DALLAS, TEXAS -- I purchased a prepaid NetSpend Visa from a local Family Dollar on May 7, 2015. I tried to activate the card online and was told it could not be activated and to call Customer Service. I called CS on May 8, 2015. I was told that there was a glitch in the system and it would be resolved within 24 hours. I was told to check back the next day. I called CS on May 11, 2015 and was told that the system showed my social security number belonged to a deceased person and that I would need to bring a copy of my social security card, drivers license and utility bill to a reload location and have them fax it in to NetSpend.
I took the information to Ace Check Cashing at 8 am on and they faxed the information to NetSpend. I called CS and was told it would take 4-6 hours. When I had not received a response and was still unable to access my funds, I contacted CS again on May 12, 2015. I was told to have the documents resent by a reloading agent so I again went to ACE Check cashing and they refaxed the documents. While I was there, the ACE employee pulled up the verification system and said it did not show my SS# was flagged as deceased. I called CS to verify receipt of the documents and was told yes and it would 4-6 hours.
After 6 hours I called by and was told the issue was I had mistyped my name when I tried to activate online. I was told it would be another 4-6 hours. At 8:36 pm I received an email stating that they were unable to read the faxed documents and I would need to take a photo and send them by reply email. I did this. I received a second email at 11:37 stating that they had received the documents and they had been verified but my account had to be transferred to another department.
I called the morning of May 13th and was told that I had an old account and that in 2008 I made a purchase for $11.36 but my card had a balance of $10 so the account was closed due to an outstanding balance of $1.36. I offered to pay the balance over the phone but they refused payment. The supervisor said they were escalating the issue and it would take 4-6 hours and the funds would be available. They also promised to monitor the account and called when resolved. I followed up with an email to provide written documentation.
At 4:45 I called CS again and was told that the issue was with the documentation department. I told them I had received an email from documentation saying that they had forwarded it to another unnamed department. The supervisor said they would escalate the issue to documentation, monitor the issue and have a manager call me back. I told again the issue was not with documents but with the department that handles charge offs. I was told that CS cannot contact that department or forward customers to the department. Again it would take about 4 hours. I again followed up by email.
When I had not heard anything again, I called at 7:45pm and was told by the CSR that the issue was my social security number belonged to a deceased person. I recanted the entire story and asked to be transferred to a supervisor. After a lengthy wait I spoke with a supervisor who said he was escalating the issue to both documentation and risk. I told him that I was told CS could not contact risk. He said "yes we can but they closed at 8pm so they would not be able to address the issue until the morning and it would take about 4-6 hours after they opened at 8 am for them to review and resolve the issue."
I told them that this money was needed for a payment that was needed Friday morning. I have repeatedly asked that the money be transferred to my open NetSpend account. I also repeatedly offered to pay the $1.43 by phone to have the money released. I informed him that at this point I was filing a complaint with the Texas Office of the Attorney General and the FDIC.
AUSTIN, TEXAS -- Today I received a unsolicited letter with a prepaid MasterCard and I do not have an account with them nor did I reply for this card. Also, the letter doesn't say that I requested it whatsoever. Something is very fishy about this as I believe that is a scam and will not fall for it.
ARKANSAS -- THIS CARD IS HORRIBLE. I purchased a NetSpend debit Visa yesterday from local Fred's. I wanted to pay a bill online without using my own debit or credit card. This had to be my worse mistake which made me feel horrible all day. First I called to activate and the gentlemen which not one I spoke with--which I spoke with three--spoke any English which made it ten times difficult to understand. He asked for my date of birth, address, social security, and name. I IMMEDIATELY said "NO! I don't give this information out like that" which is why there is so much Identity Theft.
Anyways he said "well if you don't give information then I will have to set you as limitless" which I couldn't do anything BUT go inside the store and I told him "You guys are scam artists, rip-offs. I need to pay an important bill and you tell me unless I provide my most prized, personal information then I can't do what I want with the money I loaded onto the card. NO!" SO, he set it limitless. I called back and I was going to bite the bullet and trust the people then the gentlemen I spoke to this time tell me "No you can't change your mind." In other words it's set at limitless and I can't change.
I said "sir I have an important bill to pay. I need this money." "Well we can't change it." So I asked to speak to a supervisor, floor manager, whatever. On hold a long period of time, got hung up on. Call back, spoke with a lady. She said the same thing the second person said. These people are coached and train on what they need to tell people. Finally spoke to someone that was suppose to handle my problem and THEY DIDN'T.
LISTEN. DO NOT GET THIS CARD. FREDS, VISA, WALMART--whoever carry this name--NETSPEND card needs to pull away from them. I will contact every chain that sells this card, and if you've been got by NetSpend contact everyone you can so it doesn't happen to anyone else. NetSpend left a bad taste I'm my mouth and this taste I want out. Horrible business and I don't see why VISA or someone else isn't looking into their practice.
ARLINGTON, WASHINGTON -- This was the first year I used TurboTax. I opted to get the NetSpend card which was the worst thing I ever did. My money was deposited before a card ever came. After waiting and waiting I chose to call to find out where the card was. I should mention my phone was lost and I had to order a new one during this waiting period. My phone was set up with security features but it obviously didn't stop the crooks from getting into my personal information. I use my phone for everything. Including filing my taxes.
After calling NetSpend I finally got ahold of a customer service representative He told me I had to wait for the card and all was fine. He seemed confused and kept asking random questions over and over. I was unable to access anything online. After repeating myself several times come to find out my personal info was compromised and NetSpend allowed someone to transfer half of my tax return out of my account to someone else's account and also drain the rest from my account. My card was obviously intercepted and stolen. Within a matter of a weekend plus a couple days everything was gone.
I completed the necessary letter stating I never authorized anything nor did I ever even receive a card. Every time I call NetSpend to get info I get hung up on or told I can't speak with anyone. This is my money. Most banks issue a credit within 3 days. I am contacting an attorney, Visa, TurboTax, and the IRS. I have a serious illness and without these funds my life is in danger. This issue has cost me the loss of my moving deposit along with medical treatment. I am now out $2827.01 plus fees.
TurboTax shouldn't offer services to their customers. I have read thousands of reviews of the same thing happening. Someone calls in and wants to transfer funds to a 3rd party card and that doesn't raise suspicious actions? NetSpend clearly doesn't care. And it this point I'm starting to think it's inside operations that is giving out personal info. No banks authorize money transfers to 3rd party accounts without extreme caution and authorization. I am disgusted and will be filing charges and proceeding with a lawsuit. Not only that, I will make sure TurboTax dissolves their relationship with NetSpend.
I have been a NetSpend user for a few months and had no issues. However, after trying to use their check deposit function on their mobile app, I had to call customer service. I was trying to cash my parent's Christmas check (drawn on a major financial institution) and had received a message that the writer of the check could not be reached. So I called customer service.
Once on the line with these folks, I began to get suspicious. To cash my father's check, the representative asked me for my father's birth date and his social security number. And this was asked by NetSpend customer service, even though NetSpend contracts the check-cashing service with Ingo. So I am not sure why a NetSpend customer service representative would be asking me this information. I did not give it to him.
I called back today and asked to speak to a supervisor. The representative put me on hold to see if a supervisor was available, and then the call was disconnected. Was it an act of God? Perhaps. Otherwise, I just wanted to caution everyone to be aware of what I have ultimately determined to be an offshore based customer service department for this company. There is no reason that they would need my father's birth date and Social Security number. Shame on you, NetSpend.
AUSTIN, TEXAS -- My claim should've been updated today. I talked to a representative. She said I should be credited for my dispute today. I've been waiting 20 days. I showed my police report verifying I was robbed at gunpoint and that my purse was stolen with all my cards and I.D. but NetSpend did nothing. I have my $1,078 Light bill to pay and I have rent I'm behind on. Can't you guys give me an update? I've been waiting long enough. The officer said I wouldn't have to wait this long because there's a report and they won't credit back my tax check. The IRS said NetSpend is responsible for crediting it back. That's $2,422.00 that was stolen.
SAN ANTONIIO, TEXAS -- Purchased prepaid card hanging on PayPal... one of the names the company used. Called to activate the account. Talked directly to a representative who said "I activated your card." They want all your personal information, "Fed. Gov. requires." Just like a bank card. I did not want a 'credit card', just a prepaid card to make purchases. I had given them well over $100. The card was not activated two days later. I called again. Too busy, they would call back. They did, within 24 hours. I was not home. They left a message they would call again, but did not.
I called, waited 20 minutes before talking to a representative who said the card would only be activated after I sent them verification of all the info... copy of my SS card, address... etc. I said "I would not do that." I wanted to cancel get my money back. Rep. said she would cancel but it would be 20 business days before I got my money. It would cost me $5.95 to cancel. I paid $5.95 to purchase the card... so I spent $11.90 for nothing, could not use the card... It didn't take them 20 business days to take my money. As a senior... I need my money before 20 business days.
It is hard to get a hold of anyone first of all, then can't get a supervisor, "not available." NEVER buy one of these cards again. Other cards were cheaper, one 2 minute telephone call to activate... no fees to check balance. NetSpend has fees for everything. It means "You will net spend into our business." Thank you.
TOPEKA, KANSAS -- I have been a NetSpend customer for over 5 years. I love that NetSpend does things my regular bank doesn't. I like the fact I get text messages every time I use my card. I like it only costs me 5 dollars a month and I have a savings account from NetSpend linked to my account and it pays 5 percent, so I keep enough money in my savings to offset any fees. The only issue I have ever had is with customer service offshore. To me these people are horrible. Eventually though, when I get customer service stateside, things improve and generally get better and fixed. No company is 100 percent but they have been pretty close. I would highly recommend them over regular banks.
Money was put down on a prepaid card through NetSpend and they were quick and eager to take the money; however, a day or so after, put a block/hold on my card with no reason whatsoever. Since then, I have talked to the customer service and even emailed them about 100 times and each time, they are giving me a reason why I can't get my money. They keep telling me I need more documents proving I am who I state to be??? I gave them my license number, photo copy, even my SSN and Card, receipts with my name and address and they still say "more documentation is needed". I'm starting to questions if this company is legit or just a scam place. I want my money!
PHOENIX, ARIZONA -- The WU NetSpend card is OK, get your money fast. But when you call them they don't ever see a deposit than later on that day your money on your card. There isn't a certain time of day you can expect your money. The time you receive it is all over and is really an inconvenience especially when you need money. I'm going back to a bank, it's better. At least I know my money will be deposited a certain time a day and don't have to wait for them to deposit it at night, morning, afternoon.