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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.
I love Ally, mostly for it's interest rates and lack of any atm fees anywhere. My only smallish gripe is that to change my wife's name on the account or add someone to a joint account, ally still requires faxing or mailing in a bunch of documents. Who has a fax anymore?
I'm confused about the the three-star rating when most of the reviews give a glowing five-stars - maybe there were a few folks who gave one star and that dragged it down? Anyway, as most people have noted, Ally is clearly the best way to go for online banking; and for those who are put off by the lack of brick-and-mortar locations, try thinking of banking differently. If you own a smartphone and a computer, there is absolutely no reason to "go to the bank"! Everything you might ever need to do can be done online and/or on the phone. Ally's phone reps are terrific - smart and patient, knowledgable about the products, and speak clear English (and possibly Spanish as well - I haven't checked). The no fee ATM feature is for real, and it's so convenient. It's also awfully nice to get nearly 1% interest on your savings account when virtually all the other banks give you next to nothing (like .005% or some nonsense, which is effectively zero). You even earn a bit on your checking account. No minimum balances, great online and mobile banking interfaces, great customer service: a winning formula, to be sure.