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1)   What is a Financial Review?
In short - American Express occasionally freezes the credit card accounts of individuals with high-risk patterns, or for new account holders.
They request a lot of personal information, such as IRS tax returns, bank statements, letters from Banks ectÖ

Letís break it down into 2 different types of Financial Reviews
A)   Mini Financial Review
B)   Financial Review

A)   Mini Financial Review

(please fill in info) This form of financial review, is usually a short process, it could be as short as one phone call. American Express might feel a need to verify your finances for whatever reason, and they could call you to verify information. Your accounts could be suspended from using until you get in touch with them, typically they will restore your accounts after a simple phone call.

B)   Financial Review
This type of Financial Review is very common. It often happens when opening a new account for the first time, usually if you are opening a Charge Card, or a Business Card or if on a new account you start off will a lot of high spending.
American Express will suspend your account/s, they will not remove the suspension until the review is over, which takes around 2 weeks.

If you cannot provide the required information, shut down your account right away.

2)   Triggers

Look below for a list of triggers and links.
 
3)   What will happen?
Your accounts will get suspended. You will be able to log in online, and see account activity, but you will get a message that charging is suspended.

They will contact you via phone and email. Once you get in touch with them, (typically) you will be assigned a specific representative to work on your case.

The will require mainly IRS Tax returns. The point of a Financial Review is to verify your income. They may also require Back statements, a letter from a Bank to verify your address, and other documents. People have reported that they did survive a Financial Review with just bank statements.

As long as you could provide the documents they request you will be fine, they might lower your credit lines, but you should be able keep your account open. Even as low as a $6000 tax return people have been able to survive a Financial Review.

In cases of a Financial Review after opening a Business Card, you will need proof of Business income.

If you cannot provide the required information, shut down your account right away.

As long as you could provide the documents they request you will be fine, they might lower your credit lines, but you should be able keep your account open. Even as low as a $6000 tax return people have been able to survive a Financial Review.

4)   What Steps Should I take?

Get in touch with Amex as soon as you could. Send in the request inform promptly. You will have a rep that will be working with you, and telling you what documents are needed. 4506-t is a transcript request from the IRS for you last tax return. You will need to fill out this form, fax it to Amex, it will take them 24-48 hours until they receive this form, they will request the tax return from the IRS that could take about a week.

Important: you only have 2 attempts to send them the fax, if they reject it after 2 attempts you will get shut down. You don't get more than 2 attempts. (source)
You may be able to get 3 attempts if you ask for a manager.

You need to be on top of it, if you donít follow thru, they could shut your accounts down.


5)   What to do if American Express closed your accounts?

Once American Express closes your accounts, the only way to get back on is if you have the required information needed to pass a Financial Review. They will require you to request a 4506 form from the IRS (which will cost you $57) before they even approve any of your future applications.


To start you may want to read up here:

F/R triggers:
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Credit line of $25k or more
http://www.dansdeals.com/forums/index.php?topic=1438.msg10906#msg10906

Family member receiving FR can cause other family members to get Fr'ed as well
http://www.dansdeals.com/forums/index.php?topic=6223.msg74003#msg74003 http://www.dansdeals.com/forums/index.php?topic=8.msg24759#msg24759

Living at same address as someone who was FR'ed
http://www.dansdeals.com/forums/index.php?topic=8.msg77046#msg77046

Using majority of CL
http://www.dansdeals.com/forums/index.php?topic=7526.msg87716#msg87716

Large cash advance
http://www.dansdeals.com/forums/index.php?topic=5908.msg82906#msg82906

Nothing...
http://www.dansdeals.com/forums/index.php?topic=2723.msg30062#msg30062

Changing name on business card
http://www.dansdeals.com/forums/index.php?topic=3589.msg38101#msg38101

Mint purchases
http://www.dansdeals.com/forums/index.php?topic=146.msg22932#msg22932

Amex Gift Card Purchases
http://www.dansdeals.com/forums/index.php?topic=2422.msg26670#msg26670
http://www.dansdeals.com/forums/index.php?topic=8.msg40106#msg40106

Unusual spending
http://www.dansdeals.com/forums/index.php?topic=8.msg7627#msg7627
http://www.dansdeals.com/forums/index.php?topic=3710.msg39597#msg39597

Amazon payments (possibly)
http://www.dansdeals.com/forums/index.php?topic=3657.msg88656#msg88656
http://www.dansdeals.com/forums/index.php?topic=3524.msg42436#msg42436

Using close to reported income
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/2537

Logging in online too much (!)
http://www.dansdeals.com/forums/index.php?topic=8.msg13741#msg13741

Prepaying
http://www.dansdeals.com/forums/index.php?topic=1712.msg13732#msg13732
http://www.dansdeals.com/forums/index.php?topic=3710.msg39725#msg39725

Adding Cardholders (many?)
http://www.dansdeals.com/forums/index.php?topic=8.msg49318#msg49318

Refunds exceeding total payments made on the card since it was opened
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=8.msg845606#msg845606
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Though not exactly F/R, it's worth mentioning that Amex takes returned payments very seriously.
They often shut all accounts without going through the F/R process.

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Re: Amex F/R Master Thread
« Reply #6300 on: January 08, 2016, 05:54:14 AM »
I imagine this isn't big news, but in case it is: signup bonuses can post during an FR.

Everything with your account is normal during an FR. You can add AU's, remove AU's, transfer points, etc. The only thing that you can't do is spending on your cards.

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Re: Amex F/R Master Thread
« Reply #6301 on: January 08, 2016, 12:18:44 PM »
And even if accounts get closed you can withdraw points, right?

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Re: Amex F/R Master Thread
« Reply #6302 on: January 08, 2016, 01:25:18 PM »
And even if accounts get closed you can withdraw points, right?
Yes

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Re: Amex F/R Master Thread
« Reply #6303 on: January 09, 2016, 11:33:16 AM »
Yes

Even after the account is closed?

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Re: Amex F/R Master Thread
« Reply #6304 on: January 09, 2016, 02:52:05 PM »

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Re: Amex F/R Master Thread
« Reply #6305 on: January 09, 2016, 06:12:21 PM »
Even after the account is closed?

?
Iirc you have some time to transfer your points

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Re: Amex F/R Master Thread
« Reply #6306 on: January 09, 2016, 07:22:23 PM »
Update: received emails with spending limits!

No email regarding my 10k SPG cl, I assume that stays the same?

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Re: Amex F/R Master Thread
« Reply #6307 on: January 09, 2016, 07:23:17 PM »
Update: received emails with spending limits!

No email regarding my 10k SPG cl, I assume that stays the same?
Yes

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Re: Amex F/R Master Thread
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Re: Amex F/R Master Thread
« Reply #6309 on: January 10, 2016, 01:33:27 AM »
Iirc you have some time to transfer your points
isn't that before the account is closed?
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Re: Amex F/R Master Thread
« Reply #6310 on: January 10, 2016, 01:44:37 AM »
That's before the account is closed
-1, people have reported upthread they were given 60/90 days to transfer after closure.

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Re: Amex F/R Master Thread
« Reply #6311 on: January 10, 2016, 01:55:43 AM »
-1, people have reported upthread they were given 60/90 days to transfer after closure.

People only reported that that is what a rep told them, no one reported that they were actually to able to do it. So until then, DROPR.

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Re: Amex F/R Master Thread
« Reply #6312 on: January 10, 2016, 01:56:22 AM »
-1, people have reported upthread they were given 60/90 days to transfer after closure.
Oh, didnt know

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Re: Amex F/R Master Thread
« Reply #6313 on: January 10, 2016, 02:02:26 AM »
I was able to transfer after closure.

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Re: Amex F/R Master Thread
« Reply #6314 on: January 10, 2016, 02:10:15 AM »
I was able to transfer after closure.
How long after?