Bank Of America Uses Temporary Hold To Trigger Overdraft Fee?

Bank of America got so fee crazy last week that it applied a $10 overdraft fee to Christopher’s account even though it wasn’t overdrafted. I went back and forth with Christopher to try to figure out what BoA could have done to trigger this, but as you can see from the screen cap below, he only had two debits on the day of the event.

Christopher mentioned that there had been a $4.50 debit that had never posted, so I asked him to elaborate:

The 4.50 never posted and would have been dated before on 10/21 depending on if it had been a legitimate charge. The charge was there on the 21st but cleared without posting (temporary hold due to a broken credit machine). It was dated on the 21st.

So if that charge was not a real charge—it doesn’t even show up on the 10/22 section of transactions, as you can see above, and it didn’t seem to impact the balance—how again did BoA justify the overdraft?

Christopher says Bank of America won’t actually investigate the issue and give him a real answer. Instead, they’re just keeping him in a “web support” loop that’s growing smaller and smaller:

I also find it highly difficult to continue a thread with them as it is limited to 10,000 characters but each time includes the previous message(s) in an un-editable quote in that 10,000 character limit. So after three messages that is full, and I must start a new thread, which then gets the same chain letters, in order.

Update: Several commenters made good suggestions below. To help Christopher and future readers, I’m highlighting some of them here:

lankysob says this is how BoA’s Overdraft Protection works:

When BoA approved the Overdraft Protection (which was tied to my BoA Amex card I set up long ago as backup to save me from paying the stupid $35 O/D fees per transaction), it moved $100 from my Amex to my checking account and considered everything cool. When I called to complain and ask why would an account that has more than $0.00 in it ever need Overdraft Protection, I was told that BoA “goes ahead and determines a dollar amount ABOVE $0.00 based on the credit/debit history of the last few credit/debits applied to your checking account, and then uses that number as it’s ‘0 Point’ as to when to kick Overdraft Protection into effect for you.” I was, understandably, outraged by this and asked “Ok, well where is this magic number you’ve chosen for me so I know to treat that as my $0.00 amount?” “We can’t/aren’t able to give you that information because it’s not an exact number that stays the same.”

Both Hobart007 and MedicallyNeedy suggest that you go into a local branch and speak to the branch manager in person. If it’s a first time issue or you can convince the manager it’s BoA’s mistake, he or she might waive it.

And trillium points out a helpful feature on the BoA website:

A little known of (I know I didn’t know about it ) feature on the B of A website is on the left hand side titled “Available Balance History”. Unlike the default view this shows the order of which charges have hit as well as holds on the account.

(Photo: P/UL)

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