On Sunday night, Botha tweeted the letter he received from Bank of America. It states that “the decision is final.”
A series of tweets followed. David Marcus, head of Calibra, wrote jokingly, “You’re clearly not their target customer segment…”
Others joined the party, saying that BoA has fired them as well. Apparently, BoA is quite picky about who can use their service. This is not the first time BoA has closed an account without any explanation. Several venture capitalists like @ManuKumar
and @agarwal replied on the thread. And shared how they have been the victims of BoA’s sudden account closures.
Time for Bitcoin conspiracies
Replying to the tweet, the community started guessing the reasons behind the sudden closure. There were quite a few who believe the account closure has something to do with him buying Bitcoin.
“That’s funny indeed, he did the same to many people but complains when it happens to him,” crypto investor @JohanDXB replied to his tweet
Besides, according to a former BoA relationship manager, this could be the reason. That’s because as per the risk department policy guide, trading in bitcoin falls into the same category as sports gambling.
According to bitcoin maximalists, situations like this press the need for decentralization.
They are once again pointing to the fact that the arbitrary actions of banks is another unfriendly reminder of the need to buy Bitcoin. After all, no institution out there has the power to cut off a user’s access to funds.
While the letter by BoA dated 4th Nov clearly stated that it would not reconsider the decision, the bank does communicate with its customer. Thus, on November 18th BoA official handle posted the below reply to Botha’s tweet:
“Hi Roelof. Thanks for reaching out to us. Accounts are closed for various reasons. If you’d like us to review your accounts and give you a call please use the link to send your name/zip/phone.”
It could very well be that the bank has realized that it messed with the wrong guy. After all, this is a high profile account.
What if the account was of a commoner?
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