SAN FRANCISCO — Chase Bank froze a payment made by a man earlier this month, after his dogs name was mistaken for a terrorist network. Bruce Francis was transferring a payment to his dog walker, when he placed his Pit Bulls name, Dash, in the memo line. According to the the bank, the word Dash appeared to similar to the word Daesh, which is an Arabic term for the group of terrorists identifying themselves as the ‘Islamic State.’
Due to this misunderstanding, the bank froze the payment while they reviewed it and then eventually released it after speaking to the man directly. Francis who suffers from Multiple Sclerosis, reveals that there are no hard feelings over the incident if that means that the country is doing all it can to stop terrorism. Francis said, “if it means an inconvenience to me and my dogwalker, then that’s a price I’m totally willing to pay.”
According to a Chase Bank spokesperson, the banks staff were obligated to verify the payment under the OFAC rules. As a measure to prevent crime filtering “through the U.S. banking system,” banks have to review anything that seems suspicious, even if it is just a dogs name.