• Report: #536890
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Citi Credit Card - Citibank Credit Card

  • Submitted: Wed, December 09, 2009
  • Updated: Sun, October 16, 2011

  • Reported By: James — chicago Internet United States of America
Citi Credit Card - Citibank Credit Card
Internet United States of America

Citi Credit Card - Citibank Credit Card CitiCards Payment disappears like magic! Internet

*Consumer Comment: Please pay your balance due

*Consumer Comment: Nope - Citi is right

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I currently have a Citibank Credit Card, and I plan to close it. Why? A payment I had attempted to make suddenly disappeared. They said "It must have not gotten to the confirmation page" on the phone. I have chatted with a Citibank "Resolution Specialist"(Note that it is nowhere close to "Resolution") and they obviously are useless. I have copied the entire conversation for everyone's viewing pleasure, and take note that unless you want to get late fees, RUN FROM THE CITIBANKS!

Chat InformationA Citi Cards Client Resolution Specialist will be with you in approximately

0 minutes 1 seconds.

Chat InformationYou are now chatting with 'Jennifer'

Jennifer: Hello! I am a Citi Client Resolution Specialist. How can I help you today?

James: I am speaking on behalf of --------, my mother.

James: She currently has a Citibank Credit Card with... Citibank.

Jennifer: How can I help you with your mother's account?

James: We made a payment on the 30th of November. I logged into my account this morning, and I found that you guys charged me the late fee.

Jennifer: Then the payment must  have not gone through.

James: Also, I found out that you guys did NOT take the money so I made another payment.

Jennifer: Are you able to see that payment under past payments?

James: No.

Jennifer: Did the funds come from your checking account?

James: During the payment process on the 30th of November, I got to the last step (Step 3).

James: The funds were supposed to come from my TCF checking account.

Jennifer: I am sorry for the inconveniences. If the payment is not registering as being complete and the funds not out of your checking account, then all the steps where not completed.

James: I have payed the Citibank credit card several times in the past, and I would have called CitiBank directly if all the steps could NOT or were not completed.

Jennifer: Did you receive a confirmation email, stating the payment was completed?

James: I have NEVER received a confirmation email in the past, for ANY of the previous payments.

Jennifer: I wish I could help you with making the payment appear.

Jennifer: Thank you for your time! Is there anything else I can help you with today?

Jennifer: I would be happy to help you through the payment process.

James: Listen, I know the process very well, and I am sure that it had gotten to the final step.

James: I would notice if one of the steps were not completed.

Jennifer: I am sorry for the frustration.

James: Also, I want an explanation to why I never receive confirmation emails for payments in the past.

Jennifer: If your mother is signed up for it then she should of received them.

Jennifer: You can check the settings under "Account Profile" then "Edit Communication Preferences".

James: It is already enabled.

James: Also, everything is under MY email account.

Jennifer: It could of been overlooked or went to the junk folder. We send them out and we do not have a way to track it.

James: I check all the folders that any mail could go into, and I have not gotten one single email for a payment confirmation, for any of the payments in the past.

Jennifer: Then you would need to contact your email provider. We do not have a way to track it. Unless we overnight a letter to the address on file.

Jennifer: I am here to help you through the payment process. Would you like help through the process?

James: But really, I know that your systems are very good, but how did the payment that I made on November 30th just disappear? I had completed all the steps, gotten to the confirmation page, and it looked like all of the previous pages that I have seen for the past several months

Jennifer: It would of not been completed.

James: Please don't mistake me for the average person, I am very skilled at most processes that involve computers. I don't think that I would have forgotten how to make an online payment, especially after paying it numerous times with the same method.

Jennifer: I am not saying that. Everyone can make mistakes.

James: Also, my email provider has never missed a single email that was sent to me, and I doubt that you have sent me the confirmation emails.

Jennifer: If the payment was completed it would of been posted to the account.

Jennifer: I am sorry you feel that way.

Jennifer: Is there anything else I can help you with today?

James: I understand that everyone can make mistakes. But computers and a huge system would not make mistakes, and after seeing the final confirmation page, I can assure you that I have not made an error during the payment process.

Jennifer: Do you have the confirmation number or did you print the confirmation page?

James: As every payment I have made, THERE WAS NO CONFIRMATION NUMBER.

James: In the past, where the payments had gotten through, the confirmation page displayed no more information besides the payment date, the account from which the funds will be withdrawn from, and the amount.

Jennifer: There is a confirmation number given when you make a payment online, as long as the account is current. If the account is past due we email the confirmation number when the payment processes.

James: Other than that, I received no confirmation number, no email, no notice of a problem arising, and I also realize that your system has a big error somewhere in it.

Jennifer: I am not here to argue with you about the payment. We do not have record of receiving it. It has not come out of your checking account. I would be happy to help you through the payment process.

James: I also happen to notice something. All of my friends told me not to go with Citibank, because of it's lousy service. The said that it has given them a hard time, and I am beginning to understand why.

Jennifer: I am sorry you feel that way.

Jennifer: I am sorry for your frustrations. If the funds came out of your checking account, we would then be able to find the payment.

Jennifer: We can not search for a payment that we do not show was completed.

James: We have had a very good credit score, and we never miss payments. This is possibly the first time we have had a late fee, and I am sure that I was not at fault.

James: I have never expected anything like this to happen, and Citibank has truly disappointed us.

Jennifer: I am sorry. I would be happy to help resolve this now by helping you through the payment process online.

James: I already made a payment, if you had not noticed.

Jennifer: No. I can not see your account.

James: And if you truly did not notice this, I can begin to guess where my payment on the 30th disappeared to.

Jennifer: We can not see what you have inputted. We know where to go to find things. I understand you are upset and are venting. I wish I could magically make that payment appear.

James: I made a payment online this morning at about 8 A.M., and I can guarantee you that I never made any mistakes on any of the payments.

Jennifer: There is nothing I can do to make that payment appear.

James: ...

Jennifer: I can only see what you have done at this moment. We can not go and see what you did this morning.

James: And they call this the Citi Card RESOLUTION SPECIALIST?

Jennifer: To resolve the past due status of an account.

James: What happens when someone gets their identity stolen, if you CitiBank "Resolution Specialists" can't even manage a mere payment?

Jennifer: We are here to help people through the online collections system. That is all we are trained on.

James: "To resolve the past due status of an account"

James: Sounds pretty useless to me, since clearly the Resolution Specialists can't handle it...

Jennifer: That is because the account would be in collections.

Jennifer: Well since I am useless. Then there is nothing else that can be done. Correct?

Chat InformationChat session has ended. Thank you for contacting us.

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#1 Consumer Comment

Please pay your balance due

AUTHOR: smartprov - (USA)

Citicorp Credit Services is not responsible for payments that are claimed to be "lost". The consumer is ultimately responsible for his/her account. When you signed the credit card agreement, Citi explicitly outlined payment processing and the the bank's "release of liability" clause. You signed the credit card contract and implicitly agreed to all terms and conditions of the card when you began using the card.

Citibank is released of any financial liability and the client representative did her best to help you. However, you as the consumer must at all times, print out receipts and confirmations in case a noted "discrepancy" transpired. In this case, Citicorp has no liability and the consumer must make payment arrangements on this account immediately. Citi understands that sometimes unfortunate situations happen to good people. But we are here to help. Please contact Citi card services at (800) 274-6660. Thank you for banking with Citibank. We appreciate your business.
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#2 Consumer Comment

Nope - Citi is right

AUTHOR: Tagurit - (USA)

Sorry to say but you are wrong on this one.   I pay my Citicard online as I've done for the last 8 years.   Every single time I get a confirmation page WITH A CONFIRMATION #  and an email the next day thanking me for my payment.   Sorry to say this but you are missing something.

Having said that - I'm not a huge fan of Citi.   Had a card and they jacked up the interest rate - never late, etc. but apparently they needed to pay off the government bail out money.   So, I closed the account and 4 months later opened one with a zero % intro APR for the next 18 months.   Will cancel that card at 18 months - so just my way to get back at them for using their money free for 18 months in return for jacking around with me as a long term customer.

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