Study: CFPB complaints shattered records in 2020, exposing how the COVID-19 pandemic battered consumer finances

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Confirmation of President Biden’s nominee Rohit Chopra will pivot agency back to only job: protecting consumers WASHINGTON — Consumer complaints about problems with financial companies such as banks, credit bureaus and debt collectors rose by more than 50 percent in 2020 and set new records for each month of the year, according to a new […]

Fake Emails about Fake Money from a Fake COVID-19 Fund

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Because of COVID-19, unemployment rates are high and many people’s cash flows are low. Scammers view these as ripe conditions to strike. They’ll stop at nothing — not even a pandemic — to trick you into sharing your personal or financial information. That includes pretending to be a government official from the Federal Trade Commission […]

Banks Have No Idea Who’s Creditworthy Anymore – The Wall Street Journal

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Prepandemic, deferrals weren’t much of a problem for banks. They were used rarely for most types of consumer debt and were usually confined to areas hit by natural disaster. Now, a staggering number of consumers around the U.S. are in deferral or other repayment programs, leading banks to question whether the credit scores and reports […]

Supreme Court Orders Restructuring of Consumer-Finance Watchdog – The Wall Street Journal

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https://www.wsj.com/articles/supreme-court-orders-restructuring-of-consumer-financial-protection-bureau-11593441215 The court rejected broader legal arguments that it should strike down the bureau—which was designed to protect consumers from abusive financial-industry practices on products like mortgages, student loans and credit cards—altogether.

FBI Warns of Potential Fraud in Antibody Testing for COVID-19

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ID theft comes in all flavors.  If you believe your personal identifier information has been compromised, visit annualcreditreport.com for free credit reports or purchase your credit reports and scores at myfico.com (for each of the three bureaus Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion). Scammers are marketing fraudulent and/or unapproved COVID-19 antibody tests, potentially providing false results. In […]

An Alarming Number of People are Complaining about their Citi Credit Card Accounts

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Problems with Citi or Synchrony bank credit cards?  If inaccurate credit reporting is involved, our firm may be able to help. https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/24/business/citi-credit-card-complaints-cfpb/index.html An alarming number of credit card borrowers hurt by the coronavirus recession are complaining that Citibank is treating them unfairly. Citi (C) accounted for nearly 37% of pandemic-related complaints to regulators about credit […]

What Consumers Need to Know About New Credit Reporting Protections re: Mortgage Payments

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CARES Act § 4021 provides less than minimal protections regarding credit reporting. From January 31, 2020 until 120 days after the end of the national state of emergency, if a creditor has made an accommodation (such as a forbearance or workout) for a consumer pursuant to the state of emergency, the creditor shall report that […]

COVID-19 Notice

During this state of emergency, access to credit is more important than ever for many consumers.  The Fair Credit Reporting Act enshrines each consumer's right to the accuracy of information reported to and by the credit bureaus.

Consumers now can check their credit reports for free on a weekly basis at annualcreditreport.com or purchase them at sites such as myfico.com.  Consumers should ensure credit reports are accurate -- before needing credit.

Our firm is open and all attorneys and staff are working, albeit remotely for everyone's safety.  If you discover errors on your credit report or background check report, contact us to see if we can help.