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Maryland Fraudster Gets 6 Years In Prison For Bank Fraud And Identity Theft Scheme

After being convicted on July 5, 2011, Vicente Bilora Mbenga of Maryland, has been sentenced to six years in prison, three years supervised release after and an owed restitution of $27,218.06 for committing bank fraud and running an identity theft scheme. According to court documents and evidence presented at Mbenga’s trial, he participated in a … Read more

Bank of America To Charge Monthly $5 Fee For Using Debit Cards

I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this before but I, Amanda Miller, am a Bank of America customer. Although, not a thrilled and loyal customer, I’m a customer nevertheless. In fact, this bank has done some things over the years I’m not very happy about but I continue to bank with them because I love … Read more

Sizzler Cleans Out Paralegal Bank Account. Jesus Can’t Help. The Problem With Debt Cards.

For years people continue to try and convince me that debit cards are better than credit cards. Those arguments just won’t fly because there is no getting around the basic fundamental problem of debt cards, they are a direct link into your bank account. Time and time again I’ve heard or read stories of people … Read more

Bank Groups Try to Scare Consumers Using Twitter

by Marian Wang, ProPublica It’s April 21, and another Dodd-Frank deadline has come and gone. Today was the day the Fed’s regulations on debit card transaction fees, also known as interchange fees, were supposed to be finalized. Hasn’t happened. Controversy over the regulations caused the Fed to postpone finalizing the rules. But that win alone … Read more

Factchecking Banks’ Dubious Claims on Interchange Fees

by Marian Wang, ProPublica The banking industry has been busy fighting to defeat or delay a proposal that would cap the interchange fees they collect from merchants when customers pay with debit cards. As we’ve noted, they’ve lobbied extensively, and some banks have warned that they’ll end free checking, end some debit rewards, or place … Read more

Use a Debit Card from Chase Bank? Prepare to Have it Declined.

Chase Bank is talking about significantly reining in debt card transaction limits to $50 or $100. The reason, so the can make more money. Recent legislation capped the amount the bank can charge retailers per transaction for using a debit card. Currently it is 44 cents per debit card transaction but soon it will be … Read more

Western Union MoneyWise Prepaid Debit Card – Debt Relief Television Commercial

Commercial Name: Western Union MoneyWise Prepaid Debit Card Record Date: 11-07-2010 Network/Channel: BET Description: Western Union MoneyWise debit card with no monthly maintenance fees, no transaction fees, no overdraft fees, but it does come with other fees mentioned only in the small print. While the commercial presents the card in glowing terms without many fees … Read more