U.S. Bancorp Complaint - Poor Customer Service / Excessive Fees - Refuse To Close Account And Stop Charges
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN -- My mother passed away approximately 1 year ago. I am the executor of her estate. She has been a US Bank customer for over 20 years. In settling the estate, we paid all her final bills and withdrew funds down to $100-$200 or so. I called US Bank a number of times to let them know my mother was diseased and that I wanted to close the account. (...ever try to get someone on the phone at U.S. Bank???) They frequently refused to talk with me even though they had copies of my power of attorney for 10 years. Though the account had virtually no usage, they continued to assess charges against the account until it became negative ($125.00). I finally drove to the branch that she normally dealt with, and handed them a copy of my mother's death certificate and asked to close the account. They refused to close the account because it has a negative balance of ($125.00). They also informed me they would report this to the credit bureaus and affect my personal credit.
They have enriched themselves through excessive fees depleting what was left of a deceased woman's account and now want to continue to collect fees well after they were informed of her death. I think US Bank could find a more ethical method of achieving a profit than scavenging the balances of long time customers after their deaths. The "customer service" people (including the branch manager) recited bank policy policy like a couple of mindless/emotionless robots. They should be ashamed.