OOPS! Overdraft Opt-in Privilege Service
Unforeseen circumstances happen to us all and usually at the wrong time! Whether it's a checkbook miscalculation or an unexpected expense, we understand mistakes happen and emergencies arise. With Overdraft Opt-in Privilege Service (aka OOPS!) we have you covered! For eligible accounts, OOPS! allows us to honor your withdrawal items even if it causes your account to become overdrawn (limitations apply). Opt-In today and take comfort in knowing you can prevent the inconvenience and embarrassment that comes from those occasional "oops!" in your checking account!
Sometimes, unanticipated expenses or unforeseen problems can leave you with too little cash in your checking account. Having a check returned due to insufficient funds can be costly, inconvenient and potentially damaging to your credit. At The Bank of Georgia, we discourage overdrafts. Rather, we'd like to see you manage your checking account responsibly. We do, however, want to save you from additional merchant fees and possible harm to your credit history that might result if a check is returned. That's why we provide Overdraft Opt-in Privilege Service (aka OOPS!), a special overdraft service for our eligible customers. With OOPS! you may:
- Protect your accounts and your credit
- Avoid rejected purchases and merchant NSF charges
- Have additional peace of mind
*There is no cost for Overdraft Privilege unless you use it; however, you will be our normal Insufficient (NSF) fee for paid and returned items of $38.00 for each item presented.
For additional information on OOPS! go to "What OOPS! Covers" and "FAQ" by clicking on the above tabs.
*If your account is overdrawn for 10 or more consecutive business days, you will be charged an additional $40. You should make every attempt to bring your account to a positive end-of-day balance as soon as possible, and must do so within 30 calendar days. If you are not able to do so, you will receive a letter from us informing you that your Overdraft Privilege limit has been suspended, what your repayment options are, and additional items will be returned. To avoid the closing of your account and submission of information to credit reporting agencies, your account must be brought to a positive balance within 45 days. There is no limit to the total fees we can charge you for overdrawing your account. We pay overdrafts at our discretion, which means we cannot guarantee that we will always authorize and pay any type of transaction. However, if you don't opt in, we cannot approve your transaction and it will be declined if you do not have the funds to cover it.
- What OOPS! Covers
OOPS! coverage is generally included when you open an eligible TBOG checking account. With overdraft privilege the Bank may pay your overdraft items up to $500.00 if your account is in good standing (See FAQ or you Overdraft Privilege Disclosure for additional information). You will be charged the normal Insufficient (NSF) fee for paid items in transactions eligible for overdraft privilege coverage.
Transactions eligible for overdraft privilege coverage:
- ACH Transactions
- Withdrawals made in person at the teller window
- Internet Banking Transfers
- Telephone Banking Transfers
- Preauthorized Automatic Transfers, including online bill payments
- ATM Transactions*
- Debit Card Transactions*
*OOPS! will only be available for ATM and everyday debit card transactions if you authorize The Bank of Georgia by opting-in to pay those transaction types. If you opted-in to authorize overdraft privilege for ATM transactions, you should verify your balance before initiating an ATM withdrawal.
Please note: The bank cannot authorize and pay overdrafts for the following types of transactions unless you ask us to by opting in:
- ATM transactions
- One-time everyday check card (debit card) transactions (non-recurring transactions)
- Overdraft Privilege
Click on the "FAQ" tab above to learn additional information about OOPS!
What are the benefits of opting in?
It gives you access to funds when you may need it most. Ever have emergencies, unexpected medical bills or car repair, unplanned travel, a miscalculation in your checkbook or forget to record a transaction, or groceries cost more that you have in your account? You'll be glad you have Oops when something unexpected happens or you incur unplanned expenses. This program is NOT designed for you to use it for your everyday expenses. You should still handle your account responsibly. Only you know how much money you have to spend.
When will these changes take effect?
These changes officially took effect August 15, 2010. If you did not opt in, your Overdraft Privilege has been removed from your account. If you would like to opt in again, you can request to have the service added back to your account at anytime. Or if you opened up an eligible checking account after August 15, 2010 and refused Overdraft Privilege, you may request to Opt-In at anytime.
How do I opt in?
It's easy. Click the "Apply Now" button or contact us to opt in. If your account is eligible, we will send you a confirmation letter that you are covered with Overdraft Privilege.
Do I need to opt in for each of my accounts?
Yes. This law requires your response for each eligible account. Opting in for one account does not assume coverage for all of your accounts. If you have five accounts you will need to opt in for each one you wish to have coverage.
If I don't opt in, will my check/debit card still work?
As long as you have the money to cover the transaction, your card will work. If you do not have the money at the time the transaction is presented for approval and you don't have OOPS! Overdraft Protection, your transaction will be declined.
Keep in mind that some transactions are approved based on stand in or off-line limits so certain transactions may be approved even though you may not have the money to cover it. In those cases you will not be charged a fee, but if other transactions such as checks or ACH items are also presented, those transactions are subject to the regular NSF charge.
If I don't opt in, will my checks and other transactions still be paid or will they be returned?
Checks and other electronic transactions are not covered under the new regulations and they can be paid or returned at TBOG's discretion. NSF charges still apply to these transactions when they are presented against insufficient funds. Opting in or out doesn't affect this process.
In what order are my transactions paid?
The order in which items are presented may affect the total fees assessed to your account. Deposits post prior to debits. The first items that we pay are ATM withdrawals, debit card transactions and ACH items. Next we pay checks (and other paper items) negotiated at one of our branches. These are followed by checks (and other paper items) presented for deposit at our bank, in check number order, from the lowest to the highest number. Finally, we pay other checks presented for payment in check number order, from the lowest number to the highest number. Checks with no check number will pay before checks with a number.
If I opt in, what will I be charged?
There is no charge unless you access the service. If you have transactions presented against your account and you don't have the money to cover them, you will be charged $38 per transaction.
How will I know when I'm overdrawn?
We will mail a notice to you when your account is overdrawn. We'll send reminders advising you of your overdraft until you bring your account to a positive balance. We may even give you a call.
Is OOPS! Overdraft Privilege a loan?
No. It is a service provided by the bank to help you manage your money. This service can be stopped anytime you ask us to or can be withdrawn by the bank at any time.
What if I go over my overdraft limit?
When you exceed the OOPS! Overdraft Privileges limit, any additional items will be returned or declined when presented for payment. They will be subject to NSF fees per our fee schedule.