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CCFsettlement for foreign transactions class action lawsuit on Visa or Mastercard or a Diners Club credit cards

I just received a mail notice from U.S District Court settlement administrator approved refund notice regarding the foreign transaction fees class action suit and settlement.If you have used your Visa or Mastercard or a Diners Club credit cards in another country in the past decade, you can fill out a claim for refund that you got in mail or online at

Several major credit card companies were successfully and recently class-actioned for charging unnecessary fees for overseas transactions. The class action law suit claim form specifically states that since our Card Company did not adequately notify card holders of the fee charged between February 1, 1996 and November 8, 2006, we are now entitled to get that fee returned to us.Consumers will share in a $336 million settlement of a lawsuit accusing several banks and credit card groups of conspiring to charge excessive fees on foreign currency transactions.This is a wonderful news for tens of thousands of cardholders, including companies whose employees travel internationally, may recover money.

The first option is a flat $25 payment in trade for forgiving all the card companies from any other claims.My case I’ll probably go for this option and I wonder why don’t the credit card companies use their computer records to compute the amount of my foreign charges and relieve me and compensate the excessive fees ? Anyway good that this is unexpected extra cash in our pockets.

Like me many of you should start receiving claim forms in the mail, but if you can’t wait for yours to come, you can download a claim form at

Updates :
1] Is this a scam ?

There has been too many rumours that this is a scam.This is NOT a scam.Please check this link.

The settlement, signed off on by U.S. District judge William H. Pauley, covers MasterCard, Visa or Diners Club credit card users who held the credit cards between Feb. 1, 1996, and the preliminary approval date. Final approval is set for November 2007.

Even MSNBC covered this on December 7 about this settlement.

Still not convinced I’d go with 25$ option as we have nothing to loose even if its a scam.

2]When will I get my refund?

After receiving the notice from the mail — Enter the code into the website and you will receive a claim number.

The settlement website FAQ

When will I get my refund?

Refunds will be paid after the Court finally approves the settlement, and approves any award of attorneys’ fees, awards to the class representatives, and allocation of the settlement fund among Settlement Damages Class members, and any appeals related to that approval are resolved. It is possible that this could take several months, or, if appeals are filed, several years. You may want to check this website from time to time for updates.


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Posted By: Kalyan | Date: December 4, 2007 | Categories: Uncategorized

17 Responses to CCFsettlement for foreign transactions class action lawsuit on Visa or Mastercard or a Diners Club credit cards

  1. shammydog says:

    Before you get too excited about getting your $25 check (yipee), you may be interested to know that the lawyers will be receiving 28% of the $331M settlement. And they pulled this off by “representing” us as plaintiffs in a class action suit. How many of us knew we were a plaintiff? How many of don’t like the fact that our “views” can be represented in mass like this without our knowledge or approval? And for what, $25 in “damages” and $80M to some law firm. What’s wrong with this picture

  2. Kalyan says:

    WOW thats significant money to lawyers. I myself never knew that I’m a plaintiff for this lawsuit until I received the refund form in mail.

    Thanks shammydog for sharing the info.

  3. Ram says:

    Have you actually done any research on this? It sounds like you are blindly accepting what you read in a letter. I also received this letter and am highly suspect. If you received this in your email inbox, would you be so enthusiastic about it? I have not been able to find any evidence that this is not a scam. Just because someone sends an official looking letter, has a website and an 800 number does not mean that it is not a scam. BE CAREFUL and do your homework, especially considering all of the dodgey wording in the letter and the fact that using option number 3 requires you to submit credit card account numbers. Just because someone says you may receive a refund does not really mean you will. You may be waiting a very long time while many innocent people are scammed in the mean time.

  4. Kalyan says:

    @Ram – You raised a very good concern and the time line for this notice is until May’2008 and we got enough time to find out more details.

    Also I got involved in the past with class action suites with Verizon on restricting some bluetooth features on a e815 Motorola cell phone and successfully got a new phone for free for participating in that action law suit.

    Also Sunrocket is another example.

    This particular case If I dont research then option#1 is safer one to go for I believe.

  5. Mimi LaBush says:

    From all the comments it seems like a scam…. I too recieved this via mail. How do we notify the authorities about this to investigate if this is a scam or not?

  6. Kalyan says:

    I still doubt if this to be classified as scam as all major newspapers like CNN,MSNBC reported of this settlement.

    A statement from credit card companies would help to clear the doubts that this is not a scam.

  7. Feroz says:

    Actually..i have the same letter.. Guess it is a the second page it says “Do not contact the court, the Defendants, or your blank with questions about this case”…guess this rings the alarm bells loud guys!!

  8. Faraz says:

    from all the evidence I have seen so far it could be one of these two things
    1. A scam based on an accurate information(according to the news)they just jumped at a chance to scam you by getting your info ( SSN, Bank info) because if the lawyers in question win this case the banks would just refund you the extra fee charged
    2. Not a Scam but a rather fool hearty mission because who has ever won a case when there is so much money in question the US banks own this country and it’s highly unlikely that they would let a case like this ever be settled in the near feature, they will keep this case tied up for years to come.

    At least in my case I was charged only around $30 for foreign transactions because I always take cash and lots of it with me, I know it’s unsafe but it’s the only way to avoid feeding the fatcats in Washington.

  9. dale says:

    Not a scam, I am in the Air Force, and we just got email traffic from the top, saying it is not a scam whatsoever, and that we are free to claim our personal credit cards.

  10. mimilabush says:


    Do you have documentation that states this is not a scam that you can forward on to us?


  11. Anonymous says:

    It is a scam people. I was cautious and I sent my claim for the $25.00 refund by certified mail to the PO BoX address in Philadelphia. As of today, no one has picked up the form and my bank notified me last week that they had canceled my debit card and they will reissue another without providing a lot of info to me. Thank God. Some people who have never left the States also had received notification from this settlement. How they did get access to our personal info, who knows. Anyway, we need to notify authorities in PA and the US District Court about this settlement.

  12. MAC says:

    Total scam by the info that all of you have come up with, 25 dollars is not worth the thousands that one will surely pay to cleanup there credit and name when they will suffer for there trust in this B S! They can have my so called 25 dollars and shove IT! im tired of peoples weak attempts to get rich, GET A JOB….We should Call the FBI and notify them. THE MAC from the O.C.

  13. Anonymous says:

    I lived in UK for several years during this period and the sums involved are large, but w/ always shifting currency exchange rates it was impossible to know what was happening – you can bet though that if the shoe were on the other foot the banks would bleed us dry – with interest but there’s been no mention of what interest we’re being paid as of yet and why is this a class action suit instead of being handled by the justice dept?
    Why do we have to pay people to enforce the law? How is it you can steal a half billion dollars and no one goes to jail? the crimes began in 96 , twelve years ago and the issue is still not settled? What ever happened to swift and sure justice?

  14. Anonymous says:

    This is NOT a scam. The suit is expected to settle sometime in mid 2009. I did due diligence on the suit ( I am a Federal Agent and have investigated numerous schemes.

  15. Anonymous says:

    still no payout — Mid Feb 2010

  16. Denis Stas says:

    this is a splendid post and I would give a five out of five rating to it. Need some more posts like this to be done. Thank you and looking for more of this kind.

  17. Manna says:

    God I can’t believe the morons who spoke of this being a potential scam.

    This is exactly why there are so many scams in society. So many of you are fully incapable of properly deducing a so-called ‘scam’ from what is the real world all around us.

    I just got my check for $295 after never hesitating to fill out the required paperwork back in January of 2008.

    There was vast participation by those affected and the potential settlement amounts were reduced as a result. But $295 out of the blue, for minimal effort, was quite the nice surprise.

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