MBNA Informative - MBNA reduces credit limit with no warning
If you have one of these cards, get rid of it, or don't use it. I've been a customer of MBNA for 7 years. Perfect credit, never been late. $16k credit limit. I use the card for business expenses and travel. I just paid $11k on the card after running up a considerable balance for travel to Europe and some large equipment purchases. I went on-line to check that the payment posted OK and noticed an available credit of only $376! My credit limit had been reduced from 16k to 5k overnight. No warning, nothing! I called then figuring it was a computer error or some such.
They told me my credit report had been "reviewed" and that they decided to reduce my available credit. I asked why and the person said that I had too much outstanding credit. I became worried that perhaps I had become a victim of identity theft, as I only have 3 credit cards and perfect credit. I was also told that "a letter explaining we had done this was sent out to you today". The same day my card went from having $11,000 free on it to $376.
I pulled all three of my credit reports, worrying that I would find a bunch of bogus cards in my name or some such. Nothing. No new cards, inquiries and no negative items.
I canceled the card immediatly and paid the rest of the balance off. I have no idea why they would do this to a 7 year customer with perfect credit and history with them who regularly uses the card. Only thing I can guess is that they figured I would use the card, which would pretty much instatntly drive it over the "new" limit and incur some rediculous interest and penalty charges. Of couse that would lead to me canceling the card anyway.
All I can say is, I should have done this a long time ago when I became aware of them turning into a used car lot rather than a bank. Can't imagine what might have happened if they did this while I was traveling overseas.