• Report: #1084387
Complaint Review:

Capital One Bank

  • Submitted: Fri, September 13, 2013
  • Updated: Mon, May 19, 2014

  • Reported By: LegalBeagle — Sioux Falls South Dakota
Capital One Bank
PO Box 85699 Richmond, Virginia USA

Capital One Bank Company violated Regulation Z, FCRA, UDAAP, makes false representations and commits deceit Richmond Virginia

*Consumer Comment: My Question

*Consumer Comment: Even though

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I had a Capital One card since 2005.  Payments timely every single month without fail.  I also had a Household Master Card since 2005.  Payments always timely on that account.  I  have the documentation to proved timely payments for all 8 years I have had those two cards.

Early August 2013 I found out that someone in Georgia was using my Household Card (now Capital One) for unauthorized purchases totaling $300.  I filed a report and Capital One fraud department handled it correctly and resolved it without me having to pay the extra charges.

In early August, they sent me a Quicksilver Mastercard to replace the Household Card so I now have two Capital One cards.  I then attempted to activate the new card and I couldn't activate.  I called a customer rep and she could not help.  She told me that a customer service (Executive Office) person would have to review and they weren't open until Monday (Labor Day).   I called and spoke with someone in the executive office. I was told my accounts were closed for a "pending or present legal action."   I could not believe it.   There is NO pending or present litigation against me.   This sounds like a bankruptcy reason to close the account.  But I have never filed bankruptcy!  I have never been close to filing bankruptcy!  I even checked at the Courthouse to confirm this against the public record.  There is NOTHING legal pending against me or in my name as a Plaintiff against anyone.

I asked what this "pending legal action" was and they couldn't tell me.   They sent a letter which is required by Federal Law and again, the reason is "pending legal action" was the reason.  I told the person on the phone that their information is wrong and they better find out what is going on as the information they are relying on...wherever they are getting it, it is flat out wrong and blatantly incorrect.

I then decided to apply online for a Capital One card and I was approved online!  The terms and interest were more favorable than the previous cards I had.   The approval said I would receive the card in 7-10 days.  

Today I received the card and viola...it cannot be activated!   I chatted live with a rep who couldn't tell me what was going on so I called their "executive office" and was told they closed the account due to some "pending or present" legal action.  THERE IS NO PENDING OR PRESENT LEGAL ACTION OR LITIGATION AGAINST ME OR IN MY NAME AS A PLAINTIFF against anyone.   I talked to the rep's supervisor and he started to read me the letter again!   That is not what I wanted!  I want to know why...after I apply for and receive an approval...a card is sent...they closed the account...before I even received the card!   Now I am supposed to be getting another "letter" that tells me that there is some PHANTOM "pending or present legal action" against me! 

CAPITAL ONE approved my credit application based on information from a credit bureau.  Those bureau reports have a Public Record section which contains legal information such as judgments, bankruptcies and other litigation.  If I have any legal action against me...then WHY did Capital One approve my application?  If there is a "pending or present legal action" against me...why did they send me a card?   They approve your application based on credit information that they rely on but their system has a flaw in it and they won't investigate?  They closed the account..before I got the card.   AND I STILL DONT KNOW WHY!!!! 

I informed the supervisor that they either give me a reason why they closed this account or they are in violation of federal law.  Further, to rely on incorrect legal information indicates a systemic problem that this company, as do all financial services, has a legal duty to investigate.

I estimate that I have charged thousands of dollars of merchandise and have paid them thousands in interest too.   They choose to treat a customer of 8 years like this...based on a systemic problem in their system that they refuse to investigate?

Because they refuse to tell me what this "legal action" is, I will be filing a lawsuit for violations of FCRA, ECOA, Regulation Z, UDAAP and false deceipt and misrepresntation.   When they pull a credit report, it hurts my credit score.   They have deceived me and made false representations to me.   I will not tolerate this without escalation.

I will be filing complaints with the CFPB, the FTC and the Attorney General of the State of Virginia as well as the AG in my home state.   Further, the Justice Department will get a courtesty notice.   I am filing complaints with Equifax, Experian,TransUnion and Innovis.

My advice...stay away from Capital One.  Their approvals mean nothing, they don't back up approvals and they won't give you a reason for any actions they take in violation of Federal and State law.  Apparently they think they are accountable to nobody.

We will see on that.   I am now going to find out if this company is accountable to Federal and State law and the regulatory agencies and rules under which it is supposed to operated.

Just so you know...I make a very good professional wage in my profession and my DTI is presently about 31.5%.   I have a good credit score...I just received a car loan, have had a mortgage for 19 years and I have other credit cards.  No creditor has ever treated me in such a calloused and indifferent manner.  I just checked with my banker and he cannot find any "legal action" on my credit report either.

Again, avoid this company.  Their practices violated Federal and State law!!!


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AUTHOR: Jim - ()

My question is why do you need to have multiple credit cards???

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AUTHOR: Robert - ()

Even though you are probably some attorney with decades and decades of experience specifically in the banking industry, perhaps you should take a step back before you go off of the "deep end".  I'm not saying that you don't have a valid complaint, but that does not make it illegal.


First, realize that a creditor could actually close your account for any reason at any time.  They are the credit GRANTOR and as such since it is their money they can at any time say they no longer want to allow you access to THEIR money.   So they could have even approved you, sent you a card, let you activate it, make a purchase, and 2 days later close it out...all TOTALLY and 100% legal.  Not saying it is good "relations"..but totally legal.  So even if they did make a mistake as to the reason and that reason is corrected, they still have the legal right to deny you.

Next, you complain about Capital one reducing your credit score for the inquiry.  Well YOU created the inquiry by applying for a credit card, and the inquiry is the same whether you get approved or denied for the credit.  So you really can't blame them for any "hit" to your credit because you initiated it.  As for any previous inquiries that MAY have lowered your score, if you read back on your terms you give them(and yes ANY creditor) the right to review your credit report at any time.


As to your specific "violations".

The FCRA is the Fair Credit Reporting Act.  So have they reported anything on your credit report that is inaccurate?  Have you gone through the dispute procedures for that..yes you are required to give them time to correct this and prove that you have.  If they didn't post anything on your report or you didn't give them time to correct it, any suit with this will go nowhere.

ECOA? - The Equal Credit Opportunity Act.  That has to do with denying you based on things such as your Race, Religion, Sex or Sexual Orientation.  So are you saying that they denied you based on one of these protected factors?  Because nothing in your report shows that.

Regulation Z - AKA the Truth in Lending Act.  So do you have proof that at any time they lied about the interest rates or other terms?  Because unless you have a specific section I couldn't find anything that said approving and then denying you credit is a violation.

UDAAP - Unfair, Decptive or Abusive acts or practices - Okay possible if you got the right judge and all the planets aligned, but as far as I can see as a consumer you have no claims based on this act.

False deceipt and misrepresentation - So "false deceipt" is different than real DECEIT? 


Yes I am sure you will say that I must just work for them..well sorry I don't work for them or any bank.  I will tell you thought that any other creditor could treat you the exact same way.

You will probably say.."You will see and I will sue them for so much money that I will singlehandly shut them down" and be the hero to every other person in the United States.  Yea..keep dreaming.  But heck when you do actually file your suit go ahead and post the court information here, I am sure that everyone will love to see it's progress.



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