CFPB Cracks Down on Lending Discrimination, Redlining

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Department of Justice have joined forces in a fight against redlining, an undesirable process that has been prohibited in America since 1975. With redlining, lenders charge minorities more money for certain products based … Continue reading

Oregon Student Debit Card Bill Passes House

A new bill aiming to regulate student debit cards has made its way through the Oregon House and is now headed to the state Senate. HB 2832 is designed to set up federal guidelines for colleges and universities that sign … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–May 1, 2015

Scott Walker Is Just Like You! In Debt Scott Walker has preached fiscal responsibility from the onset of his political career. But will his credit card debt undermine his message? Scott Walker owes Sears up to $50,000. According to his … Continue reading

CFPB Doubles Efforts to Clear Backlog of Investigations

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has put a temporary stop on all new investigations coming into the bureau in an effort to clear the existing backlog. The organization currently has unresolved cases that date back over three years. The CFPB … Continue reading

Regions Bank Fined $7.5 Million for Unlawful Overdraft Practices

Today, Regions Bank was fined $7.5 million by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for unlawfully charging thousands of consumers for overdraft protection. The bank also charged overdraft and non-sufficient funds fees on its deposit advance product when they had promised … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–April 17, 2015

Discover Rolls Out Freeze Feature on Credit Cards Discover credit card customers who can't quite put their finger on their plastic now may use a new "Freeze It" feature that acts like an on-off switch to stop new purchases and … Continue reading

Prepaid Card Group Asks CFPB to Restructure Broad Card Restrictions

The Network Branded Prepaid Card Association (NBPCA) has asked the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to reconsider its final ruling over new laws that could harm the prepaid card industry. The Association believes the Bureau's broad restrictions on prepaid cards … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–March 20, 2015

Facebook to Let Messenger Users Send Cash to Friends Facebook is giving the more than 500 million users of its Messenger app the ability to send money to each other, becoming the latest mobile platform to incorporate a payments service. … Continue reading

CFPB Wants Public’s Input on Credit Card Industry

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is requesting public input on how the credit card market is operating. This is part of a required review which must be conducted every two years according to the CARD Act of 2009. The Request for … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–March 13, 2015

Why was your Credit Card Number Stolen? Retailers are Lazy If a shop wants to accept credit cards, it needs to abide by strict payment card industry (PCI) rules and pass a test. But a new Verizon cybersecurity report shows … Continue reading

CFPB Study Verifies the Need for Arbitration Clause Reform

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has released a study that verifies just how important it is for the government to reform mandatory arbitration clauses in credit card agreements. The study shows 75% of consumers are unaware of the arbitration clauses … Continue reading

Bill Proposed to Restructure and Rename the CFPB

Republican Congressman Randy Neugebauer from Texas has proposed a new bill that will restructure and rename the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. While other bills of this nature have failed to pass Congress, this proposal seems condensed enough to stand a … Continue reading

New Changes to Credit Reports Should Benefit Consumers

On Monday, the three largest credit reporting agencies reached an agreement with the New York Attorney General to change the way consumers can dispute errors on their credit reports. As a result, disputing a mistake on your credit report could … Continue reading

CFPB May Reform Mandatory Arbitration Clauses in Credit Card Agreements

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau may issue a report this week on how limited consumers are when they want to take action against their credit card company, according to the Washington Post. The current system of mandatory arbitration prevents customers … Continue reading

CFPB Wants to Suspend Credit Card Agreement Submissions

Last week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau proposed a temporary suspension to the requirement that credit card issuers submit their consumer agreements so they can be posted on the CFPB website for public access. The CFPB wants to create a … Continue reading

CFPB to Focus on Credit Reporting and Medical Debt Collection in 2015

For the first time this year, the Consumer Advisory Board (CAB) of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau met last Thursday in Washington D.C. to discuss the organization's focus for 2015. The meeting centered around credit reporting and the collection of … Continue reading

Millions of Consumers Confused by Free Credit Scores

More than 50 million Americans now have access to free credit scores, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. But many of these consumers have no clue how to interpret them or what to do with the scores once they see … Continue reading

Subprime Credit Card Company Must Refund $2.7 Million in Excessive Fees to Customers

On Wednesday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ordered subprime credit card company Continental Finance Company LLC to pay $2.7 million in refunds to its customers for misrepresented services and excessive fees. The order also mandated the Delaware-based company to pay $250,000 … Continue reading

CFPB Asks Court to Close Down Sham Credit Card

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is taking action against Union Workers Credit Services for convincing consumers to sign up for a sham credit card. The lawsuit was first issued in December of 2014, but the bureau requested a consent order … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–January 16, 2015

Obama Seeks Laws on Data Hacking, Student Privacy President Barack Obama wants Congress to pass legislation requiring companies to inform customers within 30 days if their data has been hacked, a move that follows high-profile breaches at retailers including Target, … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–January 9, 2015

Why New Credit Cards May Fall Short on Fraud Control Big U.S. banks are steering clear of an advanced security measure used in credit cards around the world, opting for a system that is more convenient for shoppers but may … Continue reading

College Credit Card Agreements Decline As More Debit Card Deals Emerge

The Consumer Federal Protection Bureau recently reported a nearly 70% decline in college credit card agreements since Congress established regulations for disclosures in 2009. Educational institutions are now forced to be completely transparent when offering credit cards to students, and it seems … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–November 21, 2014

Shoppers Just Don't Care About Credit Card Hacks If Target and The Home Depot are still reeling from the collective breach of 96 million customers' credit and debit cards, it didn't show in either company's earnings reports this week. Target … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–November 14, 2014

New Consumer Protections for Prepaid Cards The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is extending many of the financial protections of bank accounts to prepaid cards. New rules proposed Thursday by the federal regulator would require that prepaid card users be protected … Continue reading

CFPB Proposes Stronger Consumer Protections on Prepaid Cards

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced today that it will propose much stronger protections on prepaid cards. The CFPB proposal would require prepaid companies provide easy and free access to account information, work with consumers to resolve errors, and to … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–October 10, 2014

Banks in U.S. Moving to Chip-Based Debit and Credit Cards In the coming year, banks in the United States are likely to replace debit or credit cards with versions that have tiny computer chips embedded in them, a move aimed … Continue reading

CFPB Keeps Data on Nearly 600 Million Credit Card Accounts

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is collecting sensitive financial data on close to 600 million credit card accounts but lacks adequate privacy and security plans to protect the information, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. “The … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–October 3, 2014

Cyberattack Against JPMorgan Chase Affects 76 Million Households A cyberattack this summer on JPMorgan Chase compromised the accounts of 76 million households and seven million small businesses, a tally that dwarfs previous estimates by the bank and puts the intrusion … Continue reading

Proposal to Cap Interest Rates for Military Members

In an effort to better protect members of the military from high interest rates, the Department of Defense has proposed an update to the Military Lending Act from 2006. The update would put more credit products under the 36% interest … Continue reading

U.S. Bank to Refund $48 Million for Improper Credit Card Practices

Last week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau lowered the boom on U.S. Bank for improper credit card practices. The CFPB ordered the bank to refund $48 million to customers. The bank must also pay fines of $5 million to the … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–September 5, 2014

Home Depot's Credit Cards May Have Been Hacked A massive batch of credit and debit card information that went on sale on a criminal Internet site Tuesday may be from Home Depot stores and could be linked to hackers responsible … Continue reading

CFPB Issues Warning on Deceptive Credit Card Marketing

Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued a warning to credit card companies about deceptive marketing tactics used to promote convenience checks and reduced or zero percent interest offers. The Bureau told banks to properly disclose the costs of these … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–August 29, 2014

U.S. Late Payment Rate on Credit Cards is at the Lowest Level in Seven Years Americans are doing a better job of making timely credit card payments, even as many lenders increasingly extend credit to more people with less-than-stellar credit. … Continue reading

Gold Dealer Now Takes Bitcoin Instead of Credit Cards

In an effort to prevent credit card fraud on the sale of gold, the owner of Agora Commodities has decided to do away with credit card payments in favor of Bitcoin. The dealer will no longer be processing payments with … Continue reading

Shift Debit Card Combines Digital Currency, Loyalty Points and Cash

More Americans are beginning to embrace digital currencies such as Bitcoin. As these cryptocurrencies grow, consumers may be looking to loyalty points to get the most out of the money they are spending. A new debit card known as Shift … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–August 15, 2014

Debt Collectors, What are Their Legal Limits? Collectors call again and again in the middle of dinner. They call the wrong person. They threaten. They take advantage of the latest technology to embarrass people. Often, they violate the law. Debt … Continue reading

CFPB Warns Consumers of Bitcoin Dangers

Yesterday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued an advisory warning consumers about the dangers of virtual currencies such as Bitcoin, referring to these currencies as the "Wild West" of the financial world. The government agency also announced it is now … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–August 8, 2014

Why You Have To Start Paying Down Your Credit Cards Right Now Federal Reserve meetings aren't high on most people's list of interesting things, but if you have a credit card and carry a balance, you should probably start paying … Continue reading

Small Debit Card Purchases Lead to Big Overdraft Fees

A new report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau indicates most overdraft fees on debit cards occur on transactions of $24 or less. In addition, the majority of consumers pay back those overdrafts within three days. This means that a … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–August 1, 2014

A Third of Americans Delinquent on Debt More than a third of the country is in trouble when it comes to paying debts on time; 35% of Americans have debt in collections, according to a study out Tuesday from the … Continue reading

CFPB Now Accepting Complaints on Prepaid Cards and Gift Cards

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is now accepting complaints about gift cards, prepaid cards, benefit cards and general purpose reloadable cards. The bureau has also begun accepting complaints about other non-banked products, like credit repair services and title loans. Companies … Continue reading

ACE Cash Express Ordered to Pay $10 Million for Bullying Payday Borrowers

The Consumer Federal Protection Bureau has ordered one of the country's largest payday lenders, ACE Cash Express, to pay $10 million in fines and refunds for bullying their customers to make their monthly loan payments. Consumers have reported that ACE … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–June 20, 2014

Suze Orman's Approved Prepaid Debit Cards are Quietly Discontinued Suze Orman is quietly getting out of the payments business. Starting July 1, Ms. Orman's Approved card, a prepaid debit card aimed at budget-challenged consumers, will no longer work, according to … Continue reading

GE Capital to Pay $225 Million for Discriminatory and Deceptive Credit Card Practices

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has cracked down on yet another credit card issuer. Today, the CFPB and the Justice Department ordered GE Capital Retail Bank, General Electric's retail credit card business, to pay $225 million in relief to consumers … Continue reading

CFPB Requests Information on Mobile Financial Services

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is inquiring about mobile financial services in an effort to create better security on mobile banking platforms and to reach out to unbanked consumers. According to the CFPB, 74,000 customers a day used mobile banking … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–May 30, 2014

Correcting Your Credit Report Gets Easier You just got more of a say in fixing errors on your credit report. Pushed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, major credit reporting companies Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion have changed their complaint systems … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–May 23, 2014

Microchips in our Passports and Credit Cards: Are They Safe? U.S. passports have them. And these days, many more U.S. credit cards are starting to carry them, too. The tiny plastic chips embedded in passports and credit cards are primarily … Continue reading