Bb&t bought out the bank i had my account with, so i just left my account open. At first, everything was fine, all problems solved quickly and politely. Then, starting in 2010, i started getting overdraft fees on my account. After waiting 45 minutes to see someone, it was discovered that a business elsewhere was processing their checks through my account. The explaination "data entry operator must have miskeyed" okay, that was fixed.
Then i got a notice through the mail that the first $100 of deposit available immediately. Again, overdraft fees. The explaination "we never got that notice" and i was told "dont spend money you dont have" excuse me!!!!!! And i do have a witness to that little episode. Now, i have been told that since i dont keep a minimum balance of $1500 in my account, and i dont have direct deposit i am being charged &10 a month maintenance fee. ( this is one notice i did not get in the mail! ) also, there is a mysterious $4. Oo a month service charge on my account that absolutely no one seems to know anything about!
When i called the west virginia attorney generals office they informed my that since the headquarters for bb&t was in north carolina, this state could do nothing about it. They are sending me a complaint form, but i know it is useless. Is bb&t trying to run all the small accounts out of their bank? How many people in this day and age can keep a minimum of $1500 in their checking account? If they want only to deal with corporate accounts and millionaires, why offer personal checking accounts at all? Well, i guess that maintenance fee adds up to quite a chunk of money, and those overdrafts can pay quite a few salaries. I am ready to go back to cash and money orders!
My husband and I have been with BOA for several years. Our branch was purchased by another bank that started off on the wrong foot. So, we decided to move our banking relationship to BB&T. The sign-up online was very easy and straight forward. We opted to go into one of the many branches near our home to make our opening deposit. We were greeted as soon as we walked through the door. They were friendly and professional. The young lady who waited on us was well-trained and efficient. After looking at all the negative reviews, we came home (a 3 minute trip) and immediately checked our account online and the deposits were right and available. I went to order our checks online, but where it was a new account, we had to call the branch. The young lady, again, was pleasant, polite, and more than willing to help us. She took our check order and gave me the price of the checks.
Now, I see a lot of bad reviews because someone didn't pay their mortgage for 4 months and were sent to foreclosure and people and their overdrafts. If people would use a little common sense, they would know that if you don't pay your mortgage, you lose your house and if you make purchases on your debit card and write checks and don't have the funds to cover it, you will be charged a fee. Don't do something stupid and then complain when you get charged a fee or lose your home. All the fees I saw are perfectly reasonable and should serve as a deterrent from bouncing checks and making purchases without the funds to cover them.
My husband and I are your average middle class couple with three kids in college. So, we aren't rich by any means. So, the theory that BB&T caters to rich people doesn't hold water. The median income in our area is $32,000/year (we make more than that) and BB&T has most of the banking business for people in our area. We were treated like the most important customers they had waited on all day. So, I think this is going to be a pleasant banking experience.
This bank is horrible. Today will be my last day using this bank. I made a $20 cash deposit on Tuesday. They held my CASH deposit until Wednesday night and then ran a check for $10 check Wednesday night before posting my deposit. Which of course caused a NFS fee of $36. When I called the customer service line and got Amy she said and I quote: "Too bad. That is our policy and I can't help you."