Discover Card Complaint - Misled by Cardmember services
Let me preface my review by stating that up until this incident, I had been an advocate of the Discover card. I was laid off in February of this year and hadn't secured employment. In April, I contacted Discover regarding my account to see if there was any assistance they could offer regarding my monthly payment. The representative I spoke to was quite helpful; or so I thought at the time, and advised me she could place a 'freeze' on my account, which would not allow me to use my card for 6 months, and pay a lower interest rate so more of my monthly payment would go towards the principle. Since I am a firm believer that if something sounds to good to be true, it usually is, I asked and verified several times that if I did this, after the six month period the card would then automatically be reinstated without penalty. I ended the phone call on this premise.
Time past and in September I thankfully acquired employment. I contacted Discover to let them know I no longer needed the account to be frozen and was advised by the representative to just ride out the six months at the lower rate. I was again reassured the account would be reinstated at the end of the six month period.
I waited until November which was the end of what I thought was the six month period and contacted Discover regarding to make sure my account was reinstated. I was advised I had to wait until November 30th exactly because that would make the exact six month mark. I did so. When I called Discover back, much to my dismay, I was told they would not be reinstating my account and it would remain as suspended. I went back and forth with the representative on the phone who advised me during the time my account was frozen, policy and procedure had changed and they reviewed accounts and individuals credit reports prior to reinstating them. The representative stated I had too much outstanding debt and Discover would not reinstate my card at this juncture in time. All this despite the fact that I had no issues paying the same monthly payment I had always paid, had never been late on a payment, and had an account in good standing with them for close to ten years. I requested to speak to a supervisor because it is my understanding that if a new policy or procedure is set forth, it cannot be backdated or applied to issues that existed prior to the implementation of the policy. Also, I was never told of any review or redetermination at the inception of my agreement with the initial representative. I was told the supervisor was out to lunch and I would have to wait up to 24 hours for a call back. I did so, and when the supervisor called me back I simply got a reiteration of what the representative had said. No consideration, no assistance, nothing. Even when I stated I was seriously considering either closing my account, or seeking legal assistance, my statement was met with indifference.
I still don't understand how they can implement and apply a new policy without notifying their customers. As I stated to both the representative and the supervisor, if I would have been told at the beginning that my account was being suspended and I would have to be subject to a review at the end of the period to determine if my account could be reinstated, I would have NEVER agreed to freeze my account as I was told initially.
It is a shame that in today's society, we are so dependent on credit, credit rating, credit worthiness. We are gravitating more towards a money-less society each day without realizing the implications it brings with it. I'm not sure how; if at all, this review will help anyone. All I can say is be wary, be very wary of credit card companies. These are my three cents.