My name is Tee and I opened an account with Varo around December of 2017. I started to get direct deposit from my job and Social Security in January 2018. So from January until April, my job checks and SS was being deposited in my account. Even my IRS tax return was deposited. So, like a week ago, SS deposited a lump sum in my account, from four years of retroactive payments.
Varo immediately froze my account (on a Thursday evening). It has been a week and a day, and I haven’t had any access to any of my money. My work check, tax return and my daughter SSI check are on hold. I called repeatedly and emailed, and they told me to send over my ID, social security card and proof of residency. I did just that. They closed my account. How is SS money fraudulent when all you had to do is call and verify funds?
So, they sent my lump sum back to Social Security, closed my account and still haven’t sent my remaining money to me, which they claimed in a check. They have no direct phone number to call them, just by email. They ignored all my emails. They have over $3600 of my money and won't return it. I have kids and bills and had to borrow money (which I never do) to get by. I had to switch banks, change all my direct deposits. So aggravated. I still haven’t received my lump sum money because it’s a process when you change accounts.
Please DON'T use this bank! They will close your account and they don’t have to give you a good reason why. I guess black people can't have money. Well, I work hard, and I should be treated as such.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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Hi Tee - Hi Diane, I'm sorry to hear about your experience. We work hard to protect against fraud and identity theft. We try very hard to stop all the bad guys while accepting all the well-intentioned customers, but sometimes our analysis misses the mark. We work to refine the analysis to get better over time. We appreciate your interest in Varo and wish you the best of luck going forward.