Fine Print Alert: CFPB to Fine PayPal & Spike in ATM Fraud

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Updated on Friday, May 22, 2015


In our weekly Fine Print Alert we call out news from the financial community and shine a spotlight on any sneaky changes in the fine print. We also share our favorite reads from the week.


CFPB Seeks to Fine PayPal $25 Million…

Some PayPal users have been unknowingly signed up for lines of credit with the company after signing up for regular PayPal accounts. Customers complained that they never meant to opt into a line of credit (formerly called “Bill me later”) and only discovered it happened via welcome emails or inquires on credit reports. The CFPB is looking to fine PayPal $15 million in refunds for consumers and a $10 million penalty.

PayPal users would shop online using PayPal for payment not realizing it was defaulting to PayPal credit instead of checking accounts or credit cards linked to the account.

Find additional details here.

Debit Card Fraud at ATMs Reach an All-Time High… 

Your debit card isn’t safe. In fact, it may be your most vulnerable financial point. The highest number of attacks on debit cards swiped at an ATM occurred from January to April 9, 2015. This is the highest level for that period in at least 20 years. Attacks on nonbank ATMs (like on the mall or convenience store) rose 317%. But even ATM machines inside banks are no longer safe with attacks rising 174%. Once your information gets swiped, thieves can gain access to your checking account and take out money before you realize what’s happened.

This is just one reason we advocate to primarily use a credit card if you’re going to swipe a card and if you need cash, only use a bank ATM.

Read: Debit Card vs Credit Card — Which Should You Use?



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