- Report: #311758
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Complaint Review: First Market Bank
First Market Bank111 Virginia St. Richmond, Virginia U.S.A.
First Market Bank Unreasonable bank overdraft fees and how they are calculated Richmond Virginia
*Consumer Comment: Unfair business practices
*Consumer Comment: There's nothing to sue over.
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My issue is with HOW the banks decide which checks to pay. They pay the largest items first - in my case, that was the $1,650 mortgage check. In my case that payment overdrew me by $1,200. Then they paid 11 checks and returned 7. All of the checks that were returned or paid were small checks/POS charges (for amounts such as $2.00, $4.61, $5.00, $6.00, etc..). I now am dealing with hundreds of dollars in overdraft fees PLUS I will have all of the fees from the companies/persons who had checks returned to them (at $30 to $40 a pop that is another $200-$300!).
Had the bank paid the smaller items, my charges would be ONE overdraft fee from my bank ($32) and no return fee from the mortgage company, because they automatically run it through a 2nd time before charging a fee!
The bank says they altruistically do this so that I do not have my big items (mortgages, car payments..) returned. That is bologna! They do it this way so they can rack up more overdraft fees from their depositers! Banks earned is excess of $18 billion in overdraft fees in 2007! It is their LARGEST source of fee income. They love it when a consumer overdraws their account.
From what I understand, most banks have the same practice. However, it does not make it right. I am 100% confident that this is a preditory practice and would jump right on board if there was a class action suit against the banks. Does anyone know of any class action suits going on right now?
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