How FirstBank Treats Long Time Customers
DENVER, COLORADO -- Beware of First Bank of Colorado: I have had an account with First Bank of Colorado for 42 years. My husband and children also had accounts with First Bank for many years. I am a professional who recommended many clients use First Bank. Unfortunately I gave them bad advice. While I was hospitalized for surgery for cancer, my small personal checking account became minimally overdrawn (a few dollars), without my knowledge. The bank then continued to assess fees, again without my knowledge and without telephone or written contact. After adding fees of several hundred dollars (which constituted most of the overdraft), while I was in the hospital, without contacting me, First Bank closed my account even though I had another business account with them with a balance of thousands of dollars (more than 10K). After I was discharged and learned that the account had been closed, I contacted the bank to rectify the problem. I can't get statements to determine the cause of the alleged insufficiency, because I had online statements, and when they closed the account, they blocked online access. Despite the fact I had 42 years history with them, without any loss to them, and despite the fact that I had another account containing more than 20 times the amount of the alleged deficiency, First Bank refused to reopen the account. Their representatives were totally unhelpful and uncaring (and appeared to be scared to take a stand for a customer in fear of losing their jobs - or lacking authority or willingness to do so.) All of this happened in the three weeks I was hospitalized. Today, to add injury, I received a letter stating that First Bank is closing the business account which they agree contains significant funds and has no problems- based solely upon the closing of the other account. I have cancer, have endured major surgery, daily chemotherapy, and daily radiation, and this is how I am treated after depositing several million dollars into their account over the past 42 years. I have the money to pay their trumped up fees, and I explained the circumstances. I regret that I ever recommended them to anyone. Don't buy their advertising as a local bank - they are far worse than Wells Fargo and U.S. Bank and other national banks with whom I have had accounts and who themselves have a reputation for impersonal treatment of customers. First Bank, in my opinion, is first only as an example of the worst in customer respect, treatment, and consideration. Go where you get the best deal. First Bank is not to be trusted. It truly pains me to say this, but it is the truth. My advice - run away from First Bank - they are no better than any large national bank, and in fact may be worse.