Advantages Debit Card (nice colour!)
Disadvantages Late notice of charges, false advertising, poor service
A few weeks later I wrote a friend a cheque for some money I owed him. Now, i fully accept that when I wrote this cheque there was not enough funds to cover it. But cheques take four working days to clear. Or do they. Two days later I went to put in money, thinking it was all ok. Only to discover the cheque had already gone though. And a £30 charge whacked on my account. Since when have cheques cleared in two days? When it suits the bank, thats when. In addition, I did not recive written notice of the charge until 4 days AFTER it had been imposed. I'm not sure if this is even legal.The BOS advertises the Solo card as being wonderful as it is not possible to go over your account balance. Not in my case. I was treating my partner to an Italian meal one evening, and I paid with my Solo card. It was accepted. I then went to the cash machine to get money for a taxi home. I withdrew £10.- this took me 4p (yes, four pennies) over my account balance... another £30 charge. But why did I go over my balance? I shouldn't be allowed to with the wonderful Solo card. When I enquired, apparently, this does not cover cash withdrawls made in the early hours of a Sunday morning whe Solo transations have not cleared. A bit strange if you ask me.
Why was I not informed of this when I opened the account? Why was I not told of charges which would have been imposed on my account.Of lesser importance, the account offered a pitiful interest rate. I was not so bothered about this - I opened the account more for the convenience (ha!) of the Solo facility.
I also subscribed to the banks 'phoneline' service. What can I say? In my experience of the phoneline... I think I would have had a quick response from a pile of earth.So three months after opening an account with the BOS, I closed it. It's clear that complaining does nothing with the BOS, so what else but to take my custom elsewhere.
The only thing which impressed my about the Bank Of Scotland was the design of the card I received.
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