WATERTOWN, NEW YORK -- Have banked with Key for about two years now. My husband went on deployment so I moved back to Georgia for nine months. I kept the account open to only find whenever I moved back up here late fees! Late fees for anything and everything. We work hard for our money but yet they charge us for everything! Make a deposit over the phone 2.00. Come cash your check with us 5.00. Don't make enough transactions each month 34.00. So I went into the bank to close my account yesterday.
The lady said I had a 34.00 overdraft free but yet I made a deposit into my account the day before? So she told me, "I wouldn't be able to close the account today due to pending activity on the account." She told me to come back tomorrow so what did I do? I went back in to only be told it would be 25.00 to close the account.
Are you freaking me??? You want me to pay you because I'm unsatisfied with how poorly you run your business!!! My favorite part is when she asked me, "Is there a reason why you're closing your account?" Why yes ma'am let me just get my list out as to why! It also doesn't help that they closed the Key Bank on fort drum so now I have to go out of my way and drive 20 minutes from where I live to be treated like a nobody and to be talked to like a dog!! Key bank can kiss my ass!!! Worst bank ever - will never ever ever recommend this bank even if it was the only bank left on earth!
AURORA, COLORADO -- It's sad to read so many negative one star about Key Bank. Although my few days ago & today's interaction was about two fraudulent charge from my debit card. One for over $500 & another for over $300 at Nordstrom & J Crews.
The next day after above charges, when I went to get gas, my card was declined. After talking with their 800# customer service, they issued two dispute claim charges. Short time ago after Thanksgiving day just spoke with their dispute representative (800-539-2861).
After verifying my info., the guy on the phone said the above stolen money will be credited into my account in 2 hours. I had similar experience with them last year that somehow someone was able to access my account & the pin # to get cash out of my account!!! They credited my account in 48 hours. I never had any of my cards compromised with other banks & only with Key bank.
PORTLAND, OREGON -- I have been told in the past that they did not need me to fill out a deposit slip, so I went through the drive thru window and put my deposit slip and my three checks in the tube. I waited a good 5 to 7 minutes before the nice girl came in and said that she would be right with me.
15 minutes past and the bank manager came to the window and said "How can I help you?" I said I just need to deposit those into my checking account and I've been waiting a very very long time! His reply was very rude, and he said "You must not have been waiting very long because you didn't even fill out the deposit slip!" These people are very rude and they're always short staffed!! Isn't the customer supposed to be treated with respect? Isn't the customer always right? Stop acting like you're doing as a service we are paying your paycheck!!
CLIFTON PARK, NEW YORK -- I can't count the number of times that I've had service issues with this bank. However, they don't care either. Although the bank provides bad service overall, my experience today in Clifton Park is the last time I'll deal with them. Brian ** the VP and Branch Manager could care less about customer service... I'm done with them.
LONGMONT, COLORADO -- That star is for minus one, not plus one. I recently sold my RV. It took the bank almost two weeks to post the funds to my account. By the way, the buyer of the RV was also a Key Bank customer. (They closed their account after this also). I realize they have to verify funds, but with both accounts out of the same Branch, two weeks, really? It goes downhill after this. It takes Key Bank 2-3 MONTHS to process a title and get it to you. The little car dealer on the corner can do this in about 2-3 weeks. The DMV in Colorado gives you a temp for 45 days.
So, if you sell a vehicle that Key Bank holds the title on, figure up to 3 months to get the title to the buyer. The buyer of my RV would have backed out of the deal if he hadn't been a customer of Key Bank also. When you call customer service, if you can understand the person, they tell that is just the way it is. Talk to a supervisor. Wasting your time, because that's just the way it is. It took about 3 hours to approve the loan, print out the paperwork and sign. Seems that if they are starting to collect your money all the work seems to be really easy, and quick. RUN FORREST, RUN. Called a lending institution for a reason.
UTAH -- I have just been on the phone for over an hour requesting to close my account. Apparently they have to send the request to another department to get your account closed. And another department to waive fees. I was denied the opportunity to speak to a supervisor twice, I was put on hold 11 times (yes, 11!) and still have to call back in two days to make sure it is closed. The kicker is, I went through this whole process two weeks ago! I would bet anything that I will assess a late fee for a zero balance in the meantime, DO NOT use this bank! They are horrible!
FERNDALE, WASHINGTON -- This is a terrible bank. I have banked at many different places and this by far is the worst bank. Not only are their overdraft fees terrible, they are the only bank I have ever dealt with that has a policy in place to charge you 37 bucks and then if not brought to a positive balance charge you another almost 40 bucks three days later and every 2-3 days after. They do not show online all your pending transactions. Also, the ones that are pending and show that should be cleared and taken out are not and other transactions that do not show are pending are taken out before the others that are.
When talking to employees working there about their fees, they were extremely rude about it and talked over top of me and cut me off. Overall I would never bank here again and would never recommend this bank to anyone looking for a bank. By far the worst ever.
CLAWSON, MICHIGAN -- Hopefully anyone dealing with Key Bank won't have to deal with this branch, the branch my mother dealt with was closed. This branch was over an hour drive from her house. She had a CD come due and she missed the deadline by 4 days and they charged her more than $500 to cancel the new one. They would do nothing to help her, and didn't seem to care that she had to travel so far to take care of the situation.
When I questioned why they couldn't do anything to help, they said that was their policy (one entire years interest) and then the branch manager was very rude to me. Shame on them for treating people this way, no wonder they have to close branches. My mother is a senior citizen with only her social security to live on, and they wouldn't even try to help.
I've been a Key Bank "customer" most of my adult life. Truth be told, the account I had there was not my primary checking account, but rather my extra account I used for specific purchases related to my job. While making one such purchase one night, I checked my last statement to see what my balance was. I don't use the account very often, so that was a normal practice.
To my surprise, I noticed that there was a $2.00 fee taken from account for sending me a Paper Statement in the mail. EXCUSE ME? Two dollars to send me a piece of paper in the mail? I don't think so. I started going through my previous statements, and sure enough there were fees going all the way back to September, in all about 12 or 14 dollars worth.
The next morning, I took the statement to the local branch, wanting answers and a solution. I was calm and collected, but inside I was fuming. The teller couldn't help me, so I had to wait for the manager.... for an hour. I explained my frustration when I was finally acknowledged. My frustration and dissatisfaction was met with "Well sir, it is Key Bank's policy that customers are responsible for looking at their statements. They ARE providing you with a service after all. That service costs money, and like it or not sir, all banks are instituting these fees."
Jerry Springer was talking me down in my head. Remaining as calm as I could, I cracked a smile and politely said, "You've got to be kidding me. Ma'am, that's ridiculous. I signed up for a free checking account for a reason. I understand that it's not you, at this level (the branch), and that this decision comes from the top of the company, but where's the loyalty? It's not the amount of money, it's the principle of the situation. I'd appreciate you refunding my money and cashing out my account."
She replied with "Since you're closing your account, I'm not authorized to refund you more than one fee. If you were to choose our online option and keep the account open, I could refund all of them." "Nope. No thank you. Give me my money and close the account." By this time I was starting to become visibly perturbed. Her keen senses picking up on this, she said, "Well, I can manually credit up to 60 days worth of fees, so I can give you an extra 2.00 fee back." "Whatever. Just get it done."
As she was running the transaction, she messed something up with the computer, to my advantage, giving me another extra 2.00 back, but forcing me to digitally sign for money twice. Her response to this was "hey, at least there's no paper or ink to keep track of." I was so put off that all I could do was chuckle. I said "Yep, and now you understand why I didn't want to rely solely on your online option. Thanks a lot."
After doing some research around my local area, I found that the local credit union doesn't charge people for any of that stuff. No hidden fees, no minimum checking balance and absolutely no plans to do so at any point in the future. All I have to do is use the account once a year and keep at least five dollars in a connected savings account. No problem. Moral of the story: Banks suck. Go local. Use your credit union.
CLEVELAND, OHIO -- Every week there were new forms to be signed and new documents to be provided - new hoops to jump through. They provide a website to track the status of your loan - what documents you still need to get to them and what they still need to do before you can close. I applied for the loan 7 weeks prior to the date I wanted to close. I provided all requested documents promptly. Four weeks after I had first applied and three weeks before I was supposed to close I called to inquire about the numerous red flags still showing up on the website. Many of these flags were items I had provided weeks ago; others didn't make any sense; still others they had never even asked for.
The agent in their mortgage "service" center assured me that that would all get taken care of soon. The loan should come out of processing any day now and when that happened the flags would all get cleared up. He seemed quite irritated that I had even called to ask. Two days before I was supposed to close I called him because I still didn't have final numbers. He said it should be done "today". One day before closing he called me to request yet another document and - in passing - mentioned a "small" issue with the homeowner's association. But, still it should be done "today".
3 hours after I was supposed to close the local mortgage specialist called me to tell me that there was an issue with the HOA and they needed a letter that the HOA was not providing to them. Both she and the agent in their central mortgage service center were actively hostile when I put the blame on Key for the loan not closing on time - they had had 7+ weeks to get it done. Both blamed the HOA, my Realtor, and the seller's Realtor for the delays.
I was especially upset at their refusal to take any of the blame because every time I spoke with them I was assured that everything was fine and they always made it clear that I shouldn't have been bothering them with these concerns - the loan would close on time.
The issue with the HOA that was revealed 3 hours after the closing should have happened was with the delinquency rate on HOA fees; it required an exception through Fannie Mae to get the loan approved and that would cost me $200. In addition to costing an extra $200, it was also going to take at least a week to get the exception. I was very upset about this because every time I asked about the status of the loan I was assured everything was on track - right until the closing time came and went without closing! She informed me that I didn't have to go for the exception; of course if I didn't the loan was declined.
In my mind that's really not a choice. Just like when your computer crashes and says I've lost your data, press OK. No, it's not OK, but I don't have any other choice!! She refused to acknowledge that the "choice" she was giving me was really no choice at all. The only good thing I have to say about Key comes here - the exception got approved very quickly. They turned it around in less than 1 business day! But, from what I've seen of their business practices at the last possible moment is the only way they do things so I guess they've gotten quite good at it!
I could go on and on and list the numerous other things that they got wrong throughout the process, but I hope by now I've convinced you to take your business elsewhere. Their fees were lower than other lenders, but you get what you pay for. And many of the fees they advertised at the start of the process ended up being much higher in the end (those are the numerous other things I could go on and on about; suffice it to say the "surprises" added up to about $700 in extra fees by the end). I'll never get another mortgage through them; not even if they paid me!