Georgina Penney
Don't invest with this company. If I could give a negative 1 review I would. I invested in a Euro fund 2015 and have been trying to get my money out since it matured in 2020. Last year, I was trapped overseas by coronavirus and contacted Prudential by phone only to be told that unless I had evidence of my address, I wouldn't be able to withdraw the money. A letter from my bank, an airBnb receipt (we were staying in one long-term) and any other suggested evidence was rejected. We finally got a permanent address--still stuck by the pandemic in January 2021 and I contacted Prudential again to get my money out. This was the last time I was able to get through on the phone. They told me that I needed to provide proof of address (which I had) and a certified copy of my husband's new passport (which had been renewed in the 5 intervening years). I got a certified copy, despite a full lockdown in Istanbul, sent all the required documents and then... nothing other than one email saying that my claim was being processed. Then... nothing. For five months. I tried to call repeatedly (at least once to three times a week) but couldn't get through on the phone. In the end, I had to send an email threatening legal action to get a reply, which amazingly, came very quickly. Apparently they couldn't verify the passport certification--something that would have been solved months before if I'd been able to get through on the phone, or if they'd emailed me. They also said they'd emailed me, but after searching all records, I was positive I hadn't received the email. Still, I gave them benefit of the doubt, and now that Istanbul was no longer locked down, went to a public government notary and got the passport certified yet again. I sent it through along with a query about my balance and a request that someone tell me they'd received the document and then... nothing. For two weeks. I tried calling every day, yet again no getting through. None of my emails were replied to, until I received one that was a direct copy and paste of the one they'd sent weeks before saying they couldn't verify the certifier of the passport, despite their number and name being clearly on their stamp on the document and despite the fact that I immediately called the notary and confirmed that they were definitely open and had been every day for the previous two weeks. I've resent the notarised passport with a request for my balance and confirmation they've received it and... nothing. I potentially have 200k Euro in this fund (I'm unsure of the balance due to the lack of communication since January) and have provided Prudential with every piece of information they've requested. They're not available for contact by phone. There are no names attached to the emails so I have no way of knowing if there's a human at the other end, it's been over a year and a half since I initially started trying to withdraw my money from the fund and I'm days away from pursuing legal action. This isn't the kind of behaviour you expect from a reputable corporation like this. This is the kind of behaviour you expect from a con artist who's run with your money.
6 months ago
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