Bank of America Gets Tough on Credit Card Payments

People who bank at Bank of America and who have credit cards through the same bank are having problems when they don’t pay credit card payments. Bank of America, more than most banks, is enforcing a provision in their credit card agreements which allows them to take money out of customers’ bank accounts to pay the credit card. They are taking money without any advance notice. No client has asked me to review their Bank of American credit card documents, so I am assuming the bank has a legal contractual basis for their practice.

If you bank at Bank of American and have their Visa or Mastercard cards, and if think you may fall behind on credit card payments, you should consider moving your checking account to another bank. Even if you leave open the BOA checking account, open an account somewhere else and move most of your money. I don’t know if other banks have the same rights in their customer agreements. If you bank somewhere else you should find out whether your bank can automatically deduct credit card payments from your accounts at the same bank.