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I thought that my bank wouldn’t authorize transactions if I didn’t have sufficient funds in my account, but they did, and I incurred a fee. What can I do to avoid overdraft fees?

The bank must have your affirmative consent or agreement to assess an overdraft fee for a one-time debit card transaction. The bank must notify you in writing or electronically about the bank's overdraft service and obtain your affirmative consent to participate. If you had affirmatively consented or agreed to the overdraft service for one-time debit card transactions and wish to revoke that consent, you can do so at any time. You can contact your bank to find out how to revoke consent.

Your decision to revoke your consent does not require that the bank waive or reverse any overdraft fees already assessed on your account, but it will prevent any future fees for one-time debit card transaction overdrafts.

Review your deposit account agreement for policies specific to your bank and your account.

Last Reviewed: October 2020

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