On September 8, 2016, the US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued an enforcement action against Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. for widespread sales practices violations, including opening unauthorized deposit and credit card accounts on behalf of customers without their knowledge or consent in order to boost sales figures. The CFPB consent order finds that Wells Fargo’s violations included: (i) opening deposit accounts and transferring customer funds without the customer’s authorization, knowledge or consent; (ii) applying for credit card accounts without customer authorization, as a result of which many customers incurred fees; (iii) issuing and activating debit cards using consumers’ information without authorization; and (iv) creating false e-mail addresses to enroll consumers in on-line banking services without their knowledge or consent.

The full text of the CFPB consent order is available at: