Opened an account. Deposited like 2100.00 between savings and checking. Everything fine. Two days later could not withdrawl money. Was told that "Patroit Act Department" could not verify the social on the account. Brought in original card and passport and was told that was not good enough. Was told that I needed a letter from social security stating that my number was indeed as reported. Called Social Security (PAY ATTENTION) was told by them that banks no better than to ask for that. It is NOT legally required once you present your card. THere are supposed to be alternative methods to verify the identity of the account holder. I have a friend at Citi and when this issue happens (it does a lot) they ask for the card to be presented and another piece of federally issued ID (Passport, Military ID, US Goverment Employee ID, FAA etc) Citi records the data so to comply with the BSA anbd Patriot Act. Furthermore if an account is opened with a cash deposit (PAY ATTENTION) the bank MUST by LAW issue you an immediate withdrawl they cannot hold funds from you. If they return items they cannot legally do that by choice and charge you a fee! Of course they can, or will. Everyhting is legal until you get caught so goes the banks' mantra.
So I cannot access any of my funds deposited in cash. LP deparmtent ahs threatened to ban me from any Wells Fargo branch if I hire an attorny or file in US DIstrict COurt. Guess what I am filing tomorrow, pro-se, and asking for emergency relief to allow me access to my funds immedaitely.
BTW if Wells denies you your money, and they alledge you are committing fraud. They will asssert legally that it is against the law. If they quote you ANYTHING LEGAL you can file under 42 USC 1983 which states no one can deprive you of constitutionaly protected rights (in this case depriving you of property without due process but using legalities to do so) you can sue. I am will update regularly and then spread the word.
I checked my bank account online and had seen that I had received three overdraft charges of $35 each within 20 minutes for three small purchases. I called because I work for a non profit and am paid on a stipend so those charges I couldn't even afford over $100 in penalties. I called and explained my situation, and that I have been a loyal customer for over 8 years in good standing. The representative told me that I shouldn't be spending money that I didn't have, and that was my responsibility to check in between purchases, not there's. They kept insisting there was nothing they could do, even when I said I couldn't afford to keep my account with Wells Fargo. I did not feel like a "valued customer" at all and plan on closing my account.
Do not do business with Wells Fargo. They are like a siren's song. It sounds good at first, but once you need service, they will disrespect and abandon you to the brink of financial ruin. If you are 100% confident you will never need a loan modification, to refinance, miss one payment, or ever need to speak on the phone with someone who will treat you as a valued customer, then try your luck.
As for me, I was blessed to have family help me with my payments to the loan sharks, I mean Wells Fargo, during my lay-off and I paid them off and feel so relieved I do not do business with them anymore. Ultimately, if they had been sweet and understanding about my situation but not be able to assist me with loan modification, refinancing, or payment schedule; then I would have understood, but it was the nasty dehumanizing way their reps talked to me that inspired me to write this review - "if you cannot afford the loan we don't want your business." They don't even have a customer feedback tab on their website which let's you know they do not give a DAMN about providing customer service. They are worse than Chase.