Violation Tracker Individual Record

Company: 
M&T Bank
Current Parent Company: 
M&T Bank
Penalty: 
$3,100,000
Year: 
2014
Date: 
October 9, 2014
Primary Offense: 
consumer protection violation
Secondary Offense: 
banking violation
Violation Description: 

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau took action against M&T Bank for deceptively advertising free checking accounts. The CFPB found that M&T lured in consumers with promises of "no strings attached" free checking, without disclosing key eligibility requirements. When consumers failed to meet the requirements, M&T automatically switched them to checking accounts with fees. M&T will provide $2.9 million in refunds to the approximately 59,000 consumers deceived into paying fees and it will pay a $200,000 penalty for the violations.

Level of Government: 
federal
Action Type: 
agency action
Agency: 
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Civil or Criminal Case: 
civil
HQ Country of Parent: 
USA
HQ State of Parent: 
New York
Ownership Structure of Parent: 
publicly traded
Major Industry of Parent: 
financial services
Specific Industry of Parent: 
banking
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Parent company note: 
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