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Barclays Bank

Postby Trooperman » Sun May 22, 2022 4:18 pm

I've just received an SMS message that Barclays Bank intends to close my UK bank account solely on the grounds that I live outside the UK and in an EEA country.

Has this happened to anyone else?

I checked to see if it was a scam and the information is replicated on their web site.

I retained the account so that some UK company pension payments could be received in the UK as I have/had this, perhaps, out-dated notion that a UK account was somehow "safer".

However, despite being told directly some couple of years back that there was no intention of them doing this to ex-pats, it now seems the policy has changed.

My opinion of Barclays?..............unprintable! :thumbdown:
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Re: Barclays Bank

Postby elusive » Sun May 22, 2022 4:45 pm

Theres been several reports of this on brexpats f book grouo. They did it a few years back mainly relating to credit cards rather than accounts. Pretty much impossible to open a standard uk account as a non res. Maybe look at getting the pension sent direct to spain but that might incur a fee from the pension provider or other people are using a transfer account like wise (formally transferwise)

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Re: Barclays Bank

Postby gerryh » Sun May 22, 2022 4:45 pm

Yes, I have also received the same message.
Got until 22nd Nov to do something about it.
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Re: Barclays Bank

Postby Trooperman » Sun May 22, 2022 6:11 pm

As I alluded to, I did fear some years ago that this might happen so I took some hedging action!
One of those alternatives is mentioned by Elusive (above in a reply). Does anyone have any direct experience of Transferwise (now called Wise) as to its efectivemenss in replacing a UK bank for payments in and paymnenst online?
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Re: Barclays Bank

Postby Pamela1 » Sun May 22, 2022 6:13 pm

Try Nationwide.

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Re: Barclays Bank

Postby ashtondav » Sun May 22, 2022 6:26 pm

Trooperman wrote: Sun May 22, 2022 6:11 pm As I alluded to, I did fear some years ago that this might happen so I took some hedging action!
One of those alternatives is mentioned by Elusive (above in a reply). Does anyone have any direct experience of Transferwise (now called Wise) as to its efectivemenss in replacing a UK bank for payments in and paymnenst online?
Yes. All direct debits (including ibi) paid from wise. Movistar was the only problem as they wanted to surcharge for the privilege

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Re: Barclays Bank

Postby elusive » Sun May 22, 2022 6:41 pm

Have you got any family in the uk as some people are being able to keep them open if they just use a uk address and the bank are ok with it..


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