The U.S. government fined one of the country’s largest banks more than $37 million for unlawfully retrieving customers’ credit reports and opening fictitious accounts, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFB) said Thursday.
“CFPB… took action against U.S. Bank for illegally accessing its customers’ credit reports and opening checking and savings accounts, credit cards, and lines of credit without customers’ permission,” the agency said in a press release. “U.S. Bank must make harmed customers whole and pay a $37.5 million penalty.”
“U.S. Bank’s conduct harmed its customers in the form of unwanted accounts, negative effects on their credit profiles, and the loss of control over personally identifiable information,” the release said.
U.S. Bank, based in Minneapolis, is the fifth largest bank in the United States with nearly $560 billion in assets, the release said.