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Complaint Review: NetSpend - Austin Texas

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  • NetSpend 10900 Stomelake Blvd Austin , Texas United States

NetSpend NetSpend holding $$ from a veteran! Austin Texas

*Consumer Comment: You Can Put Away The Sympathy Card Now

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I’m a veteran that has been horribly treated by NetSpend and I am in a desperate way. 

I’ve been with NetSpend for at least 4 years with my VA military direct deposit going in. We have been in Florida for the past couple of months staying in an Airbnb looking for rentals to move here permanently. I’ve been using my card here in Florida state for a couple of months. 

On June 26, 2023, I used my card at a restaurant where I’ve been staying locally. The card was declined even though the funds were in there. Thankfully my friend used her card to pay for the bill. Upon getting home I called NetSpend to let them know it was me using my card and why was it declined or blocked? They said they needed all kinds of impossible information in order to prove my identity. I sent in my social security card, government picture I.d card from the VA and my previous address from my college I have been going to with proof of my previous address, the one they still have on file for me. THEY WOULDN’T ACCEPT THESE! So they further put restrictions on my account where I cannot even get into my account AT ALL! they said I had to come up with different forms of information to identify proof of who I am! How does anyone have all this information lying around of this kind of proof? My driver’s license has just expired so they wouldn’t accept that. I am in the process of trying to get a new driver’s license for the state I am now in. I have no utility bills in my name anywhere because I have no owe many address yet. So I cannot get the proof that they want even though I gave them my social sec card, picture VA government I.d card and proof of previous address with the college I have been going to. So right now I am screwed. I have $1730 that they are holding from me! I am a veteran that needs medication, to pay my rental bill for the month so that I’m not HOMELESS, and other incidentals such as food. My friend has had to for the bills for the time being which has left us strapped. 

I have been on with NetSpend countless and numerous times and they refuse to work with me and most of them have been very rude and not willing to help. 

The couldn’t even give me a reason for why they blocked and declined my card in the first place. It wasn’t like I just went to a new state all the sudden and it was suspicious. I have been using my card here in Florida for almost 2 months. So they randomly decided to just block my card leaving me in a destitute place and putting me in a horrible bind. I haven’t been able to get my medication either. 

I am a combat veteran with ptsd and NetSpend has bullied me and have been uncooperative. I am desperate and have no idea what to do next. In order to get these crazy documents that they need will take me some time to get, if even I can get them. Things like birth certificates, picture id’s/drivers license takes time. And even then I wouldn’t be assured that they would approve these. So basically they stole my military VA money that I LIVE ON. 

Thankfully I was able to change my direct deposit to another bank that has more integrity. But I won’t be seeing that for another 2 weeks. In the meantime I literally have $0 in my new bank account and am out $1730. They should be able to accept the 3 documents I sent in that more than verified my identity. They just choose to be difficult because they can. 

In conclusion NetSpend is a horrible bank that will not work with its customers at all. They have no values for US veterans and overall decency and integrity. I am at a loss. 

Please help me. 

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#1 Consumer Comment

You Can Put Away The Sympathy Card Now

AUTHOR: Irv - (United States)

POSTED: Wednesday, July 19, 2023

 Sure. Out of the clear blue sky, they decided to pick on you because you are a veteran, right? What is offensive here is the absolute insult you have leveled against Veterans whom have honorably served and don't pull out the Veteran sympathy card when we don't get our way LIKE YOU DO. Why are you even messing around with this card? Why don't you have your benefits deposited into a checking account? Let me have had so many OD fees you can't get a checking account because you don't know how to keep records and manage your money. You were planning to be gone for an extended time. Why didn't you even renew your driver's license ahead of time? You can't manage that either, can you? There's no doubt more to this than you are saying. They didn't just pick on you. GROW UP!

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