Who is Santander Bank?
Santander Bank, formerly Sovereign Bank, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Spanish Santander Group. Based in Boston, Santander Bank offers consumer credit through a variety of retailers and banks. Santander Bank’s in-house collections and billing departments have received a number of consumer complaints alleging financial crimes. If you have been contacted by Santander Bank, make sure you know your rights before responding.
Santander Bank’s website explains the company began in Spain, but started servicing customers in the Northeastern United States in 2013. According to the Better Business Bureau, the company was initially founded in 1902, but was incorporated in 2008 and began operating locally in 2011. Santander Bank is also known as Santander Holdings USA, Inc. and Santander Consumer USA.
Santander Bank “is an active provider of capital, tools, and resources to thousands of corporate and institutional clients across a wide variety of industries and geographies.”
Santander Bank offers consumer credit through three credit cards: The Bravo, The Sphere, and The Santander Ultimate Cash Back. Their consumer credit department states their credit cards are rewarding, convenient, and work with ApplePay. Site visitors can apply for retail credit directly on the Santander Bank site by selecting which credit card meets their needs, then clicking the “apply now” button to begin the application process. Both their Bravo and Ultimate Cash Back credit cards offer cash back rewards as an incentive to charge purchases. In addition to credit cards, Santander Bank also provides traditional banking services such as checking, savings accounts, and a borrower program extending a line of credit to users who meet their criteria for auto loans, mortgages, and similar needs.
For businesses, Santander Bank offers business checking and merchant services and will extend a line of credit to “consolidate high-interest rate debt, cover emergency expenses, or satisfy seasonal needs.”
How Many Complaints are there against Santander Bank?
Since June, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has logged over 1,161 complaints against Santander Bank, and over 3,158 complaints against Santander Consumer USA, the company’s alias. The reasons for these complaints range from erroneous information being reported to credit bureaus to issues managing accounts, fees, and charges and problems with the payment process. The BBB’s profile page for Santander Bank lists 217 complaints closed in the past three years, with 89 closed in the past 12 months. Its page for Santander Consumer USA lists 1,923 complaints closed in the last three years with 634 closed in the last twelve months. The bulk of these complaints concerned problems with payment and service, but there were also complaints about billing and collection issues. Of the 103 combined customer reviews, 100 are negative. Justia lists at least 25 cases of civil litigation that name Santander Bank as a defendant.
What Will It Cost To File A Lawsuit Against Santander Bank?
Absolutely NOTHING. Here are some Sample Cases filed in Federal Court
In 2017, Lemberg Law filed a case in the Middle District of Florida on behalf of a Plaintiff who was being harassed by robocalls while he was homeless and unable to make payments on a repossessed truck. Plaintiff told Santander Bank to stop calling him, yet the calls continued. The case was settled out of court to his satisfaction.
In 2015, Lemberg Law also filed a case on behalf of a Plaintiff who was continuously receiving calls for another person in reference to an auto loan. When the harassment didn’t abate despite the Plaintiff explaining they had the wrong individual, he contacted our firm. We were able to reach a fair settlement on behalf of the client with very little effort on his part.
In July 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau fined Santander Bank ten million dollars for tricking consumers into signing up for an overdraft service over the phone and charging them fees. The CFPB further noted that telemarketers were offered incentives to hit sales targets and encouraged to employ deceptive practices to trick consumers into “opting in.”
Here is a Press Release of a case filed by Lemberg Law
October 10, 2015 – On behalf of our client, Lemberg Law recently filed a complaint in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri. The case, against Santander Consumer USA, charges the lender with violating federal law and asks for between $500 and $1,500 per robocall in statutory relief, plus other relief.
No one likes getting robocalls, but robocalls to your cell phone are particularly aggravating. Our client says that Santander Consumer USA robocalled his cell phone even though he hadn’t given them permission to robocall that number. When he answered Santander Consumer USA’s call, our client heard a prerecorded voice that instructed him to wait for the next available representative. At least once, he waited on the line to talk to a real person. He told the Santander Consumer USA representative that he didn’t have an account with them and didn’t know the person they were trying to reach. He asked them to stop calling his cell phone. However, Santander Consumer USA continued to call.
The lawsuit alleges that Santander Consumer USA violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) by calling our client’s cell phone without her express consent using an automatic telephone dialing system or a predictive dialer, and/or by using a prerecorded or artificial voice.
Santander Bank Contact Information
75 State Street
Boston, MA 02109
Santander Bank Calling You?
Understanding Your TCPA Rights
The federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) is a law that prohibits telemarketers, banks, debt collectors, and other companies from using an autodialer or robocalls to call you either at home, or on your cell phone without your consent.
The rules of the TCPA and of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), administered by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), control telephonic collection practices. The federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) enforces the rules and regulations of both Acts.
These laws also provide individuals with a means to seek monetary damages in court. For instance, the TCPA provides monetary compensation to consumers who can prove harassment. In the case of willful harassment, this compensation can be increased three times. As a result, entities can be fined up to $500 if case harassment is proved. In case willful violation is proved, this compensation can be up to $1500.
Here are some numbers Santander May be using to call you
Ready to Stop the Calls from Santander Bank? Your phone harassment checklist:
These robocalls are prohibited:
- Calls made without your prior written consent to the business
- Calls to a residential line listed on the “Do-Not-Call Registry”
- Calls by telemarketers and debt collectors between the hours of 8 a.m. and 9 p.m.
- Calls that do not provide the name of the caller, identify the business behind the call and provide a contact phone number or address
- Calls that do not provide an automatic opt-out mechanism
- Calls that violate the law, such as making misrepresentations or threats
To spot potential Santander robocalls, listen for signs like these:
- A silent pause between when you answer the call and when the caller begins to speak
- An audible click just after you answer the call
- A prerecorded message instead of a live person on the other end
- A hang-up after you answer
To prepare for a TCPA lawsuit, there are certain steps you can take to strengthen your case:
- For each suspected robocall, make a note of the date and time of the call, the caller’s name, and their contact information.
- Describe the contents of any prerecorded message, or of the conversation you had if you spoke to a live representative.
- Save copies of any relevant cell phone call logs, voicemails, text messages, and cell phone bills.
- Keep a copy of any letter or online contact you send to the caller that asks them to stop calling.
If you’ve been harassed by debt collectors and even one of these has happened to you, we can help. We will fight for your rights.
We can make them STOP!✋
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