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Questions tagged [credit-score]

A credit score is a weighted number computed to determine your credit worthiness, and is relevant when arranging for credit or a loan. This tag is to be used for questions related to understanding how things would impact your credit score. Related tags are credit-history, credit-rating and credit-report.

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What can someone do with the last four digits of my credit card number, last four digits of my social security number, and my zip code?

I recently got a call from my “bank” telling me that there have been several fraudulent transactions on my credit card. Naively I believed them and gave them he last four digits of my credit card ...
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Applying for Credit Card Under New EIN

I have established a new EIN for a sole proprietorship under my name. This business' purpose is to separate my ventures flipping and doing other projects that make money from my personal finances. I ...
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Does not paying a collections company affect credit score?

From a discussion in comments, a question came up. For the purpose of this question, all I care about is my credit score. I got a credit card, used it and did not pay it back. The credit card ...
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Should I pay off a credit card or a collection balance first?

I have a collection and a credit card with roughly the same balance. I received a bonus and I am able to pay off one of them completely. Which is more beneficial to pay off first?
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Credit line opened without my authorization

Some company signed me up for this credit card without my knowledge and now the account is showing in my Mint.com credit report and lowering the average age of my credit lines, and hence my score. I ...
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Improving credit: what should I do about very old debt; ignore, settle, or pay it in full?

I have about $6,000 of very old debt. It went into collections about 3 years ago when I was in college. Today I have a good job, and I am thinking about the future. I am now interested in improving ...
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Do I need to open a credit card to improve my average credit score?

I recently checked my credit reports and score and found out I had a score in the high 630's - this was a shock as I had checked this a couple of years ago and my score was in the high 730's I ...
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Does paying minimum on 12 month 0%APR bonus credit card hurt credit score?

I sign up a credit card that has 0%APR for 12 months (plus some cash sign up bonus for spending certain amount in the first few months), and will use it for the purpose of purchasing flight tickets (...
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Large credit score drop

I use Mogo to review my credit score every month. I just moved to Canada so it took a while to even kickstart my rating, however, Mogos history shows. Dec (2 months after I got my credit card) - ...
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Ways to alleviate credit card missed payment due to bank problem?

A couple of months ago one of my banks randomly blocked my online account (I just had to call them and tell that I am still alive). Long story short, I called them multiple times and they never ...
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Why are credit scores so important in the US compared to Europe?

Back when I lived in Central Europe, most loans/mortgages only depended on your current income and employment history. If you held on to a good job for several years, you could well expect to get a ...
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Interest-free loan: how is “utilisation” calculated re credit score?

I have, historically, always had an excellent credit score. I never spend beyond my means, and always pay off my credit card in full every month. I really only have the credit card in order to accrue ...
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How does holding onto an active but un-used credit card affect your ability to get a loan?

I was debating with my friend about my old credit card. His view is that holding onto an unused credit card is bad for my credit b/c it will count as potential money I can borrow in an instant and ...
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Shopping for a car resulted in many hard inquiries within a short time frame. How to fix?

I was shopping around for a car, and in the process I was shopping for car loans. I finally bought a car within a couple weeks, but it resulted in many hard inquiries on my credit report (at least for ...
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Questions about my credit score and how my debt/payments affect it

I've been out of college for a couple years and i'm quickly paying off my student loans. I have some loans and other bills I pay every month. I'll provide as many details as I can in order to get as ...
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When I shop for a direct lender, will the credit checks that they may do be bad for my credit rating? [duplicate]

Is it bad for my credit rating each time a possible lender does a credit check on me? I need to shop for a direct lender in order to get the best rate for a first mortgage on a property I want to buy,...
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Please help me increase my credit score. Take a look

Its been a journey paying off old debts and getting some creditors to wipe the slate clean. Below is my current situation. Any tips/recommendations on which way to go? 2 accounts are closed.
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In what ways does getting married to someone with poor credit affect someone with good credit?

Two middle class individuals, Jim and Jane, are dating. Jim has a 715-730 credit score, as reported by Credit Karma, and has no problems (late payments, bankruptcies, etc) for the last 7-10 years. ...
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Will it adversely affect my credit score if I put off on buying a home?

Recently, my wife and I have been looking into buying a home - I have very good credit, only a small number of outstanding debts ($7,000 car loan, $1300/mo rent, and credit cards I pay off every month)...
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Closed credit card from compromise hurt credit score

My credit card was compromised, and the only reason I had the credit card was to improve my credit score. I chose to close the account (since someone was able to use it), but I forgot how ...
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Who actually decides whether a credit check is soft or hard?

Many web sites explain the different effects of hard and soft credit inquiries, but none of them actually explain how the process works, so they're not useful for figuring out how borderline cases are ...
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Does closing BOA Savings account hurt my credit score?

I have following accounts at BOA. a Savings Account a Checking Account (where my salary is crediting every 15 days) a Visa Credit Card a MasterCard Credit Card Lately I found that I am not using my ...
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Can my neighbours affect my credit report and/or credit score?

My wife and I live in a single building (in London, England) which contains three flats/apartments. We rent our flat privately (private tenants, renting from a private landlord) and the other two ...
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Going house hunting next week and my credit score just dropped by 100+ points

My wife and I (usually) have excellent credit. TransUninion had me at 790 and other agencies well into the 800s. Our lenders have already prequalified us for our home, and sent the ratings they got ...
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Credit Union Merged Credit Card transferred to new bank Credit Score Drops 30 points

I live in the USA. I was a member of a small credit union which has merged with a much larger one. I kept a credit card with the small credit union because my interest rate was only 5.75% When the ...
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Will reissuing my credit card to get a new number every year or even more frequently hurt my credit or effective me negatively?

I recently had to have my card reissued because I noticed a charge on my account I did not make. Then I realized I had this card for like 4 years and credit card numbers are static. Why shouldn't I ...
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Can debt collectors or creditors combine multiple “accounts” into one to increase sum above $100?

In this case, someone has several medical debts, for separate procedures/office visits. Each of these debts is of an amount less than $100. It would seem that, since the visits are separate, these ...
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Affect on credit score if I apply for a card just to get a one time discount

I currently have decent credit, but not exceptional due to limited use of credit. I have two credit cards, one used regularly (and payed off every month) and a backup credit card. I've run into ...
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Why has my credit score stopped moving?

I receive monthly credit card scores from my bank. After trending upwards, both scores have stopped moving. The bank score is a nice round number with 2 zeros and hasn't changed in 3 months. It seems ...
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What should I do when my friend doesn't pay back a loan I gave him? [closed]

I lent money to my friend for his wedding through my credit card. It was around $5,000. He said that he would pay me back within 1 month. It has been almost 5 months. Every time on his salary date I ...
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If I pay my car loan off will my credit drop?

I've been thinking lately about paying my car off. I owe less than 6k. The payment each month does not really hurt me and I was going to just keep it for on time payments to help my credit and my ...
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Credit Utilization and Score. Early re-payment

I feel like this may result in the same unanswered question but I'm gonna ask it anyway just in case we can get a definitive answer. Does paying off your credit card (before a statement is generated) ...
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Investing loan amount taken primarily to increase credit rating?

I had been facing very big issue of bad credit score of mine. I was not able take any credit cards and I was constantly kept applying for new credit from different sources. It took my credit score ...
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Puzzled by (a) credit score and (b) abrupt jump in credit score

About six months ago, my credit score abruptly jumped from the low 300s to the high 700s. The only two things that changed in my financial life were: (1) I became listed as a joint trustee on my ...
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What does it take to get a 0 credit score

I'm not sure if a 0 credit score is the same thing as having 'no credit history'. I'm wondering how long it would take a credit score to drop to 0 (something Dave Ramsey says happens eventually after ...
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How to build a credit history, for a 78 year old with none? Turned down for secured card

I helped a 78 year old neighbor apply for a secured credit card but he was turned down for having "no credit history". He has had no credit cards for 30-40 years, no credit accounts, nothing. On ...
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Auto loan finance for building credit

I recently moved to the USA and I have no credit history. I want to buy a car that costs $18,300. My down payment will be $12,000 and I will finance the balance at 15.4% (extremely high!) over 36 ...
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Does paying off my credit balance before the due date for a lower utilization rate hurt my score?

Last month I opened a cash rewards credit card with Bank of America. I am worried about my credit score, as my first closing date was the end of September. I paid off the balance that I used a ...
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UK app that counts rent payments towards credit score [closed]

I live in the UK. A few months ago, I saw in the tube an add for a app that allowed users to count their rent payments towards their credit scores. I wasn't interested at that time, but now I want ...
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How can I save myself after falling for an alarm scam?

Last week my wife let in an alarm salesman that she had spoken to earlier in the day and asked me to sit down with him. I have no internet at home so he showed me a set of good reviews on his phone ...
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Is it a reasonable request for $1,000 credit limit increase?

I currently have the Barclay Apple Rewards credit card which I received on 06/2018 with a $1,000 credit limit. I used it to finance the purchase of a $950 iPad for school. I was given 12 months to ...
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Wife is cosigned on a credit card with her parents — real assets are also shared. How to protect my credit?

A few years ago I got a credit monitoring app and started watching my credit score (high 700's). It's been climbing slowly and sends me an alert when I apply for new credit - like when I bought a car ...
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Can you hurt a nonexistent credit score?

I am a student, I just started my sophomore year. I have always been very financially responsible. Now, I want to start building my credit, so I did my research and applied for a student credit card. ...
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Effect on credit score of paying everything in one shot

Will paying everything at one shot help your credit score more then paying it quickly but over a few months?  To me, the former suggests a lottery winning or inheritance while the latter suggests ...
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I have a very good credit score from my previous country. Can I use that in the US?

I have a lot of question, which I have googled but did not really found a good answer that fit with my situation. So I have moved to the US as a student. I (think)have a high score credit back in my ...
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Does the maximum amount ever owed affect credit score?

I have heard some people say that one of the factors lenders consider is the maximum amount that you have ever owed at one time. This appears on your credit report as the "highest balance" (1,2) or "...
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Is it legal to invent “artificial” bills to build credit?

EDIT: This question was based on a misunderstanding of how credit is built. However, the concept of moving money on a credit card without spending anything still has other potential benefits (such as ...
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Negative balance effect credit score

I have an saving account in Oriental Bank. I am not using this account for last 1.5 year. Currently the balance is negative. I am staying in Bihar since last two year. It is not possible to go ...
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Closing a New Credit Card for Credit Score

I have 4 credit cards, and 3 of them are about 4 years old and 1 of them is less than a year old. I noticed that my FICO-8 went down by around 20 points since I got the new card and it hasn't gone up ...
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My credit limit was raised without my asking, will this affect my credit rating?

I am a resident of Scotland, and have a credit card issued by my bank in my name only. I recently received a letter stating: Your credit limit is increasing We have good news for you. We ...