BOA cost them hundreds, say patrons-Now it faces a new suit alleging its debit cards lacked standard security measures


Bank of America is again facing a class-action lawsuit, and this time, it hits close to home for San Diego County residents. The suit alleges that Bank of America did not provide adequate security measures for the unemployment and disability benefits cards issued to millions of Californians during the pandemic. As a result, San Diego residents who rely on these benefits may have been vulnerable to fraud and unauthorized transactions. 

The plaintiffs claim Bank of America neglected to add standard security measures, including the option to prevent suspicious transactions, reset PINs, and receive text or email notifications for card activity. Additionally, they allege that Bank of America failed to monitor and protect customer accounts from potential fraud adequately. 

The cardholders claim Bank of America has not followed the Electronic Fund Transfer Act. This Act provides rules for financial institutions to address account issues.

The bank has been accused of violating California's consumer privacy regulations. This is because Bank of America supplied cards with magnetic strips instead of chip technology. This makes the cards vulnerable to scams.

Judge Larry Alan Burns of San Diego's U.S. District Court has permitted the cardholders to proceed with their lawsuit against Bank of America, which seeks to reimburse the affected customers for any harm due to the bank's negligence. Nevertheless, the judge has dismissed other claims concerning contract breaches and California's Unfair Competition Law.

Bank of America has a long and troubled history of failing to respond to benefit card fraud adequately. In 2020, the bank was forced to pay $225 million in a settlement for claims related to a fraud detection program that had frozen thousands of benefit accounts, leaving customers without access to their money and unable to pay for essential goods and services.

This program was widely criticized for failing to protect customers from fraud and for its lack of transparency regarding the freezing of accounts. It was also accused of disproportionately targeting people of color and impoverished people.

The settlement was meant to compensate customers and improve bank policies related to fraud detection and customer service. Bank of America was also ordered to implement a monitoring program to ensure that customers are not subjected to similar problems in the future.

Bank of America has a long history of facing legal action for these types of incidents. The bank must act. They must take steps to stop similar incidents from occurring. This will protect the financial security of San Diego and Orange County residents who depend on the bank's services.

Read the entire court order from May 23, 2023, below.


Given Bank of America's history of facing legal action for inadequate fraud protection, what steps do you think the bank should take to prevent similar incidents from happening in the future and protect the financial well-being of its customers?


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