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Wells Fargo found another 1.4 million fake accounts, bringing the total to 3.5 million


Wells Fargo discovered up to 1.4 million more fake bank accounts this week, bringing the total number of fake accounts to 3.5 million.

Wells Fargo issued a statement Thursday stating that it found nearly 1.4 million more accounts opened without customers' consent. The announcement came after the bank reviewed 165 million accounts opened between January 2009 and September 2016.

The bank found that of the 3.5 million accounts potentially opened without customers' permission, 190,000 of those incurred fees and charges.

In addition, the San Francisco-based bank admitted that 528,000 customers were likely signed up for online bill payment without consent. The bank said they will issue a $910,000 refund in fees to those customers.

"To rebuild trust and to build a better Wells Fargo, our first priority is to make things right for our customers, and the completion of this expanded third-party analysis is an important milestone," said Timothy Sloan, CEO and president of Wells Fargo.

Last year, federal regulators announced that Wells Fargo employees secretly created millions of unauthorized bank and credit card accounts without their customers' consent since 2011.

Wells Fargo said its employees were under pressure to meet unrealistic goals.

"We apologize to everyone who was harmed by unacceptable sales practices that occurred in our retail bank," Sloan said.

Wells Fargo confirmed to CNN that 5,300 employees have been fired for their involvement in the scam. The bank agreed to pay $185 million in fines and refund $5 million to its customers.

Some Twitter users were angry about the news.

The Associated Press contributed to the report

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