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Tue Nov 17, 2020, 01:58 AM

So many disreputable companies so little time

I am not sure when they disappeared but it’s apparent that the consumer protections no longer exist.

Today I attempted to call Whirlpool to renew the service plan on my refrigerator. The call rang and rang then I got a voice prompt and was put on hold then the call appeared to be answered and was dropped. I called two more times ... the last call someone picked up and I could hear them carrying on a conversation with someone else but they never responded to me on the phone. I eventually hung up. I am resigned to buying a service plan from a non-whirlpool vendor. Their loss.

Mom’s Social Security is deposited to a direct express card from Commenity bank. She also pays life insurance to AIG (the worst...seems there’s been a change of ownership in the past few years). AIG will not accept payment by debit or credit card—only via EFT (electronic funds transfer) which of course requires a bank routing number; or money order or check (ludicrous in this day and age in the middle of a pandemic).
In attempting to get a dedicated checking account with minimal funds set up so that a routing number can be provided to AIG for EFT I’ve run into all kinds of road blocks.

Commenity refuses to provide an account number so EFT is impossible. Reaching a human being there is also impossible—you’re basically put hold for infinity. Without both a routing and account number I can’t redirect mom‘s Social Security check to the dedicated checking account.

Even worse I cannot stop Comenity from getting the social security direct deposit! Social Security requires the routing and account numbers to be provided online to change direct deposits. So basically Commenity is holding her money hostage. And she’s not alone I learned after reading online reviews.

Then there is TX-based AIG who keeps sending threatening letters that her premium, which is current, will be canceled in 4 mos. This is the second time they’ve sent this letter though she’s been paying the policy timely for over a decade. I was just able to have them send a written statement listing all payments thru October and it looks like I will have to again.

I post this for three reasons:
- one: I want the name of the shysters known so that the word can be spread;
- two: I’m sure there are other elderly people being preyed upon and hope that this may help someone to avoid becoming a victim;
- and finally: I wonder if others may have experience or advice.

I abbreviated this but there’s more. Many companies also seem to be using the pandemic as an excuse for shoddy service as well. It sucks. Anybody else seeing this?

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Tue Nov 17, 2020, 02:21 AM

1. Everywhere I turn

Absolutely infuriating!

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