Wells Fargo extends deadline for $142 million fake-accounts settlement

by Ryan Smith23 Apr 2018

Wells Fargo has extended the deadline for customers to participate in a $142 million class-action settlement over its fake-accounts scandal.

The settlement is meant to compensate Wells Fargo customers who had unauthorized accounts opened in their name. It was revealed in 2016 that Wells Fargo employees, in an effort to keep up with rising sales goals, had opened as many as 2 million phony customer accounts. The scandal led to millions of dollars in fines, the ouster of then-CEO John Stumpf, and the uncovering, over the next several months, of many more shady practices at the bank.

The same day Wells Fargo announced the deadline extension, in fact, it was also fined $1 billion by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Comptroller of the Currency for questionable mortgage and auto-loan practices.

The deadline was originally Feb. 3, but Wells Fargo announced late Friday afternoon that it was extending that deadline to July 7, according to a HousingWire report.

According to the bank, any claims received after the initial deadline of Feb. 3 will be treated as timely and allowed to be part of the settlement.


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  • by girish | 4/24/2018 6:54:15 AM


  • by CWBiggs | 4/24/2018 12:03:25 PM

    Why haven't the stockholders of Wells Fargo made a change in their management team? It is embarrassing about the lack of ethics & poor management on the part of their current team. Is it because they think that the fines do not affect them or the trust that is being dissolved by each infraction. Why can't they make an honest profit by not double dealing in their business practices? As a business person I would never trust this bank with any type of financing. They seem to have no moral compass to guide them. I think they need a watchdog agency to monitor them and that agency should be paid for by Wells Fargo. If I as a business person did what they have done, I would not only be fined, but also incarcerated. And what's more I would lose my license to practice. Is Wells above the laws?


Should CFPB have more supervision over credit agencies?