Credit and Bankruptcy Law


What is the Fair Credit Reporting Act

The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) governs credit reports and the information included on such reports. The stated purpose of the FCRA is “to require that consumer reporting agencies adopt reasonable procedures for meeting the needs of commerce for consumer credit, personnel, insurance, and other information in a manner which is fair and equitable to the consumer, with regard to the confidentiality, accuracy, relevancy, and proper utilization of such information in accordance with the requirements of this title.”

In general. Upon the request of a consumer for a credit score, a consumer reporting agency shall supply to the consumer a statement indicating that the information and credit scoring model may be different than the credit score that may be used by the lender, and a notice which shall include—

  • (A) the current credit score of the consumer or the most recent credit score of the consumer that was previously calculated by the credit reporting agency for a purpose related to the extension of credit;

  • (B) the range of possible credit scores under the model used;

  • (C) all of the key factors that adversely affected the credit score of the consumer in the model used….

  • (D) the date on which the credit score was created; and

  • (E) the name of the person or entity that provided the credit score or credit file upon which the credit score was created.


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