Did you know there are check and bank account screening companies?
Just as there are credit reporting agencies, there are also checking account companies that report certain information about a consumer’s negative banking activity. There companies may blackball a person from being able to open a checking account!
The checking account companies to be aware of are:
The companies collect and report data on checking account applications, openings, and closures, and when available, reasons for account closure. Check and bank screening companies provide data primarily to financial institutions, though some also provide data and check verification to merchants.
Checking account screening companies only report negative information about a consumer’s dealings with their bank, such as unpaid overdraft fees or the reasons why a bank closed an account.
Opening A Bank Account & Checking Account Screening Companies
If you have been denied the opening of a bank account at a financial institution, it is important that you review your check and bank screening reports and dispute them if inaccurate information is reporting against you.
You have a right to know what is in your file with these check and bank screening companies. Just as you are entitled to a free credit report from each of the three credit reporting bureaus annually, you are entitled to a free report from the check and bank screening companies annually.
You can dispute inaccurate information with the reporting agency and the bank that provided the erroneous information to the reporting agency. If you are not satisfied with the reporting agency’s response, you can file a complaint with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The CFPB is a U.S. governmental agency tasked with ensuring that banks, lenders, and other financial companies treat consumers fairly. Read more information about submitting a complaint with the CFPB here.
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