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Could you please take a couple of minutes to read this and let me know if it is ok?

 

I am aware that I need to include my account number and address in the letter.

 

Thanks in advance.

 

Please supply me with a complete list of transactions and charges relating to my bank account since the date that I started banking with First Direct (4th September 2002). This includes a list of what the charges were in monetary terms, what the charge was for, and the amount involved (i.e. £10 charge for return of a Direct Debit that was for £23.99). Alternatively a complete set of bank statements for that period will also be acceptable.

 

I also request that you furnish me with information pertaining to the numerous changes in my overdraft limit. I require a list of the dates that my limit was changed and what it was changed from and to. Again, this is from the date above, to the present day.

 

Additionally where there has been any event in my account history over this period which has required manual intervention by any member of your staff or any other person, I require disclosure of any indication or notes which have either caused or resulted in that manual intervention or other evidence of that manual intervention in relation to my banking business with you.

 

As per my conversation with a telephone advisor from First Direct; “Abi Charlesworth” (extension number 21733) of Sunday 12th March 2006, at around 1710hrs, I understand that there is a £10.00 fee payable for this request. Abi has informed me that this will be debited to my account. I give my full consent and agreement to this.

 

You are kindly reminded that transactional and statement information is covered by the Data Protection Act as has been in court (Durant Vs Financial Services Authority – 2003).

 

If you are unable to supply data relating to manual intervention because there has been no such manual intervention then please be kind as to confirm this in your response to this request.

 

You have 40 days in which to comply

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Nice.

 

Don't forget to add "DPA Request" in big letters at the beginning of the letter, just in case there's any doubt that it's what you're asking for! I know it's obvious from the contents of your letter, but dont over-estimate the intelligence of the people at the receiving end! :lol:

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Nice.

 

Don't forget to add "DPA Request" in big letters at the beginning of the letter, just in case there's any doubt that it's what you're asking for! I know it's obvious from the contents of your letter, but dont over-estimate the intelligence of the people at the receiving end! :lol:

 

 

Yup, I have done.


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So everyone thinks this sounds ok then do they?


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Right, I hope it was ok, because I've just sent it.


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I feel better already!


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Received a reply today:

 

Dear Monkey,

 

request for information

 

Thank you for your request for a copy of some of your personal data. This was accepted for processing on 14 March 2006.

 

The charges information that you have specifically requested is contained within the accounts' statements. I will arrange to provice you with copies of your accounts statements, as detailed in your letter. The bank only retains information of this nature for six years. I beleive the information regarding manual intervention can be found in Reference Book and Martini Note, and I will provide you with copies of these notes. Should you requires additional information please contact me as soon as possible to discuss your exact requirements.

 

As you are aware, under the terms of the Data Protection Act we must respond within 40 days from receipt of your application.

 

The data will be forwarded to you by courier and your signature will be required by the courier to acknowledge receipt.

 

If you require any further guidance regarding your data, please telephone me on the above number extension 66787. My office hours are Monday to Friday 9.00am to 3.00pm.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Lind Young

Data Security Manager

 

Thoughts please?


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Reference Book and Martini Note
What's that?

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Reference Book and Martini Note
What's that?

 

I quoted the letter word for word Bankfodder, so your guess is as good as mine. Presumably, that is their name for the systems they use??


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I have received the details that I requested. Delivered by DHL at 0650hrs this morning).

 

Complete statement set, and system notes.

 

I'm, just calculating the fee's now.

 

Very interesting quote from their notes on my account (quoted word for word):

 

 

 

First Direct said:

 

Customer advised he has some cheques that will possibly present to account before salary. These cheques are £7.50 each and are used for getting travel to work. Customer advised if possible not to return cheques. Advised customer no guarantee as system can return".

 

This surely demonstrates that there is no manual intervention with regards to unpaid cheques, doesn't it??


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Very interesting all round - did they say why they were using a courier? Perhaps there was some phrase in your original letter that implied a 'sit up and listen' approach, or have you given them a good kicking in the past?

 

Additionally, the note about "customer requests non-cancellation" does imply automation, but also their apparent inability to intervene. After all, it is clear that you explained something to them, and their internal processes prevented them from treating the request 'on it's own merits...' - or even with due consideration and sympathy.


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Very interesting all round - did they say why they were using a courier? Perhaps there was some phrase in your original letter that implied a 'sit up and listen' approach, or have you given them a good kicking in the past?

 

Additionally, the note about "customer requests non-cancellation" does imply automation, but also their apparent inability to intervene. After all, it is clear that you explained something to them, and their internal processes prevented them from treating the request 'on it's own merits...' - or even with due consideration and sympathy.

 

Exactly. The worst thing is, they're actually a really good bank IMHO when it comes to service. They've only let me down on a handful of occasions (i.e they couldn't or wouldn't do something which I asked of them). It's just the charges, I've now got a figure....


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Total figure is £1759 (that is WITHOUT debit interest, or the 8% interest permissable by court)

 

Minus 2xFee refunds, one for £75.00 and theother for £5.00

 

Grand Total = £1679.00


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title change.

 

Edit: It didn't work. :(


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It will be interesting to see if you get the 3 x '10 working days' letters, followed by the

'We do not agree these charges are unreasonable' letter,

as my daughter and mondeo recieved.

Or if they just refund like they did edinburgheire.

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Hi Vix, yes, I've read edinburgwhatever his name is' thread, and yours and mondeo's too.

 

We'll wait and see, but they'll be getting only 2x14 days from me (14 days for prelim letter, and 14 for LBA).

 

I hope they just roll over and pay it, I don't want it go to court as I'll have trouble scraping together the £100+ quid to begin the proceedings.

 

Ideal scenario (other than them settling in full) will be that they'll refund a few hundred quid as goodwill, and then I'll have the cash to take them to court. Otherwise it'll be a little while before I can take them to court I think.


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That's the problem with my daughter. Shes got a baby and on income support so has to apply for exemption from court fees.

We've waited a week for proof of income and don't know how long it will take to assess her elegibility.

However, will post it all to Sheffield Combined Courts today and see what happens.

By the way, thanks for your kind offer of support. If it goes to court we'll be grateful, if its a convenient date/time for you.

My daughters panicing already and we've not even posted the form!!!!!!


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Well I'm not on benefits, I work ful time, I'm just skint due to, guess what....Bank Charges!

 

As long as I get plenty of notice from you, I'll try and book the day off work and come along to court with you as I'm only a 20 minute train ride away from Sheffield.


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Thats very kind of you. But having a day off will make you skinter. (such a word?)

I like to think I'm not a stupid person. I work for an accountants office doing VAT and book-keeping, all computerised, and am, therefore, au fait with finances and financial matters.

I have spent hours and hours reading posts and faq's on here, especially the last few weeks as I'm off work due to an op, and very bored, and I DO understand the fundamentals, although bookworm gets a bit frustrated with me sometimes!!! (I can tell by the tone of the replies.)

But I know in a court situation I will be so nervous that all the knowledge will be there but not come out right.

That's if I'm allowed to speak on my daughters behalf.

Also, everyone else seems to be 'darn sarth' if you know what I mean, so its nice to know others are nearby.


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But I know in a court situation I will be so nervous that all the knowledge will be there but not come out right.That's if I'm allowed to speak on my daughters behalf.

Bank Fodder has posted a sensible bit of advice on this, somewhere in the library, called Familiarisation. The gist is that you go to the court a few days early, and ask the usher if you can sit in on a case to see what it's all about.

 

This had never occured to me, and is something I intend to do. The last thing I want on the day is to make a hash of it all through lack of familiarity...if you have the time, it may give you the confidence you need.


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Thats a great idea. Unfortunately, as my daughter has a small baby I'm not sure she'll be able to do that and attend the actual court hearing. I'm trying to make loads of notes for her from different areas of the site, just in case, but as you can imagine, I am absorbing most of the info myself. I think shes hoping they'll let me speak for her but as I said before I'm not sure that allowed.


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You could always ask the usher some advice on that - can a parent act as advocate for the child if the child is very nervous. It's clearly a 50/50 answer...which would help one of you be better prepared.


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Shes not actually a child, shes 26 but not very confident.

I think I've seen before in a post by either Dave or Bankfodder that they may let someone else speak, but when we get a date I will ring the court and make some enquiries. Thanks for the advice.


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Just re-read the thread and I feel like I've hijacked Monkeys thread. Before I get 'done' my apologies Monkey, it was unintentional.


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Thats very kind of you. But having a day off will make you skinter. (such a word?)

 

Nah, I'll just take it as a holiday day so it's no skin off my nose anyway!


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