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Man Holds Bank Hostage, Demands His Own Money

Bassam al-Sheikh Hussein is now being hailed a hero in Lebanon

(Newser) - A man with a gun held a Lebanese bank hostage for more than six hours on Thursday—firing warning shots and threatening to set himself on fire—then emerged to be hailed a hero. Banks in Lebanon imposed strict rules on withdrawals in 2019 amid a devastating economic crisis that...

This Ex-Bank CEO's Expense Report Was Eyebrow-Raising

Former Raiffeisen chief Pierin Vincenz gets nearly 4 years in prison after $214K in strip club bills

(Newser) - A former "banker of the year" in Switzerland used his company credit card to pay for a Tinder date, a trip to Australia, and $214,000 in bills from strip clubs, according to testimony heard in a Zurich court before Pierin Vincenz was sentenced Wednesday to nearly four years...

Exodus From Russia Now Includes Wall Street Banks

Goldman Sachs is first to make the move

(Newser) - Another financial shot to Russia: Goldman Sachs on Thursday became the first major Wall Street bank to pull out of the nation since the invasion of Ukraine, reports NPR . It's a sign of the increasing economic isolation being imposed on Moscow by the West, though CNBC describes US banking...

Whistleblower Reveals 18K Secret Swiss Bank Accounts

Credit Suisse did business with some nefarious characters

(Newser) - The idea of not-so-upright characters stashing money in a Swiss bank account is a staple of Hollywood—and a large leak of account holders with the giant Credit Suisse suggests it's right on the money:
  • The leak: A whistleblower gave the German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung data on more than
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Scammers Clone Exec's Voice, Steal $35M From Bank

Dubai investigators say deepfake technology fooled bank manager

(Newser) - The crimes of the future are here today, according to a court document connected to a $35 million bank heist in the United Arab Emirates. Per the document, investigators in Dubai say a bank manager "received a phone call that claimed to be from the company headquarters. The caller...

'Grandparent Scam' Victim Sues Her Bank

Florida widow lost more than $700K, says bank was negligent

(Newser) - The "grandparent scam" has been around for a while, but the Tampa Bay Times reports on one with a particularly large payday and an unusual legal twist. An attorney for 82-year-old Anna Nunn of Florida says his widowed client was bilked of more than $700,000—and she's...

Bank Gives $50B, Takes It Back
$50B Deposit
Baffles Customer

$50B Deposit Baffles Customer

Mistaken deposit lasted until the bank noticed it

(Newser) - There was a moment when Darren James thought the $50 billion that showed up in his bank account might really be his. "I was excited for sure," James said, "really surprised how it got there and wondered if I had a rich uncle that gave it to...

Bank Error Put $1.2M in Her Account, Ends in Her Arrest

Louisiana woman Kelyn Spadoni was fired, too

(Newser) - A Louisiana woman was fired and arrested after allegedly treating a $1.2 million bank error like it was a lottery win. Police say 33-year-old Kelyn Spadoni refused to return $1,205,619.56 after Charles Schwab bank accidentally transferred it to her brokerage account, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports....

ATM Customer Makes Startling Discovery at Bank

Nature's masked 'bandits' had broken in to a California Chase and were wreaking havoc

(Newser) - Some faces were made for radio; others were made for breaking into banks. CBS San Francisco and KPIX report that a customer was using an ATM outside a Chase bank in Redwood City, Calif., around 7:30am Tuesday morning when he saw what he thought was a stuffed animal on...

Someone Tries Laundering Money—Literally

South Korean loses 'considerable' sum after washing-machine debacle

(Newser) - Money laundering is not a good idea, as a South Korean found out when he or she put banknotes in a washing machine to remove possible traces of the coronavirus, the AP reports. Officials say the loss was considerable. The person living in Ansan city, near Seoul, placed an unspecified...

Trump's Press Secretary Reveals a Little Too Much

Kayleigh McEnany put some private information on display

(Newser) - President Trump's press secretary revealed a little more than she bargained for Friday while displaying a check written by her boss, NBC News reports. Kayleigh McEnany was announcing which government agency will be the lucky recipient of Trump's $100,000 quarterly salary: "Here is the check,"...

Bank Worker's Christmas Eve Kindness Gets Her Canned

Emily James fired from US Bank after giving broke customer $20

(Newser) - One of US Bank's core tenets is "We put people first," but when one of its own senior bankers tried to do just that, she was fired. Emily James tells the Oregonian that on Dec. 23, she was working at the bank's call center in Gresham,...

Bank Customer Walks In With a Highly Unusual Bill

But tellers at Pinnacle Bank in Lincoln, Nebraska, weren't fooled

(Newser) - At least he tried? A guy walked into a Nebraska bank Monday and tried opening a checking account with a fake $1 million bill, the Lincoln Journal Star reports. He swore it was real, but tellers at Pinnacle Bank in Lincoln disagreed and he walked out. Now police are trying...

'Sinkhole' Turns Out to Be Secret Tunnel to Bank
They Thought
It Was a Sinkhole. 
Then They Saw
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They Thought It Was a Sinkhole. Then They Saw the Orange Cord

FBI investigating after public works employees find secret tunnel leading to Florida bank

(Newser) - It started out as public works employees checking out a potential sinkhole or pothole; it ended up with the FBI trying to solve what the Sun Sentinel is now calling a "bank caper." What the workers spotted in the hole in Pembroke Pines, Fla., on Tuesday that raised...

Ex-Girlfriend: Florida Suspect 'Wanted Everyone to Die'

A neighbor says he'd hear Zephen Xaver screaming at night

(Newser) - As Florida police attempt to piece together the events that led to a fatal shooting at a SunTrust bank on Wednesday, facts are slowly emerging about the suspected gunman. Per WSBT , Zephen Xaver, 21, who appeared in court Thursday , is accused of opening fire inside the Sebring bank after a...

A Grieving Son Blames Bank Over $732K Con

Dayle Hogg says TD Bank shouldn't have let his father wire the money

(Newser) - Dayle Hogg is hopping mad over the $732,000 his dad sent a romance scammer, but doesn't seem to blame him. "There should have been red flags going up all over the place at the bank," Hogg tells the CBC . "He had no history of sending...

Bank Is Sorry After Calling Cops on Black Customer

Paul McCowns was just trying to cash his paycheck in Ohio

(Newser) - An incident at a bank near Cleveland has spawned an unfortunate hashtag: #BankingWhileBlack, reports NBC News . When Paul McCowns, who is black, showed up at Huntington Bank in the Ohio suburb of Brooklyn to cash his first check from a new job, the tellers got suspicious. After they tried calling...

Suspect in $4.3M Bank Theft Had Elaborate Getaway: DOJ

Extradited Alaska man drove, flew, cabbed it, and took a bus all the way to Mexico

(Newser) - Seven years after a bank in Alaska had more than $4 million lifted, the man suspected of stealing the money has been extradited back there—all the way from Mexico. A DOJ release reports that 33-year-old Gerardo "Gary" Adan Cazarez Valenzuela, who used to be the cash vault services...

4 Dead After Shooting at Cincinnati Bank

Shooter is among the dead, reportedly killed by a police officer

(Newser) - Police say four people are dead, including the gunman, in a downtown Cincinnati bank shooting. Police Chief Eliot Isaac said the shooter opened fire early Thursday morning at the loading dock of the Fifth Third Bank building, then entered the bank's lobby where he was confronted by police, per...

FBI Warns New 'ATM Cash-Out' Scheme May Be Imminent

An alert was sent to banks on Friday

(Newser) - "ATM cash-out." It's a phrase that has the ring of a game show but the reality of a nightmare, at least according to the FBI, which has issued a warning about the scheme. Per Krebs on Security , the FBI has been on the receiving end of "...

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