case still on schedule.

Back to the subject at hand. Jim, if your premise were actually true that all banks are the same and none of them allow you to opt-out of courtesy overdraft, then we have ourselves a hypocritical dilemma. The bank's position is, the customer should manage their finances responsibly and never overdraft, but the bank will enact a policy that makes it mandatory that customers be allowed to overdraft, even whey they request not to be allowed to do so.

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#35

Jim..you are failing to comprehend..again..

AUTHOR: Ronny g - (U.S.A.)

I constantly state that many banks are now starting to adopt the same ripoff polices has Skank of America and Wackoffonya, including some smaller local community banks that at one time may have cared a little about their customers..community..remember that? I consistently warn people to check the terms of their bank..or any new bank or credit union they may join in the future.

Regardless..it still does not make it right..and in no way excuses any bank for pulling the wool over their customer eyes.

As well..it proves my point even further about use of a register being the only defense...as if banks are changing policies as they see fit at any time...perhaps there is a chance a customer can be caught off guard..possible you think? Any of these report reflect this do you think? Do you actually open your eyes when you read these..or just have homogenized generic responses like the bank does..all a crock of feces?

Now I was able to opt out when I was with Wachovia..and true it was not easy..and true it took 2 tries..the second we got in writing..because if they were to change anything..I would have thrown that in their face and demanded a refund. But I left those asshats, I was just sick of them. The tellers were always nice and I still visit a few..but the bank is run by scumbags..greedy scumbags..I DO NOT trust my money or finances with scumbags..although it is getting difficult to weed out the scumbags from the ethical institutions these days.

So no Jim, I can not concede that ALL banks are the same..but it is possible they will all become the same..unless something is done before it happens..because if they do all become the same..we will be here telling people to keep their money under their mattress as the only safe place. Actually for many that is the safest place.
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Yes - All Banks Are The Same

AUTHOR: Jim - (U.S.A.)

Edward, posting something twice doesn't make it right - LOL.  Many banks are in the process or have already adoped the same policies as BofA and Wachovia/Wells.  In other words, even if you try to opt out, you won't be able to.

I try to keep telling people like Ronny all the time that all banks are the same and the more people say they aren't, the complaints on ROR only prove it true.

 

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BREAKING NEWS!!! 'FDIC chief considers tapping Treasury for funds' can be read by simply.....

AUTHOR: Karl - (U.S.A.)

'Googling' this- FDIC CHIEF CONSIDERS TAPPING TREASURY FOR FUNDS, and reading it on the web.

WELCOME TO AMERICA- IN FRAUD WE TRUST!
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In a League of Their Own

AUTHOR: Edward - (U.S.A.)

Ronny G, you are correct. All banks are not the same.

Most people assume you can opt-out of Courtesy Overdraft, Overdraft Protection, or whatever you want to call it. Usually when a customer says they can't do this based on what they were told by an employee, or past experience, most people assume it's only because the bank makes it difficult to do so. The customer just has to be persistent, make several attempts to make it happen, and don't take no for an answer.

Apparently not everyone is aware of the new low that Bandits of America have stooped to. I just became aware after catching a quick mention of it on NBC nightly news during a story about debit card fees. It's still hard to find tons of evidence of this but after some research, it seems to be true that Bandits of America makes Courtesy Overdraft mandatory. Yes, MANDATORY. You cannot opt-out of it, no matter how many times you try and no matter who you talk with. That's it, end of discussion.

This is what's described in the OP here and the transaction at 7-11 and the legitimate question of why the card was allowed if the account was already overdrawn. This happened because not only is it opt-in overdraft by default, but you cannot opt-out.

No way, no how, and that's the ripoff here.

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In a League of Their Own

AUTHOR: Edward - (U.S.A.)

Ronny G, you are correct. All banks are not the same.

Most people assume you can opt-out of Courtesy Overdraft, Overdraft Protection, or whatever you want to call it. Usually when a customer says they can't do this based on what they were told by an employee, or past experience, most people assume it's only because the bank makes it difficult to do so. The customer just has to be persistent, make several attempts to make it happen, and take no for an answer.

Apparently not everyone is aware of the new low that Bandits of America have stooped to. I just became aware after catching a quick mention of it on NBC nightly news during a story about debit card fees. It's still hard to find tons of evidence of this but after some research, it seems to be true that Bandits of America makes Courtesy Overdraft mandatory. Yes, MANDATORY. You cannot opt-out of it, no matter how many times you try and no matter who you talk with. That's it, end of discussion.

This is what's described in the OP here and the transaction at 7-11 and the legitimate question of why the card was allowed if the account was already overdrawn. This happened because not only is it opt-in overdraft by default, but you cannot opt-out.

No way, no how, and that's the ripoff here.

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All banks are NOT the same..

AUTHOR: Ronny g - (U.S.A.)

But there are similarities.

And you ARE able to opt out of overdraft protection..where do all of you get your info? Or maybe all banks are not the same?? Imagine that?

But agreed..the bank does not want you to opt out (Wachovia took me 2 tries..I had to get it in writing the second time from the bank manager to use as evidence if a POS or ATM transaction is not declined to to NSF) because it works in harmony with the re-sequencing to yield all those additional fees..so of course it is NOT in the banks best financial interests to opt you out..and until some laws are changed to better regulate the bank and it's policies..people will continue being duped by this fraud and scheme they call overdraft "protection".

Now in a different bank I started to use the terms and fees are quite clear (although it states NOTHING about re-sequencing transactions and the bank themselves told me ALL transactions are processed as they come in...not manipulated, we shall see) they have 2 types of OD protection. One is the standard ripoff one that comes as a "free" service..but protects nothing but the bank and is simply called "overdraft protection"....and another is called "overdraft transfer service"..which is not perfect..but better. Basically it links to my savings account. If my balance is under $10,000 an overdraft fee will be charged..but less, $12.00. However if my account balance is over $10,000..overdraft coverage is free of charge. It states nothing about a maximum of times this can happen..the only thing I can find with maximums is they will never charge more then 7 OD fees in a day. I got it right here in front of me in black and white.
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#41

P, There was a man who stood-up for the 'common folk' about....

AUTHOR: Karl - (U.S.A.)

2000 years ago. He stood up against the 'leaders' of his day because the 'leaders' were making it difficult for the 'common folk' to live in peace & harmony. Unfortunately for him, the 'authorities' of his day didn't like that he was standing up & speaking out against them, so they made sure that he wouldn't cause anymore problems for them.

You can 'Google' this- SANHEDRIN, and click on- 'Sanhedrin Trial of Jesus', and read who this man was, and WHO the 'authorities' were. You can also find out what happened to him almost exactly 1976 years ago, in 33AD. 

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#42

Charged for moving money from savings is a banking regulation.

AUTHOR: Robert - (U.S.A.)

The charge you receive for transfer money from you savings account is a banking regulation not a B of A policy.  All banks and credit unions charge this.

You are only allowed to debit transfer up to four times per statement period.  You are allowed an unlimited number of ATM transactions.

All of this is explained in your account terms if you had bothered to read it.

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Couldn't Resist The Irony

AUTHOR: Edward - (U.S.A.)

Regarding your question about why you were allowed to use your debit card at 7-11 if the account was already overdrawn? It's because Bandits of America forces all accounts to use courtesy overdraft. You cannot opt-out of it, period, the end.


Now while they yell to you from their bully vault about how you should manage your finances better, your hard earned tax dollars have to bail out the Bandits of America, so they can stay afloat and continue to rip you off.


They rip you off with these shady overdraft fee policies.  And now with your tax dollars, you're paying them to rip you off. Now don't you just feel refreshed, empowered and invigorated?


But hold on. In addition to irony, we remember there's also such a thing as Karma (aka - Merrill Lynch).

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Request that the bank...

AUTHOR: Ronny g - (U.S.A.)

...allow you to opt out of overdraft protection..for as you found out the hard way like so many others here..and that did not report here...it is a farce..it protects the bank..not you.

This type of "overdraft protection" that the bank has you enrolled in..and most likely never asked if you wanted it to begin with..works out very well for them when combined with the transaction re-sequencing they get away with..which in my opinion is nothing more then altering time. Yes the banks have figured out a way to alter time..and legally profit off it..to the tune of over 38 billion dollars in 09 alone.

Many banks do this..the problem is too many customers are unaware..until it is to late and they get hit..and hit hard.

You may be able to recover all..or some..typically half the fees you were charged if this is your only overdraft in a 12 month period..but it will take patience and consistency on your part...but keep calling and don't be rube..keep asking foe supervisors..even if you wait on hold for 45 minutes then they hang up on you..call right back...it should work.

But if you feel this can happen to you again..opt out of that scam which is a guise as a "service"...that type of overdraft protection you have protects nothing but the banks money..an insures if this happens again..they will unleash the avalanche of fees upon you.

Some of us are trying hard and working with a law firm to get some laws and bank policy changed to actually provide SOME actual protection of the consumers hard earned money..so you may be getting a letter soon.

Some will come on here and tell you to keep a register..so just do that if you don't already..it will shut them the hell up..and will help you keep better track..not that there are ways the bank will screw you regardless..but it can't hurt to hedge you bets..and online banking is another farce..inaccurate and undependable..transactions are delayed and hidden..its a hot mess.


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