IELTS GT Writing Task 1 - Recently you received a letter from the bank

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.
You have had a bank account for a few years. Recently you received a letter from the bank stating that your account is $240 overdrawn and that you will be charged $70 which will be taken directly from your account. You know that this information is incorrect.
Write a letter to the bank. Explain what has happened and say what you would like them to do about it.

Write at least 150 words.

You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear ................. ,


Sample Answer 1 (170 Words, 10 Sentences, 6 Paragraphs, Band 9)

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am writing this letter in reply to a letter that I received from your bank few days ago. In your letter, you indicate that $240 is overdrawn from my account that is why, I will be charged by $70. However, I think this mistake is done by your employee or computing system.

As you know, I was staying in a rented house, and my freight goes directly to the house owner account from my account. Last month, I had changed my house; moreover, I wrote a letter to you for requesting not to vest the money anymore to the owner. I have got the acknowledgement from you of my application; but, nothing is done about this matter. Perhaps, this money is overdrawn from my account because one of your employees wrongly sends the money to my former owner.

However, I will request my earlier house owner so that he returns the money. I expect you will give immediate attention to this matter. I look forward to receiving your response.

Yours faithfully,
John

Sample Answer 2 (187 Words, 11 Sentences, 6 Paragraphs, Band 9)

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am writing in reply to a letter I received from you a few days ago. In your letter you state that I am $240 overdrawn and that you will be charging me $70.

I would like to point out that the reason I am overdrawn is because of a mistake made by your bank. If you look through your records you will see that I wrote several weeks ago explaining the situation. For the last twelve months, I have been paying $300 a month for a car I bought last summer. The monthly payments were taken directly from my bank account. However, two months ago I sold the car and I wrote to you instructing you to stop paying the monthly installments. I received a letter from you acknowledging my request, but, for some reason, nothing was done about it. Another $300 installment has been paid this month and this is the reason why I am overdrawn.

I would like you to contact the garage where I bought the car explaining your error. I would also like you to ask them to return the money.

Yours faithfully,
Sandra Roll
(NB: Follow the above band 9 writing structure for getting good band score in IELTS Exam. This Sample answer can be followed as an example of a very good answer. However, please note that this is just one example out of many possible approaches.)

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