With much of the New England area either hunkered down for Hurricane Sandy or evacuating to higher ground, two of the nation's largest banks have given consumers breaks on fees until the storm passes.
Here's what's included:
- Overdraft Protection Transfers, Extended Overdraft, Returned Item and Insufficient Funds Fees for deposit accounts.
- Late fees on credit cards, business and consumer loans, including mortgages, home-equity, auto, and student loans.
Just don't go too crazy with your plastic. Once this temporary grace period ends, consumers have until the end of the business day Thursday to check that their balances are current on all accounts, then fees begin anew.
Other big banks like Bank of America and Wells Fargo have yet to issue similar announcements, and power will almost certainly be cut throughout the storm. If you lose Internet connection, keep tabs on your current balances by calling the bank's number on the back of your cards to avoid any fees.
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