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I tried to call and update my billing information. I was told because I was not on the loan that I could not pay it. When I requested the website to change information for the loan and for a complaint address, I was told because I wasn't on the account that this information couldn't be given to me. After 30 minutes on the phone, they continued to be rude and not allow a payment. They want to charge a late fee, but would not allow me to pay it. Also, my husband who is the account holder is working out of town and unable to call. I have all his information, including a POA while he is gone and still they refused to provide me any information or allow my payment. They have horrible customer service. Juan #** and Leon #** refused to allow me to speak with their supervisors or give me any information as to how to file a complaint or go online to correct my billing information. All I wanted was a website.
The experience I'd like to give is a zero but I am required to pick a minimum of one star. - While I was in arrears with an iPhone loan, I explained my situation trying to find out what I could do. The correspondence I received from them looked like, felt like, and tasted like spam, so I ignored them. Thinking an official document/phone call would be forthcoming. I finally received what looked like a copy of a copy of a faxed form letter from Citizens One. Now that definitely looked like spam. My personal data was breached twice in the OPM data breaches as well as in retail store ones. And my credit card data was stolen twice.
Long story short. I paid my bill and now they will never approve me for an iPhone loan. Meaning Apple's upgrade program is NOT available to me even if there are extenuating circumstances surrounding my case. The company does not have any process in place to deal with these situations. I asked for an address to file a complaint and was given a web address and had to ask for a post office address. I'm not happy with this financial organization and I will be pursuing a complaint to them. My recommendation is never do business with this organization. As to buying an iPhone? Stick to your trusted local bank for a loan. You still gotta pay for the phone.
If I could give them 0 stars I would. I received a notice charging me a $29.64 late payment fee. I called because I am 2 years ahead on my payments. They told me they would correct the problem and issue a refund. A week later, I received another notice with another fee attached. When I called again, they informed me they were working on correcting the problem (the way they applied 2 -$3000 payments) but it was not "a rush". Meanwhile, they keep assessing me with more late fees and apparently not in a hurry to correct their mistakes.
I told them I would like to pay it off over the phone right now and was informed that I have to mail in the check and pay 2 more weeks of interest (which they automatically include) because they cannot take payoffs over the phone or online. This bank sucks on customer service and I will NEVER use them again. In addition to charging me late fees for being 2 years ahead on my loan, they are tarnishing my credit by reporting it late when it's not.
Told me I was pre-approved (Personal Loan). Put a hard inquiry on my report. Asked me for a 4506-T to get my tax returns straight from the IRS. Then denied me 3 different times because they said I didn't provide enough information, even though I gave them everything each time AND the IRS sent them my returns. Wasted a whole month. Even worse was the customer service. They refuse to explain their denial and read boilerplate legalese. The supervisor refused to tell me what specifically they were missing, was rude, and actually told me that they couldn't verify even my name from my credit report or the IRS tax returns. Even my name. Just to get me off the phone. Obvious B.S. Stay away.
I sent in my check for a payment for my car to Citizens Bank. They opened the envelope and tore the check. They sent it back to me in the mail and never notified me over the phone. After 20 days they notify your credit bureau and will hurt your credit. They charged me $15.00 late fee for their mistake. I wanted to make a payment over the phone and they want to charge me $20.00 processing fee.
Talked to a supervisor named BRIDGE **. The only thing she could say is that I have to pay the $20.00 fee. She said that 4 different times and could not really care. I told her again and again that it was their fault and not my fault for the late fee and that I should not have to pay the $20.00 fee for trying to make the payment over the phone. I purchased my truck from Medved Chevrolet in Colorado. That was a bad enough experience, but this makes it even worse! Medved finances their vehicles through Citizens Bank. DON'T purchase a vehicle from Medved or DON'T finance though Citizens Bank!!! They both could care less about the customer!
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I have been making payment for over a year to Citizens Card on time and always twice or more than minimum payment require. Last month I sent the payment in a two days after due time and they charge $ 27 dollars late fees. Like all the payment on time mean nothing. These people are thieves and I would never deal with them again and I will try talk people from dealing with Citizens. I will tell everyone stay away from Citizens Bank.
To put it bluntly, it is very hard to take advantage of the balance transfer offer I received from Citizens One. The interest rate is very good, however I have posted a warning in my tracking spreadsheet to myself. This is to remind me not to purchase anything during the time which I am paying down the balance. Okay, I got that pretty much under control. I put the card in my "sock drawer" to make sure I don't use it. This is because as soon as you use the card for a purchase, the entire balance reverts back to 17.74% (in my case).
But, what they did next took me by surprise. I have been using balance transfers since 1996 with much success and I have never encountered what Citizens One has done. My wife and I have other cards - Citibank, Discover, Capital One and Bank of America and none of these banks have done this. The month following the month when I made my first "paydown" payment on my Citizens One Bal. Transfer, there was a finance charge of $5.49. Oops! I said, somebody charged something by mistake, even though it did not show up on the previous statement. But no! It was not a charge. It was finance charge on the 3% transfer fee. I have heard of something like this before- where your first payment should pay the fee off, but it had not happened to me.
The incident only happened on Friday (today is Sunday) and I was going to call up the bank to complain, but have not yet done so. Anyway, when I discovered the finance charge, I immediately went online and set up a quick payoff of the fee PLUS the MINIMUM required amount PLUS the $5.49 finance charge. And, for good measure, I even added an extra $5.55 to cover another month's prospective finance charge just in case! It will be interesting to see how the payment is applied to what balance- interest or balance transfer amount.
By the way, before I did the Citizens One Bank balance transfer, I made sure that my previous balance was ZERO. Also, I did a similar balance transfer back in 2013 and there was only a monthly minimum charge of $1.50 during the entire course of the payback (and no finance charge on the transfer fee). Citizens One also has a "sticky" website when it comes to choosing the date when the payment will be made. It likes to choose the next business day rather than the day you enter. You must be very careful when choosing the date, sometimes causing you to go back and change it several times. I got stuck once on this practice. All of the other banks I mentioned have made it very clear and have improved the way it displays information such as the date. But, Citizens One has not made any improvements to its website in at least 8 years, at least none that I can see.
With my soft inquiry pre-approval I requested rates, was told I was approved so I applied and got a flat denial which will hit my report as a hard inquiry. Not impressed as I don't apply unless I am sure I can be approved. Asked for far less than maximum I was supposedly approved for.
After my interactions, I wouldn't trust these morons to make change for a dollar. They screwed up my loan, admitted to it but told me there was nothing they could do nor was there anyone that I could talk to.
Citizens One Home Loans bought my mortgage loan. After they bought it they would only apply $20 from each payment to the principal on my mortgage. When I questioned them about this they closed out my escrow account without applying the money to the property tax or principal. They also don't send me my property tax invoices and had I not checked into it on my own my house was being put up for a tax lien sale. I also found out that they aren't even licensed to do business in the state that I live in. They need to be Shut Down and Face Criminal Charges.
Mortgage modification - This company jerked me around for 15 mo after never missing a payment and has completely ruined my life and credit! Had to hire a lawyer! At 800.00$ a month. Why isn't someone doing something? They have ruined my life.
Nightmare to deal with. I had to keep emailing them to get any response as far as my refinance. I will no longer use this bank as soon as I can. They are the worst and will lie to you just to cost you a 600$ house appraisal. Please listen to what I say, do not use this bank if at all possible.
Got a letter Oct 4 saying what my new monthly payment was and then it would start with my next payment. If the box has the wrong number, just change it. What a joke. Tried multiple times to do that - no dice. If I do not have to pay the old amount which is nearly twice the new payment, why should I. So finally, my payment is late. That's when the real fun starts. Told the payment site today I would pay by tomorrow, so started to try. When I click on "make payment" it now tells me that since I am paying the loan off it cannot be done online. Tried multiple times, same thing.
Finally called their "customer service" and the woman starts telling me I am signing in wrong although I have tried many times. Tells me to try again. Same thing. She tells me: "Well, I don't know what YOUR problem is." Mine? That's BS. It is a glitch on the site. We finally make my old payment amount. I remind her that the letter was overly ambiguous but of course that's "YOUR problem." Awful, awful company looking for any way they can to bag people and charge more.
PROBLEMS: automated phone system & lack of way to talk to a human to resolve. EXCESSIVE amount of time (3 to 4 weeks) to get title after they have deposited check (and it shows up on my bank account). Having come near the end of the loan, I attempted to pay off the load and called the customer service number on the billing statement. Customer Service is almost entirely automated, but it does provide a method to get the payoff amount, information on where to send the payoff, and a method to make payments electronically. The system recognized the account number for generating the payoff amount, but for attempting to pay off electronically, the SAME account number was not recognized on many attempts.
Having sent a check for the payoff by FedEx and verified that my Credit Union had deducted it, I called and finally got someone in the Titles section. He said it would take one to two week to verify the payment and they would send a confirmation, it would take two more weeks to send an electronic notice to my DMV, and then DMV would send the title. Due to EXCESSIVE processing time, I can't transfer the title or stop paying insurance.
I work in web. Perhaps my standards are too high. The website experience for this company is so astronomically bad, I don't even know where to begin. There are at least FOUR login screens, so figuring out which one is appropriate for your loan is its own challenge. Once you actually successfully log in, the user interface is a cascade of dog poo. The "Make a Payment" button doesn't allow you to do that. Not sure why it's labeled that way. Anyway, they got a single star back because they financed my thousand dollar iPhone for free, but sweet Jesus, why is it so difficult to manage your account online? If anyone from Citizens One reads this, I know a good web guy...
I have only had my loan for 12 months out of 36 and 2x in the 12 month period my loan has generated a late notice when payments were actually early. I call it gets problem taken care of but come on now should I really have to call them to begin with if idiots processing payments could read? I am going to look into who to complain to government wise as this bank should not be allowed to loan money. No apology when you call them out on their mistake either.
This Bank refuses to credit my payments on this home line of credit (that they changed to a mortgage without telling me) and has twice sent in preservation people and started foreclosure which I bought my way out of. I just want an attorney for this if anyone knows of one.
My mother had taken out a car loan through this company (which she was given a horrible deal to begin with), unfortunately she passed away 3 months afterwards. I called the company to settle on a price to pay off the vehicle, as she owed about $7,000 more than what the vehicle was worth. After speaking to 4 different people, 3 of whom were managers, and being lied to by those 4 different people, they finally transferred me to the department that negotiates and settles loans. After calling this department several times and attempting to work with them (attempting meaning they dont return phone calls, dont follow up and dont engage with customers). These people are DISHONEST, hard to work with and difficult to communicate with. I have been LIED to by at least 7 different people now and have contacted them more than they have contacted me. This is a HORRIBLE company to do business with, would stay as far away as possible.
I had a loan with Citizens One to do an addition on my home. The loan was for 200,000. 2016 I received a notice saying that the balance of the loan had come due. Not having an extra 190,000.00 I applied for a modification. Through out my loan I was never late with payments, never missed a payment. I started this process August of 2016. I am now on my fifth time of having to submit a ridiculous amount of paperwork and start process once again. They are now threatening to foreclose on my home that is valued at 2.5 million dollars. Because of the amount of time that has passed they have ruined my credit. It's now in the 500 when I've always been well above 700. Therefore no other loan companies want to touch this. My primary home loan is up to date and always has been. I can't believe that this company has made my life a living hell for a year. If anyone has any suggestions please contact me. This is so wrong!
I had a loan with them for the Apple upgrade program. I pay monthly payments and it makes me eligible for upgrading to the new phone, or I can pay the balance and own the phone. All was fine in the beginning. Then, I started having issues with my phone to the point where I was no longer enjoying it. Apple's customer service was under the impression that as long as I had made a year's worth of payments, that Apple was satisfied and I could return the phone and the contract would be void.
But that wasn't the case with Citizens One. According to them, if you make a year's worth of payments, you're eligible for the upgraded phone. I asked if there was any opt out clause. Can I pay a fine or any type of fee to get out of the contract? They said no. I was stuck with the phone until I pay off the balance. How do you not offer any kind of way to get out of the contract? This whole system is far worse than the 2-year contract commitment needed with the cellular service providers. At least they had early termination fees. I paid off the balance of the phone, and I'm certain to never ever do business with Citizens One ever again.
I hate the system Citizens One has. I wanted to pay off my personal loan, with my debit card, I was told they couldn't accept a debit card and that I could only pay off my loan by calling them with a check. I then told them that I had my Credit Union cut a check for the balance of my loan and was told from customer service that they would not honor my bank and send it back to Credit Union.
I was pissed off because my bank check was out of my savings account. Their system sucks. I didn't know that when I bought my Apple phone, that Apple didn't charge my Barclaycard, instead they wheel and deal with Citizens One bank cause this horror for me. I am very dissatisfied and will never have anything to do with Apple or this bank again!!! What is the difference between a debit card or a bank check both a done deal. Why do I have to call them and give them my routing and bank account so they can take my money out! People read this don't take loans with this bank!
UPDATE: I wanted to double up on my payments on my personal loan. I submitted one check doubling my monthly payments so I can pay off my loan faster. They claim they couldn't accept the check so they took one payment and I refunded me the other because according to them I can only make one payment at a time. How ridiculous is that, I would think the bank would want me to pay it right away. Please change the bank rules to accept debit, credit or bank checks and not just personal checks.
I currently have two loans with Citizens One. One loan on my primary residence is a 5 year ARM. When I was contacted by Alex ** from Citizens One at the end of March regarding refinancing, because I would be getting an adjustment in July, I decided to go forward with refinancing. After providing all financial information over the next month, including all rental information, tax returns, etc., Alex indicated that I would need to take a distribution from my IRA of $50k to make the numbers work to qualify. At no point was there any indication that we would not qualify for the refinance, especially since we had just received financing in January for the purchase of a different property, and were required to take an IRA distribution, similar to this situation.
In early May, Alex informed me that I needed to pay $555 for an appraisal which was done on May 8th. Again, no inkling that the mortgage numbers did not work. On May 25th, I was told by Citizens One that we did not qualify for the mortgage. I contacted Alex, who indicated he would speak with the Underwriter to find out the problems. Alex never got back to me again. I reached out to his supervisor Maria **, who explained that she told Alex that we would not qualify, even with a $50k distribution, but would find out if a higher distribution would work. A few days later she told me that would not work either. She also indicated that the appraisal should not have been done and that the money would be refunded. After two weeks of unanswered phone calls and emails, there is no refund.
It's amazing how quick Alex was to return phone calls and messages when he was trying to get a commission, and his supervisor is obviously, no better! For over a month they could see that they were not going to make this mortgage work, yet still let the appraisal go forward at the expense of the customer, and then they just disappear when it comes to correcting their mistake!
I have been in the process of an equity line of credit for over a month now and I find the customer service to be horrible. Very unresponsive, and they take over a week to respond to you. I got a hold of a manager, and he casually put me on speaker phone for our conversation. I sent him some files for the loan and he failed to upload them into the system correctly, whereas the agent told me she is waiting for him do to it. If I had taken my time and done some research, I would never have gone with Citizen's for the money.
Application process, they can't connect the returns of our business and personal. Good luck to those buying a home. As far as the process department, lack of common sense. I own a company, we put down 80% of the loan. They ask me for this and that. They could connect the business and our personal return. They wanted P&L, which we gave them. Then they wanted one for the 1st quarter. Told them, "my accountant only does it once a year." Got to a point, I told them "if you don't want the business, I can pull the 20% and not even blink an eye." That shut them up. This stem from 2008 with those interest. Only loan THEY gave out and loss.
I have been fighting with Citizens One since April 30, 2017 regarding an over-payment on an auto loan. It took them 22 days to return the money after I spoke with 5 representatives (where I cited the names and dates of who I talked with), reporting them to the BBB, and filed paperwork disputing the charge with my own bank. The company's "customer service" response was hateful citing that they would "have a researcher call me back after they had reviewed the taped phone calls." Would NEVER do business with them again. I am moving my loan as of today. Goodbye and good riddance.
Stay away from Citizens One Home Loans. Whole experience has been a nightmare. Mistake after mistake and absolutely zero customer service. Now I can't get them to pay my tax bill from my escrow account and bill is past due. Been trying to get them to pay for a month now and nobody wants to help. I have never experienced such poor service from any company. Period!
I have requested to speak to your CEO in reference to a MAJOR ISSUE that I have with my Loan and escrow and am being today that I can speak to him??? I cannot understand why a customer of yours/his cannot voice their concerns to the company that I "hired" to finance my Home Loan. I have been dealing with this issue since July 2016 and have gotten nothing less than the runaround. I am a VERY FRUSTRATED AND UNSATISFIED CUSTOMER OF YOURS.
Your company's business practices and ethics are in question with me and I cannot understand why no one at your company can rectify my issue... You have created this issue and there is a very easy solution but NO ONE at your company wants to address this. I have dealt with the office of the Chair and received ZERO satisfaction. I'm really prepared to blow this issue up for everyone to see if I cannot get the resolution that is 100% warranted. Not really sure this will get any attention from someone who cares but I will continue to press until I speak to the CEO.
I inquired ONLY about modifying my equity loan. When I realized it was just a banking scam that would only be for financial crippling, I did not pursue the issue. Citizens Bank modified the loan anyway, converting it from an equity loan to a mortgage loan. The "new loan" included an amount much greater than was due on the account. Since I was missing several statements, I asked them to send me copies of them so I could sort through the mess. There were clearly at least two missing payments. The loan is now with an arm of Citizens Bank called "Citizens One Home Loans." They epitomize incompetency.
I decided to send in payments under the new loan to try to keep the loan from going into delinquency. They took two months to post the November payment and the December payment is still unposted. Both of these payments were by bank check so no excuse. To date, there is still no sign of the December payment. And now the loan is showing as four months in arrears, which we all know what that triggers... I'm infuriated and frustrated. They illegally modified a loan and now are not posting payments to it and are marching me towards foreclosure.
I had no idea that Apple was using Citizens One instead of Barclays or their own company. Citizens One is HORRIBLE! Do NOT use them. Use Barclays card or some other card that offers 12-18 months 0% interest. Do NOT use Citizens One. They have terrible customer service and take a long time to refund money. They send out letters stating they will refund your money in 5-7 business days - but it took almost a month. This included several phones calls, a letter, and fax to both them and my credit card company. My next step is file a complaint with the Attorney General Office. I'm losing respect for APPLE. Although I've had Apple products for well over 10 years. It's a shame that they use a scammer to finance their products. UGH! This is your WARNING!
I was a highly regarded customer at Charter One Bank. US Bank purchased Charter One and for some unknown reason, my line of credit was purchased by Citizens One. Because of health reasons I was forced to sell my restaurant. My loan has since matured and has come due. I have tried to get someone from the bank to work with me in regards to restructuring my Ioan. I was recently place on Social Security Disability income and am having a hard time making the full payment. I am asking to have my payment modified or wrapped into my mortgage. I was told that I do not qualify because I no longer make enough money to qualify for a refinance on my home loan. It feels like they want me to default on my loan or force me to sell my home.
I have never missed a payment and always had great credit. I am at a point in my life where I need a little help, after being diagnosed with a blood disease and undergoing a triple bypass surgery last April. I explained that I am on disability but wish to continue making payments but I need a lower payment even if it meant refinancing my home. The bank does not show any interest in finding a resolution to my problem. They do not answer my messages. I have spent countless hours on hold and never get a return call after being promised that a manager will call me back. I have a disability and will seek legal advice if I am not contacted soon. This bank seems to upset its customers on a very regular basis. How do we hold them accountable for this type of neglect?
Citizens One is by far the worst lending institution I have ever worked with and I am 62 years old. I have called, filled out numerous forms and have left countless messages. I never even get the courtesy of a phone call back regardless of how many times I call. I am new to this site and I can't believe how many horrible reviews people have written. Not one positive review has been posted. Where is Federal Government to regulate this three ring circus? Does anyone know how to reach the top dog in this institution to tell him what a joke his customer service department is and the fact that I can't even understand half of the people I have spoken to because of their butchering of the English language? If anyone has a suggestion on who I can contact to hold this bank accountable, please contact me at **. DO NOT GIVE THEM YOUR BUSINESS!
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