Wells Fargo, a major American bank, experienced technical issues with its banking system on Thursday night, causing disruptions for its customers. The problems, which included difficulties in transferring funds and declining ATM cards, were reported by both the bank and numerous customer complaints on Downdetector, a platform that tracks service outages. Some customers also faced issues with the fund transfer system Zelle. Wells Fargo apologized for the inconvenience and stated that its technical teams were working diligently to resolve the problems. This is the second time this month that the bank’s system has faced widespread issues, with direct deposits mysteriously disappearing from customer accounts earlier in the month.
The recent technical glitches add to the controversy that Wells Fargo has faced in recent years, with regulators imposing fines of $1.7 billion and ordering the bank to pay an additional $2 billion to customers due to its involvement in “illegal activity.” The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) director referred to Wells Fargo as a “repeat offender” and a “corporate recidivist” when the fines were announced. The bank has been found to have systemic failures in its auto and mortgage loan businesses, resulting in wrongful repossession of vehicles and home foreclosures. Moreover, Wells Fargo’s notorious fake-accounts scandal in 2016 led to congressional hearings, regulatory investigations, and the replacement of two CEOs.
Despite these ongoing challenges, Wells Fargo remains a significant player in the banking industry, and customers are hopeful that the bank will swiftly resolve its technical issues to ensure reliable and secure banking services.