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Trick TD used to steal your $300 when opening chequing account

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Trick TD used to steal your $300 when opening chequing account

So I invested $4000 for $300 interest (7.5% return) by creating a TD chequing a few months ago, the so-called "financial service representative" suggested I set up a $50 monthly deposit into a TSFA Savings account, which would fulfill requirement no 2. circled in red from image below. Later I set up a recurring direct deposit for my pay cheque, which would fulfill requirement no 1. I thought I did everything right. Three months later, a few days before deadline, I still didn't get the $300, so I called telephone banking. Turned out the $50 monthly deposit into a TSFA Savings account doesn't count, you actually need something like recurring payment for sth like electricity bill, not simply transferring fund to another account.

So the "financial service representative" either lied or had no idea what he's talking out.

I ended up paying my credit card bill, just 2 days before deadline (fulfilling requirement 3), and managed to get the $300. Had I missed the deadline, they would weasel their way out of paying me.

After that, I pulled all funds, leaving only enough money to waive the fee until I can close the account.

Later I will open and close a chequing account in every bank that has this offer.
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It's pretty clear what the 3 options are... And you can do all of those things yourself

Also, from the fine print.... "The $300 will be deposited to the New Account within 12 weeks after all conditions have been met"

How do you know it wasn't the TFSA that triggered it?
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Another thread where you are a victim of financial institution or inept real estate agent.

Wow... Your life really must suck... So much bad luck.
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BiegeToyota wrote: Another thread where you are a victim of financial institution or inept real estate agent.

Wow... Your life really must suck... So much bad luck.
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TheMeat wrote: Content appropriate for the forum.

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KanataKG wrote:

How do you know it wasn't the TFSA that triggered it?
You mean tfsa is qualified?
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TFSA didn't quality according to the TD employee helping me on the phone, he wasn't sure either.

I insisted on getting to the bottom of this, and the guy ended up contacting his supervisor to get the answer.

The pre-authorized debit payment cannot be paid to yourself (eg: transferring $50 to a savings account).
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TheMeat wrote: TFSA didn't quality according to the TD employee helping me on the phone, he wasn't sure either.

I insisted on getting to the bottom of this, and the guy ended up contacting his supervisor to get the answer.

The pre-authorized debit payment cannot be paid to yourself (eg: transferring $50 to a savings account).
The only instance where a PAD can be "to yourself" is occasionally with debits to Tangerine Savings, given the way they code their transactions. Otherwise, a PAD is typically regarded as some form of bill payment (i.e. utilities, cell phone, etc.), hence why it's called a "debit". It would nice to see the fine print of the promo, but this really hardly seems to be a case of TD trying to "trick" you. The CSR just mis-informed you; in fact, I'd say you were trying to "trick" the system with some lame/lazy attempt at fulfilling the PAD requirement. The purpose of these promos is clearly to bring money & transactions into the bank; not for you to play pass with money between your own accounts - that is not profitable.

Rule of thumb - always take a CSR's "word" with a grain of salt. Most often than not, they don't know much about their promotions. T&Cs will always prevail regardless of what you're told (unless you raise a BIG stink), it's good practice to read them.
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Bank employees that don’t know their shit, isn’t that the worst of incompetence
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OP, I've posted across multiple threads that the easy way to hit the pre-auth withdrawals for big bank chq account promos (especially TD CT) is by using PayTM, AmEx or CTFS no pre-auth bill pay. You get to set these pulls up manually, one at a time, and loot.

I guess you haven't been following the threads.

@CalgaryBen also posted the methodology.
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titaniumtux wrote: OP, I've posted across multiple threads that the easy way to hit the pre-auth withdrawals for big bank chq account promos (especially TD CT) is by using PayTM, AmEx or CTFS no pre-auth bill pay. You get to set these pulls up manually, one at a time, and loot.

I guess you haven't been following the threads.

@CalgaryBen also posted the methodology.
Can confirm this, I fulfilled the requirements in 8 days and verified with a TD CSR.
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all that for $300? thats why theres a "catch" infact if i saw that offer, i would tell them to keep it, those are not worth it in my humble opinion
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