A credit bureau gathers information about how consumers use credit. In other words, they collect information from as many consumer financial transactions or inquiries as they can. They then sell access to that combined information to anyone who has a legally recognized reason. A major credit card company wants to promote a new credit card. They contact the credit bureaus and deliver a profile of the kind of person they think will be interested in the new card. The profile might include things like personal income, region or state the person lives in, number of credit cards, credit score, etc. The credit bureau then searches his or her records looking for anyone that matches that profile. If you fit the profile, an offer is mailed to you or someone calls you on the phone at inner time. It's one of the ways the credit bureaus make money.
Contacting the Bureaus
Consumer Credit and Score Information
Equifax Experian TransUnion
P.O. Box 105851 P.O. Box 2104 P.O. Box 1000
Atlanta, GA 30348 Allen, TX 75013 Chester, PA 19022
(800) 655-1111 (888) 397-3742 (800) 888-4213
www.equifax.com www.experian.com www.transunion.com
Risk Score Information
Fair Isaac Company
200 Smith Ranch Rd.
San Rafael, CA 94903
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