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A database of consumer complaints to the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has been recently expanded to make it searchable by state. It also added complaints about money transfers and credit reporting to existing categories including credit cards, mortgages, student and consumer loans, bank accounts and services.
The database, which currently has about 113,000 listings, can be searched, sorted and downloaded, though it provides little detail about individual complaints. It is updated nightly.
There are currently 1,526 complaints by Minnesotans in the database.
To submit a complaint of your own, go to consumerfinance,gov/Complaint. A complaint is added to the database only after a company responds or after 15 days, whichever comes sooner.
Two people will share a $50,000 prize for the best ideas in a “Robocalling Challenge” that sought technological cures to the plague of incessant automated calls, the Federal Trade Commission said this week.
Spotted on 4th Street South in Minneapolis: the striping crew didn't let an unfixed pothole get in the way of its work. If the pothole gets fixed, will the painters have to come back?
Last week, Erika Smith got a ticket in St. Paul for expired tabs. She was peeved, because she dutifully renewed her tabs. Yet the little license plate stickers had something in common with last year’s — they were red.
Tabs are supposed to change color every year. Whistleblower contacted the state’s Driver and Vehicle Services Division, which apologized for the error and said the 2012 tabs should have been gold.
“This was the first we had heard of this oversight,” a division spokeswoman said.
The division wants anyone who received red 2012 tabs to e-mail a photo of the incorrect tabs and license plate number to DVS.email@example.com or visit a deputy registrar office or call 651-297-2126 to have the tabs replaced at no charge.
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