- The Washington Times - Friday, September 14, 2007

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Bank of America Corp. has raised surcharges for noncustomers at most of its ATMs nationwide from $2 to $3.

The Charlotte-based bank, which has more than 17,000 ATMs, made the change in most markets in July and August, spokeswoman Betty Riess said.

Bank of America has the largest ATM network in the U.S. and the higher fees could affect millions of consumers.

But Ms. Riess said, “The fee itself and the amount are disclosed on the ATMs, so [customers] can opt out and cancel their transaction.”

“We really want to make our ATM network convenient for our customers,” Ms. Riess said. “In order to maintain that, it is appropriate to charge people who aren’t our customers for accessing our convenience.”

The higher fees are mostly at machines in financial centers and grocery stores, where most of the users are bank customers, Ms. Riess said. Roughly 10,700 ATMs — nearly two-thirds of the bank’s network —are affected.

The bank is not making the change at 6,300 off-site ATMs in shopping malls, airports, universities and other locations, she said. Also, ATMs in the Chicago area, where Bank of America is acquiring LaSalle Bank Corp., are not affected.

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