Life in Dubai

Harassment of the Innocent

Banks in the U.A.E., typical of financial institutions, are nothing but bullies. Anything for the quick easy dirham. If they can find a way to slav some kind of extra payment on you for a loan or credit card, they will.
I recall when the bank taking a double installment of 1800 AED (total 3600) once while paying off a personal loan. They were only supposed to take 1800 AED. I immediately took a screenshot of that message and statement that day. I complained to the bank, and they reimbursed me 900 AED. What happened to the other 900 AED?

If you think that I’m joking, here, read this…

The collections department in banks play a lot of games to take double of whatever you owe them.

I received a call from this number (09 2058100), constantly harassing me over the fact that my brother was late on one payment on his credit card. Amer, the guy on the phone, supposedly working for FGB (First Gulf Bank), had the nerve to ask me why I wasn’t lending my brother the money to make the payment. As if my financial standing was any of his business.
I told him that I would talk to my brother and that he would take it up with the bank. But don’t think that it was enough. He kept on calling me repeatedly. One call right after the other. I told him to stop. He kept on disturbing me at work the whole day. I repeatedly asked him to stop harassing me. He asked me whom I preferred him to harass – me or my aunt. He then threatened to send people to my aunt’s place in Sri Lanka to harass her.
I told him to stop or I will report the number to the police. That did not deter him. Until I just now answered the phone and screamed “AAAAARRRRRRGH” at him…
After that I did and he ceased, I began to think that this was his plan the whole time – to push me beyond breaking point. I have a feeling that I have not heard the last of him. He is going to do it again tomorrow. I can pretty much see him laughing and joking with his colleagues and describing how he got me to crack. If not for the fun of it, why would he do this?
This is typical of a bully.

I am not the person in the wrong. Why am I the one being harassed? This man seems determined to harass you no reason. Why does FGB hire these thugs?
Why collections department calling me all the way from remote Fujairah? Does that makes it easy for the cowards to call threaten & harass us?
According to my brother, he has already paid them. Even many times over in interest as well and yet they still want more. I suppose no one is telling their collections department that part or maybe they just don’t care. Its all in a day’s fun I suppose.

I sincerely hope that someone in FGB senior management sees this. Stop Harassing Innocent people and then maybe you’d have my respect back.

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