Included with Equifax Credit Watch™ Gold with 3-in-1 Monitoring: Comprehensive credit monitoring and ALERTS within 24 hours of key changes to your Equifax, Experian and TransUnion credit files.
Helps you set up a simple,
flexible payment plan to get out of debt faster
Commitment Calculator – see how soon you could be out of debt
Four FICO® Score reports at no additional cost to you — a value of over $60!*
Just $14.95 per month
Scans suspected Internet trading sites for your sensitive personal information**
Monitors your 3 nationwide credit files for key changes
Provides ID Theft Resolution Specialist 24/7
Just $14.95 per month
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* Based on regular price in July 2009 of $15.95 for a single Score Power® report (includes Equifax Credit Report™ and FICO® Score).
Debt Wise lets you create a plan for paying off your debts that will show you how you can pay off your debts more quickly and save money on interest if you make payments according to the plan that you create and don't incur additional debts. However, the actual results you achieve towards paying down your debts, reducing the length of time you will be in debt, and realizing savings in interest payments all depend on you. Equifax is not a certified or registered financial planner, and neither Equifax nor the Debt Wise product provides debt management advice, credit counseling, financial planning or financial counseling. Debt Wise is not a loan product, does not provide an extension of credit, and is being offered independent of any extension of credit. Neither Equifax nor the Debt Wise product will negotiate on your behalf with your lenders and creditors to obtain new or different loan or credit terms for you or to eliminate, reduce or settle your debts. Neither Equifax nor the Debt Wise product will distribute debt payments to your creditors on your behalf — you must pay your lenders and creditors directly. You remain at all times responsible for paying your debts in accordance with the terms of your agreements with your lenders and creditors. Equifax does not imply, promise or guarantee that use of the Debt Wise product will or may improve your credit record, credit history, credit rating, credit score, credit report or debt-to-income ratio, and neither Equifax nor the Debt Wise product will help or advise you in these matters. These items are based on your past or historical credit behavior, and accurate and timely adverse credit information based on your past credit behavior cannot be changed. Debt Wise is not available to residents of Nevada, Utah or the District of Columbia.
FICO® is a registered trademark of Fair Isaac Corporation.
** WebDetect scans thousands of Internet sites where consumers' personal information is suspected of being bought and sold, and is constantly adding new sites to those it searches. However, the Internet addresses of these suspected Internet trading sites are not published and frequently change, so there is no guarantee that WebDetect is able to locate and search every possible Internet site where consumers' personal information is at risk of being traded.
FICO® is a registered trademark of Fair Isaac Corporation.
Equifax is one of the leading credit reporting agencies in the United States — the other two major credit bureaus are Experian and TransUnion. Each credit agency maintains information about your credit history.
Lenders, employers, landlords, and other service providers buy your credit information in the form of a credit report to help them decide whether to approve your application for a loan, credit card, job, or housing, or to offer you a product or service at a particular rate.
While all consumers are eligible for one annual free credit report, it's important that you review your credit information regularly to check its accuracy as credit files change constantly. Equifax credit monitoring products can help monitor and protect your credit by alerting you of any changes to your credit report.
Personal information. Compiled from credit applications you've filled out, this information normally includes your name, current and recent addresses, Social Security number, date of birth, and current and previous employers.
Credit history. The bulk of your credit report consists of details about credit accounts that were opened in your name or that list you as an authorized user (such as a spouse's credit card). Account details, which are supplied by creditors with which you have an account, include the date the account was opened, the credit limit or amount of the loan, the payment terms, the balance, and a history that shows whether or not you've paid the account on time. Closed or inactive accounts, depending on the manner in which they were paid, stay on your report for 7 to 11 years from the date of their last activity.
Credit Report Inquiries. Credit reporting agencies record an inquiry whenever your credit report is shown to another party, such as a lender, service provider, landlord, or insurer. Inquiries remain on your credit report for up to two years.
Public records. Matters of public record obtained from government sources such as courts of law — including liens, bankruptcies, and overdue child support — may appear on your credit report. Most public record information stays on your credit report for 7 years.
A credit report does not include information about your checking or savings accounts, bankruptcies that are more than 10 years old, charged-off or debts placed for collection that are more than seven years old, gender, ethnicity, religion, political affiliation, medical history, or criminal records. Also, your credit score is generated by information on your credit report, but is not part of the report itself.
A credit score is a rating used by a lender to help determine whether or not you qualify for a particular credit card, loan, or service. The credit reporting agencies apply an in-depth mathematical model (called an "algorithm") to the information in your credit file to yield your credit score. Most credit scores estimate the risk a company incurs by lending you money or providing you with a service — specifically, the likelihood that you'll fail to make payments in the next two to three years. The higher the score, the less risk you represent to the lender. Put simply, the higher your credit score, the better.
While consumers can receive a credit report once a year through www.annualcreditreport.com, a free credit score is not included. The free credit report only tells half of your credit story … knowing your credit score can help to monitor the overall health of your credit.
Many different mathematical formulas are used to calculate credit scores and each credit reporting agency provides different credit scoring models. For example, Equifax is the exclusive provider of the FICO Score, which is used by most lenders. While most credit scoring models are based on the following factors, each scoring model weights factors differently:
FICO stands for Fair Isaac Company, an organization that established an equation to represent your creditworthiness in a three-digit number. Your FICO® Score — the credit score that lenders use most — helps determine the interest rate and terms you're likely to receive on loans. A FICO® Score is a three-digit number that ranges from 300-850.
Equifax is the only major credit reporting agency that can provide your FICO Score. Other credit bureaus offer other types of credit scores that lenders may not take into consideration when making a lending decision.