Citibank 826 Jensen
Placentia, California United States of America
Citibank Citibank rips off students Placentia, California
*Consumer Comment: Odd
*UPDATE Employee: Citi Account Terms and Conditions
*Consumer Comment: Really?
Ok so I had opened an account with Citibank about a year ago. The reasons why I chose Citibank was because my parents have an account with them and I was told there would be NO service fees. For the first 6 months or so everything wen't smoothly and the service was great. I'm a student at a community college and I was working part time. I never had much money in my account but I was told I wouldn't get a service charge because I am a student and then I started noticing a $20 service charge on my account activity EVERY MONTH. One day I had only $18 in my account and I went to work and when I went on my lunch I checked my account out of boredom and found $0 in my account and a service charge that took the $18. I was really upset because I was depending on that $18 to pay for my gas to get back home from work. So I called Citibank and the person on the phone helped me out no problem and refunded the money and told me that the service charge wouldn't happen EVER AGAIN.
I kept banking with them without a service charge for a few more months and again the service charge showed up so once again I called and told the person on the phone that i was told last time that it would never show up again and I asked for a refund. He told me he didn't have the authority to do so and that I had to go to the branch and resolve the problem. Of course Lazy me didn't ever go to the branch and I let it go on.
When I lost my job this last October I had money saved to last for a few months for all my bills thinking I would easily find another job. It took me a lot longer than planned so I only had about $9 left in my account. I checked my account a few weeks later and my account was -$45. I was extremely upset so I went to the branch and spoke to a supervisor and told him that my account should NOT be overdrafted and that last time when I had only $18 which wasn't the normal amount of $20 they only took the $18 and it didn't overdraft. This time it did which made no sense to me. He ALSO told me he didn't have the authority to reverse the overdraft and service charge but his manager did who was supposed to be in the next day. Remember that I was unemployed and had already wasted too much gas on talking about money that is supposed to be mine and received NOTHING. So I never went because I wanted to wait until I had another job so I could drive to the branch, cancel my account, and sign up at another bank all on one day.
Now that I have a full time job I cannot go to the bank this week. I signed up with Bank of America who also promised no fees and I hope it stays that way and I also called citibank today during my lunch and they couldn't help me with my problem. I'm tired of dealing with this for so long. So lesson learned....DONT BANK WITH CITIBANK if you are a student or just someone trying to make it by paycheck to paycheck...they are keeping us more poor than we deserve to be!
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