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    • By PS2020
      I have another topic I made on here detailing my journey so far, but I felt this warranted it's own topic.
       
      I'll start with the TL;DR - I got invited to the Optima program, so I paid off my balance in full, still have yet to receive a letter or optima credit application (I do have an e-mail and reference number at least), and just now my Chase Journey and Experien accounts told me I got a large derogatory mark, specifically that my AMEX was charged off.
       
      The long version:
      Back in 2019 I was on a payment plan with AMEX and I tried to switch bank accounts (my main one became at risk), but after removing my account, it refused to let me add a new one. I called customer service, and they were insanely rude and refused to add my new bank, saying "I violated the agreement" or some nonsense, so I just stopped paying them altogether. At the time I could barely afford it anyways. Fast forward to about a month ago, I started getting e-mails about being invited to the Optima program. I don't trust e-mails like that for anything, but I had run into some money and my wife and I are in the process of condo hunting (I don't want or need lectures about mortgages), AND people here advised me to try to get into the optima program anyways as a low hanging fruit to fixing up my credit, so I looked up AMEX's official number and called them directly. After a bunch of phone transferring, they put me in contact with someone who basically said if I pay it off, they'll show the account as being closed and paid in full and then send me the application to the optima program.
       
      And like I said in the TL;DR, I have yet to receive a letter or an application, but now I'm seeing notifications that my credit report has a brand new charge off from AMEX, which first off is the exact opposite of what they said they'd do, and secondly, how is it charged off if I literally just paid it in full?
       
      I apologize, but I'm basically seething at this point, and I don't know what to do. I'm absolutely going to call them tomorrow and make them explain themselves, because if I knew paying them off would add a derogatory mark to my credit, I wouldn't have done it to begin with, and I'll just ask my bank to do a charge back. I really don't care anymore, and I can use that money elsewhere. That's twice I tried to work with them in good faith, and it's twice that I seem to be the one getting shafted. There won't be a third time.
       
    • By LadyMadeline1943
      Early during 2019 I stopped paying all of my credit debt which consisted of credit cards and loans.  I started off in 2017 with good credit-- scores in the 700s.  I helped my boyfriend and got very much overwhelmed.  Now in addition to working with a company named Peace of Mind whose brand is about forcing a creditor to prove that the creditor owns the debt in question, I want to do some of my own cleanups. I'm familiar with the Universal Data Form relative to how it is utilized.  Question:  Can I use the form to submit credit challenges to the three credit bureaus.  I'm so ready to achieve that 850 middle credit score!
    • By MarvBear
      A "backdoor number" is one that gets you past frontline CSR's directly to Credit Analysts / Credit Departments / Account Managers / Account Specialists (different lenders call 'em different things) - these people/departments have decision-making abilities far beyond frontline CSR's; they can take and review requests for reconsideration of denied CC apps or CLI requests, APR reductions, etc. and implement their decisions.
       
      I can continuously update this first post with the latest information if everyone will post to this thread.  I'll make the change and acknowledge.  We deeply appreciate your participation.
       
      Amazon (store card): see Synchrony (GE)
      AMEX:                      (Oasis Program)
      AMEX: 866-314-0237 (new app status)
      AMEX: 800-582-6471 (recon with frozen EX for pin)
      AMEX Business charge cards - (877) 399-3083
      AMEX Credit Bureau Unit: 800-874-2717 (Must have a current credit report before calling. They will ask for the account number from the credit report, which is different from your card number)

      Barclays: 888-232-0780 (Customer Care)
      Barclays: 866-408-4064 (Credit Analyst)
      BBVA Compass Bank: (American Express Card issues only) 866-246-2924
      Best Buy: 877-420-0001
      Best Buy: 888-908-9890 (Credit Analyst, existing accounts only)
      BofA: 888-260-4696 (secured accts.)
      BofA: 800-824-5895 (secured & partially secured accts.)
      BofA: 704-386-5687 (Office of the CEO)
      BofA: 888-500-6270 (Credit Dept. Fax)
      BofA Business: 877-665-5023 (Analyst/UW)
      BofA Business: 877-665-5023 (New applications)
      BofA Business: 800-442-1043

      Cap1: 800-625-7866 (Account Specialist)
      Cap1: 800-951-6951 (cust. relations)
      Cap1: 800-548-4593 (application department; status)
      Cap1: 800-889-9939, 800-625-7866 (Account Specialist)
      Cap1: 877-513-9959 (Account Retention?)
      Cap1: 800-258-9319 (Debt Recovery)
      Cap1: 866-280-0118, 800-955-1455 (EO) (Nerfed in general)
      Cap1 Secured Platinum: 800-219-7931 (deposit taker, can speak to credit analyst)
      Chase: 800-432-3117 (App status)

      Chase Personal CC Recon 888-270-2127
      Chase Business CC Recon 800-453-9719
      Chase: 800-453-9719 (Business card lending)
      Chase: 888-622-7547 (Chase Executive Ofc. in IL)
      Chase: 800-955-9900 (Product change status questions)
      Chase: 888-298-5623 (Consolidation - M-F 8am-10pm EST)
      Chevron/Texaco Biz Card App Status: 888-243-8358
      Citi: 800-645-7240, 800-288-4653 (Citi Business)
      Citi: 800-750-7453 (Business)
      Citi 888-201-4523 (Personal)
      Citi: 718-248-0847 (EO)
      Citi: 800-695-5171 (New Accounts UW)
      Citi: 605-331-1698 (EO - CC division)
      Citi Credit Bureau Dispute Fax: 866-713-5028
      Comenity: 800-303-1368 (Consumer Relations - Recon)

      Discover: 888-676-3695 (New Accounts)
      Discover: 866-305-7691 (Direct Line TO CS)
      Discover: 866-222-0536 (EO)

      Elan: 800-364-9648 (CC underwriting, business and personal)
      Equifax: 800-846-5279 (Direct to Rep)
      Equifax Executive Office 404-885-8000
      Experian: 800-493-1058, 800-208-9232 (9AM-5PM ET, need report number from EX)
      ExxonMobil Biz Card: 800-903-9966

      FIA: See Elan
      FNBO: 800-444-6220

      GEMB: 877-294-7541 (escalated help desk)

      Haverty's/Sync: 800-333-1082
      Home Depot Store Card: 800-677-0232 (Credit Analyst)
      Home Depot Store Card: 423 467 6957 (App Status/Recon)
      Home Depot MC (Commercial): 800-720-0649
      Home Depot: 800-685-6691 (Commercial)
      Hooters: 801-545-6705, 800-850-4668
      HSBC: 866-574-4421 (App Status)
      HSBC: 866-719-3897 (Credit Analyst)

      JC Penney: 800-542-0800
      Juniper: 866-408-4064 (Credit Analyst)
      Juniper/Barclays: 866-750-6031 (Corp. Offices)

      Key Bank: 888-201-4523 (App status)
      Key Bank: 800-254-2737
      Key Bank MC: 800-288-4653
      Key Bank Credit Research Fax: 216-357-6400

      Lowes: see Synchrony (GE)

      Macy's: 800-627-2909 (Credit Dept. - new credit, inquiries on upgrade to Visa, credit reporting issues)
      Macy's: 800-543-9617 (Recovery Services)
      Marvel: see Synchrony (GE)
      Meijers MC: 801-517-5560

      National City: 800-762-0974 (Credit Dept.)
      Nationwide Visa: 866-757-2720 (App. status)
      Nordstrom: 800-964-1800 (CLI)

      Orchard: 800-395-6090 (May get answered in Spanish by bilingual CSR's. If this happens and you don't speak Spanish, either try again later or try saying "Habla ingles?" or "Ingles, por favor" to let them know you're an English-speaker)

      Philips 66: 866-289-5630, 800-610-1961
      PNC Bank: 800-762-2117 (Business CC)
      PNC Bank: 877-562-0150 (Business UW)

      Sam's Club: 800-301-5546 (Underwriting)
      Sears: 800-599-9710 (App status)
      Shell Fleet Card: 800-223-3296 (App status)
      Shell: 800-223-3296, 866-438-7435
      Shell: 800-377-5150
      Staples: 800-767-1291, 800-282-5316
      Sunoco Corp. Card: 800-935-3387, 800-278-6626
      Sunoco: 800-310-4773
      Synchrony (GE): 800-240-0512, 800-480-0205 (Biz)
      Synchrony (GE): 800-588-4290 (Consumer)
      Synchrony (GE): 877-379-8175 (Sr UW)
      Synchrony (GE): 888-885-6937 (Verification)
      Synchrony (GE): 800-333-1082 (Haverty's)
      Synchrony (GE): 866-519-6441 (Marvel CC, Sr UW)

      Target Biz Card: 800-440-5317
      Tiffany: 800-770-0800
      Transunion: (312) 466-7719 (Corporate Office Resolution Team Voicemail)
      Transunion: (610) 546-4600 (Corporate Office, need extension or last name to search directory)

      USAA Bank Secured Platinum: 800-344-5696 ext 38763 (secured product specialist)
      US Bank: 800-685-7680 (Underwriting)
      US Bank Secured Platinum: 800-344-5696 (underwriters for secured product)

      Valero: 877-882-5376

      Walmart (Sync): 877-379-8175 (Sr UW)
      Walmart (Sync): 877-969-5302 (Verification)
      Wells Fargo: 866-677-1128 (CC Executive Office)
      Wells Fargo: 844-576-6424 (Executive Office)
      Wells Fargo: 877-514-3717 (Amex Propel Credit Svcs)
      Wells Fargo: 844-879-4824 (Direct # for Product Change Credit Svcs)
      Wright Express: 888-743-3893   
       



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