Bank of America is now freezing customer accounts according to the bank’s latest scandal and user reports.
A dad’s Bank of America account has suddenly closed overnight – leaving him broke and worried about feeding his family, reports The-Sun.
Elad Nehorai spent hours trying to access his life savings at a Bank of America branch in Los Angeles, reported local CBS affiliate KCAL News.
He complained about his treatment on X, formerly Twitter, saying: “I am with my wife & daughter in a @BankofAmerica office.
“They shut down my account with any notice or explanation, and we won’t be able to feed our family or pay medical expenses.
“We are staying here until it’s fixed. So far they have refused to even explain why they did this.”
His worrying post prompted a number of people to offer help in July.
One user said: “I sympathize with you Elad, BoA did this to my mother last year and it took us forever to get it worked out.
“Please let us know if we need to start up a fund drive for your family to tide you over until it gets resolved.”
Another user said: “I’m horrified that this is legal and apparently we have no recourse, even for answers.
“I am so naive, I didn’t think anything like this could happen here. Scary and frustrating.”
When the bank “heard CBS wanted to cover it [the story], the tone instantly shifted… the bank manager removed the hold on our account and transferred [his money] to another account.
“So, we have our money and can feed our family. That’s thanks to all of you,” Elad stated on X.
Other Banking News Today
More massive California bank branches are now closing for 2024 according to the latest data from the OCC.
California has had many unexpected bank closures all year and is now expecting the trend to follow into the new year.
According to the OCC, the following bank branches are scheduled to close in California in 2024.
- 450 South Ventura Road, Oxnard
- 3360 San Pablo Dam Road, San Pablo
- 18010 Chatsworth Street, Granada Hills
- 116 Sunset Drive, San Ramon
- 103 East Stetson Avenue, Hemet
- 118 E. Carrillo Street, Santa Barbara
Bank of America:
- 90 Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach
- 300 Lakeside Drive, Oakland
- 29687 The Old Road, Castaic
According to BankBranchLocator, Wells Fargo Bank currently operates with 4,598 branches located in 37 states.
The bank has most branches in California, Texas, Florida, New Jersey and North Carolina.
The branch at 333 Market St. in San Francisco, which included a flashy digital display within the branch that could be seen by those passing by, has temporarily closed this year until 2024.
“All over California, 277 bank branches have closed so far this year, second only this century to 2020, when 325 branches closed.
Branch openings are a much rarer occurrence: Only eight have occurred statewide this year,” reports Governing.
A recent report states that Wells Fargo plans to lay off approximately 525 of its employees based in Columbia, South Carolina, and close the bank’s corporate office there by June 30, 2024.
“Wells Fargo leaders are working to provide up-to-date facilities with modern workspaces and technology to create a more collaborative work environment that is a better employee experience,” Wells Fargo wrote in a notice.
“At the same time, we need to concentrate Wells Fargo real estate investments in fewer locations or reduce space in existing real estate,” the bank said.
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