CBCInnovis is a business that performs credit checks and analysis on behalf of banks, mortgage companies and other lenders. So if you applied for a loan in the past couple of years, seeing an inquiry from CBCInnovis on your credit report probably isn’t anything to worry about.
But you should still check it out, just to be sure. CBCInnovis will tell you which lender it checked your credit for, if you call them at (877) 237-8317. If that doesn’t jog your memory, follow the steps in our guide to dealing with unauthorized credit inquiries. One of the most important is to sign up for free 24/7 credit monitoring so you can investigate suspicious credit changes right when they happen moving forward.
Finally, it’s worth noting that CBCInnovis and Innovis are separate businesses owned by the same parent company. That’s important because Innovis is considered by many to be the fourth major credit bureau. And CBCInnovis does not maintain a database of consumer credit information. It’s more like a middle man.
They're like a third party credit report provider. If a company wants to look at your file for an application, they can use companies like that to pull it for you. Mainly mortgage or loans and stuff. Check'em out here: https://www.cbcinnovis.com/consumer-assistance.html
Much like WalletHub, Credit Karma is a website that offers free credit scores. As such, questions of its trustworthiness are bound to arise. Most of us don’t have a lot of experience with credit scores, after all, and many folks’ first impressions are probably still tainted by flashbacks to the days when catchy jingles promising free credit scores led only to free trials for pricey subscription services that were difficult to cancel. And while a healthy amount of skepticism is wise when perusing any website that requests personal or financial information, it’s safe to say that Credit Karma is not one that should merit much worry.… read full answer
Credit Karma is a legitimate website and not a scam, after all, providing helpful services to people for free, with no credit card required. The company did run afoul of the Federal Trade Commission, which in 2014 settled charges alleging negligent mobile data security practices, but that shouldn’t necessarily scare you off. Credit Karma must now submit to biennial independent security audits , which figure to help protect your personal information, along with an “https” connection and 128-bit encryption.
There’s little reason to question the credit data that Credit Karma provides, either, considering that it’s direct from the credit bureau. It could contain errors, sure. One in five credit reports has a mistake in it, according to the FTC. But that has nothing to do with Credit Karma; so-called “data furnishers” such as financial institutions, landlords and employers are typically to blame. Credit Karma’s credit scores are accurate as well, despite being a bit outdated.
With that being said, there are two areas in which doubt enters the trustworthiness equation:
Questionable Recommendations: Credit Karma relies heavily on advertising to pay the bills, and this unfortunately pervades the products and services that you get pitched while reviewing your credit standing. You will receive recommendations for offers from Credit Karma’s advertising partners only, which means Credit Karma’s pockets take precedence over yours. And you’ll never know if you’re truly seeing the best offers on the market using only Credit Karma’s site. Sure, some measure of advertising can be expected from a purveyor of free credit scores, as nothing is truly free and someone has to pay the credit bureaus for their product. But that doesn’t mean you should trust what you see.
Decision Making On A Delay: The freshness of Credit Karma’s credit data might serve as another cause for pause, seeing as it only happens once a week and if you log in. That means you’ll be managing your money on a delay and, once again, won’t know what important information you’re missing in the interim.
These points just go to show that while Credit Karma is generally trustworthy, trusting it implicitly or exclusively isn’t advisable.
There are three credit bureaus. TransUnion, Experian and Equifax are the three major nationwide credit bureaus and likely the only ones that most people will ever interact with. It is their credit reports that lenders use to evaluate your creditworthiness and their reports that serve as the basis for any credit score you’ve ever received. And only their reports are available to consumers every 12 months through the government-sponsored website AnnualCreditReport.com. You can also check your TransUnion credit report and credit score for free by … read full answersigning up for WalletHub.
Those three major credit bureaus broadly fall under the category of “consumer reporting agencies.” Altogether, there are at least 48 consumer reporting agencies currently in operation, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Just like with the big three, you are entitled to a copy of your report from each one of these agencies every year, assuming it has a file on you. All you have to do is ask.
Finally, it’s important to note that another cohort of credit bureaus exists for businesses. Dun & Bradstreet, Experian Business and Equifax Small Business Financial Exchange all are examples of these corporate-facing agencies. Such bureaus fill their own niche, but their existence should not confuse small business owners into thinking that prospective lenders will take business-specific credit history into account. Small business credit cards are a great example of lenders checking personal credit reports rather than any of these business-focused data sources.
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