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A deposit was credited to my checking account by mistake. Can the bank freeze the account?

Yes. The bank may temporarily freeze your account to ensure that no funds are withdrawn before the error is corrected, as long as the amount of funds frozen does not exceed the amount of the deposit. Or the bank may simply place a hold on the deposit amount.

Last Reviewed: October 2020

Please note: The terms "bank" and "banks" used in these answers generally refer to national banks, federal savings associations, and federal branches or agencies of foreign banking organizations that are regulated by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC). Find out if the OCC regulates your bank. Information provided on HelpWithMyBank.gov should not be construed as legal advice or a legal opinion of the OCC.

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