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I wasn't sure where to post this, but perhaps someone could help...I'm not sure how to proceed or what rights I have as a consumer--

 

A few months ago $1,350 in traveler's checks was stolen from me during a trip to Thailand along with a few other things from my bag. I did the right thing and reported the checks stolen. I notified American Express as well as the local police. The police took the report and gave me signed a statement regarding the theft.

On the American Express website they write that, “Your money is always safe with travelers cheques”, and just below that they add that if your money is lost or stolen, it will usually be refunded within 24 hours. I was sure that all it would take would be a few phone calls, faxes, and I would get my money back safely just like American Express claims.

The nightmare began when I called American Express to report the stolen travelers cheques. Right off, the representative told me that I would probably not get my money back within 24 hours as the website claims, and that I should try to find another way to get money (I was stuck with just $100 in Thailand). They said it would likely be a long process.

In the subsequent months, I found myself having countless discussions with customer representatives, sending dozens of emails along with photocopied documents, bank account statements, my lease agreement (to prove where I live), and answering dozens of questions that included my height and weight and many other extraneous details.

If I had just lost $50 or $100 dollars, I might have given up, as I’m sure many people do, but the amount stolen from me was so great that I keep trying. I kept up with calling, e-mailing, photocopies, faxes, and everything else.

After months of this process, I finally received a letter from American Express stating that they refused to give me back my money even though the checks were cancelled and cannot be used. They claimed, “There is insufficient substantiation that any cheques were lost/stolen from you.” In addition, they now claim that all further communication with them must be conducted through written documents only, so basically calling them does me no good.

One word describes the customer service at American Express: Indifference.

 

I’m 33 years old, I have two degrees – one in mathematics and the other in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering – I’m clearly not a crook or a [problem] artist. There is no reason for them to treat me with such indifference and lack of respect. I will never use American Express Travelers Cheques ever again, and I encourage you all to learn from my mistakes.

What should I do now?

Have others encountered this same problem with American Express?

 

Thank you all!

 

(Admin, feel free to move this to the best folder, I wasn't sure quite where to post.)

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Hello tal, can you confirm where you are living and which country you used to get the cheques and which country you have been talking with on the phone please?

 

What did you use to purchase them, cash, card or bank cheque?

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I used cash to purchase the Travelers Cheques and I bought them from my bank (not some shady institution or something)...

They were stolen from me in Thailand, and I've been dealing with the AmEx customer service in the U.S.

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And where are you located at the moment??

 

Your bank in which country ?

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Please answer the further questions so we can try to advise further.

I can see from your contact that you had some reservations about posting some specific details,but I can assure you that the CAG has no indifferences to race,ethnic or political sphere against any person who comes here for the purpose of seeking advice.

The crux may be the legal procedures involved in forcing AMEX to comply with their terms and conditions and be seen to be discharging its duty in your location.


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i had a similar problem with Amex many years ago, in the end a call and letter from a solicitor was enough for them to refund the cheques. i even had an interview with a representative in Las Vegas who was like their in house police. Very intimidating and unnecessary.

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