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Registering for a Member account with us will give you access to additional services like free credit scores, credit reports, credit monitoring, identity theft monitoring, educational materials, personalized offers for products and services from our partner providers (“Providers”) such as credit card companies, mortgage brokers, insurance agents, financial professionals and any future features we may develop all of which will allow you to comparison shop for financial services and products. Members will be able to receive suggestions for next steps in building financial health, simulate the impact a potential action may have on their credit score, assess each area of credit health (i.e. payment, history, number of accounts, credit inquiries, derogatory marks, etc.), receive tailored recommendations on how to save on financial products, connect directly with their checking and savings accounts, monitor their spending and track purchases, receive information on automobile, recreational vehicle and watercraft insurance, credit cards, student loans, home equity and personal loans, debt relief services and access a variety of resources to learn about complex financial concepts.
We do not endorse or recommend the products or services of any Providers, and we are not acting as your agent or advisor. We do not make any warranties or representations regarding the quotes, fees, terms, rates, coverage or services offered or made available by any Provider and do not guarantee they are the best available. We do not validate or investigate the licensing, certification or other requirements and qualifications of any Provider as it is your responsibility to do so. We are not liable for any losses, costs, damages, claims or use or disclosure of your information in connection with, arising from, or related to, your use of a Provider’s products or services. The content on our Site is broad in scope and is intended only to assist in making financial decisions and may not be appropriate for your personal situation. We urge you to obtain the advice of financial advisors, insurance agents, brokers or other qualified professionals who are fully aware of your individual circumstances before you make any financial decisions.
We are not a lending institution, insurance provider, credit repair organization, credit counselor, or financial or legal advisor and our Services are not endorsed or affiliated with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”). We do not issue mortgages, credit cards, insurance coverage or any other financial products. Instead, we, through our contacts may help connect you with Providers that might meet your needs based on the information provided by you. Any services you are offered are the responsibility of the participating Provider and will vary based upon your request, your particular financial situation and the criteria determined by the various Providers to whom you are matched. We do not guarantee that any Provider will make you an offer for services.
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Registering for a Member will require you to provide us with certain personal identifying information including but not limited to name, address, phone number, email, date of birth, social security number, employment, medical history and financial information. If you do not provide this information, we will not be able to register you as a Member. Creditanddebt.org is not responsible for any errors or delays in responding to a request or referral form caused by, including but not limited to, an incorrect email address or other information provided by you or other technical problems beyond our reasonable control.
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While no data transmission over the internet or information storage technology can be guaranteed to be one hundred percent (100%) secure, creditanddebt.org understands your concerns with the safety of your personal information. The following is a summary of the measures we take to protect your information and descriptions of ways we implement these measures for different types of information you may provide to us.
Transmissions between creditanddebt.org, banks, lenders, credit reporting agencies, etc. are encrypted using public key cryptography algorithms with a minimum key size of 128 bits. Secure Sockets Layer secures and prevents third parties from intercepting and reading your personal information; only we can decode the encryption.
Firewalls are special purpose devices that protect and screen-out malicious attempts to access information and networks. Creditanddebt.org deploys state of the art firewalls to protect our resources and consumer data from internal and external threats.
Registering for a Member account is optional and if at any time you desire to terminate your Member account, you may do so with no further obligations. We do not delete information about you upon deactivation of your account. Although your deactivated status is reflected promptly in our user database, we may retain the information you submit for a variety of purposes, including legal compliance, backups and archiving, prevention of fraud and abuse and analytics.
You may only register for a Member account if you are eighteen (18) years of age or older and have a valid U.S. social security number.
All information you provide to us about yourself and your third-party financial accounts must be true, accurate, current and complete. You are required to keep all information up to date and accurate. You may not register a Member account for anyone other than yourself and agree to immediately notify us of any unauthorized use of your account. You agree not to misrepresent your identity, your personal information or your third-party account information. Any person attempting to access any of our Services without authorization may be subject to prosecution
By registering for a Member account, you accept all responsibility for maintaining the confidentiality of your password, controlling and limiting access to your account and for all activities that occur under your account or password. You may not sell, transfer or assign your account.
When you register for a Member account with us, you provide us with the following specific consents:
“I understand that I am providing ‘written instructions’ in accordance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) and other applicable laws for creditanddebt.org and its employees, agents, subsidiaries, affiliates, contractors, third-party data sources and suppliers to obtain and exchange information about me with third parties at any time for so long as I have an active account. This includes but is not limited to a copy of my consumer credit report and score from consumer reporting agencies as well as exchanging credit data with lenders to identify offers that I may be prequalified for. I also agree that creditanddebt.org may use and analyze my information, including but not limited to: (a) providing me with a better experience; (b) providing me with customized recommendations and general information; (c) serving me targeted offers and other communication based on my information; (d) computing statistical analysis; and (e) aggregating my data with other users data and publishing the results in a way that cannot be linked back to me.
I further understand that I am authorizing creditanddebt.org to retain a copy of all such information received from me, including the information I am submitting through the Member registration process or that I provide to creditanddebt.org from time to time, either directly or indirectly, and to use that information to match me with product and services offers from creditanddebt.org’s marketing partners.”
A summary of your major rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”):
- You must be told if information in your file has been used against you. Anyone who uses a credit report or another type of consumer report to deny your application for credit, insurance, or employment – or to take another adverse action against you – must tell you, and must give you the name, address, and phone number of the agency that provided the information.
- You have the right to know what is in your file. You may request and obtain all the information about you in the files of a consumer reporting agency (your “file disclosure”). You will be required to provide proper identification, which may include your Social Security number. The three (3) national credit repositories may be contacted at the following:
- In many cases, the disclosure will be free. You are entitled to a free file disclosure if:
- a person has taken adverse action against you because of information in your credit report;
- you are the victim of identity theft and place a fraud alert in your file;
- your file contains inaccurate information as a result of fraud;
- you are on public assistance;
- you are unemployed but expect to apply for employment within sixty (60) days.
In addition, all consumers are entitled to one (1) free disclosure every twelve (12) months upon request from each nationwide credit bureau and from nationwide specialty consumer reporting agencies. To request your free annual report under the FCRA, you must go to www.annualcreditreport.com or call 1-877-322-8228. See www.consumerfinance.gov/learnmore for additional information.
- You have the right to ask for a credit score. Credit scores are numerical summaries of your credit-worthiness based on information from credit bureaus. You may request a credit score from consumer reporting agencies that create scores or distribute scores used in residential real property loans, but you will have to pay for it. In some mortgage transactions, you will receive credit score information for free from the mortgage lender.You have the right to dispute incomplete or inaccurate information. If you identify information in your file that is incomplete or inaccurate, and report it to the consumer reporting agency, the agency must investigate unless your dispute is frivolous. See www.consumerfinance.gov/learnmore for an explanation of dispute procedures.Consumer reporting agencies must correct or delete inaccurate, incomplete, or unverifiable information. Inaccurate, incomplete, or unverifiable information must be removed or corrected, usually within thirty (30) days. However, a consumer reporting agency may continue to report information it has verified as accurate.Consumer reporting agencies may not report outdated negative information. In most cases, a consumer reporting agency may not report negative information that is more than seven (7) years old, or bankruptcies that are more than ten (10) years old.Access to your file is limited. A consumer reporting agency may provide information about you only to people with a valid need – usually to consider an application with a creditor, insurer, employer, landlord, or other business. The FCRA specifies those with a valid need for access.You must give your consent for reports to be provided to employers. A consumer reporting agency may not give out information about you to your employer, or a potential employer, without your written consent given to the employer. Written consent generally is not required in the trucking industry. For more information, go to www.consumerfinance.gov/learnmore.You may limit “prescreened” offers of credit and insurance you get based on information in your credit report. Unsolicited “prescreened” offers for credit and insurance must include a toll-free phone number you can call if you choose to remove your name and address form the lists these offers are based on. You may opt out with the nationwide credit bureaus at 1-888-5-OPTOUT (1-888-567-8688).The following FCRA right applies with respect to nationwide consumer reporting agencies:
Consumers Have The Right To Obtain A Security Freeze
You have a right to place a “security freeze” on your credit report, which will prohibit a consumer reporting agency from releasing information in your credit report without your express authorization. The security freeze is designed to prevent credit, loans, and services from being approved in your name without your consent. However, you should be aware that using a security freeze to take control over who gets access to the personal and financial information in your credit report may delay, interfere with, or prohibit the timely approval of any subsequent request or application you make regarding a new loan, credit, mortgage, or any other account involving the extension of credit.
As an alternative to a security freeze, you have the right to place an initial or extended fraud alert on your credit file at no cost. An initial fraud alert is a one (1) year alert that is placed on a consumer’s credit file. Upon seeing a fraud alert display on a consumer’s credit file, a business is required to take steps to verify the consumer’s identity before extending new credit. If you are a victim of identity theft, you are entitled to an extended fraud alert, which is a fraud alert lasting seven (7) years.
A security freeze does not apply to a person or entity, or its affiliates, or collection agencies acting on behalf of the person or entity, with which you have an existing account that requests information in your credit report for the purposes of reviewing or collecting the account. Reviewing the account includes activities related to account maintenance, monitoring, credit line increases, and account upgrades and enhancements.
You may seek damages from violators. If a consumer reporting agency, or, in some cases, a user of consumer reports or a furnisher of information to a consumer reporting agency violates the FCRA, you may be able to sue in state or federal court.Identity theft victims and active-duty military personnel have additional rights. For more information, visit www.consumerfinance.gov/learnmore.
Important Information About VantageScore
VantageScore 3.0 is a credit scoring model developed by the three (3) major nationwide credit reporting agencies, Experian®, TransUnion®, and Equifax® and has a scoring range of 300 to 850. VantageScore 3.0 is used by some but not all creditors and lenders. High scores represent a greater likelihood that you’ll pay back your debts while low scores indicate that you may be a higher risk. Your credit file information can vary between these three (3) agencies because some lenders report your credit history to only one or two of them. So your credit scores can vary if the information each agency has on file for you is different. Since the information in your file can change over time, your credit score may also be different from day-to-day. Some creditors and lenders do not use VantageScore 3.0, so you may be given another credit score that’s substantially different from your VantageScore.
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- Violate any third-party’s rights, including any breach of confidence, copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, moral right, privacy right, right of publicity, or any other intellectual property or proprietary right;
- Post or share anyone’s personal information (including, but not limited to, identification documents and sensitive financial information, such as bank account or credit card numbers);
- Threaten, stalk, harm, bully, or harass others, promote bigotry or discrimination, or incite violence;
- Violate our guidelines, for example, by writing a fake, defamatory, or inaccurate review, trading reviews with other businesses, or writing a review that you were paid for either directly or indirectly by the business being reviewed;
- Use the Services to defraud or otherwise abuse the credit reporting or credit scoring systems;
- Promote a business or other commercial venture or event, or otherwise use the Services for commercial purposes;
- Solicit personal information from others;
- Submit or transmit pornography;
- Send bulk emails, surveys, or other mass messages, whether commercial in nature or not;
- Engage in keyword spamming, or otherwise attempt to manipulate the Services’ search results or any third-party website;
- Engage in unlawful multi-level marketing, such as a pyramid scheme;
- Do anything unlawful, misleading, malicious, or discriminatory;
- Modify, adapt, appropriate, reproduce, distribute, translate, create derivative works or adaptations of, publicly display, sell, trade, or in any way exploit the Services;
- Remove or modify any copyright, trademark or other proprietary rights notice that appears on any portion of the Services or on any materials printed or copied from the Services;
- Use any robot, spider, site search/retrieval application, or other automated device, process or means to access, retrieve, scrape, or index any portion of the Services or any related content;
- Reverse engineer any portion of the Services;
- Reformat or frame any portion of the Services;
- Access, retrieve or index any portion of the Services for purposes of constructing or populating a searchable database of business, company or professional reviews;
- Record, process, or mine information about other users;
- Attempt to gain unauthorized access to the Services, user accounts, computer systems or networks connected to the Services through hacking, password mining or any other means;
- Attempt to access portions of the Services which are not intended for public usage (the use of any information obtained from non-public portions of the Services is expressly prohibited);
- Take any action that imposes, or may impose, in our sole discretion, an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on creditanddebt.org’s technology infrastructure or otherwise make excessive traffic demands of the Services;
- Remove, circumvent, disable, damage or otherwise interfere with any security-related features of the Services, features that prevent or restrict the use or copying of content or features that enforce limitations on the use of the Services;
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- Use the Services or any related content to transmit any computer viruses, worms, defects, Trojan horses or other items of a destructive nature (collectively, “Viruses”).
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Notwithstanding any provision in this section to the contrary, you and we agree that if we make a change to this Arbitration section in the future, that change shall not apply to a claim that was filed in a legal proceeding between you and us prior to the effective date of the change. Any such change shall apply to all other disputes or claims governed by this section that have arisen, or may arise, between you and us. We will notify you of any changes to this section by posting the amended terms on our Site.
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Last Revised: 04/28/2021