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Quelle coïncidence, I did the exact same thing -- taught English in France and went through the same problems when closing my bank account. What finally did it was a physical letter in the mail to the French bank branch, sent with all the flourishes of a French business letter. "Je vous prie d'agréer, Monsieur, l'expression de mes salutations distinguées," ...


This is almost certainly an old scam in a new bottle. I'll lay you odds that they would "deposit" money in your account, you'd use that money to buy bitcoins and send them to the "vendors", and after a few days the bank would figure out that the deposit was bogus (bad check, money stolen from somebody else's account), and debit your account for the amount of ...


If there is money to change hands, one need only to use Zelle, which requires an email address associated with one's bank account. The bank information need not be sent to the money-sender. A mobile phone number can also be used. Only one of the two items is required. The rest of the information demands point to a scam. Beware.

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