I recently opened an account with ally bank and closed it less than 2 weeks later. I called them because i noticed my birthdate in my account profile was inputted wrong and needed to be corrected. I had to answer about 4 security questions and provide her with all the necessary account info needed (no big deal). But at the end she says i need to fax them a copy of my drivers license even though i gave them all my info that was needed? They said they will call my cell 2 business days after they recieve the faxed copy.
That's 5 days from now!!? Not only that, but the service rep was giggling on the other end! I found this bank to be unprofessional. If changing something so simple is such a pain, can you imagine what would happen of you had a real issue?? Do not open an account with these people. And if you have one aleeady i suggest you pull out. Open an account with a bank that has a physical branch you can deal with.
I just started with Ally and they are epic. I cannot believe the amazing customer service. If you think banking online is scary and inconvenient than let all fears go. They provide pre-paid postage envelopes to send checks, reimbursements on ATM fees, and 24 hour customer service that has virtually no wait time. It is fast convenient and supports my needs. I will never have to add "stop at the bank" on my to do list because it is all online. My bank will go with me wherever I go. To top it all of they have the best rates! The interest is accumulative. It seems to be good to be true but it really is true. They are able to afford all of these extra commodities for their customers because they don't have physical locations. That can add enormous amounts of fees having to pay more employees and property fees. Choose ally for sure!
I authorized a $25,000 withdraw from my checking account to fund a new Ally CD. Ally did the withdraw...TWICE. There is $50,000 gone from my checking account without my authority. When I called them, they said "oops"; we will refund the money in 48 hours. 48 hours later, no money. When I spoke to customer service they said it would take 4-5 more business days to return the $25,000 to my account. This is CRIMINAL. Do NOT link your checking account to your ALLY account. In fact....STAY CLEAR of this bank. They are thieves. I just hope they return my money. I will update when I see the money in my account.
Update...more than a week later, still no money in my account. So I went to my local bank and had them do a transfer back into my local checking account from Ally Bank using a "Written Statement of Unauthorized Debit" form. This form also severed ties with Ally and my local checking account. They are thieves, I repeat, STAY CLEAR of this bank.