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Bank clients of Middle Eastern descent want answers on closed accounts
by Paresh Dave
From Washington state to Florida, surprising letters from banks have turned up in the mailboxes of at least a dozen people.
The message in each case: Your bank account is being closed. What frustrates the recipients is not only that they are all of Middle Eastern descent — leading them to suspect discrimination — but that the banks refused to provide the reason for kicking them out.
"We never understood what's going on," said AbdulHyee Waqas, who had his Bellevue, Wash., nonprofit group's account closed. "We had been a good customer. It was very disheartening."
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