Fifth Third Bank Accused of Setting up Accounts without Consumer Consent

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A recent federal lawsuit against Cincinnati-based Fifth Third Bank alleges the bank encouraged employees to set up accounts and credit cards without customer consent.

The federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) filed a suit against the bank, alleging violations of the Consumer Financial Protection Act, Truth in Lending Act and the Truth in Savings Act.

The CFPB asserts Fifth Third engaged in a long-term, abusive “cross-sell” strategy from 2008 to 2016. In essence, the bank encouraged employees to break rules in order to sell other services to existing customers.

The accusations are similar to those against Wells Fargo, which last month agreed to pay $3 billion to settle claims its employees created millions of fake accounts to meet sales goals.

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