I was just sitting here and noticed that someone searched for “credit scoring is a scam and a fraud.” Kind of an interesting search. Frankly I never thought of it like that.
But that reality is that point of view isn’t all that far off. You see the impression people have about a credit score isn’t so much a fraud and much as it it just wrong.
Your credit score is not an indication of how well you do at managing your money. In fact your credit score has little to do with you and everything to do with your creditors.
The credit scoring models were developed to allow creditors to mass screen people for credit offers and to minimize risk in lending. They are not a grade or mark about personal finance excellence.
As an example, a person that avoids debt and does not take out credit has no score at all. Yet they seem to be conducting their financial affairs with the utmost of prudence.
But a credit score isn’t worthless. A good credit score gives people access to credit when they need it or want it at the lowest rates. Since the credit score is indicating the person is a low risk of defaulting, lenders want to get that person to buy their loan product and attract them with cheap interest rates or access to their product.
People that have had a bad credit bump in the road or ongoing financial difficulties will have a low credit score. The score is a warning to creditors to either stay away and say no or to increase their price of credit through the interest rate to cover projected defaults.
When deciding how to deal with issues in life, and especially financial issues, falling a slave to your credit score is a bad idea. I’ve watched so many people make really bad decision because they are afraid it will hurt their credit score. At times like that the more appropriate answer should be “Who cares about the credit score.”
A credit score is actually not a scam, sham or fraud. But it is a game.
Why is it a game? Well it’s an easy system to deal with and overcome. A bad credit score isn’t a death sentence and it can be easily overcome. Look at how easy it is to play the game.
So let’s get it straight what a credit score really is and play the game well. If you have to take a credit hit, so be it, but then get back in the game and clean things up.