The bank told him its system automatically detected and reimbursed any late payment fees (although not the interest, which was reimbursed after Ravi pointed this out to the bank). The bank suggested alternative ways of paying, including paying before the due date, paying by automatic payment, or paying at a branch or ATM.
Ravi said the bank’s terms and conditions were misleading because they indicated the bank would backdate a payment if there any delay in crediting it to an account. He wanted the bank to change its system. The bank said this was not possible, and Ravi complained to us.
We considered the term “delay” was intended to cover situations other than normal processing times, so the bank’s terms and conditions were not misleading. However, we considered the bank could make it clearer that the bill payment method could potentially result in late payments.
We did not uphold Ravi's complaint, and the bank agreed to update its terms and conditions to make clearer the potential for late payments.Print this page