ALBANY, N.Y. (8/5/13)--New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman's office is probing six large banks about their use of credit-reporting databases that disqualify people seeking to open a checking or savings account (The New York Times DealBook Aug. 1).
Schneiderman sent letters to banks including Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase, said the Times. The letters request information about their use of little-known private databases and how lenders decide whether to accept a customer.
With the ranks of the unbanked increasing--roughly 10 million U.S. households are unbanked-- many people are blacklisted from the mainstream financial system for years for making a small overdraft or bouncing a check, said the Times (July 30).
The banks said the databases help them unearth fraud, and that a single mark from a database such as consumer credit reporting firm ChexSystems would not keep someone from obtaining an account.