Due to a settlement from a class action lawsuit where they were accussed of reselling personal and financial consumers information for marketing purposes, Transunion is offering free credit monitoring. Selling the information is a violation of Fair Credit Reporting Act. You only have until September 24, 2008 to apply for your benefit of either free credit monitoring or possibly a cash payment.
You are eligible if you have had credit from January 1, 1987 until May 28, 2008. This includes mortgage loans, credit cards, auto loans, student loans…if you’ve had credit over the past 21 years, this is worth checking out!
Here are your choices:
Sign up for six months of credit monitoring services. If you select this option, you can also register to possibly receive cash benefits in the event of a cash distribution or file an individual lawsuit against the Defendants.
Sign up for nine months of enhanced credit monitoring services. If you select this option, you will not receive any further benefits, including a cash payment, and you will not be able to file an individual lawsuit against the Defendants.
Register to possibly receive a cash payment. If you select this option, you can also sign up for six months of credit monitoring; however if you receive a cash payment, you cannot file an individual lawsuit against the Defendants.
Of course you can always chose to do nothing!
You can call TransUnion’s settlement number at (866) 416-3470 or visit the website: www.listclassaction.com to file your claim.
I have blogged about this before…it is really one of my “hot spots”. This morning, not only did I receive an email from this company (oh, I mean SPAM) stating that this is information that I requested, which I did not, it is about something I am absolutely against: selling consumer’s information when they’ve had a credit report pulled to become preapproved. [photopress:trigger.jpg,full,centered]
If you go to their website, they state, “Receive a daily feed of consumers in your target market that just yesterday had their credit checked for a mortgage loan approval.That ’s right, these consumers have just had their credit checked within 24 hrs, specifically for a mortgage loan approval! Now you can provide them with a pre-approval in just a few days for unlimited growth potential.”
Picture this, Mr. and Mrs. Homebuyer meet with a Loan Originator and sign many documents for the preapproval process including disclosure forms that their private information will not be sold. Within hours, they begin to receive relentless phone calls and post cards from other lenders. It’s too bad the credit bureaus are not a party to this agreement and that it is legal for the bureaus to re-sale credit scores, addresses, phone numbers, debts, etc.
I’ll go eat a box of Valentine’s candies and go chill out in a corner somewhere.
This subject totally irks me…it is just so completely wrong. The three major credit bureaus are selling personal information to hundreds of mortgage companies throughout the country as soon as a credit report is pulled from a mortgage lender. You visit your preferred lender to get preapproved for a mortgage, and whammo…within hours you may start getting calls from other unscrupulous lenders who will even go so far as to pretend to be working with the preferred lender. You’ll also start noticing mailers appearing in your mailbox offering special rates and programs, too. You’re going to feel very popular and probably very annoyed.
Private information is being sold without your consent or knowledge. These mortgage companies buying these trigger list (also referred to as prescreening) are generally “fly by night