I requested a free yearly credit report from AnnualCreditReport.com via the mail-in form. The form is mailed into the organization, and the organization submits the request to Equifax, Experian and TransUnion.
I received a reply from Experian stating I did not furnish proper identification (though the entire form was completed). They are now requesting:
- Full Name (previously provided)
- Social Security Number (previously provided)
- Complete address for 2 years (previously provided)
- Date of Birth (previously provided)
- Copy of government issued ID card (newly requested)
- Copy of a bank statement (newly requested)
- Copy of a utility bill (newly requested)
I believe Experian is now asking me for additional information to fill in gaps in their database about me. They appear to really want my home address rather than the PO Box I use (right now, I suspect they have nothing or information so old its useless).
Experian cited the following from the Fair Credit Reporting Act:
A consumer credit reporting company shall require as a condition of disclosure that the consumer furnish proper identification.
I read the text of 15 USC § 1681 et seq, and I can't find that text in it. Further, the only similar text I found is in §610(a)(1), which requires proper identification for §609(g). §609(g) is "Disclosure of Credit Scores by Certain Mortgage Lenders"; and not for a free annual credit report.
I'm so angry at Experian for lying to me and disguising their phishing expedition/data gathering that I'm ready to walk into District Court, identify myself to the Judge, and ask for an order that Experian comply with 15 USC § 1681 et seq.
Question: what are my choices or options to obtain the credit report? (Sans providing bills (which I don't have), or providing my passport (which I won't provide)).
Here's the back story... I had to clean up a data breach in the 1990s. It cost me nearly $10,000 USD to fix. I did not know my information was lost or stolen until collection agencies came after me (after getting judgements against me).
I now live off-grid for the most part. I like being left alone, and don't want to be part of the corrupt system full of economic terrorists who bribe public officials. I don't use banks, I don't use credit, I don't subscribe to utilities, I use throw away phones, I use my passport as an ID, etc.