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Can I tell the bank my debit card/check book was stolen?

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If I tell my bank my debit/check book was stolen will they put a freeze on my account? If so, I would assume this would be permanent. This way I can get my bank account closed without hassle.

If you lost your bank debit card and checkbook, you should notify your bank. The bank will deactivate the card number so that anyone who wrongfully possesses the card/checks cannot make fraudulent puchases. This also means that they will most likely issue you a new card (with a new card number) and, depending on how the bank operates, they will change you bank account number or close the old account and open a new one for you (transferring all the funds from the old account into the new account). The big hassle for you is to update all the payment information if you use automatic bill pay (using your account info) for paying some of your bills.

Sub: #1 posted on Wed, 09/03/2008 - 08:05

jjanney jjanney

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That will not always work. Usually, when they do that, they do not block preauthorized ach's, so the payday loan transactions will still go through.

Sub: #2 posted on Wed, 09/03/2008 - 08:07

goudah2424 goudah2424

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Your best bet is to simply be honest with your bank. Tell them you got over your head with payday loans and need to stop the ach debits on your account, and you feel the best way to do this is to close the account and get a fresh start. Most banks will see this as an effort on your part to get control of your finances and will be more than willing to help you.

Sub: #3 posted on Wed, 09/03/2008 - 09:40

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Which bank do you use? Some are easier to deal with than others. Perhaps we can share our experiences with you.

Sub: #4 posted on Wed, 09/03/2008 - 09:53

desperatelyseekingsanity desperatelyseekingsanity

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Your best bet is to simply be honest with your bank.

I agree. To be clear, my response was assuming that you actually did lose your debit card and/or checkbook.

Sub: #5 posted on Wed, 09/03/2008 - 10:02

jjanney jjanney

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My work always complained about the problems and differences between the regular old educated consumer, and then the "over-educated consumer" ... apparently this is the sort of thing that they were referring to.

Sub: #6 posted on Wed, 09/03/2008 - 10:20

smo65d11 smo65d11

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Thanks for the reponses everyone. I bank with Bank of America. I plan to close my account this week after my rent check clears (that always clears within a day or two). I've already opened a new bank account at a different bank.

Sub: #7 posted on Wed, 09/03/2008 - 11:36


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