Fraud

Thursday, August 22, 2019

There are no “quick fixes” to clean up your credit


If you’re trying to clean up your credit, you’ll come across plenty of companies offering an easy fix. But any company promising instant results for a price is likely a scam.

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Monday, December 31, 2018

Wells Fargo to Pay States About $575 Million to Settle Customer Harm Claims


Latest settlement covers retail sales practices and auto-loan, mortgage charges

 

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

FBI warns banks about potential ATM hacking scheme


The FBI is warning financial institutions that their ATMs could be targeted in a hacking attempt.

The threat was reported Sunday by Krebs On Security, a popular cybersecurity blog run by the journalist Brian Krebs.

Krebs reported that the scheme is known as an "ATM cash-out," which means the attackers can hack a bank or payment card processor and use stolen information to withdraw large sums of money at ATMs worldwide. His report cited a confidential alert the FBI shared with banks last Friday.
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Monday, August 6, 2018

Wells Fargo says hundreds of customers lost homes after computer glitch


Wells Fargo said the computer error affected "certain accounts" that were undergoing the foreclosure process between April 2010 and October 2015, when the issue was corrected.

About 625 customers were incorrectly denied a loan modification or were not offered one even though they were qualified, according to the filing. In about 400 cases, the customers were ultimately foreclosed upon.

https://money.cnn.com/2018/08/04/news/companies/wells-fargo-mortgage-modification/index.html


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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Wells Fargo has agreed to pay a $2.09 billion fine for issuing mortgage loans it knew contained incorrect income information, the Justice Department announced Wednesday.


This is a developing story. More to come...
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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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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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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

7 Ways to Protect Yourself From Online Identity Theft


Like it or not, the holidays are upon us. It's important to make sure your year-end shopping spree isn't spoiled by cybersecurity threats, hackers or scammers. 

Contact us immediately if you discover any unfamiliar entries on your credit report and suspect your identity has been stolen. We represent consumers on contingency to obtain a permanently corrected report and, in many cases, compensation for violations of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act.

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Elizabeth Warren to Wells Fargo CEO: 'You should be fired'


It was déjà vu for Wells Fargo, this week, as senators expressed outrage at the bank’s culture of shady practices. Last year, senators berated (former-CEO) John Stumpf over the millions of fake accounts created in customers’ names. Stumpf’s replacement, Tim Sloan, took the brunt of congressional ire on Tuesday, with Senator Brian Schatz of Hawaii going as far as to call for the revocation of Wells Fargo’s charter. Wells Fargo is currently under investigation by the US Dep’t of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, and the US Dep’t of Labor.

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Monday, September 11, 2017

3 Reasons Breach Victims Might not Want Equifax Credit Monitoring


In response to the July data-breach, Equifax has offered their Trusted ID Premier service in exchange for consumers' right to sue Equifax. Industry watchdogs suggest cause for concern regarding Equifax’s terms. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) warns that consumers’ vital data may have been stolen within minutes of the breach, and Matt Schulz, senior industry analyst at CreditCards.com, suggests that the information obtained by thieves may be utilized long after the period offered by Equifax to monitor credit reports under the agreement expires.

 

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