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  • Judge’s Ruling Finds Bank Misconduct in ’08 Crash

    Last week there was an important court ruling against two banks from the Federal District Court in Manhattan related to the impact and role of the sales of securities backed by faulty mortgages in the housing crash of 2008.  The New York Times reported on this development. To give the ruling some context, recall that Continue Reading

  • Victory! Dept of Ed Proposes Tough New Rules for Campus Banking Products

    Good news for college students! Today, the Department of Education announced proposed regulations to crack down on aggressive marketing practices and high fees associated with campus banking products. These accounts can be aggressively pushed onto students as the “preferred” option for receiving financial aid and managing money, only to end up nickel-and-diming students out of Continue Reading

  • ALERT! Wells Fargo Sued for Allegedly Opening Unauthorized Customer Accounts: 3 Things You Can Do

    The Los Angeles City Attorney (Mike Feuer) on Tuesday filed a civil lawsuit against Wells Fargo alleging the bank opened up savings and checking accounts and issued credit cards in customers’ names, without authorization.  The lawsuit further alleges that Wells Fargo failed to inform customers of the alleged misuse of their personal information and did Continue Reading

  • A Better Day for Mobile Pay? Google Wallet Adds FDIC Insurance

                  Good news for consumers who store funds directly in a Google Wallet: your funds are will soon be protected by Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) Insurance, according to press reports. In general terms, deposit insurance makes sure that consumers don’t lose money if the bank where their money Continue Reading

  • Alert: Facebook’s New P2P Terms of Service Say You’re On Your Own If Things Don’t Work Out

    In March, Facebook announced the launch of a payments feature for its Messenger application. It allows users to send each other money with just a message, just like this image from Facebook’s press release about this new service: In order for the transaction to go through, of course, you have to have money available to Continue Reading

  • Leader of Mortgage Relief Scam Gets 24 Year Prison Sentence

    Over the years, Consumers Union has spoken to countless homeowners who were duped by fraud artists who promised to rescue them from losing their homes to foreclosure.  Their stories are heartbreaking of how the scam artists preyed upon their desperate situation, took their money, and left them worse off. That’s why it is very good Continue Reading

  • CFPB Announces “Scorecard” For Campus Banking Products

    In a new effort to protect students being marketed campus banking products, the CFPB announced today that it is developing a “Safe Student Account Scorecard” for schools.  The Scorecard will give schools a roadmap to negotiating a better deal for students when choosing a financial institution to offer bank accounts or prepaid cards on campus. We’ve Continue Reading

  • Buying a House? Don’t Forget to Buy the Right Mortgage Too

    Today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released some new online tools to help you shop for a mortgage.  The home buying process can be daunting, with so many decisions to make as you move through unfamiliar and high-dollar territory.  That may explain why a new CFPB investigation found that nearly half of all home buyers Continue Reading

  • Thirty-Five Things in 12 Months: CFPB Working for You–2014 in Review

    As this year comes to a close, we wanted to take a moment to highlight some of the many actions the CFPB has taken to defend your rights as a consumer of financial services and products.  The CFPB has a tough job, as we all know, and they’ve done it well.  They are an indispensable Continue Reading

  • From Strip to Chip: New Payment Cards Are Coming

    Your payment cards may look different in 2015. Card issuers are rolling out cards with smart chip (also known as EMV) technology. The chips – little gold micro processors that are built into the card (see picture) – make payment cards more secure, but consumers will have to adapt in order to use them. The Continue Reading

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