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BP and Bank of America are Wikileaks next U.S. targets.  (Source: The Inquisitr)
Site's founder claims to have exclusive info from bank executive's hard drive

It must be hard for Wikileaks to come to come up with an appropriate second act.  The site aired close to 100,000 confidential documents from the U.S. military and 250,000 classified U.S. State Department diplomatic cables.  The move left the U.S. government scrambling to try to control the damage that leaks had on it.

Wikileaks must come up with an appropriate second act if it hopes to maintain its "Big Brother" global role.  Most of its leaks thus far have focused on targeting America.  It's already embarrassed the U.S. government.  So what could be better than gunning for the U.S. private sector?

The site reportedly is preparing to release a treasure trove of leaked information from a major U.S. bank.  Site founder Julian Assange aired the news in an interview with 
Forbes Magazine on Monday.  

Most believe that his target will be the much-maligned Bank of America.  Last year Mr. Assange in an interview with 
Computerworld reported having "several gigabytes" of data stolen off a Bank of America executive's hard drive.

Shares of Bank of America stock dropped on the New York Stock Exchange this week, as fears that the company could become the next target sunk in.

Another controversial Euro-American corporate giant also has reason to fear.  

BP p.l.c., an English company whose largest division is in the U.S., is reportedly also to be targeting by Mr. Assange's information attacks.  He claimed in the 
Forbes interview to have "lots" of secret BP data, and was merely trying to verify if it was all unique and unreleased.

One has to wonder, though, if the public may be somewhat apathetic to a BP leak after how much the company was lashed in the media following its notorious oil spill.  Nonetheless, the threat dropped BP shares down 2.5 percent on Monday, following the announcement (share prices have since risen back to around their previous trading levels).

Before its efforts to disparage the U.S. government's Middle Eastern war efforts, 
Wikileaks was best known for a leak of information from banking giant Julius Baer, which subsequently sued the site.

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By allometry on 12/2/2010 10:48:21 AM , Rating: 5
I was a BoA customer for over 20 years. They refused to refund a $10.00 charge for a service I never used or requested.

I left their bank.

This is such a simple example, however it outlines how abysmal BoA's customer service is. They don't care about their customers, big or small. Their credit service are terrible and from what I've heard, a mob squad.

As far as I'm concerned, I have a bowl of popcorn awaiting the news WikiLeaks exposes about BoA.

By mcnabney on 12/2/2010 11:18:16 AM , Rating: 3
Almost the exact same issue here.

I just don't know what more BoA could do to piss-off their customers. I half expected a flaming bag of dog feces on my door.

/much happier banking through USAA

By maverick85wd on 12/2/2010 12:04:04 PM , Rating: 2
USAA is great if! Too bad you have to be in the military to join, I'm certainly glad I did while I was in. BoA had a subsidiary called "Community Bank" for dealing with pounds while in England. It was a scam, a lot of people called it communist bank - they were ripping off soldiers and airmen shamefully. I wish I could say I'm surprised base leadership lets them get away with it, but I've found a lot of things in the military are a scam; they must get a kickback or something. I had a Lloyd's account while I was over there and found it to be 10x better.

By priusone on 12/2/2010 12:16:46 PM , Rating: 2
Love USAA. My friend, who was with BofA, had an issue with Vonage, where even though he canceled, they kept charging him. BofA didn't want to credit his debit card for the false charges. The last straw for him was when someone paid him with a check from another bank and BofA charged him $10 to deposit the check into his OWN account.

It would be awesome if there were messages where the bank higher-ups were making fun of its customers, but I doubt that is the case. It will probably just be boring stuff.

By syphon on 12/2/2010 1:02:05 PM , Rating: 2
It's funny how I have heard so many horror stories from BoA however, I have to say I have not had any bad experience with them in my 8 years of banking with them. I have had fraud on my account that they refunded immediately. They have even removed overdraft fees when I was younger and over drafted like 5 times, they removed 4 of them and told me to be more careful the next time.

Now today was the first semi bad experience I had with them. I deposited money and the teller kept trying to push a new credit card on me even though I told her I have one with them already and I don't even use it. I then told her I do not use credit at all besides my mortgage and she still continued to push it on me. Had to say no about 6 times before she gave me my receipt and sent me on my way.

That is the only time I have had an issue and its not enough to make me leave. All my accounts have no fees on them so no complaints.

I do not believe they are a good company though...they have done some bad things that have come to light recently. If it was not such a pain to move all my accounts somewhere else, I would.

By razmanugget on 12/2/2010 1:50:51 PM , Rating: 2
I haven't laughed so hard in months. After my past BoA experiences, I can honestly picture a BoA rep pulling one of these.

By Rinadien on 12/2/2010 11:20:08 AM , Rating: 2
I actually had the exact opposite happen to me. They were charging for a service that I never used, happened for several months, and we discovered the charges by accident when we were making some changes to that account.

The rep double checked and verified that we were not using that service, and refunded almost 150 bucks over a year of usage... Overall, by the time the whole process was done, the lady refunded close to 200 bucks because of unnecessary bank charges, so I am quite happy with how that worked out.

Overall, I don't think there's a bank in this country that doesn't have the occasional bad customer service experience...


By mcnabney on 12/2/2010 11:26:43 AM , Rating: 5
Apparently you found the only honest person at BoA. They were probably fired at the end of the day.

By RamarC on 12/2/2010 12:25:44 PM , Rating: 2
$10? How about $1000?

I had been a BoA customer for 15+ years and about 8 years ago, BoA started charging me for overdrafts 3-4 times a month ($30 a pop) on our day-to-day account. I thought it was caused by my wife and I not knowing what the other person was doing.

One month I noticed in the monthly statement that the daily balance never went negative (meaning no overdrafts occurred that month). When I called BoA, they said the overdrafts were due to "holds" that released after a few days and the holds aren't shown on the statement. I even pointed out that an ATM withdrawal caused an overdraft even though it was within the available balance. After some bickering the rep refunded the fees.

So, I decided to go back over the past year's statements, and sure enough they'd been pulling this crap for more than 8 months. I also noticed that the one legitimate overdraft (a check for an auto repair) wouldn't have occurred if they hadn't charged me over $400 in phony overdrafts.

When I took my statements to the bank, the rep said there was nothing they could do because I only have 45 days to challenge any discrepancies.

So, I got 3 cashiers checks with everything from my 3 accounts and went to Wells Fargo. Viola! No more overdrafts. And their online banking showed all transactions immediately -- BoA always hid "today's" transactions so it was impossible to see what was pending).

BTW, one of the cashiers checks caused an OVERDRAFT!

By DCstewieG on 12/2/2010 2:23:23 PM , Rating: 2
You were being charged $100/month in fees and it took you 8 months to try to find out why? Wow.

By Solandri on 12/2/2010 3:31:44 PM , Rating: 4
That's actually a fairly common problem when 2 people share a checking account. Each person assumes its the other person causing the problem, they argue about it, and never bother to verify that it's not the bank causing it. Here's what you do to avoid it:

First, set up a joint savings/checking account. Deposits go into there. Any large purchases (talk with your spouse about what $ amount constitutes "large") are paid out of this account with a joint check.

Next, set up two other checking accounts - one for you, one for your spouse. Each of you gets a monthly "allowance" - money which you transfer from the main account into these accounts which you're free to spend any way you wish. That way you always know exactly how much is in your account, and your spouse always knows how much is in their account.

By RamarC on 12/2/2010 9:14:58 PM , Rating: 2
That's actually a fairly common problem when 2 people share a checking account. Each person assumes its the other person causing the problem, they argue about it, and never bother to verify that it's not the bank causing it.

Bingo! We'd get the overdraft notice in the mail and the tirades would start. At that time, the BoA online info was "preliminary and subject to change"... the statement was (supposedly) the gospel.

This only happened on our day-to-day account (groceries, entertainment, cash withdrawals, personal purchases shared between two people). Our primary money-market account (mortgage, car, regular bills, etc) never had the problem. A while after we moved to WF, we setup 2 PayPal debit accounts and started funding them every 3 months with an "allowance". Both of us had play money to do whatever we wanted -- no more arguments and it's been blissful for 5 years.

By Shadowmaster625 on 12/3/2010 8:09:22 AM , Rating: 2
Some creative executive at Bank of America goes through their database specifically looking for accounts that are shared between more than one person. They figure they can shove in a few overdraft fees which will hopefully go unnoticed. If we dig hard enough, I am sure we will find a spreadsheet with a column labeled something like "probability they will not notice the bogus fee". The bank exec who does this walks away with a big fat bonus. When the scheme threatens to detonate the bank, in comes fresh government cash infusion. And viola! Another round of bonuses. This is just one of many bankster scams, very small in the grand scheme. The funny thing is people throw a hissy fit over a few hundred dollars in bogus fees, but they care not about being a$$raped to the tune of multiple thousands per person in the bigger scams these criminal insolvent institutions perpetrate.

By trisct on 12/2/2010 4:00:00 PM , Rating: 2
I was with them for 2 weeks a few years ago. I was going to transfer my accounts from Riggs Bank (a small local outfit) because of their dismal online banking software.

Started doing this with a couple of small transfers, but almost immediately ran into issues with their hold-overdraft problems. Transferring money via check from a bank across the street took over a week, and overdrafts resulted. Notably, this was the one and the only time I have EVER had overdraft problems in my life.

Closed account, went back to Riggs, which subsequently was purchased by PNC bank, solving my web-banking issues...
Stay away from BoA...

By Uncle on 12/2/2010 10:19:05 PM , Rating: 2
Not complaining on your rant ,but how does a bank this big, get this big if they treat their customers as you say.

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