TALLAHASSEE ó Attorney General Pam Bondiís office has reached first-of-its-kind settlements requiring reforms to the business practices of five of Floridaís largest prepaid debit card companies, Account Now Inc., First Data Corporation, Green Dot Corporation, Net Spend Corporation and Unirush LLC. After an investigation based upon concerns that consumers were not clearly advised of important fees and misled by claims that using the cards would build positive credit history, the settlements require the companies to provide clear and conspicuous notice of fees and prohibits them from making misleading claims about the ability of prepaid debit cards to build positive credit history. Additionally, the companies have agreed to pay $115,000 to the Central Florida Chapter of Junior Achievement.

ďThe reforms we are requiring will protect consumers by providing them with the information they need in order to make sound financial decisions, and they establish standard business practices among Floridaís largest prepaid debit card companies,Ē Attorney General Pam Bondi said.

The attorney generalís office encourages Floridians who believe they have been affected by unfair practices when purchasing and using a prepaid card to contact the attorney generalís fraud hotline at 1-866-9-NO-SCAM (1-866-966-7226) or to file a complaint online at MyFloridaLegal.com.

The Attorney Generalís Consumer Protection Division is the enforcement authority for all multicircuit violations of the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act. The Division protects consumers by investigating entities that employ unfair methods of competition or unconscionable, deceptive and unfair practices in any trade or commerce.