Wells Fargo quietly sends checks to sidestep mortgage suits

October 30, 2012

Banking & Finance, Legal Affairs

Thousands of Wells Fargo & Co. home loan customers recently received a surprise in the mail: refund checks from the big bank, along with letters saying they had paid unnecessary fees for their mortgages, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The unsolicited offers of thousands of dollars arrived with a catch — if the borrowers cash the checks, they can’t later sue the No. 1 U.S. home lender. The San Francisco bank said in the letters that borrowers were put into more expensive loans when they could have qualified for cheaper ones.

Analysts said the letters went to potentially 10,000 Wells Fargo borrowers.

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