The amount XXX.XX is past due. Please pay now to avoid interruption.. Next to it, they had an option Pay Now.
I was in a rush to just get the bill paid, so I figured I wouldn't have too much of a problem. I scroll down to the bottom of the screen, click the checkbox saying I read an Agreement that is somehow necessary to perform a simple payment, and then hit Submit.Apparently, I was the victim of a bait-and-switch billing system. One that when you select one option, selects the other option on the next page.
I got TWO confirmation emails saying that 171.10 would be deducted from my bank account. I IMMEDIATELY contacted verizon, could not get a person by phone and got onto the "live chat" option. The person that I spoke with (after four tries to explain) ASSURED ME that only ONE payment was scheduled.
One payment was deducted from my bank account on April 3rd. GUESS WHAT? The SECOND payment, for exactly the same amount was deducted AGAIN today, April 6th.
I contacted Verizon and after talking to two people, waiting for almost an hour, I got the message that I would receive a refund in 7 to 10 business days. It's ok to auto deduct from MY account, by when Verizon makes a mistake, they take 7 to 10 days! That's nice. The 171.10 deducted the second time cause a check to bounce.
Fee: 35$. That caused a second check to bounce. Fee: 35$. I had enough to cover the two checks WITHOUT the extra 171.10 being debited. So now am short 171.10 + 70.00, thanks to Verizon's error. I asked the billing office about paying the 35$ fee due to their error and they transferred me to finance. Finance told me to call the 800 number tomorrow and speak with billing, then disconnected me.
When I looked into this practice, I see that Verizon has known about this problem for a long long time, - that the bill pay page is deceptive and takes you to another page, which then doubles the payment. I want this overdraft fee refunded to me and I want this deceptive practice stopped!