FICO’s New Credit Score takes Banking Activity into Account Boosting Consumers’ Scores

Fair Isaac Corp. the company that invented credit scores, announced a new credit scoring system based partly on consumers' bank account activity. Heretofore, credit scores ignored consumers' bank activity. The new score called UltraFICO Score is not meant to weed out persons applying for credit. Rather, it is meant to improve credit scores for those who maintain a bank balance and who avoid overdrafts.  FICO is doing so on the theory that such persons are more likely to repay their loans. According to a WSJ article, the UltraFICO score will function as an appeal of sorts, boosting many applicants with less-than-ideal...

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A Truly Terrible Idea–Homeland Security Proposes to Check Credit Reports of Immigrants

The Department of Homeland Security today announced a proposed rule that would make it harder for immigrants to get visas to study or work in the U.S., to extend their visas, or to become lawful permanent residents (green cards). DHS proposes to use the immigrant's credit report and credit score in a factor in ruling on applications. This is a truly horrible idea. The reports and scores are not designed for immigration purposes. Credit scores are only designed to predict if a consumer pays his or her bills on time. Credit scores are based on credit history and what balances...

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Car Buyers Beware When Buying from a “Buy Here Pay Here” Dealer

Buy Here Pay Here car dealers sell cars and trucks to persons with bad credit or no credit. The dealers are called Buy Here Pay Here because they finance the cars themselves. There is no credit check as with traditional car sales in which the dealer places the loan with an auto finance company such as Ford Credit or any of the other of hundreds of auto finance companies. The BHPH dealers typically sell older cars often with mileage exceeding 100,000 miles. Some of the cars belong in a junk yard. The dealers will sell a car with little or no...

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Big Three Credit Bureaus to Remove 5.5 Million Tax Liens

The Wall Street Journal reports that Equifax, TU and Experian are planning to delete tax liens from American's credit reports. The changes will go into effect in April 2018. The changes are a result of class-actions alleging that the tax lien information they bureaus report is not all that accurate. Anyone with tax lien information on their reports will obviously benefit making it easier for such persons to obtain credit.

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New ID Theft–Millions of Persons who Apply for Credit Who Don’t Exist

The Wall Street Journal on March 6, 2018, has a report on the latest ID theft scam. A fraudster applies for credit for someone who does not exist. Fraudsters start the process of  creating a fake person in the records of the credit bureaus by asking a creditor for credit using a fake name and a social security number that has not been assigned or a number assigned to a child whose identity has not not made it into the credit files. Such fake numbers are known as "credit-profile" numbers or CPNs. Once a creditor grants the fake person credit,...

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