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2 out of 5 marks

Reviewed by bturner123

Jul 13th 2012

Ally seemingly unable to calculate & itemize CD interest earnings correctly

Had a pair of concurrent two-year raise-your-rate CD's at the same APY on which Ally was calculating different daily interest earnings. In attempting to sort this out, was given the runaround, including by level 2 CS, told not to worry about the "robo-figures" shown on the summary pages, and assured that my total earned interest at maturity would be calculated correctly. Now that these CD's have both matured, at my instruction I had the final balances with interest deposited into an existing money market account. At this point, neither the CD summary pages nor the one for the money market itemize how much interest I earned in total from the CD's over the two years. Nor do the paper statements I received at CD maturity show anything about total earned interest. I'm left to run the numbers myself, spotty as they are, try to sort out any errors, and in the meantime have requested that Ally mail me another paper statement EXPLICITLY listing total earned interest. CS agreed to do this only after multiple phone calls and a fair bit of obvious disgust and annoyance in the voice of the most recent CD rep. Incredible. We're talking about several thousand dollars worth of earned interest on these two CD's, and Ally apparently doesn't think it important to break out total earned interest on the accounts. What are they trying to hide? If we, the customer, didn't care about interest we'd just put our money under the mattress where we can keep an eye on it at all times. Buyer beware - Ally makes a guessing game out of something that should be entirely cut and dry - nay, something they should be heralding in neon lights at every turn - OUR EARNINGS.

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Reviewed by MichielOosting

Aug 30th 2014

1 out of 5 marks

Only permanent US citizens are welcome.

I am a Dutch employee here in the USA during an Expat contract and have a LIB Visa; this visa allows me to work in the USA for the company I was send over as an Expat and gave me the formal paperwork that allowed me to apply for a US SSN number and to open an US bank account.

Ally bank has in his policies that only permanent residents are allowed to open a bank account with them while it is totally legal for people with an L1B visa to do so (like UMPQUA bank will do).

Therefore I would not recommend to open an account with them since they are not aware of the global changes of doing business international.

Regards,

Michiel

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Reviewed by dvb12503

Sep 7th 2012

2 out of 5 marks

Terrible – Most Difficult Banking Experience Ever!

Dear Mr.Michael A. Carpenter (CEO)

I had set up a custodial account for my minor child. When he turned 18 and was going off to college we wanted to change this from a custodial to a joint account. On Aug. 11, 2012 I spoke to one of their representatives and was instructed to send a “letter of instruction” along with a copy of my son’s drivers license. This was done the same evening.

No notice from Ally. I followed up and was then told that I needed to send a copy of an envelope showing my son’s home mailing address. This was done on Aug. 23rd. I was told that I would hear something in 1 week.

No response from Ally. I followed up again and was then told that I now needed to fax a copy of his SS card. This was done on Aug. 31. They couldn’t find the fax and then asked that it be resent which was done on Sept. 5th.

Today I’m told that they have the necessary documentation and now after a whole month of waiting will begin the process of making the account changes.

Be prepared for many 3-4 minutes holds over many days. It’s impossible to speak to the same person twice or get anything accomplished.

Ally’s not a bad bank as long as you don’t need to speak to anybody or have anything done!

Don

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