First off, i was with chase before i had decided to test out capitalone. A family member recommended capitalone to me since he had no issues with them. I made the mistake of applying for an account online. When i completed the online application, i received my confirmation e-mail letting me know they would decide in 3-5 business days. I never received a call, e-mail, or mail letter three weeks after. So, i decide to just go to the branch and figure out what's going on. Apparently, there was an account set up under my name before but was never used, so a "review" was required to verify my identity and make sure nobody had fraudulently opened the account. The bank employee even said that i should have never opened the account online as the online customer service really sucks. Anyway, the review process took another 3 business days before i was told that everything checked out okay (i knew it would) and that my account was ready. Took about two weeks to receive my debit card and checks, which both came separate. This is where the drama began, mainly dealing with online customer service once again. The alerts on my account began not working, so i sent an e-mail to customer service. They escalated it to the web team, whom never replied. It took me four phone calls (one i was hung up on immediately after they asked how they could help) and a branch visit just to hear "it'll be fixed soon. " soon is not defined as two months, capitalone. I eventually just gave up and settled for the 15+ e-mails i receive every time my statement is out or duplicate e-mails for any other alert. Besides all the drama, capitalone is a subpar bank. Fees are ok, their points program seems very cheap, atms are not conveniently located, their mobile app needs updating, but their bank employees are the best. I would not recommend capitalone, especially for those who want a lot to offer from online and mobile services. Ugh, i am going back to chase.
I had card fraud in the first three weeks and I was out of town for my Father-in-laws funeral. After the service we were on our way to the burial and stopped to get gas. My card was declined and I called Capital One which put a hold on my card for unusual card usage. I had no cash and a limited amount of time to get to the burial in another town hours away. After being on the phone for 45 minutes and hearing how they were sorry and should have called me but didn't, I was able to get a one time ATM withdrawal and head to the burial. We lost too much time and did not arrive until the service was over and my wife was devastated. Capital One unlike most banks, does not identify their card transactions with an ID until after the transaction has been processed. We were out of town and my mobile banking had many transactions but all of them were labeled pending transaction not Sears, WalMart or Texaco. When I called and asked why every transaction was not immediately identified they said if I call them they can tell me what each one is but I won't know until they finish processing which could take up to three days. WOW! NOBODY DOES THIS. You have to carry your paper register around with you and update it constantly or a transaction may not get caught for several days. Even the fraud group told me I needed to wait for the fraud transactions to finish processing before they could do anything and again I say WOW. The employees at every level of Capital One could not explain to me why their software does not ID transactions instantly like all other banks have been doing forever. I finally called Shylundrya (201) 421-3925 at the executive level at Corporate to finally get ANY kind off resolution to the fraud and get some money back in my account. The lack of ID with transactions has been a major complaint by Capital One customers and they plan to fix it in a YEAR OR SO! We miss you Dad..
I'm closing my capital one bank account since oct 8, but it didn't got closed till now with a 0 balance, i got a new bank fee and because of that a overdraft charge, no one to whom to speak, no bank manager available, always away for lunch, vacation, holiday etc, no one to help me on the phone too.