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Rating: 1/51

MIDDLETOWN NY -- I've paid nearly $4,000 in overdraft fees to Keybank. My life is my organization, to build concrete homes in the Congo for those in need. My business checking account has constantly been attacked by this bank, when I make deposits it seems as if they hold my money to cause overdraft fees.

Every time I call customer service I am told my fees cannot be reimbursed because they have already reimbursed some, but what they do is give back the smallest fee amounts possible. I explain the amount of pain I'm in because they continue to do this, I need to have 2 teeth pulled but they show no remorse, already have gone through 5 tubes of Orajel. The greed they display is pure. I'm considering switching to a credit union.

Terrible Bank
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BUFFALO, NEW YORK -- This entire bank is a joke. I had been charged an overdraft fee and when called they spoke down to me as if I was just some jerk who always ran out of money. I had funds in there by the way. The very next day. I then had the overdraft fee refunded back, after being spoken to like a child and told that I need to set up overdraft protection to make sure this didn't happen in the future. I said, "NO, I don't need to do anything, I don't overdraft my account like a teenager regularly."

Then I get charged AGAIN when funds were directly deposited and there was no transactions posted until this morning along with the direct deposit. I called and spoke to someone else named Sherri who was just as condescending and then told I was not getting a refund of that money. On top of all that they charge you fees for everything else. You go shop in Canada? You're getting charged whatever they feel like charging you because it's never the same. This is the worst bank I've ever been with. Don't bother wasting your time or money!

Overdraft Charges
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VENETA, OREGON -- I wrote a check for $500 on my Key account 9/23/15 and deposited it in Oregon Community CU to cover auto deductions there without first checking to make sure my paycheck was deposited. I then found my employee decided to change the payroll date to 9/25/15. On 9/25/15 I checked my Key Bank account and found the payroll was deposited at 12:01 a.m.. and there was a hold for the $500 check. I was relieved as it appeared I would not get a bounced check fee.

The next day I received a returned check charge of $37 from Key. Not wanting to receive bounced check charged at OCCU I took the $500 out of Key and deposited them in OCCU. I left enough funds in the account to pay the return check charge and decided to close my Key account because they hit me with fees from the left & right. Today I received a message for a service fee for overdraft because they then accepted the check they originally returned and I am now overdrawn $500.

Why did they return the check for what they say are NSF on 9/25/15 even though they had a hold on the funds in my account and then accept it and charge me overdraft fees on 9/29/15, the date I closed the acct? Now they refuse to close the account because I owe them funds and refuse to waive the fees. They said they can decide to return or accept the deposit up to three times. I believe everyone is screwed because they pull the strings.

Consumers Take Action Against Key Bank
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CLEVELAND, OHIO -- For all of us who have been wrongly charged an overdraft fee by those Key Bank thieves along with their incompetent customer services reps, there may be justice coming for all of Key Bank customers. There is a class action lawsuit against Key Bank regarding their manipulation of charges to make more profit through overdraft fees. As some may not be aware, Wells Fargo had a similar lawsuit that just got settled in which the Judge ordered Wells Fargo to pay $230 million back to customers. I sincerely hope that the Wells Fargo settlement case sets a precedent for current and future litigation against banks such as the class action lawsuit against Key Bank.

My personal story with Key Bank regarding overdraft fees is similar to everyone's else experience it seems. But I'll go ahead and share: On July 28, 2010 my bank account was charged an overdraft fee of $37 even though my account balance was still POSITIVE $9.27. In June of 2010 I elected to NOT participate in Key Bank's overdraft protection services due to the $602.00 that I have paid year to date in overdraft fees.

I contest the overdraft fees on the basis that the criteria for an overdraft charge was not met (ie: the account balance was not negative after the transaction cleared) and as such it violated my rights as a consumer due to the new consumer protections laws passed earlier this year prohibiting such business practices exhibited by Key Bank in this matter. On July 29, 2010 when I became aware of the bogus overdraft fee, I contacted Key Bank Customer Service not only once, but three times.

All three times the customer service representatives declined to refund me my money and continued to argue that it was not a bank error (anyone with half a brain can look at the account statement and see that it is Key Bank's fault). That left me with no choice, so I filed a complaint with the Oregon Department of Justice, the BBB, and the OCC. Its been almost a month and I've yet to get my money back or contacted by Key Bank. However, due to Key Bank's blatant disregard for US financial consumer protection laws and failure to honor my request to opt out of their overdraft protection services, they need to be brought to justice.

Whether that be by US government regulators or the US Justice Department. I am sure that I am not the only one out there who has been a victim of Key Bank's business practices that take advantage of uneducated customers (Key Bank really shot themselves in the foot this time though). I sincerely hope that this class action lawsuit forces Key Bank to re-evaluate their overdraft protection (dis)service and adhere to all current and future laws. Sincerely, A Pissed Off Customer of Key Bank.

Abusive Overdraft Policies
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REDMOND, WASHINGTON -- I found the Website while searching for information about overdraft policies employed by Key Bank. As I read many of the posted reviews I found that what I have encountered as a bank customer was strikingly similar to many other depositor's experience. That realization was at once both troubling and encouraging. It was troubling because I did not realize how widespread abusive funds availability policies were; it was encouraging because I understood that I was not alone on this issue.

That realization was also infuriating when one considers bank customers are currently being charged by banks on two fronts: first as customer who are charged egregious fees and second as taxpayers to bail out the very banks who are charging them as depositors.

When reviewing the issues I also concluded that characterizing those who have experienced the negative and often expensive effects of abusive funds availability and overdraft policy as irresponsible miscreants who cannot balance their check book is patently false. If fact, many who have had negative experiences with abusive overdraft fees are victims of overdraft policies crafted to allow banks to ignore deposit credits while first running all check and debit card charges in order of greatest to least. This maximizes overdraft events and related overdraft fees.

The processing order practices appear to be allowed by exceptions in Federal Reserve Board Regulation CC. Once a customer has a history of overdrafts, that regulation apparently allows banks to ignore required funds availability requirements, which often creates future cascades of unanticipated and unwarranted overdraft events. It also appears that customers are not informed by the bank that their accounts are being processed under different rules that create increasing opportunity for the bank to maximize fees charged. I believe that this practice creates a separate class of bank customers who do not enjoy the benefits of deposit recognition other depositors enjoy.

Having been a financial analyst for the past thirty years and a consumer advocate for fifteen, I began additional research. The results were quite encouraging. A few of the positive facts that I discovered are as follows:

  1. In November 2008 the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) published an extensive report concerning automated bank overdraft programs. The report describes many of the problems that customers have reported in reviews. The report also makes it clear that such bank practices are widespread and potentially effect up to 74 percent of all bank accounts. Finally, the FDIC report also discloses that under current bank policies overdraft fees charged to customers can amount to thousands of percent APR on the amount paid by the bank.

  2. In December 2008 a policy analyst group published a report that disclosed total overdraft fees charged by banks were $37 billion per year but net profit of the banks during a recent year was only $19 billion. This raises an important political issue: How can we as taxpayers be bailing financial institutions with hundreds of billions of our money, when those same apparently institutions cannot operate as a profitable going concern without gouging customers through abusive fees?

  3. In March 2009 House Bill 1456 was sponsored during the 111th Congress. That bill would specifically prohibit order of processing debits and manipulating recognition of deposits to maximize overdraft events and fees. If found that congressional bill to be encouraging for two reasons: first, it recognizes that complaints registered by customers about overdraft charges are entirely legitimate; and second, if passed into law the bill would prohibit many of the current bank practices that result in unwarranted and abusive overdraft charges.

I still feel the sting of hundreds of dollars at a time being taken from my account by abusive bank practices. At the same time, however, I am also hopeful that oversight reports by FDIC and proposed legislative reform by Congress can change those practices in the future. To that end I encourage folks to continue sharing their experiences in public forums.

Puyallup (WA) KeyBank overdrafts are costly and their service sucks
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PUYALLUP, WASHINGTON -- UPDATE: SAT. 8/22. My original review follows and I thank those who responded to my review. Here is an update based on the feedback that has been received thus far: Some of you said that the overdraft charges were my wife's fault. And perhaps she does bear some responsibility for not checking the paperwork more closely in the drive through lane (she asked to transfer money from savings to checking; the opposite occurred). But.....

1) The bank has systems in place that tell them when overdrafts occur. She had been a good customer for over a dozen years with nary an overdraft. Why did someone at the bank not give her a call and tell her something was going on? Instead, they let overdraft after overdraft pile up, each time collecting, I think, a $39 overdraft fee. If a call had been made, the problem could have been resolved over the phone or she would have been happy to go in and fix it. Instead she continued to write checks and use her debit card not knowing that she was being dinged for each use.

2) Even when she used one of her bank's ATM machines to withdraw cash, it gave it to her. My bank's machine are programmed to tell me that I don't have enough in my account and will not let me have the money. Her bank's ATM gave her the money (an unasked for loan I guess) and then charged her an overdraft fee.

3) When we went in and talked to the operations supervisor who didn't have the power to help resolve the problem (was there no one in the bank that could?), she said flat out that when we came back later to talk to the manager we would be able to have our story straight. Tacky and unprofessional.

4) When we did go back and talk to the manager, he said he would check it out give her a call no later than the following Monday p.m. We never heard from him. No phone call, no message, no letter..... nothing. And this was the individual that supposedly had responsibility for the entire bank.

To those of you who think it was my wife's responsibility in total, fine; we can agree to disagree. But as someone who has about 20 years experience in retail including seven as an owner/operator of my own store, this is not how I treated my customers. By the way, I just read about that bounced check fees made banks some $32 BILLION for banks last year. That can only lead one to conclude that banks, including obviously Key Bank, see this as a revenue source and the concept of customer satisfaction becomes secondary to that of greed.

At last we are free of Key Bank, Puyallup, Washington. My wife had been a loyal customer for many years with a checking account, savings account and certificates of deposits (CDs). She went to another branch and asked (she thought) to have money transferred from savings to checking. The clerk did the opposite and my wife did not check the receipts as she probably should have. She was in a drive through with people behind and felt she should move on.

That's when when the trouble began. Checks began bouncing and she began being charged for overdrafts. She used her ATM card several times including once for an approximate $5.00 meal and even used a Key Bank ATM for a cash withdrawal. Rather than alert her through the transaction machines that she was overdrawn, the bank allowed the transactions to be completed and then hit her with an overdraft charge.

When the ding letters started arriving by mail, we went to her branch where we talked to the operations supervisor. We told her the story, that it was an honest misunderstanding and expected the bank to reverse the overdraft charges especially considering the long and uncomplicated history she had with this bank. But the operations supervisor said she would have to check it out with her higher power (the bank manager). We told her we would come back in a day or two to talk personally to the manager. "Good," she responded, "that will give you a chance to get your story straight." Her attitude really ticked off my wife.

We went back a couple of days later and did talk to the manager. A couple of the fees had been waived but not all of them. We again explained how it had happened and asked that all the fees be reversed. He said that he would have to check with his higher power and that he would call us no later than the following Monday P.M. (I think we went in on a Thursday or Friday afternoon). We never heard from him.

I personally cannot figure out how a bank that stresses service can treat long term solid customers this way. Why, for example, would their own ATM allow my wife to withdraw money that she did not have in her account? Why did not someone at the bank call her when the checks started bouncing to tell her she had a problem?

My conclusion is that Key Bank (and probably other banks too) see these overdraft charges as a lucrative revenue source. And why did the manager say he would call us and then choose not to call. Service and good will to the customer be damned. No matter. We have closed the account and moved to another bank. And, if and when the subject of Key Bank comes up, we will do our best to let others know exactly how we feel about this company (in fact, we already have).

Keybank Is Stealing Money From You...
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SEATTLE, WASHINGTON -- OK here is the scenario: You have 15.30 in your account. You pay for parking at a meter using your credit card. It costs $1.50 and clears. The previous day, you get a fee charged from your school for $15.00 for setting up a tuition payment plan that you thought was paid when you signed up. This goes in as a pending transaction. When you log in the next day you see that this has happened. The "balance for processing items" is 13.80 after the 1.50 is paid, but that pending transaction knocks down your available balance to -$1.20. OK you made a mistake so you are going to get an overdraft, right? Nope. Two.

$15.30 - pending [$15.00] = available [$0.30]. $0.30 - $1.50 = available [-$1.20]. KeyBank then overdraws you because the $1.50 was paid and overdrew your account. OK fine, it's a little shady considering that the 15.00 was still pending but whatever, you made an error and you don't mind owning up to it and paying the fee. So the next day early afternoon, you go into the bank and deposit $700. The day after that you receive ANOTHER overdraft WHAT?? So here is how they STEAL YOUR MONEY:

The next morning your "beginning balance for processing transactions" is: $13.80. $13.80 - overdraft [$36.50] = -$22.70. Obviously they can't charge you an overdraft for an overdraft fee but then that pending transaction for $15.00 that caused that first overdraft clears... -$22.70 - $15.00 = -$37.70. That's right, you are now charged another overdraft because the $15.00 item was paid and overdrew your account. The $700 that you deposited the same day is accounted for afterward and your balance at the end of the day is $662.30. You get another 36.50 overdraft charge posted the next day which brings your balance to $625.80.

Here is the bottom line: If you have 15.30 in your bank account and two purchases are made in the amount of 1.50 and 15.00, only one item is being paid that is overdrawing your account. If either item is paid alone with a balance of 15.30, the account will not be overdrawn.

You can't charge someone an overdraft for an item being paid based on a pending transaction unless you are going to consider that pending transaction as being paid. If you do that and then charge them another overdraft merely because that pending transaction posts to the account, you are stealing. KEYBANK, YOU ARE STEALING MONEY FROM PEOPLE.

If anyone disagrees, I would consider taking a refresher course in arrhythmic.
15.30 - 1.50 = 13.80(OK) - 15.00 = -1.20 (OD)
15.30 - 15.00 = 0.30(OK) - 1.50 = -1.20 (OD)

Only 1 overdraft possible
keyBank charged 2 [$73.00]
total balance overdrawn: [$1.20]

I would like to hear your horror stories with this bank and/or any bank. I am building a website that will include all these horror stories and be talking with some lawyers and senators. We have the right as Americans to be protected from theft and reimbursed. This happens to Americans all the time and has happened to me twice. Please email me at ** with any stories, questions, comments, etc. and let's try and get some power back to the people.

Overdraft Fees
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FINDLAY, OHIO -- BEWARE OF KEYBANK! I have been a customer with this bank for almost four years now. I have accumulated overdraft fees here and there and have probably deserved them. So I quietly paid them and moved on with my life. Recently I had a schooling in Key's positively predatory fee policy. Due to a lack of communication, we overdrew our account by approximately $70.

Fortunately I noticed it that morning and got money out of another account to cover the difference. Well, I discussed the issue with the teller and asked if I put in $200 cash deposit on that same day whether I would avoid the fees. I was told yes. Apparently she was not aware that Key's policy is to apply transactions as they come in. Consequently, I examine my account the following morning and see that I have accrued several fees that I was told that my prompt action had avoided. Again I was in the negative.

Well, I was mad and I went to see the bank manager (you pay $40 for a candy bar). He was trying to be nice but obviously felt that it was my fault for being an idiot. Well, after discussing the matter with him he informed me that the teller should have never have told me that I would be okay. As he explained it, nobody really knows what transactions may be in the pipeline or how they would be processed and could cause further fees. Well, I told him that I knew what was coming in (another 5 transactions) and that if I had been given the proper information on day one, there would have been enough money to cover the incoming transactions plus the fees.

He eventually relented and credited the fees for the misinformation I had received from the teller and told me that it would prevent any further fees from occurring (unless I had any outstanding that I didn't tell him about). I also tried to open a savings account linked to the checking account for overdraft protection. They don't have one. All they have is the credit based version that still is expensive to use and which they refuse to give me. Great, I went home, mission accomplished.

I check the account the next day and he did as he said and had credited the account but not before they added more fees to negate the positive credit! And the incoming transactions generated even more fees. Another call to the online reps and the bank manager proved fruitless. Frustrated, I have given up trying to work with them. So I was stuck with just under $800 in fees.

What I have learned is that Key's policies (and probably quite a few other banks) are very skewed to making lots of money through these punitive fees off those middle and lower middle income class folks who live paycheck to paycheck or suffer from credit deficiencies. Instead of creating policies and products that make money in a positive way and create corporate goodwill like other industries, Key has decided to take advantage of those least able to defend themselves, and, in my eyes, with no regard for their corporate image.

I also found out that their employees do not have enough knowledge about the very core of their business to give proper information that their customers can depend on to make informed decisions. Matter of fact, if you ask them, they will give some noncommittal ** that does not give any real direction to resolve the issue, and leaves you guessing how bad they are going to hit you! As for myself will be more vigilant about my finances but I will be more vigilant about them at a new bank. And I tell you what, I WILL support reform measures in the Banking Industry.

Key Bank Limbo!
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COLONIE, NEW YORK -- My husband an I have a very successful automotive shop in Colonie, New York. Four years ago keybank cold call our business (in-person). Promising the world, showing all that they were capable of doing for us, proving that our current bank wasn't doing anything for us! So.. Keybank soon had it all.

We had the following with them: 3 business checking accounts, 2 insurance policies (1-500k 1-350k), line of credit 25k, leasing (key equipment financing) which is the only good part of key, key merchant services. On the personal side: personal checking w/ overdraft protection, investments, IRA's money market accounts, mutual funds, insurance policies, mortgage, savings accounts.

Let's talk excessive overdraft charges. Our business incurred 14k worth of overdraft charges just in 2007 with KeyBank. That's not mentioning the expense of the bounced checks to all our wholesalers. Which trust me after doing business with them since 1987 proves to be quite the embarrassment. All charges 2 tier $38.00 a pop. And after 4 a reoccurring overdraft charge appears of $28.50. KeyBank has us just about broke. Just how they like it.

So far this branch manager has cashed in my personal investments - I had to use all of the line of credit linked to this account. Went weeks/months without paying ourselves. Took cash out of my savings and personal checking to cover business overdrafts. And I was also at the time trying to keep up on personal overdrafts too. So, Key's answer to all of this is.... Their excuses.

I have to be careful what I give back. I don't want to get my hand slapped. They are watching me very carefully, I could lose my job. This is what happens when you count on funds available. No one knows how long pending is?Our available funds are different than your screen available funds. Just because it says available doesn't necessarily mean it's available. Your online screen is different than mine. You made this mess, not Key. You are spending more than you are making (no you are taking more than I am making), fees-fees-and more fees. The harder & longer we work the more money they took. They have left us unable to pay our leases.

I paid over 7k to be exact in 2007. All went to interest and penalties just on this Key lease. The end of February 08 the equipment lease on our Ford pick up is in default. We can barely pay our bills. Or our taxes, mortgage and creditors. This is breaking my heart! and has caused more stress than you can possibly imagine. Many sleepless nights. I have worked this business since 1987 and the thought of losing it is killing me. I have a customer base of nearly 4000 loyal people, all neighborhood people. They will all soon know what KeyBank has done.

This has snowballed into me enduring countless phone calls day in day out from creditors, explaining why I'm behind in payments? Why i'm bouncing checks to them after so many years? I hear add $25 -$35 and with payroll taxes $75 to the debt owed. How is this fair? Why is key doing this? I just met with our lawyer. His answer was because they can. "Because to someone as small as yourself their corporate lawyers would bury us alive in red tape and court fees. You will end up broke in the long run". So his advise, "let dead dogs lie". My way is fight with all I have left in me.

So now the last and final straw was when, after several attempts to save all, I decided to take matters into my own hands and work out of an account that is possible to balance! My idea by the way. Not key's. I started to take my money out of my operating account and transfer it to my equipment account. All went crazy. I noticed that my account activity stopped dead.

I called Key. They froze my accounts, business & personal, yes both. And after many unkind words passed between the two of us, and one very loud hang up by her, do you know they never even notified me, no letter, no phone call, nothing? Just the malicious act of taking without permission. Reason, my account was in the black way too long for them. They needed to get me back into the red. Why else would they have done this? They called what I did illegal transaction of the transfer of funds.

Now mind you my 2 accounts are linked solely for this purpose. I was then asked if I knew what kiting was? No? What's kiting? "I can't tell you that!" "Then why would you mention it", was my question! Her answer, "just never mind! Just stop doing what you are doing" she said. "Just stop, just stop", is all she kept saying. We need to move forward now.

What does this person think I have been trying to do for one whole year? Let me get this straight - it's my money and I don't even have the freedom to move it around as I please. Just so I may stop Key from taking it? I have been leaving a very small amount in that account. Just to keep from further overdrafting the end result. I am suffering both business-wise and personally now! Just as they wanted it to be. They build their Key branches off of the blood and sweat of small hard-working business owners like myself. And so many that I have had the privilege of reading about on this site.

Our credit is in the toilet. Almost all of my wholesalers have us on cash! We work until 8-9-10:00 at night 6-7 days a week to try to come ahead. I am in KeyBank limbo. We have a very tough road ahead of us. Please all businesses, big and small alike, get out while there is still time. Save yourselves. I plan on it.

Overdraft Charge Nightmare
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I was with another bank for four years and made the biggest mistake by trying KeyBank. When you use debit cards with most banks, you are able to access your available balance by phone or the computer. Example, last week I made a purchase at Mcdonald's and a couple of other restaurants during the work week. I checked my account online and those charges showed pending and were deducted from the available balance. So I know where I am at right? Well that was until this week.

I trusted the available balance and used my card for some grocery shopping. My available balance was 20.00. The next evening, my account showed I had 160.00. I knew this was wrong and checked the account again in the morning. It said -2.69. I was like what in the hell. I called the bank and they said it could have been a debit that hard posted late and they adjusted the overdraft fee. I put a few bucks in to bring it current. The next evening my direct deposit of 111.00 went in as available balance. I spent 40.00 and my balance was 71.00. I checked my online account when I got home and it was -87.00. I was hit for four overdraft fees at 147.00.

I called customer service and they refused to help. They said the restraint debits I had earlier that week had hard posted. I told them I was misled by their available balance on the online banking. He told me to keep a ledger. Needless to say that's the whole reason you use a debit card and online banking, so you don't need a damn ledger. Anyway I called the branch manager and she reversed all the fees except one. She tried to tell me the I needed to keep better track. The bank I was with for four years, I used my debit card like a sword and the available balance online was always correct. Never, not one overdraft. I will be returning to that bank. Sorry I ever tried Key.

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Corporate Office - Cleveland District
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Cleveland, OH 44114
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