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CFPB reminds consumer reporting agencies that their “name-only” matching procedures violate the FCRA

We’d all like to think that we’re unique. But if we were to judge our uniqueness simply by our first and last names, we’d be disappointed. Some of us might share the same first and last names with hundreds or thousands of other people. According to research from Southern Illinois University, there were 34,269 people

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What Are the Signs of Identity Theft?

When you are the victim of identity theft, it can have an adverse impact on your entire life and in particular your finances. It can cause you to incur significant debt that you never accumulated or prevent you from renting an apartment or qualifying for a loan because of discrepancies on your credit report. It

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How Can I Protect Myself from Insurance-Related Identity Theft?

Identity theft is a serious problem that can be financially devastating for the person whose identity or personal information has been stolen. Despite ongoing cybersecurity efforts, fraudsters continue to find ways to steal Social Security numbers, credit card information, and other personal information that can be used to make a profit. According to a recent

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How Common are Errors on Consumer Credit Reports?

An individual’s credit report is an important document that can dictate the types of purchases they can make in the future. It chronicles their credit history, including any outstanding debts, late payments, or lines of credit taken out in their name. Credit reports are used when a person is looking to make a major purchase

Tokyo Olympics

Scammers Hope to Profit on Tokyo Olympics

With the Tokyo Olympics in motion, cybercriminals are trying creative methods to get consumers’ personal information and money by using fake websites that advertise a way to stream the games and take part in contests. People that open up phishing emails may be opening up a window for the fraudsters to access their information and

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Virginia Woman Sues Equifax and Hyundai Over Derogatory and Inaccurate Statements on Her Credit Reports

Francis Mailman Soumilas, P.C. recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Virginia woman against Equifax and Hyundai Motor Company in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia, alleging they both violated the U.S. Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The lawsuit alleges Equifax violated the FCRA by including derogatory and inaccurate statements


Judge Rules Consumers Nationwide can Proceed in Their Lawsuit Against IKEA Regarding Its Inadequate Recall of Dangerous Dressers

A federal judge recently ruled in favor of Francis Mailman Soumilas, P.C., and our clients in a class action lawsuit against IKEA North America regarding its recalls of dangerous dressers. As a result of the court’s ruling, our clients and the class of people across the United States they represent can proceed with their negligence


Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against MicroBilt for Falsely Labeling Innocent Consumers as Terrorists on Credit Reports

Francis Mailman Soumilas, P.C., recently filed a federal class action lawsuit against MicroBilt Corporation, a New Jersey-based consumer credit reporting company, in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. The lawsuit alleges that MicroBilt violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act when it erroneously and wrongfully placed a terrorist alert on a


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