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Wells Fargo / hold on deposits

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I deposited two checks at my local branch on 8/30/2007 for a total of $278.56 and the next day I got a notice online from the bank that stated" we are holding your deposit until 9/4/07 because of unusual transactions on a deposit account". This was bad enough, no explanation and holding a deposit for five days when the checks would clear the local banks they were drawn on overnight. But then on 9/4/07 I received a letter in the mail that stated "we are holding your deposits until 9/11/07" because of "numerous overdrafts in the last six months". Clearly, the $34 they charged for each overdraft was not considered enough to compensate them for the service that they voluntarily provided for a couple of days' loan. My complaint is that the checks have cleared the banks they were drawn on well before I received the letter. How can they add another seven days to the hold on those funds? Is there no law requiring a bank to make deposits available when the funds are actually in their possession? Why does any number of overdrafts (only 4) justify withholding funds for any amount of time. This is outrageous, how can a service provider stay in business while providing such terrible service? Needless to say, I will close the account as soon as they release my hostage funds!!

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  • Ol
      6th of Jun, 2014
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    Can understand your feelings---but you did owe the bank. And should have been aware that they would take their owed due 1st chance possible. Even if you owed a private debt it would be the same. What WELLS FARGO is guilty of is the practice of paying out the largest amount due 1st-- NOT BUY WHEN THE DUE AMOUNT COMES IN. this means if you have used your debit card to get small amounts like $3 even if there 10 or 20 debits they will take the large amount leaving your account to pay $35. [ think that is the current charge --each bank is different could be more in others] for every tiny amount you have paid out BEFORE you paid the big debit. This can lead to 100s OF DOLLARS IN DEBT!!! They were --or currently in court because of this--a class action lawsuit against them --by multiple people. This has happened before and banks are forced to return the monies they took. It can amount to MILLIONS OF DOLLARS. If they do it enough people that can be a huge profit.

    SO----- no matter who you bank with always look at your statement--and if you see the larger amount that may have come in days later---go to the bank and demand they correct the billing so you only get maybe 1 or 2 charges.
    Hopes this helps some one.

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