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Has anyone had luck using Backdoor number to nudge Citi secured to graduate?

designated_knitter
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Has anyone had luck using Backdoor number to nudge Citi secured to graduate?

I have a Citi secured card that I opened exactly 2 years ago with a 1000 dollar deposit.  

At 18 months, I got the dreaded "we're keeping your money hostage for another 12 months ".

 

I have perfect payment history with them.  Have had heavy usage.  Often PIF, sometimes moderate balance reporting.  Have actually sock-drawers it the last few months since getting approved for my navy cards.

 

I would really like my thousand bucks back.  I would love to keep a relationship with Citi but not if they're going to keep my money for nothing.

 

Has anyone had luck pleading their case and getting Citi to graduate their card by talking to someone using the back door number?  If so, what would I say?

 

If they won't graduate at this point, should I cut bait and move on?  Don't need the account for utilization.  It is one of my oldest cards but I have 4 others that are of the same vintage or older.

 

Thanks in advance for your thoughts!

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calyx
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Re: Has anyone had luck using Backdoor number to nudge Citi secured to graduate?

It looks like you just have 6months to go on their extension - so, I'd weigh a 6month wait against how annoyed you are, how much you could use that money elsewhere (even if it's just liquid savings).    If you can wait out the 6 months it might be worth it (just sock drawer it and forget it until then).  

I'm not going to stan for Citi, but if they do graduate it, the DP can be product changed to most of the rest of their line up (at 6 or 12 months), and you can keep that long line.       I can't entirely say what i would do in your shoes, but I probably woudn't have patience beyond their extension.

As for using the backdoor numbers - I know of people who have called them, and some of them have gotten good information, but I don't think it's worked for graduating the card.

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FinStar
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Re: Has anyone had luck using Backdoor number to nudge Citi secured to graduate?

In the countless Citi secured threads that I've come across here and other forums, calling the "backdoor" numbers doesn't nudge unsecuring the card.  It's an automatic and system-driven process -- much like BoA, Discover and NFCU, for example.

 

You can try it for science, perhaps you can share it with the rest of the community, but I doubt they'll budge based on their current internal policies.

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NRB525
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Re: Has anyone had luck using Backdoor number to nudge Citi secured to graduate?

I am intrigued by your siggy, "lesson learned, don't poke the bear!"  In bold.  

This sort of call would be poking the bear.

 

If your intent is to close the Citi card, then a call would be appropriate. If it really is only 6 more months, I'd be inclined to avoid bear poking.  Citi might turn into a useful card after graduation. 

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designated_knitter
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Re: Has anyone had luck using Backdoor number to nudge Citi secured to graduate?

Yeah, the poking the bear was learned trying to dispute a synchrony derogatory... caused it to update and appear as if it was a fresh CO as opposed to having occurred over 3 years ago.

 

I asked the question because when I mentioned this card earlier in the year someone suggested I try the backdoor number.  I guess I'll put down the stick for another 6 months and see what happens.  As I said, would really like to have an in with Citi, though less important than it once was.

 

Thanks for the feedback, everyone.

Started Over Again after Cap1 Death Penalty:
06/15/2019:
03/02/2021:
04/06/2021:
05/28/2021:
Lesson Learned: DON'T POKE THE BEAR!!! THE BEAR WILL WIN!!!
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