What happens if you don’t close out a bank account?

Answered by Frank Schwing

If you don’t close out a bank account and leave a negative balance for too long, there can be some consequences. I learned this the hard way when I was younger and didn’t fully understand how bank accounts worked.

When you leave a negative balance in your account, it means that you have spent more money than you actually have. This could be due to overdrawing from your account or having transactions that haven’t cleared yet. Either way, it’s important to address this situation as soon as possible.

If you don’t take action to resolve the negative balance, the bank may automatically close your account. This is because they don’t want to continue providing services to someone who consistently has a negative balance. When your account is closed, you won’t be able to access any funds or use your account for any transactions.

Additionally, the bank may send the debt to a collections agency. Collections agencies are third-party companies that specialize in collecting debts on behalf of the original creditor, in this case, the bank. They will start contacting you and attempting to collect the money owed. This can be a very stressful and unpleasant experience, as they may use various methods to pressure you into paying the debt.

The negative balance and the closed account can also have an impact on your credit report. A credit report is a record of your financial history, including your borrowing and repayment activities. If the bank reports the negative balance and the account closure to credit bureaus, it will be reflected in your credit report. This can have a negative impact on your credit score and make it more difficult for you to qualify for loans or credit cards in the future.

In my personal experience, I had a bank account that I left with a negative balance for several months. I didn’t realize the consequences of not addressing the issue and thought that it would eventually go away. However, I received a letter from a collections agency demanding payment and it was a wake-up call for me.

Dealing with the collections agency was a stressful process. They called me multiple times a day, sent letters, and even threatened legal action if I didn’t pay the debt. Eventually, I was able to negotiate a payment plan and pay off the debt, but it was a lesson I learned the hard way.

To avoid these situations, it’s important to be proactive and responsible when it comes to managing your bank accounts. If you find yourself with a negative balance, reach out to your bank immediately to discuss options for resolving the issue. It’s always better to address the problem head-on rather than letting it escalate and potentially damaging your credit history.