Dear ING Direct,
You recently took over my personal and corporate banking business when you acquired the assets of failed NetBank.
Thank you! I experienced no interruption in the use of my various accounts and cards. You (or was it the FDIC?) provided an invaluable service.
I Can Keep my Accounts Indefinitely
I called you the same day this happened and you said I could keep my checking accounts indefinitely. This despite the fact that I didn’t qualify for your checking product, Electric Orange (because the credit bureau you use has no record for me). This really put my mind at ease!
Unfortunately, you immediately ceased receiving foreign wire transfers. I do business internationally so that is a problem. You’re part of ING Bank, a huge international financial institution based in Europe, so I didn’t expect that.
You also stopped accepting some checks for deposit and turned off the ability to use OFX. I didn’t mind but others with large deposits were upset.
Cards Going Dark on Nov 23?!
You promised to send out a welcome package via regular mail. While waiting, I researched you online. I discovered your random account closures and other questionable treatment of customers. But you assured me you would not close an account due to imperfect credit, so I kept waiting.
I was expecting logins, ATM cards and debit cards. Instead, you sent me another sales email, but this time with a footnote that all my ATM and debit cards would go dark on November 23rd!
I like that you gave notice, unlike when you closed my money market account. I didn’t realize it was gone until I tried to make a deposit.
You Don’t Want my Checking Business?
Alright, I thought, you just want me to apply for new accounts. No problem. But you denied me for Electric Orange again. On the phone you told me you didn’t want my checking account business at all. I “have to find a local bank for that”, you said. I was so dizzy from your flip-flop that your slight passed unnoticed.
I contacted my “local” banks, including Bank of America, EverBank and Emigrant Direct. They all want my business! So don’t worry ING Direct. My mid-five-figure deposits will be out of your hair right away. I promise never to burden you with them again.
You Paid a Premium to Send me to the Competition
Thanks again for buying NetBank’s $1.5 billion in deposits. I will always remember you as the bank that pays a premium for the privilege of sending good customers and their deposits to the competition.
Former NetBank depositor
P.S. You really ought to put “BETA” next to the logo on your website until you figure out what you’re doing.
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