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What are specialty consumer reporting agencies?

Specialty consumer reporting agencies collect and share information about your history including housing, employment, medical and banking records. This article from the Consumer Protection Financial Bureau breaks it down into more detail. From the article: Reports may be compiled for your history of: Opening or using bank accounts (including writing or bouncing checks or overdrafts) Apartment rental payments […]

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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issues warning to specialty reporting agencies

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has repeatedly issued warning to specialty reporting agencies that are selling consumers information.  Back in November “the agency released a bulletin to nationwide specialty consumer reporting agencies underscoring their obligation under the law to provide a streamlined process for consumers to request a free annual consumer report. After reviewing a number […]

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How to Fact Check Your Specialty Consumer Report

This article from the Consumer Protection Financial Bureau explains why you should know what’s in your specialty reports. From the article, ” You probably already know that when you apply for a loan, many lenders will get information about your credit history from one of the big three consumer reporting agencies (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion). This […]

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Equifax Received $330 Million to Provide Credit Reports to Healthcare.gov

The contract between Department of HHS and Equifax is for an initial 12-month period, with yearly options to renew, bringing its potential value to $329.4 million over five years. As reported, “Equifax Workforce Solutions will provide information [about individuals] that is more current than what is available on federal income tax returns.” (more…)