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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Bank Fudges A Man's Existence

MoneyStephen Fudge, a man from St. John, Canada, received a letter from his bank the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce offering their condolences for his death. The only problem was that Stephen actually physically received the letter and was not dead at all. After receiving the letter, Mr. Fudge humorously remarked, "This is not how I want to find out." The bank apparently thought that Mr. Fudge was dead because he was late to make a payment on his overdraft account.

After he made the payment, Mr. Fudge thought that his problems were over. Unfortunately, he was wrong. The bank would end up freezing his account several times until "the bank killed him off," according to Mr. Fudge. The bank apologized and noted that the problem was likely the result of human error. The bank vowed to correct any error they made and ensured Mr. Fudge that this would not affect his credit score.

See Bank Informed Man That He Passed Away, Yahoo!News, Jan. 2013.

Special thanks to David S. Luber (Attorney at law, Florida Probate Attorney Wills and Estates Law Firm) for bringing this article to my attention.


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