Until two days ago I had a Juniper Bank Mastercard for the last four years. I actually loved this card because it had a decent credit limit and no fees for paying my bill online. I always paid my bill on time and I always paid far more than my minimum payment (often making payments over $400, $500 and even $700 or $800 at times) and spent in excess of $15,000.00 on that card over the life of the account. I started to get annoyed with them when they chopped my credit limit in half back in February (there was no warning, I made a large payment and suddenly BOOM my credit limit was suddenly only $150.00 away from my current balance).
Things like that don't do my credit rating any favors, it made it look like I was riding close to my credit limit, which couldn't have been further from the truth. I never even came close to maxing that card out. I understood that a lot of banks were doing that as a preventive measure to keep people from overspending in this bad economy, but I still felt they should have notified me before it happened and given me the opportunity to appeal that.
What happened next is what set me off. I have always paid online, and in May I accidentally forgot and went ONE day over. Besides immediately assessing the $39.00 penalty (I did not recall that this card had NO grace period at ALL) I suddenly noticed that they had increased my APR from 8.9% to 24.24%!! I was so upset, I immediately emailed them and pointed out my stellar history with them, my responsible spending habits, the high-dollar payments I often made (almost every single month) and most importantly pointed out the fact that I had just paid the card off free and clear! I asked for my low APR to be reinstated
What I received back was a snotty quotation from the cardholder agreement and a flat-out lie from them stating that 24.24% was "the only rate available to me at this time". They didn't bother to look at my history on the account nor any of the positives I pointed out to them, they just didn't care. At that point I told them that there was no way I was going to keep a credit card at such an astronomical interest rate and told them to cancel my account.
I received ANOTHER email from them attempting for some perverse reason to "have the last word" reminding me of the cardholder agreement again and basically saying "We'll do whatever we like whether it's fair or not and you just have to put up with it." I repeated my request to them to cancel my account and advised them I wanted confirmation that it was done (and also asked to be removed from their mailing lists so I never have to be insulted by them soliciting me for another one of their horrible accounts, as I'm sure they eventually will).
I did receive that (with the helpful notice that you can still reinstate an account up to 2 months after you cancel it without having to reapply... well ** that, there are plenty of other credit card companies who would like a customer like me. I will never do business with Juniper Bank again, and I will be sure to pass along this experience to as many people as possible.
In May of 2008 I made the mistake of signing up for a Frontier Mastercard offered by Barclays while passing through the Denver airport. The point was to collect the free round trip ticket for the annual fee of $49, then cancel the credit card. Three months went by with nary a word from them, and while my husband worried because we had given them our social security numbers, I figured that big things moved slowly. Then in August, my husband noticed that our normally perfect credit had a ding in it from Barclays. I called, and was told we hadn't paid our $49 fee.
I explained we had never gotten the card or bill. Turns out they had sent it out to the wrong address, and when it was returned instead of contacting us by phone or email, both of which they had, they merely sent it to the same wrong address again, then gave up. I made them read the correct address from the application form and they promised to send it again. It never came. I called again, and again they had sent it to the wrong address. Now they couldn't send it out again, because a three strikes rule told them that possibly fraud was being attempted. I had to spend another 20 minutes on the phone to clear it up.
I told them to forget it, and they promised to send the card to the right address. It came. I tried to activate it online, and it wouldn't work. When I called in person and read the card number off the card in my hand, they told me they had no such account connected to my name. They had sent me the "dead account" that they had cancelled due to potential fraud.
By now I had spent over two hours on the phone trying to fix this mess, and told them to just stop everything. I didn't want their card, and never wanted to talk to them again. They apologized profusely and told the current account would be cancelled and I would owe nothing. I thought it was over. That was in September. It wasn't. May 2009 I get a statement showing that I owe nothing. I call to say the account is supposed to be closed, and they say it was and that for some reason unknowns I got a statement that I should ignore. They promised that it wouldn't happen again.
Yesterday, June 2009, I get a statement showing that I owe $49 annual fee. I call once again, and find that the statement is for the "dead account", but that I owe that amount for the new credit card they tried to give me last year and I refused. They explain, politely, that despite the fact that I never got card or statement, I MUST PAY that annual fee.
Their argument is that by applying for a card I entered into a contract. My argument is that they did not fulfill their part of the contract--giving me the card--thereby voiding any said contract. I insisted they have to remove that charge, and while they say they can't remove me from their system because I am a former customer. I'm going to contact the consumer investigator team of Denver's affiliated TV station because I can't spend another 5 hours on the phone trying to clear this up, but I refuse to pay the $49 bucks. Ineptness should not be rewarded. I caution everyone about applying for this card. I'm sorry I didn't read other reviews about this bank.
CALIFORNIA -- Please understand, I am not a proponent of banks or credit card issuers in general. I agree that most, if not all, will run roughshod over you if you let them. The key phrase, 'if you let them'. Credit cards are not meant to be things used to live on. They are not meant to be a crutch for your personal or business financial mismanagement. They are not meant to be a means to live beyond your means. If you cannot pay off your balance every month, or at least 5% of your statement balance, you have no business using them.
Credit cards are expensive for merchants and consumers alike. Ultimately, they are a convenient and secure way to do business and make purchases. You receive benefits that cash or checks do not provide. Beyond those benefits, they are a dangerous thing if you do not manage your behavior.
Let me back up to the first time I made a payment to Juniper. I paid my balance in full for the Apple computer I purchased. I used an introductory 0% offer to purchase an iMac. At the time my payment was due I used an electronic transfer from a bank account. There was a problem with the electronic transaction. I was not aware of the problem until I received a call from Juniper. They told me that the payment was not honored and that they had assessed a returned payment fee, and added the interest that had accrued during the 0% time period.
I explained that I could not understand why the payment was not honored and asked the representative what I needed to do in order to remove the fee and interest. The service representative explained that they would need payment in-full, including a newer charge that had posted to the account. While on the phone with the representative I logged into my bank account, shifted some money to another checking account and paid the full balance on the Juniper website as he suggested. End of story. They honored what they said they would do, they did not hike my interest rate, and they inflicted no other drama on me.
Since that very first payment cycle, I have had no issues. Mind you, I pay my bills on time... Not the day before they are due, not the day after, and I do not use the card in such a manner as to jeopardize my good standing... By that I mean, I do not max it out, I do not go over my limit, and I certainly make certain I have money to pay my debt. If I do not have the money, I do not make a purchase.
Accordingly, Juniper has rewarded me with a handsome interest rate. They do not gouge me, and they do not play games and they have increased my limit substantially over the couple-three years I have been a customer. Why? Because I have demonstrated responsibility in my use of credit.
Over the last several weeks, Juniper has initiated a suite of bizarre actions against the credit card I (used to) have with them. These have had significant annoying impacts on my life. For example, stranding me at O'Hare airport and forcing me to spend most of my vacation dealing with their missteps. However, despite their customer-oriented aggression, it was their loss of control over their database, and the inability of a singularly useless customer service organization to address the ensuing problems, is what has prompted me to end my relationship with this organization.
In particular, it was early Sept. when I signed on to their website, intent on making my monthly payment. When I attempted to make the payment I noticed that the payment account I had set up was no longer listed. I figured their system was having some intermittent difficulty and waited a few days. When I signed on to the website again, the information was still missing. I called the customer service desk and they informed me that they would file a bug report on my behalf, but that otherwise, if I did not get the payment money to them within 48 hours, they would assess late payment fees, attack my credit rating, and terminate my card.
Note: My account history does not warrant this level of aggression. My credit standing is quite good and I will have absolutely no problem getting a replacement MasterCard from a Juniper competitor. I informed them that I could probably not get payment to them within 48 hours without incurring some significant fees. In addition, I could not re-establish my payment account as the information required to do so was at home and I was on vacation. Besides, thought I've made at least 24 prior consecutive payments from my payment account - which is a good indication that the payment account was, in fact, in their system.
It seemed to me that the easiest thing to do would be to delay collection of the $36.44 I owed them until Sept. 23rd, when I would be home, have access to my checkbook, and could quickly re-enter the information that Juniper bank had deleted. They refused to do so claiming that if I did not get the money to them by the due date, they would assess late fees, attack my credit rating, and re-evaluate my credit worthiness. In the end I asked a family member if I could borrow their account and sign them up as a payment source for me. They agreed and I received a confirmation email (dated 9/9/2008) indicating that my payment had been received in time.
On the 9/10/2008, I received a response to one of my several email inquiries indicating that (1) I already had an account on file and what was I talking about and (2) that since I had not made a payment I would be assessed late fees, etc. Now, this irked me because the account indicated in (1) was my family member's account, and (2) the payment had in fact been received.
So now I had two apparent problems: 1) Juniper bank seemed to be systematically deleting information from my account so as to force me to generate late fees for them - this is a *highly illegal* practice, and 2) they could not identify that a payment had been made or that the payment source was not the source they had deleted, but a new source added very recently.
Subsequent emails have gone unanswered and subsequent calls have indicated that they can see no problem with my account. When I indicated that "I want to know who deleted my account information, when they did so, and why". I was told "that's just not going to happen". I was also told that "we didn't do it, you didn't do it, and there is no explanation". The latter was repeated to me over and over by one of their customer service representatives.
Can you believe that? Here a customer service representative is stating that the disappearance of personal information from a financial database (the unauthorized deletion of which is a crime) simply "has no explanation." It is Juniper's absolute inability to cope with their deletion of information, their denial that they deleted information (illegally), and their satisfaction that "there simply is no explanation" is, in fact, an acceptable explanation. That really drove me over the wall with these cats. These people are entrusted with your personal information and can impact your credit rating.
This episode clearly indicated that juniper 1) does not have control over it's database, since, according to them, 3rd parties can delete information at will and without their knowledge; 2) they cannot tell when information has been deleted, nor can they tell when payments have been made or when information has been updated; 3) they have no power to cope with the lack of integrity and control over their database systems.
If other people have had similar experiences, please contact me and let us pool our information and experiences. Deleting sensitive information from a customer account without knowledge or authorization is perhaps grounds for a class action lawsuit.
WILMINGTON, DELAWARE -- I receive an offer in the mail monthly from Carnival for their fun points card - I used to get the offers for the sea miles one. Since I book carnival cruises, I finally took them up on their offer, lured in by the promise of bonus points and a way to get onboard credit, gifts on board the ship, or even a free cruise. I now have an account with them, and nearly 11,000 points but am unable to redeem them for anything. After numerous calls to some of the worst customer service reps I have ever dealt with, I got a call back from a supervisor who said they have a glitch in their system that is affecting many customers, and I can't redeem my points because of this.
Also, they are unable to override the system to do it for me. They have "escalated the problem" to their techs, are working on it, don't know when it will be fixed, but to keep checking back. This is nonsense. If they wanted to fix the problem (if it weren't to their advantage) they could, and according to the terms of the contract we entered into - they must. I can't tell them sorry, can't pay you because my checking account has a glitch - keep checking back and eventually you will get your money.
You can bet there would be a consequence for me, but no consequence for them in not holding up their end of the deal. Skip this card, this company ought to be hit with a class action suit. This is fraud, or bait and switch. If you are experiencing the same thing, please file a complaint with your state's attorney general. You can file a complaint online, it is quick, free, and a way to fight back without going to the expense of hiring your own attorney.
After filing the complaint with the AGs office, I was contacted by someone at Barclays who offered to help me redeem my points on the spot. I missed the call & by the time I called back it was after hours. However, as she assured, by the next day I was able to redeem the points online. As it was exactly the 15 days required to redeem for onboard credit, I went through customer service to make sure I had not missed the deadline. This time got a wonderfully helpful & positive phone rep, who even helped me find a way to redeem more for fewer points.
I still think this situation was unacceptable and never should have happened, and doubt it is fixed for all customers - it has been a situation where some are able to redeem & some inexplicably aren't. If you are having problems, I would say kick up a big fuss like I did if you aren't willing to wait it out for the unforeseeable future.
My Juniper Story. After getting my op-out letter from Barclays Bank of Delaware, the bank which puts out the Juniper Credit Card, I did a little Google searching and see I'm not alone. I've been a member for a few years with no issues till recently. I started with a limit of over $1500 and an APR of 7.74% which was great because I was able to close out an account with an APR that had a double digit APR. I was charge a small balance transfer fee which I was warned about in the fine print but it still made financial sense to go with the balance transfer.
So as time went by had no complaints or issues till the last few months ago, which is now more like almost a year ago. Back in the end of '08 I was going through the process of being medically separated from the army which took a great deal of my time away. So before things got too involved I set all my cards, to include Juniper, to automatically pay of the minimum each month.
The minimum payments for Juniper were much less, about $50 less, than the current interest and account protection that was being charged to my account each month. Soon those charges made my balance higher than my limit. It wasn't well in to the 3rd month of being over the limit that I was able to see just what was going on. And what I saw that even with my account being over the limit by almost $70 Juniper minimum requirement was twenty something dollars.
So after $117 later in over the limit fees I paid down the amount to within a hundred of my limit and paid $10 over what the last charges to my account was. And only after about two payments of paying what was needed, Juniper's required minimum, finally was more than what was being charged each month in credit protection and interest.
And just like most, Juniper's Customer Service department was no help in refunding any of those over the limit fees or changing my APR back to the 7.74% it was before these over the limit charges occurred. There was no changing anything. My APR went from 7.74% to 11.24%, 11.24% to 26.24%, and 26.24% to now 27.24% in the course of a few months with no written notices to inform me of the changes to my account.
Now in August my rate will be no less than 29.99% but I know, for the first time, have the option to reject these new terms which will terminate my account leaving me responsible for the outstanding balance. So that's my Juniper Story… Any feedback or suggestion will be welcomed.
I saw another post from a week ago mention a Class Action Suit against Juniper. I have felt for a long time that this bank was handling their affairs unethically. First, they pushed me into balance transfers with 0% interest offers they were calling with every other day. I rolled balances over just to shut them up and stop the calls. Then after 6 months they hiked my rate to almost twice what they told me it would be after the promotion, saying that they had the right to do so because I was carrying such a high balance ($5k). A balance THEY pushed me so hard into. My payments skyrocketed and when I complained, they hung up on me.
Next, they pushed me to get paperless statements, stating that as part of the package I would receive email alerts informing me of upcoming due dates, approaching credit line, etc. I signed up, and in the past 24 months, they have neglected to email me my statement 9 times. They have also neglected to send me my due date alert 7 times. I missed a payment because of this, and they hit me with a $39 late fee which pushed me over my credit limit by $2.00 so they hit me with a $39 overlimit fee. If that wasn't bad enough, when I went overlimit, they increased my APR from 24.99% to 36.99% !!
When I called to complain, they told me their records showed all emails and statements being sent without problems. When I asked if they could send me a copy of what they considered proof of this, they told me they didn't have to. I asked to enter a dispute, and they told me I could only send disputes in the form of a written letter via snail mail. When I asked for the address, I was told I had to be transferred to get it, and then I would be hung up on. I really believe this bank is running unethical and even illegal practices against their customers, and I would not hesitate to join in on a class action suit against them if anyone knows of one.
I have had my Juniper Mastercard and a Juniper Visa since 2007. I have a chapter 7 Bankruptcy in 2005, so obviously I had it when I got the Juniper cards. When I got the MC, the interest rate was 8.99 Then it was raised to 14.99, where it is now. The Visa was 11.99, and is now 17.99 I have never had a late payment on either of these cards, nor any other credit card, my mortgage or my car that I also purchased in 2007. I purchased my house in 2009.
I was already sick of credit card debt after Chase bought Wamu and jacked my rate up from 8.99 to 23%, and Target lowered my limit from $4500 eventually ending at $500, each time lowering it to just above my balance. If I wasn't paying over the minimum, I would have gone over limit. Anyhow, Chase closed my acct, and I closed the Target acct. On the 1st of June, I paid off the Juniper MC, and between the 1st and 8th, I paid 1k on the Juniper Visa. I paid 500 on the 4th, which Juniper did not apply until the 6th. I called them and they didn't have a reason, but did tell me that I was being offered a balance transfer option on the MC.
Imagine my surprise when on the 12th I receive notice regarding the MC saying they are adding an annual fee to my account of $49!! They said it was due to my high balance on my cards, and my Bankruptcy, you know, the one from 6 years ago that I had when I got the Juniper cards! I have never in my life heard of a company adding an annual fee after the fact. I'm actually scheduled to pay off the rest of the Juniper Visa next month, before the annual fee starts on the MC, and I will be paying them both off and closing the accounts.
I realize that may lower my Fico score, but better that than to pay an annual fee on a card I've had for 4 yrs with no annual fee! I'm just thanking God that one card is paid off and I can pay the other off, or I'd be over a barrel, and under Juniper's control. It almost makes me feel like they could see that I was paying the cards off, and they wouldn't be earning anymore interest from me, so they came up with the annual fee ploy. When I think of calling them to cancel the cards, I laugh hysterically. God is good, and Juniper/Barclays is EVIL!
I have perfect credit with a credit score of 745, no lates at all. I have 4 paid as agreed mortgages. I have had this Juniper card since 2007 with a credit line of $4500. I have several other credit cards with minimal balances outstanding except for 2. I recently (November 2010 and Dec 2010) paid my property taxes using my US Bank VISA accounts to take advantage of their 0% interest for 12 months instead of using my own cash (which I have). That brought my 2 US Bank VISA accounts close to the maximum credit line.
I have 5 other Mastercard and Visa accounts with close to a zero balance. I use the Juniper Bank account to pay recurring monthly expenses such as Home Security, Netflix, Home Warranty, etc. I let the balance get up to close to $3000. Last month I applied $1200 to my Juniper Bank account to reduce the balance. I planned on paying more with my tax refund on all accounts. I received a call from Juniper a few days after the $1200 posted telling me that I'm too close to my credit limit on OTHER accounts so they reduced my line of credit to $2500.
This was an insult! That left me with a few hundred dollars on my credit line which wouldn't have covered my recurring monthly bills linked to that account. I immediately moved all 8 of those recurring accounts to a different credit card. I have not, and will not use Juniper bank credit card again. I will pay that account off at the end of this month BUT I won't close it because closing it will hurt my credit score. Their representative treated me like a 3 year old child, reprimanding me for using 2 of my cards too much! You can't rely on this company to be there when you need them. AVOID THEM LIKE THE PLAGUE!
WILMINGTON, DELAWARE -- I was offered to acquire this master card for the low interest rate of 7% on a balance transfer promotion. So I transferred a balance from another card I had that was charging me 17%. I paid my bill on time and was never late. But then I began to notice that this interest rate was slowly being raised for no apparent reason. When I called them to complain, they indicated to me that since my fico score had lowered they considered me a higher risk and raised my interest rate!! I was absolutely appalled and expressed my anger when I indicated that I had always paid the card on time and that this was not a fair practice.
Their "consumer counselor" was very rude and stipulated that that was their practice at their discretion and that I when I agreed to acquire the card and signed their agreement form, I had no recourse. Pissed off as I was, I continued to pay my card. Well since then, due to this bad economy, our business suffered tremendously and we fell behind on our obligations. Juniper/barclays wasted no time and raised my interest rate to a staggering 30%!!
I ended up being 60 days late on most of our cards and we were able to negotiate with all of our other credit cards and they wonderfully lowered all the interest rates but Barclays will not negotiate, even when my husband and I offered to bring the account to current and do a recurring debit out of our checking account for a set amount to pay off the card!!
They said that they would only agree to maybe lower the rate if we paid the account current for 6 months to one year, but we would have to live with the 30% rate!! If this isn't usury to the nth degree, I don't know what is!! Consumers please be wary of this credit card company's usury practices!! I will not stop until this type of practice is stopped!! They are a rip-off bank and a big reason why people like myself and husband can't get back on our feet.