Karen and Lindsay Leveen of Sausalito had been victims of bank fraud once before. So when they found almost $2,000 missing from their checking account, they thought it happened again. The real shock? Finding out who actually took their money.
“We were horrified,” Karen Leveen said. “We said, ‘this is like stealing.”’
They realized their money was gone when they tried to use their debit card at a retail store.
“They said this card won’t cover your purchase and we said, ‘why?’ We thought they were joking.” Karen Leveen recalls. “There should be plenty of money in there.”
“We had just made deposits into that account,” Lindsay Leveen added. “Karen’s social security went into that account, my pension.”
“We thought somebody had drained our bank account,” Karen said. “We became alarmed and went to the nearest (bank) branch.”
A manager at Bank of America confirmed someone had just withdrawn $1,956 from their account. But what really stunned them was when the bank manager went to his computer and found out who took it.
“He said, our bank took it,” Lindsay said.
It was true. Bank of America had just taken nearly $2,000 out of their account.