Unsuspecting customers were given fake accounts by a US bank.

According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, one of the largest banks in the United States illegally opened accounts for customers without their permission (CFPB).


The CFPB discovered in a five-year investigation that Minneapolis-based U.S. Bank, the country's fifth-largest bank with over $559 billion in assets, accessed unsuspecting customers' credit reports and opened checking and savings accounts, credit cards, and lines of credit without their authorization in order to boost sales.