Spanish account holders’ fury over ID debacle

Bank of Spain (Photo-Flickr,Tomás Fano)

THE date by which bank account holders in Spain were required to update their digital identification with their respective branches has now expired and with the passing April 30 deadline came predictable anger and frustration.
The banks have paradoxically complained that the notifications sent out were made in ways that were ‘not effective for account holders with second homes in other parts of Europe’.
Many bank customers only heard of the ID directive when it was too late to stop their accounts being frozen, some flying back to Spain only to find they were too late to make the deadline.
“I’m absolutely furious,” one Calpe resident who preferred not to be named told The Euro Weekly. “The bank sent me a letter via snail mail – when they have my email address, my mobile number and my husband’s mobile number! They just let the time slip by – while the Central Bank sharpened its knives!”

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