In today’s post, I intend to shed some light on what goes on with someone’s personal identifying information and the relationship to “Pre-Approved or Pre-Screened Credit Offers”. While many times a credit offer coming in the mail seems like a cool thing; it is often the result of soft inquiries or screenings from various banks, marketing and/or lending institutions whom have an interest in promoting to the general public. A lot of data, research and sometimes even your spending habits attract certain types of mail you may receive that has been prompted by a recent purchase, a survey, an online movie, a visit to the mall and even those easy breezy credit applications for a weekend jewelry store counter visit. So many things are captured in the way you may use your current personal information to go about your daily life.
Now this post is not intended to create fear in what you have experienced for a long time, but awareness is important because of the new ways of manipulation that do in fact affect your understanding of how and why you may notice a company that has gathered some data on you. The action of pre-screening you generates those mailed offers and in some instances, the knowledge of your credit potential is revealed. If you have good credit and want some low-interest rate credit or loans; this action could be appealing. If your credit is going through a patch and you are sensitive to what and whom can see your reports than that is something you can control.
Junk mail is the leading annoying factor in those special sale opportunities for potential credit promotions designed to get your attention and consider the offer. Bad credit promotions are even more aggressive as the interest rates on those offers are generally so high and outrageous, many people get in a bad situation with funky fees and auto-billings. In an earlier post, you can check out how and why ordering your Annual Credit Report is the beginning of tracking these types of activities. If you haven’t done so, take the time to order your reports. You should know what and who is checking up on you. You can do so for free at www.annualcreditreport.com. This website does not provide credit scores for free.
There was a time when having a bad or challenged credit history could save you from pirates and thieves, but all that has gone away with Cyber activity and the use of stolen data. Even in situation where your credit score is not directly impacted by some kind of breach, your “liking or personal details” are in fact on the hook. A new persona can be created without your social security number. Be your champion this year and get your mind on your credit business. Your future does depend on it. I hope you enjoyed this post. Let us know how we can help you with your goals.