Verizon Complaint - Verizon's Incompetence Amazes Me
Due to our family never being home and the constant static in our phone line that had been present from day one, we decided to cancel our $90 a month residential Verizon line and strictly use cell phones. I also would like to point out that the $90 wasn't the original amount we had agreed to when we got the service....the cost seemed to jump from $40+, to $50+, then up to $90 in a year, with no rhyme or reason. Our Verizon statements were paperless, and our monthly payment was automatically debited from our checking account. In December of 2008, I cancelled our service. The rep, of course, tried to sell me a $20 'emergency' land line, and after repeatedly telling him no, he cancelled our account. Since it was auto debit, I assumed Verizon would deduct the final amount due and that would be the end of it, like MOST ethical companies do and have done for me in the past. I was told no different and had no reason to believe otherwise. Today, June 10, 2009, I received a letter in the mail. It was from an attorney that Verizon uses to collect their debt, stating that I owed $34.38. Until today, I have received NO request for any type of payment from Verizon - no postal mail, no email, no calls on my cell, and they do have my cell number - NOTHING.
I hadn't the slightest idea that I owed them anything until today. The only thing I ever receive from them are emails trying to sell me their 'money saving' products, blah, blah...one would think that if they can send spam referencing your old account, they can let you know you have a balance due. And why would they be trying to drum business from a residential account owner who supposedly owes them money? Needless to say, I was irate. I immediately called the attorney and expressed my displeasure over the entire issue, and did my best to keep my cool. The representative was very courteous and upon reviewing just much time had elapsed - 6 months - before Verizon decided to inform me that I owed them money, completely understood why I was fuming. She stated that in her dealings with Verizon, once you cancel your account, they do not deduct any more funds from your checking account. News to me. That would've been great info to have had the representative been kind enough to share. I believe that saying this representative was incompetent would be an understatement. How on earth would I have known there was an amount due, and what the amount was?
I guess I was supposed to pull a figure out of my rear end. Ready to spit nails at this point, I continued to maintain my composure, as it wasn't her fault that Verizon had royally screwed up, and she herself admitted that what Verizon did was unacceptable. I paid the balance due prior to ending the call, because I just wanted it done with. Obviously, if I was paying $90 a month, auto debit, certainly the $35 balance wouldn't have been a problem had the idiots let me know that it was due. I work for the US Treasury, and can lose my job over a collection or judgment - they do not take that lightly. I am held at a very high standard in regards to financial obligations. Verizon put my career at risk, along with my integrity and credit score, when they made this error. I'm almost afraid to pull my credit report, after reading the numerous blogs and complaints about Verizon’s lack of professionalism, not to mention this blunder. To send me nothing - NOTHING - alerting me that I had a balance due is poor customer service and very unprofessional.
It infuriates me that they can send me emails referencing my old account and making offers and bribes to come back. I have two words for Verizon - HELL NO. If I ever need a second line, it'll be with Vonage. I actually considered switching my cell over to Verizon once my Sprint contract ran out. Monkeys will fly out of my behind before that happens. They continue to operate in this unethical and unprofessional manner because they have no real competition, and know they will get away with it. The way my account was handled was just WRONG – period. There’s no other way to put it. IT WAS WRONG.