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Combat Veteran vs The Bank Consumer Law, Warranties

Discussion in 'Banking, Finance, Investments' started by medic23, Jul 30, 2014.

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  1. medic23

    medic23 Law Topic Starter New Member

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    This is my first post and I hope that I'm in the correct place. I'll begin by explaining the situation:

    I was a Combat Medic in the U.S. Army (active duty) and was honorably discharged about two weeks ago. I went back to Chicago to stay with an old friend while I searched for an apartment and then a school to attend using my GI Bill benefits. I found an apartment that I would be moving into on August 1 but needed to provide first and last months rent in the form of a certified check or money order. I currently bank with USAA, a bank that is used by many members of the military but does not have many branch locations. No banks would issue me a certified check since I was not a customer unless I had the cash on hand for a direct exchange. I then went to a Currency Exchange to secure the money orders via debit transaction but it was declined. I then called my bank to find out why and was told that the attempted transaction caused a fraud alert and that my accounts were frozen as a result. I explained the situation several times but was told that nothing could be done until a review had taken place which would take 1-2 business days. I am now on business day #2 and they are still refusing to give me any update on their "review". I am completely locked out of my 2 checking accounts and unable to access my money, locked out of all of their online services, and unable to get any substantial answers. I called this morning and was given the same ambiguous statements about a "review" and I then asked if I was able to close my accounts and take my business elsewhere and was told that I could not. They have completely cut me off from the money I worked hard to save. I'm not trying to play on your sympathy but I'm not going to be able to eat without access to my money. Please, I would really appreciate any advice or recommendations.
     
  2. mightymoose

    mightymoose Moderator

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    I got away from USAA banking for a similar reason. They are great for insurance though.

    Temporarily use a credit card from another bank. Perhaps a friend or family member can secure the money order you need until your accounts are freed up.
     
  3. army judge

    army judge Super Moderator

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    As Moose said, that's why I left USAA.
    I do retain their auto insurance product.
    Nothing you can do when this happens.
    Why?
    Unless you have $10,000 to hire a legal genius, you have to wait them out.
    It took me three days once, and I'm a lawyer.
    I had to have a judge friend of mine call the CEO, because she was a friend of his.
    Sorry, many banks do this.
     

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