How to Get Better Citibank Customer Service

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Citibank is a large provider of financial services and banking accounts for millions of customers across the United States. Like many financial businesses, they have made a name for themselves by providing excellent customer service and keeping customers like you happy. They do this by providing a range of ways to reach out depending on your circumstances and your issues.

Below we’ve outlined the multiple ways that you can get a hold of them.

Find the best contact method for you:

Citibank Website/Email

They recommend that you use Citi Online for the fastest way to manage your account and get help. But if you are not able to get help, you can send them a message or use the chat feature. You have to Sign on to chat with a representative though, as it has to be through the secure and encrypted portal on their website.

Citibank App

If you have an issue with your account, CitiGroup Bank recommends that you use the Citi Mobile® App. For this you can use the Message Us feature in the Citi Mobile® App and once a representative sees it and responds, you will get a notification on your mobile device.


Phone is the easiest way to get a hold of a live person. You can contact them at:

1 (800) 374-9700


If you happen to have (or perhaps your grandparents have) a fax machine, you can use their fax number too. There are plenty of online-based services that send faxes for you (so you don’t have to leave the house or head to grandma’s) if you need to send tangible copies of information about your problem.

Fax: 1-866-533-0503

Citibank Social Media

Citi uses social media to communicate quite quickly with customers and the public. You can send them a private Facebook message at https://www.facebook.com/citi/

You can also use Twitter to post your questions at @AskCiti. 

In Person Meeting

If you have an issue about your account that might be settled at the local level, you can use this link to book an appointment: https://online.citi.com/US/ag/contactus. This is a great way to book an appointment with a local banker who might be able to get you answers quickly. 

Snail Mail

If you prefer snail mail, you can send your handwritten message to:

Citibank Client Services

Citi Inquiries:

PO Box 6500

Sioux Falls, SD 57117


Citibank Client Services

U.S. Service Center

Attn: C.P.S.

P.O. Box 769007

San Antonio, TX 78245-9966

What you should bring to the table in order to get the best customer service possible

When you contact Citibank customer support, especially if you are connected to a live person, you should be prepared. This means:

  1. Have a notepad where you can write something down. Sure, you’re probably used to storing things on your phone but having something you can review physically right on while you are talking on your phone is going to make it much easier. This includes things like the full name of the representatives that you’re talking to, the departments were they work, and any proposed solutions they might offer.
  2. Tangentially, if there are solutions offered at any time during your customer service experience, make sure you have concrete information about when that would be implemented, by what date or within what day range, and if that isn’t something they can tell you, by when they can inform that it was approved or not approved. You want to have this information so that you can follow up if necessary when things aren’t followed through upon.
  3. Try and have as much information as you can to offer the individual but before you tell them every detail of what went wrong or what your issue is, make sure you were connected to the right department first. We’ve all had that issue where we’ve been on hold for what seems like eternity and as soon as the music stops and we hear a voice, we dive right in and tell the whole story. But then the voice on the other end tells us that they don’t handle that issue in their department and you have to be transferred (and tell the whole story again). Make sure you have the right person when you start off before you tell them everything.
  4. Remember that customer service representatives are people just like you and they simply might be reading from a script that the company requires them to read from, or they might not have the authority to make a decision that would fix your problem. If you aren’t getting anywhere with customer service, and maybe your experience is really bad, you can always tell the representative that you are going to file a complaint against them after you get their full name, and then submit your complaint to their supervisor. After that you can hang up and try again. Sometimes all it takes is reaching out to someone new in order to get a solution, or reaching out to a boss.
  5. If you have to file a dispute because something wasn’t followed through upon or the customer service representative was unwilling to help you, send a written letter to the corporate address listed above.

Still Having Trouble with CitiGroup Bank?

Unfortunately, no big company is perfect. You might have tried to reach out to Citigroup bank with every method possible and just run into bad luck and dead ends. You might think that you have no options left but that’s far from true. You can still sue Citigroup Bank in small claims court or you can file a claim for arbitration.

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