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Hum    6,929

A Saint John man was going through his mail when he found a letter from his bank, telling him he was dead.

"The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce has been informed that the above customer has passed away," said Steve Fudge, reading the letter aloud.

"I thought, 'This is not how I want to find out,'" he said with a laugh.

The letter, which was addressed to him, was sent a few days ago as a result of a number of bank errors that began when Fudge was late with a payment on his overdraft account.

Fudge says he thought he was in the clear when he paid up.

But his account was frozen more than once and then, as he puts it, the bank had him killed off. :huh:

"Eventually I did get a phone call stating that they found the problem and that it was a human error, which I kind of figured anyway," said Fudge.

CIBC officials have since apologized for the mistake and told Fudge they will sort everything out. They have also assured him no one will make any adjustments to his bank account without getting approval from a branch manager first.

Fudge has maintained a good sense of humour about the ordeal. He is, however, worried about how the mistake will affect his financial records.

"I don't know what dead credit gets you and I don't know how long a dead person can keep their bank account," said Fudge.

"But I've tried to cover all angles and I was assured that my credit report would not be affected and all negative effects to me whatsoever would be reversed."

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Growled    3,880

It seems like we are always the last to know when we have died. It's really bad when your bank knows before you. :D

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+FloatingFatMan    13,132

Maybe it was a subtle hint to fix his overdraft? :p

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Wakers    327

I think the media over uses the word "ordeal".

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TheLegendOfMart    1,558

It was an ordeal though, freezing his account then he has to go through all the hoops just to prove he is alive?

What if he owed them money, they could have tried to take his house away.

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Simon-    490

I would hae let them think I was dead, estate cashes out the money plus life insurance and so on, and no more taxes.

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V8nside    10

To funny, my city, my bank, and I've partied with that guy years ago..

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Wakers    327

It was an ordeal though, freezing his account then he has to go through all the hoops just to prove he is alive?

What if he owed them money, they could have tried to take his house away.

Noun;

A painful or horrific experience, esp. a protracted one.

This was neither painful, horrific nor protracted.

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Geoffrey B.    1,414

all i can imagine now after reading that is if you overdraft your account the bank hires a hitman to get the money back from you after killing you off.

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Hum    6,929

Just ruins my day when I find out that I'm dead. :/

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Glassed Silver    940

Just ruins my day when I find out that I'm dead. :/

Same here, it's a real downer! :(

Glassed Silver:mac

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jnelsoninjax    8,504

Just ruins my day when I find out that I'm dead. :/

Does that happen often? :D

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TheLegendOfMart    1,558

Noun;

A painful or horrific experience, esp. a protracted one.

This was neither painful, horrific nor protracted.

Care

Noun;

a state of mind in which one is troubled; worry, anxiety, or concern: He was never free from care.

As in, I don't....

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Charisma    2,388

To funny, my city, my bank, and I've partied with that guy years ago..

Ha, that's pretty cool. I remember being all excited when my hometown was in a news story on here--that would be even better! :laugh: Great name he has too, btw. Should ring him up and congratulate him on his resurrection :D

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Brandon H    1,451

I would hae let them think I was dead, estate cashes out the money plus life insurance and so on, and no more taxes.

and then you get caught for fraud and things become even worse
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Wakers    327

Care

Noun;

a state of mind in which one is troubled; worry, anxiety, or concern: He was never free from care.

As in, I don't....

No, you only care when you reply in the first place. When you're proven wrong you don't. Typical.

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Growled    3,880

Does that happen often? :D

My uncle saw his name in the obituaries once and he almost died on the spot. It has yet to happen to me. :D

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Nashy    1,291

When I was working for GE Money here in Australia, I took a call from a guy in a store wanting to purchase goods on his card. The system showed him a deceased. Clearly he wasn't, ID checks were done by the store, and I removed the block and gave him his money.

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