Discover Card Complaint - Discover Card’s Service Belongs to Third World Countries
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- When I was living in US, Discover had been consistently sending me advertisement about their cards. Although I was already happy with my current credit cards, I thought I could give Discover a try in July 2010. The result? I was really offended by the disturbing experience Discover representatives threw at me. Their incompetence forced me to sacrifice valuable time and other goals in a pressed schedule (so pressed that I had to travel and slept in a car outside to meet schedule), only to make a successful payment to Discover.
So here was how it happened. After I used Discover card for a while, I needed to move to Canada, so I used IP relay service to call Discover (as a hard hearing person without land line at home, IP relay was the only communication method for me with Discover) and required an address change. Suddenly the relay operator told me the call was terminated for a fraud reason. Discover then locked my account. As a consequence, I could not make a payment online.
After my account was locked, I immediately contacted Discover security department to verify my identity. I informed the Discover representative, Kay, that I couldn’t hear sound so I couldn’t pick up their call. Kay insisted that their record showed they had spoken to the cardholder so they would still go ahead and call back. Well how could they have the record of calling me when I couldn’t communicate through phone and never met them in person? Therefore it is either (1) this Discover representative was a liar, or (2) the representative was unprofessional and didn’t know what she was talking about.
I was still willing to give Discover another chance. Several days later I successfully verified my identity with next representative, and confirmed that the request for foreign address change was indeed from the cardholder. After one week, I contacted them to change my address. I also kindly reminded them that I made the same request for address change last time. Guess what, they locked my account again, despite my effort to verify my identity a week ago.
On next day before I departed from US, I told a Discover representative, Ariana, about my situation. They refused to unlock my account (address change neither) and they wanted to call me back later. I had to explain to Ariana again about my disability and I couldn’t pick up phone call. She just said she couldn’t continue the call and hanged up disrespectfully. At the time I was completely done with Discover.
So the pattern I see here is if the cardholder requires a change to a foreign address, Discover locks the account and turns head away. When they don’t like answers from cardholder or feel their ego is invaded, they treat the cardholder like a thief in rude manner. This is especially true when they hear explanation that the cardholder can’t receive call from Discover. And does Discover realize that if the cardholder is ACTUALLY moving to another address, by refusing to change address, they are putting the cardholder at the risk of exposing information to next renter at the previous address? They also gave me a difficult time to communicate to them and make payment to the card, and I suffered from their rude attitude when I had a lot, lot of work to do at that time, and when I was very sick and coughing painfully. How their fraud department handles fraud is absolutely ridiculous and laughable.
My VISA and AmEx card companies politely changed my address without any problem, hence I concluded Discover service is trash and I will not do further business with them. No wonder VISA, MasterCard and AmEx are still the mainstream while Discover is still a nobody-Care Credit card company, along with their uncivil and backward representatives.
DON’T USE DISCOVER.