Stonewalled by my bank.

@TheHorse (146834)
Walnut Creek, California
November 29, 2021 11:33am CST
As you know, several thousand dollars were stolen from me recently. The stolen check was intended for me, and wound up in someone else's account at the same bank as I use. That bank has been of no help to me in getting my money back or in catching the crooks who stole the check from my mail box. They say I have to contact the person who sent me the check (I did) and are utterly disinterested in viewing a copy of the check, which includes my forged signature, etc. They could have the evidence necessary to catch the crook today, and I offered to give them the case number with the local sheriff. They (a live person in Texas somewhere) refused. I have two choices today (I don't work today): 1) Grab my .22, storm my bank's local branch, and shoot out some ceiling tiles, which would undoubtedly yield me free food and lodging for several months or years; 2) Drink some wine, calmly go to my bank's local branch, move some money around, and be able to pay rent this month. Which do you recommend?
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18 responses
@1creekgirl (29742)
• United States
29 Nov
That is just so wrong that your bank won't help you. The first thing I would do is contact your state's attorney general. Then I would move all my accounts to another bank.
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@marlina (137856)
• Canada
29 Nov
Once it is fixed, i would move my money to another bank for sure.
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@TheHorse (146834)
• Walnut Creek, California
29 Nov
It's odd. I have been with this bank for literally decades.
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• Eugene, Oregon
29 Nov
@TheHorse Reminds me of why I have used a local credit union for 40 years.
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• Eugene, Oregon
29 Nov
Number one is tempting, I know, but number two may be more practical in the long run.
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@marlina (137856)
• Canada
29 Nov
Agreeing here !
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@TheHorse (146834)
• Walnut Creek, California
29 Nov
I think I will opt for #2.
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@TheHorse (146834)
• Walnut Creek, California
29 Nov
@marlina I have worked (as a psychologist) in prisons. There was a gourmet chef working at the minimum security women's prison (I'm serious), but I have heard that prison food is often not that good.
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@BarBaraPrz (34839)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
29 Nov
Both James and Vicki have give you good advice. The only thing I could suggest is have the sheriff's office call them.
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@TheHorse (146834)
• Walnut Creek, California
29 Nov
I talked to the Sheriff this morning. He is waiting for them to call him.
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@BarBaraPrz (34839)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
29 Nov
@TheHorse Don't ya just want to grab everyone by the ears and bonk their heads together?
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@TheHorse (146834)
• Walnut Creek, California
30 Nov
@BarBaraPrz How can I put this gently...
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@DaddyEvil (68963)
• United States
30 Nov
Do you want us to set us a GoFundMe account in your name to pay for your lawyer to get you back out of jail? I hope otherwise, you had a mellow day today.
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@TheHorse (146834)
• Walnut Creek, California
30 Nov
I spent four hours on this today. Do NOT show up to my house requesting a drink.
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@TheHorse (146834)
• Walnut Creek, California
30 Nov
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@Vree0937 (4204)
• Indonesia
30 Nov
I will be donating that for sure. But he choose already - no. 2, so keep it for next time :-D
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@TheSojourner (37189)
• United States
29 Nov
Do you know how copies of the checks and the signatures? Maybe you could call the AG's office for your state and get some assistance that way.
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@TheHorse (146834)
• Walnut Creek, California
29 Nov
What is AG? The Attorney General? I assume they have bigger fish to fry.
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• United States
29 Nov
@TheHorse whether they have bigger fish to fry or not, the AG's office is to help people when they can't get this kind of thing done through the institutions who are supposed to protect you.
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@TheHorse (146834)
• Walnut Creek, California
30 Nov
@TheSojourner Maybe I will look them up. I am tired and frustrated. I spent about five hours on the phone, online, and in my truck today. Nobody would help me.
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@snowy22315 (130053)
• United States
29 Nov
What happens if you go to the bank that cashed the fraudlent check? They are on the hook I would think. There have to be banking regulatory authorities you could turn to. I would contact them and see what they recommend, and of course change banks. Your bank sucks!! Like you don't know it..
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@TheHorse (146834)
• Walnut Creek, California
29 Nov
I just went to a branch of the bank that cashed the fraudulent check. I was stonewalled there as well.
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@snowy22315 (130053)
• United States
29 Nov
@TheHorse I think you need some teeth, go there with a cop, or a bank regulator.
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@TheHorse (146834)
• Walnut Creek, California
30 Nov
@snowy22315 Find me a cop who would go with me.
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@JudyEv (264744)
• Rockingham, Australia
30 Nov
Can't you go further up the ladder with your bank? Surely they don't condone this sort of thing, which is pretty much what they are doing. Good luck.
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@TheHorse (146834)
• Walnut Creek, California
30 Nov
I am befuddled.
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@wolfgirl569 (48488)
• Marion, Ohio
30 Nov
Number one would make you feel better but number two is what you hopefully did. I would also try talking to someone right there in person.
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@TheHorse (146834)
• Walnut Creek, California
30 Nov
I did. But it failed. Here's a nice pretty song I just listened to to relax me. I hope you enjoy it.
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@marlina (137856)
• Canada
29 Nov
I recommend #2 of course.
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@TheHorse (146834)
• Walnut Creek, California
29 Nov
Thank you.
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@NJChicaa (105269)
• United States
29 Nov
I'd go with option 2
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@TheHorse (146834)
• Walnut Creek, California
29 Nov
I think it is more prudent. But #1 is still tempting.
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@xander6464 (31203)
• Wapello, Iowa
30 Nov
I would go with #2. I would also call some local newspapers and TV stations. Sometimes they are interested in stories like this and if they start talking about it, especially on TV, action usually speeds up and things get done.
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@TheHorse (146834)
• Walnut Creek, California
30 Nov
My news radio station used to have a "show" where they talked about this kind of thing. They helped regular citizens get resolution to odd problems. But I haven't heard it in years. I assume everyone is following "protocol," but protocol seems to delay things and favor criminals.
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@xander6464 (31203)
• Wapello, Iowa
30 Nov
@TheHorse You could cut out the middle man and post a rant video on YouTube. You'd probably get 100 million views and make a few dollars at the same time.
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@TheHorse (146834)
• Walnut Creek, California
30 Nov
@xander6464 Heh. But I don't want that to be my claim to fame. Have you seen the United Breaks Guitars video? I suffered a similar fate with United Airlines. The video is really funny. I'll see if I can find it. I was able to get in touch with the guy who made the video, and he told me what to do to get compensated.
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@LadyDuck (376211)
• Switzerland
30 Nov
Go to the serif and explain that the bank refuses to cooperate... may be someone helped the crook and he is someone working in your bank. This is my opinion.
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@TheHorse (146834)
• Walnut Creek, California
30 Nov
My money manager also said that it could be an "inside job."
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@LadyDuck (376211)
• Switzerland
30 Nov
@TheHorse Considering what happened and how happened, I am pretty sure it's an "inside job".
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@TheHorse (146834)
• Walnut Creek, California
2 Dec
@LadyDuck I hope I find out and that the crooks get caught.
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@LindaOHio (82639)
• United States
30 Nov
#1 is certainly tempting; but I vote for #2. We don't want you to go to jail.
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@TheHorse (146834)
• Walnut Creek, California
30 Nov
I have heard that the food at men's prisons is not very good. And I love good food.
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@LindaOHio (82639)
• United States
1 Dec
@TheHorse Another reason to stay out! Plus we'd miss you terribly.
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@TheHorse (146834)
• Walnut Creek, California
1 Dec
@LindaOHio I'd miss my friends here as well.
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@FourWalls (38551)
• United States
2 Dec
I think you need to call the bank’s corporate office and don’t say a word except “Let me talk to a manager.” “What for?” “Your service sucks, now let me talk to a manager!” Oh, and mention calling federal authorities who regulate banks AND an attorney…..
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@TheHorse (146834)
• Walnut Creek, California
2 Dec
I'm going to wait until I pay my rent and am feeling more rational.
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@Shiva49 (23590)
• Singapore
30 Nov
I can understand your angst over this issue where you have been a victim and left to fend for yourself. The least the bank could have done is to help you to recover the proceeds by following their guidelines on such matters. I do hope this is settled soon. They can do more than you can.
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@TheHorse (146834)
• Walnut Creek, California
2 Dec
Of course, I'll keep everyone posted.
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@JESSY3236 (15616)
• United States
30 Nov
Don't do number one. I wouldn't do number two either. I would sue the bank.
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@TheHorse (146834)
• Walnut Creek, California
2 Dec
I closed the account I couldn't access. So now I can pay my rent. But I'm thinking of changing banks.
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@marlina (137856)
• Canada
30 Nov
Do you have an ombudsman in California?
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@TheHorse (146834)
• Walnut Creek, California
2 Dec
I'm not even sure what that is!
@Vree0937 (4204)
• Indonesia
30 Nov
No 1 of getting free food and lodging, seems tempting - you dont need to think about pay rent like now And as you live on your own, you have no responsible for a family - too. It's a perfect - actually :-D Well, doesnt matter now. You have chose no. 2 - Bravo #noexcitement