If you have a complaint about your credit card company, student loan holder, mortgage lender, car loan lender, or bank, you can log your grievances on the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) website.
The CFPB is now fielding complaints in the areas of:
- credit cards
- student loans
- car loans
- bank accounts or services
Once a complaint is lodged, the CFPB confirms that the lender has in fact done business with the consumer. The lender then has 15 days to respond to the complaint and 60 days to address the problem. To learn more about the complaint process, see the CFPB’s Consumer Reports: A Snapshot of Complaints Received.
The CFPB has already created a database that compiles credit card complaints, and has made this information public. The database doesn’t disclose the consumer’s name, but does disclose how the credit card company dealt with the issue. The CFPB plans to have similar databases for the other types of complaints in the future.