Bank of America frets about Occupy

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An internal Bank of America email has surfaced, making it clear that the megabank is concerned about the national day of action against evictions and foreclosures being carried out today, Dec. 6, by the Occupy Wall Street movement. The leaked internal memo suggests BofA is taking Occupy housing actions very seriously.

According to the email, which was sent to BofA's third-party Field Services suppliers, the nationwide protests "could impact our industry."

"We believe protests will likely take place tomorrow at auction sites, homes that are being foreclosed, homes in the eviction stage, and vacant homes," the BofA memo notes. "We want to make sure that we are all prepared."

It goes on to emphasize three points: do not engage with the protesters, ensure that vacant homes are secured, and report "media incidents" to 800-796-8448. I called that number to verify that the email was real, and sure enough, a spokesperson confirmed that it was.

The memo concludes with proof that the Bank of America has been paying close attention to activist websites. "The website occupyourhomes.org has a story posted of a Bank customer we are researching," the email notes. "The web site has an event finder that can help identify upcoming protests."

After the Guardian called the BoFA to determine whether the email was real, media relations representative Jumana Bauwens followed up with this statement:

“As a matter of normal course of business, when we are alerted to activities that may affect our real estate owned properties, we inform our third party contractors. This is standard operating procedure. The safety of our associates and third party contractors is our first priority. It is the bank’s policy to protect and secure our properties for the investors who own them. Bank of America is committed to helping our customers with home retention solutions and other foreclosure avoidance programs. Foreclosure is always our last resort.”

Comments

it's just a bunch of hippies. As they say, it's standard policy.

But where is the evidence that they intend to change ANY of their policies? I see zero.

Occupy has lost it's mojo.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 06, 2011 @ 3:23 pm

Look at the mirror, you're a troll!

Posted by Guest on Dec. 06, 2011 @ 7:26 pm

Hardly. I used to support the cause but lack of any coherent action or goal that I can tell has caused me to lose faith.

Much like the faith I have lost in crony capitalism.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 07, 2011 @ 7:24 am

Are you a government operative or just ignorant

Posted by Guest on Dec. 07, 2011 @ 7:57 am

"Foreclosure is our last resort." - of two resorts. The first being mortgage payments.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 06, 2011 @ 7:53 pm

The occupy walstreet guys are crossing their limits. The politicians are not ready to say anything about them because of the backslash during elections and that could potentially impact their winning. And these OWS guys think they have the politician support and doing things that are not legally permitted. The banks can not be made victim for every problem the home owners are facing. Sure, banks did do bad things out of their greedyness and now they are paying for that. At the same time, you can not fault the banks for everything and bring big banks down. The government is treating financial industry as enemeies then how in the world the economic activity will pickup where the banks play a greater role by lending to small businesses.

The government should start treating banks as partners and help them everyway by throwing out all these power and career mongering attorney generals lwsuits over these banks.

Posted by Roomi on Dec. 06, 2011 @ 10:08 pm

Who said the OWS protesters were guys?

Posted by rebecca on Dec. 07, 2011 @ 10:32 am