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  1. Yes, I'd always agree to pay it back straight away - all my previous experiences were based on doing that. In all honesty, I wouldn't trust the book-keeping, systems or the general integrity of a PDL to not try and take the previously scheduled payment inbetween the day of withdrawal and the end of 30 days, and things would get messy then! So yes, if its going to be enforced, pay back there and then while they are dealing with the matter would certainly be my advice too. Always ask for an email of some kind too to confirm the balance on the account is cleared as well.
  2. Hi all, Just thought I'd post this in case this was a help to anyone. I've used a few PDLs over the past couple of years and sometimes there comes that magical time when its possible to pay them off early, or you realise that you don't need the loan at all. This is based purely on my own experience, but I thought I'd let you know the experiences I've had when contacting them to enforce the '14 day right of withdrawal'. In some cases this has saved me hundreds of pounds, so its always worth thinking about if you are quite early on in the loan. In all cases, its worth reading up on the small print in the loan agreement so you know what to state when you enquire about it. Also worth noting that if you enforce your right of withdrawal, you also have 30 days to repay in some cases! However, in the following instances I did repay instantly as I wanted to clear loans. This has never affected my accounts with them either and it doesn't appear to be problematical to credit rating either. PDUK - The best of the bunch for this from my experiences, emailed them the request, and they emailed back instantly stating they wouldn't even charge any interest (despite their loan agreement stating interest at about 66p per day). I phoned back to make payment and the assistant was aware of the withdrawal clause, and also was primed to only take payment of the initial loan, with no interest. This was about 7 days after the loan started. Another good thing about PDUK is that when you rollover as I had previously done in the above instance, they send a new loan agreement every month so you effectively have the first 14 days of each new period in which potentially you could repay that particular month interest free! Lending Stream - Also good for this, repaid them early on and they only charged a nominal daily fee of interest which I seem to recall was also no more than a pound a day. Quick Quid - Charged a percentage of the whole interest that would have been paid for the loan term. Basically using early repayment formulae. They are always worth considering if you wish to repay outside the 14day period, as even if you pay back 3 or 4 days earlier than repayment it could save twenty or thirty quid. Every little helps!! Txtloan: If you text them to take their 15 day loan back early, you still get charged full amount including full interest. They seem to operate a rolling credit agreement to prevent this action, so I guess it could be enforced within the first loan with them but I've never tried. Payday Express: Ignored all my requests to take loan early. Have seen other reports around the web suggesting they refuse to take early repayments so they can charge the whole interest. So please feel free anyone to add their own experiences, there are actually savings on interest to be had here that possibly people don't always know about!
  3. Thanks again, Am I obliged to tell them if I'm recording a call? If so, and I get passed from person to person, do I have to tell each person or just at one point in the call?
  4. Thanks again renegadeimp. After the emails being ignored all day long yesterday again, my wife did phone them (unfortunately not recorded) one more time last night and after speaking to a couple of assistants who didn't understand what she was asking, she spoke to a manager who, as you suggested, said anything to get her off the phone. Early in the call the assistant tried to dismiss her by saying 'oh, Collections have already dealt with this, and the refund should have been sent to you'. On explaining that we wasn't actually expecting a refund from them, she was swiftly passed to the manager. The manager was as bad, constantly contradicting himself - he seemed to know of the mails and said 'oh we sent your fax earlier'. My wife later asked him to confirm in writing that everything had been done 'we'll send you an e-mail as soon as we send the fax' he said. 'I thought you said you had already sent it? ' retorted my wife. 'Oh yes, we have' came the response. He then promised that he would send us an email within 15 minutes to confirm all had been done as we requested. Funnily enough, no email followed and still this morning no money in our bank with our bank confirming no receipt of the fax. Another email sent this morning in which we have reminded them of their failed promise and I've even gone to the trouble of typing a letter which they can send to our bank! So they don't actually have to do any work other than cut and paste and print. I've reminded them of the wording on their complaints page stating they 'aim to provide an excellent service' and 'resolve all concerns immediately' Funnily enough, still no response yet.....
  5. Thanks for that - the 8 weeks is relative to the complaints process I take it, and I gather from a money perspective we should at worst get that back as the Co-op suggested within 10 or 12 days as per their own processes? I'm assuming PDE won't make some kind of attempt to take that original declined payment again - after all that would just be blatant theft knowing that the account has been cleared with them. Or do they have some kind of previous in that department too? I tried ringing myself about half an hour ago, the assistant had some kind of lengthy chat with the manager but couldn't disclose to me, said he would have to explain everything to my wife. That didn't sound good to me, sounded like they have reason to be awkward otherwise the assistant would have probably just told me they were sorting it. Unless of course he wants to apologise profusely in person of course (some hope!!)
  6. My wife and I are having a big problem with Payday Express which is completely caused by their own failings and wondered if anyone can advise. During the last month, my wife took out a loan with them for £640. We’ve used them before (not without some previous problems) but we’ve always borrowed responsibly from them. Our previous issues have been quite minor in comparison – things like paying £15 for a same day fee that didn’t happen, old debit card details being used causing issue etc. Now last Friday was payday for my wife, and we were happy that the whole £800 was going to be taken by PDEx. However, the attempt to take payment was made (presumably automated) at some ridiculous hour of the morning before the wages went in. An email was then sent to her inbox saying that they could not take the payment and they had therefore taken an interest charge of 25% (£160) instead and would roll the loan over for another month. When we woke up and saw the email, we was a little annoyed knowing there were funds in there, so my wife phoned up later in the afternoon in her lunch break to ask them to take the remaining £640 and therefore close the loan as we didn’t want it to roll over. ‘No problem’ explained the nice assistant as he processed the payment. My wife was then informed that the card payment was declined and was then told that the assistant would ‘get a card reader from the front of the shop that works’. The payment was then attempted again and this was successful, and an automated email response was sent showing her loan had been cleared. We also expressed our annoyance that the original payment was attempted so early in the morning. The assistant agreed and said ‘we wasn’t the first today’ and said he had brought it up with his manager before. After all, understandably funds should be present the day before a direct debit, but the very nature of a payday loan means there won’t be funds in the day before payday! We thought nothing more of it until Saturday afternoon, when the available balance of our account showed £640 less than we were expecting. Seemingly the payment had gone through twice. A later phone call to the bank confirmed two like amounts of £640 were awaiting authorisation. Unfortunately, PDEx close early on Saturday, so we had to make do with venting frustrations via an e-mail urging them to phone us instantly on Monday morning, and reiterating that all could have been avoided but for the attempt to take the money so early, and the use of the dodgy card reader. An email from them (a rarity) did follow on Monday – no apologies, just simply ‘send us a copy of a bank statement showing two identical transactions’. A fair enough request I guess. As the debit card transactions were not showing up yet online, we responded to them stating we would be in touch the following day. Three automated emails from them followed that day, one with an account update stating they hoped my wife had a pleasant weekend, another email was wishing my wife a happy birthday – both ironic. The third though was an email to state that they had tried on numerous occasions to contact my wife regarding the outstanding payment of £0.00 that they were owed and she should contact them immediately!! She did via email that evening, but I’m afraid we couldn’t help the sarcasm in the response. It’s a worry that these evidently computer generated mails contain such false claims of having tried to contact us repeatedly. I’m sure they are used with many customers. So yesterday (Tuesday), the bank statements had updated and did confirm that only one of the £640 payments had been made to PDEx, however the initial £640 was still in our account, but not as available funds. I telephoned the bank, the Co-op, and explained it all to them. He said he could release the funds back to us at the touch of a button, however there would need to be a fax sent through to the fraud department first so they could literally remove the authorisation and release the funds to us. We sent a fax over and emailed PDEx to ask them to urgently help us by sending a fax as well stating they had no interest in the money. We sent the email to four different departments at PDEx and no-one replied to us, or communicated with the bank. I can almost visualise them receiving the email and laughing at the power they are holding with our own money in our own bank! This morning still no money, getting a bit desperate seeing as we only have £20 to feed a family of four, and £640 we can’t touch. Another email sent this morning so we’ll see what happens, although it doesn’t appear any response as yet. Thankfully my wife is free at later at work and should be able to phone them too (its been hard for her to have time to phone as she is a teacher and has had a training course and a school trip this week and Pdex won’t discuss with me as the loan was with my wife). I gather if PDEx don’t co-operate, the bank will release funds to us anyway but not until 10-12 days have elapsed, but currently, and amazingly PDEx are holding all the aces for the money which is not theirs!! Where could we lodge an official complaint if need be? Is it the FOA? Everyone else please beware though of the above happenings! Needless to say when this is finally resolved, we’ll be closing our account with them immediately. I’ll hopefully be able to update with some more positive news soon, in the meantime any advice will be great.
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