Little shock, no awe in BofA email dump

March 14, 2011, 6:44 PM UTC

So much for Black Monday.

Bank of America (BAC) shares dropped less than 1% Monday after a heavily hyped document dump turned up few documents and a lot of chin music.

So much for that

The emails released Monday morning at supposedly show employees at an insurance unit of BofA’s Countrywide tried to hide foreclosure data from the government, by stripping some documents of identifying numbers. Bank of America told Reuters the documents were stolen from the insurance unit, known as Balboa.

Wherever they came from, the emails posted will hardly shock anyone familiar with the banks’ antics during the foreclosure crisis. Even the marauding email posters seem uncertain as to what they are really “exposing” here.

For all the talk of “fraud and corruption,” what the hackers seem most upset by is the observation that forced-place insurance – the kind banks sign up for when a homeowner lets his own policy lapse, for instance — isn’t a good deal for consumers, surprise surprise. Thus this comment from the anonymous source of the supposed Balboa documents:

In fact, we probably charged you money…a lot of money…for insurance you didn’t even need.

Talk about defining scandal down.

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