I had my Wells Fargo accounts for 21 years (since 1991). They assured me free checking for life. I switched to them after TCF bank repeatedly stole money out of my account. Then they renigged on their free checking, they promised I could avoid fees by jumping through a few hoops, so I played along. Then less than a year they started making the hoops more and more absurd... Minimum daily balance, minimum card transactions, minimum direct deposit, minimum account transfers... Then I moved to Hawaii and the bank manager assured me there was Wells Fargo in Hawaii (there isn't, and thank God). I closed my account after 21 years because I had no recourse to keep my supposedly"free"checking account free any more. On three separate occasions I got the banker to admit over the phone that their policies amount to "rich get richer, poor get poorer". Their own bankers don't really like where the company is headed. Such a mad cash grab is usually indicative of a company that's about to go belly up, so if I were you I would divest out of Wells Fargo today. Incidently, I'm now with HFS federal credit union, and so far my experience has been great. Their terms are: minimum average balance of 50$, minimum one transaction per year, and if you don't meet them there's only a$1 fee. SO happy to be rid of Wells Fargo.
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.