Sunday, January 26, 2014

Whose Money is it Anyway? Yours? Or the Bank's?

כ"ה לחודש האחד עשר תשע"ד

I have present the following article in full for your convenience. It is worth reading. Who knew that it pays to glance at Yahoo! News?

Yahoo! News: Prove it: Bank blocking some customers from making large withdrawals without ‘evidence’ of spending need

Eric Pfeiffer, January 25, 2014

"The World's Local Bank"
If you bank at HSBC in England, don’t plan on making any large cash withdrawals. At least not without a good explanation. Or, maybe even a permission slip.

That’s because a previously unannounced change in banking policy is blocking some customers from making large withdrawals without “evidence” explaining why they need the money from their accounts .

The policy affects customers attempting withdrawals for amounts as little as £5,000 ($8,253).

HSBC says it’s all done in the name of customer protection.

"The reason being we have an obligation to protect our customers, and to minimize the opportunity for financial crime,” HSBC said in a statement. “However, following feedback, we are immediately updating guidance to our customer facing staff to reiterate that it is not mandatory for customers to provide documentary evidence for large cash withdrawals, and on its own, failure to show evidence is not a reason to refuse a withdrawal. We are writing to apologize to any customer who has been given incorrect information and inconvenienced."

The change in approach comes after the BBC aired reports from multiple HSBC customers who said they were denied in their recent attempts to make cash withdrawals.

Banking customer Stephen Cotton says he attempted to withdraw approximately $11,000 to repay a loan from his mother but was blocked from doing so.

"When we presented them with the withdrawal slip, they declined to give us the money because we could not provide them with a satisfactory explanation for what the money was for,” he told the BBC. “They wanted a letter from the person involved."

Cotton says the bank wouldn’t even tell him how much he was allowed to withdraw under the new policy, which was not announced to customers when taking affect last November.

"So I wrote out a few slips. I said, 'Can I have £5,000?' They said no. I said, 'Can I have £4,000?' They said no. And then I wrote one out for £3,000 and they said, 'OK, we'll give you that.' "

In the U.S. there have been rumors of similar restrictions that major banks such as Citibank have denied. After the massive security breach at Target retail stores in December, JP Morgan did place a temporary limit on how much cash customers could withdraw from Chase ATM’s at Target stores and how much they could spend on their debit cards at one time. But that limit has since been removed.

A Conservative member of the British Parliament said the change in policy “infantilizes the customer.” However, the head of retail at the British Bankers Association defended the policy.

"I can understand it's frustrating for customers,” Eric Leenders told the BBC. “But if you are making the occasional large cash withdrawal, the bank wants to make sure it's the right way to make the payment."

Esser Agaroth (2¢):
"I can understand it's frustrating for customers. But if you are making the occasional large cash withdrawal, the bank wants to make sure it's the right way to make the payment."

"sheeple" = sheep + people
What business is it of the banks what I choose to do with my money? Absolutely none. The banks not only treat us like "sheeple," but want us to believe that we are "sheeple," ourselves.

People will no doubt call me "paranoid" and "reactionary."

Was the breach in Target security a "false flag" event?

Was it purposeful negligence on the part of Citibank/Target, knowing full well there are ambitious hackers out there with mouths watering over such a target? (No pun intended)

In any event, this seems to be the pattern with government, and now, apparently banks,...as if there were any difference between the two.

Both try to demonstrate how much we supposedly need them,...for our own "protection."

It is just going to get worse. Just pay attention to future events, and you will see for yourself.

I hope that the switchover to an entirely plastic economy is obvious to you all, although I am afraid that I tend to doubt it.

Of course, how much is the paper currency worth now anyways?

A new law in the U. S., and with the cooperation of other countries, the U. S. government may now freeze my Israeli bank account (Thanks a lot, Israel!), if I do not file my taxes annually, even if I do not owe the U. S. government anything!

I suppose THAT is also supposed to be for my own protection, huh?

I do not know about you, but at this point, I prefer my mattress over any banks.

3 comments:

Ariel ben Yochanan said...

B"H - Isn't it funny how a financial criminal like a commercial bank wants to protect you against other financial criminals?

Shy Guy said...

Why look for examples so far away?

Using my Israeli bank's online transfer interface, I am prompted each time to select a reason for the transfer or adlib one in my own words.

Furthermore, transfers on the fly are limited to 6000 shekel a day.

Why? I assume because the Israeli government and possibly the banks themselves want to babysit my spending.

Esser Agaroth said...

The reason why I mention this example is simply because it was there.

Thank you for providing us with information about Israeli bank shenanigans.

It is one of those world-wide issues.

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