Q: I have a question for a lawyer over my checking account and being locked out of $2,300
I had received a $3,000 check for mobile advertising I had to send $2,300 back to get the advertisement put on my car after I had done that the $3,000 check did not go through it was no good it was a scam the bank locked down my $2,300 of my checking account which did not allow me to have any money for food or to pay my bills I had to borrow money in order to pay my electric bill so I didn't lose my electric and to buy food they moved that money over to a savings account and allowing me to pay off the other $700 as much as I possibly can but I live week to week by checks from work can they legally do that they did not warn me or give me any notification I literally found out through an ATM when I tried to remove $20 they were not allow me to do a loan because I had a bankruptcy that had already passed through the courts in Ohio but not through the credit bureaus was this legal for them to do...
A: Banks have the legal right to place a hold on funds if they suspect fraudulent activity, including in cases where a deposited check bounces or is found to be fraudulent. However, they are generally required to notify you of the hold and provide you with an explanation. You may want to consult with a lawyer to review the terms of your account agreement and determine if the bank's actions were in compliance with the law. Additionally, you may want to explore options for disputing the charges related to the mobile advertising and pursuing recovery of your lost funds.
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