Consumers: Beware of freecreditreport.com; It Isn’t Free!
Consumers should be wary of freecreditreport.com, a website owned and operated by Experian (one of the three major credit reporting bureaus) that is similar to annualcreditreport.com, the official website mandated by federal law, according to an article in the New York Times. In fact, the Federal Trade Commission, the agency responsible for enforcing the Fair Credit Reporting Act, maintains a website specifically for the purpose of informing consumers that annualcreditreport.com is the ONLY authorized source for consumer’s free annual credit report under federal law.
FTC.gov’s Free Credit Report Parody Video
What is AnnualCreditReport.com?
AnnualCreditReport.com is the ONLY authorized source to get your free annual credit report under federal law. The Fair Credit Reporting Act guarantees you access to a free credit report from each of the three nationwide reporting agencies — Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion — every twelve months. The Federal Trade Commission has received complaints from consumers who thought they were ordering their free annual credit report, but instead paid hidden fees or agreed to unwanted services. Don’t be fooled by TV ads, email offers, or online search results. Go to the authorized source when you request your free report.
What does Experian say at its freecreditreport.com website about a free credit report? Experian says:
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IMPORTANT INFORMATION: This offer is not related to the free credit report that you are entitled to under federal law. To obtain that report, you must go to www.annualcreditreport.com. The free above requires enrollment in a trial of Triple Advantage®. Cancel anytime during the 7-day trial period** and pay nothing. Otherwise, you will be billed just $14.95 for each month that you continue your membership.
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Do the math: take Experian at its word.
If Experian sells “free” credit reports at $14.94 per month to over 20 million consumers, then Experian receives a revenue stream of $29,900,000 per month from consumers in every state in the Union except the State of New York, which has consumer-protection laws that bar Experian’s sale of “free” credit reports to the citizens of New York State. And if each of those consumers who succumbed to Experian’s solicitation of $14.95 per month for a “free” credit report also paid the solicited front-end fees of $39.15 and $15.00, then Experian also has received additional one-time, non-recurring revenue of $109,900,000 from those same consumers.
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