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04-09-2009 10:32 PM
I recently had a problem with Amex today. I've been a card member since 1993 and have never paid late or missed any payments. Also I have never had an Amex charged off or brought up in bankruptcies.
Today went online to update my phone information with my Amex card and they told me that they cancelled my card. Not because I had any negative business with them just because my but because on two of my account my balance was close to the credit limit. Also all of my cards are paid on time without any missed payments.
When I tried to reapply for another amex card this is what I received:
"Thank you for your recent application for Blue from American Express. After reviewing your request, regrettably, we are unable to open an account for you at this time for the following reason(s):
American Express cancelled your previous account(s).
An important notice concerning your rights is included. The creditor is American Express Centurion Bank.
Thank you for your interest in our service."
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So I got blacklisted because I paid my account on time have a credit score OVER 700 and because they cancelled my card they cant approve me for another one.
Does anybody have any suggestions what I should do?
04-09-2009 11:44 PM
I wouldn't cry over losing an AmEx card. I've heard a lot of people (both customers as well as vendors) are fed up with them. They are also doing a massive cancellation of their accounts; from some reports I've heard they're paying up to $250 for cardholders to cancel their accounts.
I would say, just go for another Visa, MasterCard or Discover. Don't cry over AmEx.
04-09-2009 11:58 PM
It if weren't for me having the 16 year relationship on my credit report I would hell no problem but does it look bad on the credit report when the creditor closes the account on someone?
04-10-2009 07:25 AM - edited 04-10-2009 07:30 AM
It will have some bad effects because you have high balances on closed accounts and they were closed by the credit grantor.
This is going to kill your utilization percentages.....a balance without an offsetting CL.
Ideally, if an account is closed, it is best from a future lender's perspective if it is "Closed by consumer" "$0 Balance" "Paid as agreed" "Never Late"
Having it closed by the creditor and having a remaining balance is bad for FICO and for LO review.
Once you PIF, this will help to minimize the impact because the account will remain on your CR for 10 years from close date, so it will continue to age and help AAoA during that time. Once PIF, the only remaining thing that you would prefer to be different is who it says closed the account.
If you are able to PIF the accounts, possibly try sending the check for full payment with a letter requesting the accounts to be closed and CR marked closed by consumer. Sort of a GW approach to the "closed by" part. I have no idea if there is a chance....but you will have to pay it off anyway (either over time, by transfer or by lump) and if you could manage to get a change in the closed by, then PIF and closed by consumer is the ideal CR entry if the account is going to be closed.
Let us know what happens and good luck
04-10-2009 09:10 AM
04-10-2009 04:15 PM
Thanks for all the help. My balance is only like $300 dollars on the account and the day before I paided them $550 before they cancelled the account. so I'll try and see if I can get the status changed to closed by credit consumer instead of credit grantor.
04-10-2009 10:41 PM
04-11-2009 06:22 AM