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I have been banking with 5/3rd for over 10 years. I have become progressively disenchanted with their customer service (or lack thereof) for some time, but stayed with them out of convenience. With their recent move to an annual fee based checking system (with the balance i keep per month, i have to pay at least $12 each month to be able to still write checks on my account), they officially lost my patronage. My account will be closed monday morning. Already set up a checking account elsewhere, just have to stop by and make it official. This company has nickel and dimed me for the last time.
I have been banking with 5th 3rd for at least 10 years. I have found that they look for methods to accrue fees on your accounts. Today was the latest attempt; I logged into the bank at 1 am and noticed that it showed a positive balance over $300.00, to be safe I moved $630.00 from savings to assure an adequate balance to cover any outstanding charges. I wake up to find they have charge me $148.00 in over draft fees. When I called and questioned this I was informed that it was not relevant that I showed a positive balance when I transferred money, they would take the fees anyway. When I pointed out that I was on disability and a fixed income and I had made the transfer in good faith to avoid possible conflicts, they offered to eliminate 1/2 of the fees. When I questioned further and pointed out the timing, I was informed that it didn't matter. I have determined that the bank cares only for profit and not for the customer, I and will be changing banks as soon as possible.
The local branches may be helpful and nice, but if you are not in the local area and have access to a branch, do not use. Their so called online banking is pathetic! If you do not have a bank account with them, you cannot pay online for your other accounts. I have had to call every month to make sure my account is good and I have been told something different every time: -you can pay over the phone, you can pay over the phone via your bank account, you cannot pay over the phone, your payment covered current month and next month, you excess payment does not cover future payments, etc...
Then they report your account overdue when you think you have paid in advance per the rep you spoke with. It is all too much to have to deal with.
What bank or company does not take payment online????
Again, the branch level may be great and helpful, but this is not a bank you want to deal with outside their local area!