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08 Dec 2009 00:00 by mike_walsh Star rating in Torrevieja. 594 posts Send private message

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It is happening far too often for it to be dismissed as isolated: A lady has her bank cards stolen and goes straight to the BBVA bank to cancel them. They will not do so without a denuncia obtained from the Guardia Civil. By the time the victim gets it and returns the thieves have siphoned off 1,200€. The bank is not interested. It is her loss. Tough!

It happened to a friend of mine when her card was cloned and used at cash points in cities she had never heard of, let alone visited. She lost about 1,000€. Again the bank wasn’t interested. Tough! They stopped all her direct debits until she had replaced the money. Her son baled her out.
 
A newspaper reporter tells me it is commonplace. A police officer told another friend it is such a common crime that it seems everyone knows people who have fallen victim to the thieves – and the couldn’t care less banks. In no cases will the banks be helpful if your card is cloned, stolen and misused. In fact they will be obstructive.
 
My advice: Don’t deposit funds in excess of your direct debits. If you are lucky enough to have an excess then for goodness sake keep it in cash and hide it well.The banks are financed by the interest they make on our deposits. If customers withdrew all but the bare minimum they might think twice about assisting the Mafia.


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09 Dec 2009 12:28 by nicolaraho Star rating in Surrey and Mar Menor.... 90 posts Send private message

Do you think the same applies to Barclays International accounts? 



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09 Dec 2009 12:34 by mike_walsh Star rating in Torrevieja. 594 posts Send private message

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I am not sure, Nicola. What we all know is that when a bank screws up it is a nightmare trying to get them to sort matters out. I should have suggested that it might be a better idea to keep most of one's money in a British bank account. To then transfer it to a Spanish bank - only when it is needed to cover bills.

The British banks are far better regulated and much more accountable. In the UK you have a remedy; here in Spain you clearly do not. Good luck!



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09 Dec 2009 12:37 by nicolaraho Star rating in Surrey and Mar Menor.... 90 posts Send private message

Thanks Mike.......... I find  your tips really useful........ keep them coming



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