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Prepaid Debit Card Fees
Prepaid debit cards are debit cards that can be purchased online or through local merchants and "pre-loaded" with a set amount of money. However, some consumers have complained about hidden prepaid debit card fees. They say they were not adequately warned that they would be charged high debit card fees. Such fees include an activation fee and monthly debit card fees.
Green Dot Visa And Prepaid Debit Card Fees
A prepaid debit card differs from a credit card: with a prepaid debit card, the consumer deposits, or loads, money on the card when the card is purchased. Prepaid debit cards can be reloadable, meaning that if their balance is depleted, the cardholder has the option to add more money to the value of the card and keep the same prepaid debit card number.
However, prepaid debit cards can carry high fees and consumers say they were not adequately warned about those fees. For example, consumers were often charged an activation fee that was taken off the value of the card as soon as the card was activated, without the consumer's knowledge of the fee.
Many prepaid debit card users are low-income earners or new immigrants who are unable to open a bank account or be approved for a credit card. About 80 million Americans have little or no interaction with a bank and the prepaid debit card industry is targeting these consumers.
The industry says they operate on small margins and make it up in volume, but in so doing, they "nickel and dime" the consumer. Unfortunately for most frustrated customers, the prepaid card has proven to be a more expensive way to bank.
Green Dot Visa
Green Dot is one of the biggest providers of prepaid debit cards. It claims that consumers "can count on us to be there for you" but many of its customers complain of poor customer service and Green Dot fees they didn't realize they would be incurring.5
Although financial industry officials say their prepaid card user fees are declining, they cost substantially more than bank charges. Green Dot fees, including point-of-sale transactions, can cost upwards of $30 per month. Some customers have complained that they have deposited funds into their account but can't access their money. Meanwhile, monthly fees continue to be withdrawn from their account.
Green Dot Fees
As listed on the Green Dot website fee schedule:
Green Dot is not the only company alleged to have not adequately warned consumers about the fees associated with the prepaid debit cards. The New York Times (October 6, 2009) conducted an investigation into high fees that consumers may or may not have been aware of that were charged by prepaid debit companies. The following prepaid debit cards were mentioned in that article:
As part of the credit card legislation, which was enacted in spring, 2008, Congress has asked federal regulators to investigate pre-paid cards and report back by next February. So far this relatively new industry has avoided regulatory oversight that could give added protection to customers. Until that time, consumers may want to seek legal help.
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Green Dot fees are outrageous. I was given the GreenDot Visa debit card as a gift with $50 on it. Not only was the purchaser charged $5 but the fee to use the card is $10. Why would anyone use a card like this unless they dont have a bank account. Additionally, to use the money on the card it has to be registered online and there is an ongoing monthly $10 fee unless you put $1000 in the account.
How much does green dot take out momthly
I cant activate card sent through the mail but my paycheck has been deposited to this account the numbers on my card are invalid almost like a scam its asking for ssn and i didn't need it to order card every number require a valid card number to contact customer support need my paycheck this is ridiculous
I have a question about the card. I received a monthly charge of $9.95 dollars. I'm not sure why? When I first signed up for the card it said no fees , why is this happening and how do I get rid of it?
Can you help answer a question for me. I have a Green Dot prepaid Visa card that was given to me as a gift. I misplaced the card several years ago and contacted the company. The card was blocked or inaccessible when I tried to look it up online. When I finally reached someone I was told the money had been turned over to the state of California and I needed to fill out an assheetment form to get the funds back. I was told by several agents for the bank that I would be sent the form - which never came. I kept calling and calling and everyone told me the same thing but I never received anything. I then found an email address and sent a message. i received an email that said fees had been applied over the period of time and now the balance was 0 and that was the reason i never received the form to send in -- she said the funds were not sent to the state of california. i do not understand this kind of customer service from a bank and from Walmart. this is totally wrong. i thought this is against the law to access fees like this to the prepaid cards. Can I get any help on this? Please answer. Thanks very much.
My card it blocked and Iv not been able to talk to a live person
I got 2 prepaid debit cards for $10 each from Citibank for enrolling in their Credit protector program. The expiry date printed on the card is 12/09. But when I tried to use it I was told there is no balance. I called the customer service and was told there is no balance because it was reduced by the service fees. Bottom line is I lost $20. Isn't there a law in California that restricts such fees?
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