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1.3 from 435 reviews

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Gui M.

Gui M.Sydney, NSW

  • 2 reviews

Avoid like the plague

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I had an account with them.
The uber-complicated and convoluted authentication between app and desktop site was soul destroying as the user is NOT prompted to check code from the app and vice versa.
I called the call centre in 2 occasion and they were helpful BUT it defeats the purpose of self serving online or via the app.
In addition, poor exchange rates and supporting Beijing vice on HK...so not all in all not for me!
(I only considered them for international accounts and currencies).
Go to Transferwise instead!

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Kylie D

Kylie DSouth East Queensland, QLD

  • 2 reviews

Home loans from a third world bank

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Omid G

Omid GSydney, NSW

Worst Experience Ever

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I have filled an application for a new credit card and after almost 2 weeks back and forth and providing too much unnecessary information and documents, my application has been approved for just half of what I have asked for. No one informed me about what has been approved. No Email, No calls.
I have an excellent credit history, just one credit card and solid income. I cancelled the card and now I have that unwanted card in my credit report.
Thanks for not caring about your costumers.

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TopicCredit Card Application
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DO NOT USE

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So extremely difficult to transfer money out of this bank. DO NOT USE THIS BANK YOU WILL REGRET IT.. Customer staff good but their whole banking system sucks. I am ringing the ombudsman.

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Poor bank of Australia

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Over 2 years i havent found it reliable. Extremely poor customer service. Please look other way and walk away dont waste time here its not worth it thanks alot hope.

Here is a tip they care less of customers they have 0% interest in customer service it all comes from inadequate childhood trauma its all known as cptsd but they use customers as scapegoat blame and shame and really humiliate them self in progress.

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TopicATM Experience, General Transactions and New Account
Phil

PhilGreater Melbourne (Metropolitan), VIC

I would NEVER recommend HSBC !!!!!

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I would NEVER, did i say NEVER recommend HSBC for any services. I applied online for a loan of $3000 and i checked my own credit rating which was moderate and went through all the processes they required which was extensive and was declined. I have no mortgage own my own premises have and have very limited liabilities and only went to them as i purchased outdoor blinds and they offered interest free terms for 12 months so thought i might as well use there money like everyone else. They were soo rude over the phone and would not disclose why i was declined. $3000 are you kidding me !!!!. HSBC the more people i can tell never to deal with them the better !!!!!

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TopicCredit Card Application
Heather

HeatherMetropolitan Adelaide, SA

Call Centre Chaos

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TopicNew Account
Gillian R.

Gillian R.South East Queensland, QLD

Terrible banking experience

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Our banking experience with HSBC has been terrible. Firstly, I can't transfer money to my other bank or anywhere else because the online app security code generator button has gone AWOL.
We are trying to refinance our mortgage to move away from HSBC. Original settlement date was 29 June. HSBC has now pushed it back 4 times and we are now crossing our fingers it will be 6 August.

If I could give no stars at all, I would

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Worst bank to deal with ever! Paid off my credit card "it will take one day to clear, please call back tomorrow"... charges me interest on imaginary purchases... "you still owe $x so cant close the account"... pay and call back next day... "we can't close your account because of xyz"... every single day for a month now! Keep getting put on hold, then transferred to India then told the same thing time and again with no solutions at all. Worst bank ever!!!! Seriously, if you can- DO NOT SIGN UP! I am not rude or impatient HSBC is just the worst.

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Nick L.

Nick L.Sydney, NSW

  • 2 reviews
  • 1 like

Worst banking experience - avoid like the plague

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Avoid at all cost! Massive issues on all fronts. I could not perform simple functions such as transferring funds out of the account without calling for support to reset digital security keys. The Online banking interface is horrendous and is largely dependant on the app for digital security keys to perform transfers. I could not see or search transactions that appeared on the app. Call centres are offshore and present a security risk. WIll be closing my account ASAP.

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TopicGeneral Transactions and New Account
Marc H.

Marc H.Perth, WA

HSBC worst bank I've ever dealt with

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I've been with HSBC for a couple of years now and I can't wait to finish the current project and close the accounts for good. HSBC has the worst customer service I've ever experienced. They ask for the same information over and over again and wasted a lot of my time. The info has to be provided via postal mail. Who on earth still requires hard copies in this time and age.
When you finally receive a response to your emails the English was so poor I had no idea what they were on about.
AVOID HSBC AT ALL COST!!! I wouldn't open another account if they would lend me money for free.

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TopicBusiness Banking, General Transactions and New Account
Michael K.

Michael K.

  • 2 reviews
  • 1 like

Makes the simplest things difficult.

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Signed up for the deposit bonus.
Just now tried to do a simple BPAY.
Half an hour later, still trying.
Not sure now if $100 deposit bonus is worth it.

Sally M

Sally MSydney, NSW

  • 4 reviews
  • 1 like

Hardest Bank to deal with

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Ive been with this bank for 15years. Since a few years ago they changed their security procedures and OMG they have made is to cumbersome to try and access your own money. You have to go through multiple steps over and over again, you have to have a token on you at all times if you want to do any online banking and if you call their call center and get someone from the Phillipines you might as well just hang up... They have limited branches, but when you call up to get help you are told to go into a branch.
for all of these reasons i decided to close my account with them and now they tell me cos i have a balance in my account i have to pay a $5 admin fee to close the account!!

jdeleon

jdeleonGreater Melbourne (Outer), VIC

Update Email Address

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I just wanted to update my email address. I tried doing this on-line but you have to provide all the irrelevant data that they need including country of birth and current employment data. I tried going to the bank branch so they can do the update for me. Unfortunately they are still adamant in getting the same data as the on-line before they can update the email address. I left frustrated at their inflexibility and indifference of their staff.

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Dan

DanMetropolitan Adelaide, SA

Restricted ability to withdraw your funds

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Ryan Lewis

Ryan LewisSydney, NSW

  • 8 reviews
  • 3 likes

Messages with HSBC disappear in 30 days

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Had opened an HSBC Everyday Global account with the BUPA offer which offered $150 if you deposit $2000 every month for 3 months. Received an email after account opening that I would get $100. Reached out to HSBC support through the messages option in online banking. They confirmed it was sent by error and I would get $150. I have now met the criteria and I received just $100.
The issue is that the message interactions with HSBC are automatically wiped out after 30 days so there is no trace. But all of their alerts sent to you last forever which seems dodgy. Thankfully I have taken screenshots of the conversations. Now working with customer service to get the balance. Such a waste banking with HSBC.

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Horrible, refusing to close account

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Horrific experience, awful online systems are glitchy, cumbersome and the worst I have come across. The call centre is often closed, even when it's scheduled to be open and to top it off the bank has been refusing to close my account over a period of 6 months even though my savings account has a zero balance, because "interest is accruing". I have had to escalate the situation to APRA. I strongly advise you do not consider this bank under any circumstance.

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Joanne

JoanneSydney, NSW

Not reliable!

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After 3 years with HSBC I decided to refinance with another bank. HSBC postponed my settlement date four times with no reasons provided. Normally it takes approximately 10 days for banks to process a discharge, however it has been two months and I am still waiting. I have made formal complaints and have not heard back. I will now have to contact the Financial Ombudsman to resolve this. I have learnt my lesson to never deal with HSBC again.

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SAL

SALGreater Melbourne (Metropolitan), VIC

  • 2 reviews

They simply don't care!

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I've been HSBC customer for more than 5 years. I used to have home loan with them, have refinanced with other bank ever since. Communication was hard, sometimes I got no response and being assigned a home loan manger made things even harder, I didn't get response if he was on leave. They simply don't care whether you want to stay or leave, never make attempt to have discussion with you. Trust me, you won't see this until you need to contact them to fix issue. I've been banking with many banks small and large in the last 15 years, and HSBC is right at the bottom of the list when it comes to communication and customer care. One star is for them to exist as a bank.

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bach

bachSydney, NSW

  • 3 reviews

Great Service

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TopicLoan Application
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Has anyone had a bad experience exchanging foreign currency with HSBC?

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I have just opened an account and then I read the reviews. I am now thinking twice about transferring some money. What ia the bank going to do to address these issues?

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Steve P
Steve P

The bank does nothing.
Once it has your account that's all that matters.
No customer service from that point on.

Fired Up
Fired Up

Nothing because people just use this site only to ‘keyboard complain’ rather than contacting the bank directly to address their issues.

ben dover
ben dover

Ask the bank but my guess is NOTHING

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Is HSBC the worlds global bank
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is it the worlds rudest bank?

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Joe1959
Joe1959

Definitely the rudest and there are so many better choices out there. From now on I am sticking with the NAB.

Mink
Mink

The rudest, most inefficient, expensive and most difficult to deal with - and coming from an ex employee. Stick with the local banks with efficient processes and appropriate resources located within Australia.

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Ex HSBC

Rude, costly and incompetent. Hugely frustrating to deal with. A bank getting worse and being left behind.

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