Credit Repair Organizations Act
The CROA, 15 U.S.C. § 1679, et. seq., prohibits a variety of false and misleading statements, as well as fraud by credit repair organizations (CROs). CROs may not receive payment before any promised service is "fully performed." Services must be under written contract, which must include a detailed description of the services and contract performance time. CROs must provide the consumer with a separate written disclosure statement describing the consumer's rights before entering into the contract. Consumers can sue to recover the greater of the amount paid or actual damages, punitive damages, costs, and attorney's fees for violations of the CROA. The states and the FTC may also enforce the CROA.
- Text of the Credit Repair Organizations Act