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Older consumers targeted by fraudsters not once, but twice!

After reviewing complaints submitted by consumers, we’ve discovered a financial scam targeting older consumers who had previously been victims of fraudulent money-making schemes. So-called asset recovery companies are contacting these past victims, promising to get refunds for a substantial fee, failing to deliver promised services, and leaving consumers financially worse off than before.

Category: Data, research, and reports |
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This month’s Complaint Report: Credit reporting issues

In the past month, credit reporting complaints showed the greatest monthly percentage increase compared to other products the CFPB accepts complaints about (including debt collection, mortgages and credit cards – to name a few). Check out this month’s report to see trends across all consumer complaints.

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Removing an outdated bankruptcy from a credit report: Jorge’s story

In Jorge’s words, “Within two weeks, everything was finalized . . . [I got] a letter saying it’s gone.” He continued, “Having a good credit score and a clean credit record is always good. No one was going to help me with my problem – and I took charge, by contacting the CFPB.”

Category: At the CFPB | Category: Info for consumers |
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You have the right to be heard

Listening to and elevating your voice matters to us because we are a federal agency devoted to protecting consumers. When you speak up, you offer invaluable insight into the financial products and services consumers depend on. Telling us about your experiences helps us to better serve you and make the financial marketplace work for Americans.

Category: At the CFPB | Category: Data, research, and reports |
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Today we begin to share the story of your complaints

Today, for the first time, we are making consumers’ complaint narratives – the heart and soul of the complaints we receive – public. These narratives are important because they tell the story of what happened in the consumers’ own words. Making these consumer narratives public amplifies the voice of the consumer.

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Consumer advisory: Fact-check your specialty consumer report

Some of these companies, called specialty consumer reporting agencies, compile and sell reports with all kinds of personal data including, but not limited to, the history of your employment, rental, banking, lending, insurance, and criminal background. This includes other public record data such as tax liens, civil suits and bankruptcy data. We’ve got a list of consumer reporting agencies, so you can fact-check them to ensure your personal report data is accurate and complete.

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Tell us about your student debt stress

If you are paying back student loans, you are not alone. Over 40 million Americans are repaying more than $1.2 trillion in outstanding student loan debt. Paying off student debt can be stressful. If you’ve run into roadblocks, tell us about it. Learn more about the roadblocks some borrowers face and tell us about your experience.

Category: Data, research, and reports |
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Here’s what we’re hearing from Servicemembers and their families

Today, we’re releasing our third Snapshot of Complaints Received from Servicemembers, Veterans and their Families. The report details the data and trends from consumer complaints we’ve received from members of the military community since July 2011. Here are just a few highlights.

Category: Data, research, and reports |
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Your complaint is more than data—it’s your story

While you can see hundreds of thousands of complaints in the Consumer Complaint Database, these complaints are much more than just data to us. They reflect real and tough challenges people face every day as they try to navigate the financial world. Now we’re giving you the choice to publish your story in our Consumer Complaint Database and help others see what’s happening in the financial marketplace. Learn more about how we’re lifting your voice.

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Seeking answers for struggling student loan borrowers

Today, we’re asking several players in the student loan industry to find out what progress they’ve made. We’re looking to find out what loan modification options lenders and servicers provide, how customers can learn about their repayment options, and how borrowers can get approved. This effort also complements the work of the CFPB and our other regulators to help prevent repayment problems for future borrowers.

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Are unpaid debts a military career-killer?

Servicemembers, veterans and military families have submitted more than 11,000 debt collection complaints to the CFPB since we began accepting them in July 2013 – our fastest-growing category of complaints. Among other things, we’ve received reports that some debt collectors are threatening servicemembers by claiming that they will report the unpaid debt to their commanding officer, have the servicemember busted in rank or even have their security clearance revoked if they don’t pay up.

Category: Data, research, and reports |
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Sunshine for college credit card agreements

Today, we’re releasing a report that looks at deals between financial institutions and colleges to market credit cards to students. This year we found that there are fewer schools marketing credit cards, and those that do are not making their agreements with credit card companies readily accessible to students.

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Consumer Advisory: Student loan debt relief companies may cost you thousands of dollars and drive you further into debt

We are warning all student loan borrowers who have trouble managing their student debt to watch out for scams run by companies promising “student debt relief.” These companies prey on distressed borrowers who run into trouble and struggle to figure out what comes next.

Category: Policy and compliance |
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Social Security disability income shouldn’t mean you don’t qualify for a mortgage

Today, we’re reminding lenders that placing unnecessary documentation requirements on recipients of Social Security disability income, including disabled veterans, may raise fair lending concerns. Following the guidelines and standards noted in the bulletin may help lenders comply with fair lending laws.

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Veterans: Take advantage of student loan forgiveness, but don’t let it damage your credit

We encourage all consumers to check their credit report regularly, but we want to especially encourage veterans who use this benefit to be sure that their student loan servicer (the company that collects payments) is providing correct information about their loan discharge to credit bureaus (the companies that compile and sell credit reports).

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National City Bank settlement administrator will contact eligible borrowers soon

Last year, together with the Department of Justice, we filed a complaint against National City Bank (National City) for discriminating in mortgage loan pricing. The complaint alleged that National City charged African-American and Hispanic borrowers higher prices on their mortgage loans than similarly-situated white borrowers between 2002 and 2008. The parties agreed on a settlement, and a federal court has ordered PNC Bank, which purchased National City in 2009, to provide $35 million in relief to minority borrowers who overpaid.

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Special notice for Corinthian students

We announced a lawsuit against for-profit college chain Corinthian Colleges, Inc. We allege that the company lured in tens of thousands of students to take out private loans to cover expensive tuition costs by advertising bogus job prospects and career services. Read our special notice for current and former Corinthian students.

Category: At the CFPB | Category: Policy and compliance |
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Working together to protect student veterans

We’re joining the Departments of Veterans Affairs (VA), Defense (DoD), and Education (ED) to better protect servicemembers, veterans, and their family members who are attending college. We’ve signed an agreement to carry out a comprehensive strategy to strengthen our enforcement and compliance work.

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We’ve extended the comment period for our complaint narrative policy

Last week, we proposed a policy to give consumers the option to share the stories behind their complaints in our public Consumer Complaint Database. Based on feedback and requests we’ve received, we’ve decided to provide additional time to comment on the policy. Comments are now due on September 15, 2014.

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Everyone has a story—what’s yours?

Your stories matter to us. They inspire and inform the work we do. They can help us spot issues in the financial markets, illustrate challenges people are having, uncover insights into the products and services you depend on, and identify and fix problems before they become major issues. The result is a better outcome for everyone – a fair financial marketplace.