MPR News: How consumers can protect themselves from potential abuse by big banks

MPR News, April 12, 2018: How consumers can protect themselves from potential abuse by big banks

Wells Fargo is embroiled in yet another banking scandal. Reuters reports the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a U.S. watchdog agency, could soon force Wells Fargo to pay a massive fine — several hundred million dollars — for mortgage-lending and auto-insurance abuses.

The bank has been grappling with the fallout of another major scandal since 2016, when it was revealed that Wells Fargo profited from millions of fake bank accounts.

This latest scandal comes on the heels of the passage of a new bipartisan bank deregulation bill in Congress. So how can consumers protect themselves against potential abuse? MPR’s Kerri Miller spoke to two industry experts about practical actions consumers can take.


• John Taylor, president and CEO of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition.

• Stacy Cowley, reporter for the New York Times.

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  • John April 14, 2018  

    This is what they get for openly fraudulent practices? This corporation flat out falsified customer requests, foreclosed homes in good standing, and generally did nothing but try to suck every client they had dry.

    This is like giving a $1 fine to someone who just drove drunk into a group elementary school kids. The absolutely blatant support of both negligent and/or fraudulent (in this case BOTH) enterprises in disgusting.