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- June 12, 2011 at 6:29 am #342036
I’ve read that there is such a thing as “piggy backing” wherein you are added as a user to the credit card of another person who has a long and consistently good payment history, and that this is supposed to boost your credit score.
How effective is this really? And how fast does it work? In theory, it sounds like it should only work for someone with “no credit”, but can it work for someone with “bad credit” as well???
- June 12, 2011 at 6:48 am #439217
For now it can work but really soon it’s going to be stopped for building credit history.
- June 12, 2011 at 7:30 am #439218
Credit Piggybacking works because of a loophole in the FICO system. On September 1, 2007 they are going to remove the loophole and make it retroactive so that it will take away any benefit anyone has ever recieved from being an authorized user (I guess we can only hope that it will take away negatives that people have experianced from being an authorized user, like with an ex).
There are still companies out there advertising this, but it takes 3 months to get the info transfered, and you don’t have 3 months before the changes come, so it really wouldn’t help you at this point.
- June 12, 2011 at 7:38 am #439219
Piggybacking will improve your credit but as of September 2007 it is coming to a stop. The company that manages FICO scoring will no longer allow piggybackers to raise scores in this manner.
Piggybacking was a thoughtful way for someone such as a parent or friend to give a helpful hand to another person trying to boost their credit rating. The person in position to help would add their loved one on to a credit card as an authorized user. In doing so, the authorized user received the whole reporting history of that account. Hopefully, for the piggybacker, they piggybacked someone that had good credit and not bad credit.
In recent times, there are reports of people with good credit being paid by companies to allow clients to become ghost piggybackers. This ghost piggybacker would not receive a credit card for the account on which their name would appear but got the points. This misuse of the system was the catalyst for FICO to change scoring and not allow piggybacking as a source of points to boost FICO scores.
- June 12, 2011 at 8:33 am #439220
yes and no — they are in the process of closing this loophole and the way i understand all past records will be corrected. so you could see your score go down if you did it in the pass.
- June 12, 2011 at 9:03 am #439221
This technique of building credit, unofficially called “piggy-backing” has been around for years and is often used by parents to help their children beef up their credit scores. But what was a home-grown and usually family centered activity has recently been institutionalized with web sites popping up offering to act as intermediaries in brokering borrowed credit arrangements. In its current incarnation it is generally making lenders and credit reporting agencies crazy but is rapidly and significantly increasing credit scores of those that participate and creating an income stream for credit worthy persons who allow their credit to be piggy-backed.
The motivation behind piggy-backing is that increasing a credit score can mean real money in the pocket of a borrower with less than optimal credit. For example, Fair Isaac Corporation, the company that developed the gold standard FICO scores estimates the following interest rates that are available by score to a homebuyer seeking a $ 300,000 mortgage:
FICO Score Interest Rate Monthly Payment
FICO ScoreInterest RateMonthly Payment
One major facilitator of piggy-backing is Instant Credit Builders, LLC (ICB). It advertises on its web site that it has “developed a system to counter the harmful societal impacts of an emerging market called ‘subprime lending.’ Mob-like blood suckers under the umbrella of legitimate lending institutions are targeting those who have poor credit scores but fall short of being beyond credit risk acceptance.”
Such companies do take some of the risk out of piggy-backing. They set up the renter relationship and handle the financial transaction, receive and destroy the cards issued to the renter and make sure that once the desired effect is achieved the renter’s name is removed from the account.
You have to give ICB credit for being right up front with its advertising. No need to register and jump through a lot of hoops to find out exactly what they are about – it is all laid out on its website. Want to rent credit? That will cost $ 900 for the first “trade line” or authorized user slot, $ 1,700 for two, up to $ 3,500 for five aged lines – i.e. those with a lengthy history of good performance. One borrowed account can supposedly increase a score between 40 and 45 points, two between 60 and 90 points, and five between 150 and 205 points.
ICB maintains that some of its credit lenders make up to $ 5,000 per month if they have high enough scores and multiple open credit lines.
Fair Isaac has long advised persons not to expect instant improvement in its scores from such dutiful activities as paying on time, and closing or paying down accounts, but apparently the impact of piggy-backing on scores is nearly instantaneous. The AP’s Elphinstone profiled a borrower who paid $ 1,800 in December for three credit card spots and in one month his score jumped from 550 to 715.
But lenders are concerned that while they are tightening credit standards in response to problems with subprime lending those improvements are being undone by piggy-backing. The practice is currently legal but perhaps not ethical and the Federal Trade Commission and several states are looking into it.
The phenomenon may not last long. FICO announced on June 12 that piggy-backing will soon come to an end on its watch. In September, when the company issues an updated version of its credit score system, the authorized user category will no longer have an impact on credit scores. It appears that this change will be retroactive, thus rolling back the scores of “authorized users.” This will, of course, also affect the scores of the kid who might benefit from a brief period as an authorized user of his father’s card but FICO feels that no more than 25 percent of credit scores will be impacted by the change. And maybe putting Junior on dad’s card is no more a legitimate use of the credit scoring system than if dad were renting out that slot for $ 150.
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