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Monday, April 23, 2018

Wells Fargo fined $1 billion for insurance and mortgage abuses

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Breaches at Lord & Taylor, Saks, & MyFitnessPal

Was your information exposed in the latest data breaches at Lord & Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue, Saks OFF 5TH, or Under Armour’s MyFitnessPal? If so, here are some steps to take.



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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Was your Facebook data shared with Cambridge Analytica? You can now find out

 On Monday, the social media giant began rolling out a "see how you're affected" Read more . . .

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

How to Avoid a Renovation Nightmare

“Contractor licensing and home remodeling is kind of like the Wild West,” said Adam G.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Fin7 Syndicate Hacks Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor Stores

A "preliminary analysis" found credit card data was obtained for sales dating back to May 2017, according to the post.
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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

How much is your personal information selling for?

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Consumer Protection in the States: A 50-State Evaluation of Unfair and Deceptive Practices Laws

The National Consumer Law Center has issued a review of the Unfair and Deceptive Practices Laws of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Regulations differ drastically, state-to-state. “In many states, they write, “the deficiencies are glaring. Legislation or court decisions in dozens of states have narrowed the scope of UDAP laws or granted sweeping exemptions to entire industries.”

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

The New ID Theft: Millions of Credit Applicants Who Don’t Exist

Federal regulators are warning banks and other financial institutions about an expanding area of financial theft. With increasing regularity, thieves are creating identities out of thin air and running up balances on lines of credit using the phantom identities. It’s costing the financial industry billions, and presumably the costs are being passed on to customers

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Credit Bureaus Let Wrongdoers Run Amok, Disrupt Mortgage-Seekers

Credit bureaus have reportedly returned to the practice of “trigger listing,” used extensively in the lead up to the 2008 housing market-crisis. Consumer advocate, Ed Mierzwinski, describes the process as follows: When a consumer applies for a loan to purchase property, the credit bureaus alert potential lenders to the transaction; those competitors, which Mierzwinski notes are often the industry’s “bottom feeders,” reach out to the home buyer, claiming to offer a better rate. The problem, according to Mierzwinski, is that this situation breeds deceptive practices, as homebuyers are put under pressure to complete the transaction.

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Trump is systematically backing off consumer protections, to the delight of corporations

Agencies under President Trump’s executive discretion have taken a laid back approach to consumer protections relative to previous administrations. The Washington Post writes: “At the [CFPB], for example, enforcement actions have dropped from an average of three-to-five each month during the past four years down to zero since a Trump appointee took charge of the agency in late November.” Under the guidance of Mick Mulvaney, the CFPB is reportedly deferring enforcement actions to state attorneys general and regulatory bodies.

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