Terms & Conditions
ACCEPTANCE OF TERMS
These Terms and Conditions ("Terms and Conditions" or "Agreement") apply to all: (a) transactions between you and ConsumerInfo.com, Inc., an Experian® company ("CIC"), and its service provider, CSIdentity Corporation, an Experian company (“CSID”), through the website, including, but not limited to, your use of CreditCheck® and other Products offered on the website such as FICO® Scores and Experian Credit Report, (collectively, the "Products"); (b) your access to and use of the websites located at (the "Product Website"); and (c) your access to and use of calculators, credit resources, text, pictures, graphics, logos, button items, icons, images, works of authorship and other information and all revisions, modifications, and enhancements thereto (“Content”).
YOUR ORDER OF, USE OF, AND ACCESS TO, THE PRODUCTS, PRODUCT WEBSITES AND CONTENT ARE SUBJECT TO ALL TERMS AND CONDITIONS CONTAINED HEREIN AND ALL APPLICABLE LAWS AND REGULATIONS. PLEASE READ THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS CAREFULLY. YOUR ORDER OF, ACCEPTANCE OF, USE OF, AND/OR ACCESS TO, THE PRODUCTS, PRODUCT WEBSITES AND/OR CONTENT CONSTITUTES YOUR AGREEMENT TO ABIDE BY EACH OF THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS SET FORTH HEREIN. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE WITH ANY OF THESE TERMS OR CONDITIONS, DO NOT ORDER, USE OR ACCESS ANY PRODUCT, PRODUCT WEBSITE OR CONTENT, OR ANY OF THE INFORMATION WITHIN THE PRODUCT, PRODUCT WEBSITE, OR CONTENT, DISCARD THE PRODUCTS YOU RECEIVED IMMEDIATELY AND CALL CUSTOMER SERVICE TO CANCEL YOUR MEMBERSHIP.
This Agreement may be updated from time to time. Online customers should check the Product Websites regularly for updates to these Terms and Conditions. Each time you order, access or use any of the Products, Product Websites, and/or Content, you signify your acceptance and agreement, without limitation or qualification, to be bound by the then current Agreement. Modifications take effect as soon as they are posted to this Website (or any of the Websites, to the extent applicable to you), delivered to you, or reasonably made available to you in writing by CIC. However, no unilateral amendment will retroactively modify the parties' agreed-to dispute resolution provisions of this Agreement for then-pending disputes, unless the parties expressly agree otherwise in writing. In all other respects, any modification or update to the arbitration provision shall be governed by subsection (g) of the Agreement's "Dispute Resolution By Binding Arbitration" Section below.
USE OF THE PRODUCTS
In consideration of your order of, access to, and/or use of any Product, Product Website, and/or Content you agree to provide true, accurate, complete and current information about yourself and any minor children you are enrolling, or have enrolled, in any Product, when prompted to do so by the registration and application forms or requested to do so by CIC. By registering, you certify that you are eighteen (18) years of age or older. If any information you provide is untrue, inaccurate or not current, or if CIC has reasonable grounds to suspect that such information is untrue, inaccurate or not current, CIC, at its sole discretion, has the right to suspend or terminate your order of, use of, and/or access to, any Product, Product Website and/or Content, and refuse all current or future orders of, use of, and/or access to, any Product, Product Website and/or Content, or suspend or terminate any portion thereof. Further, you agree that CIC will not be liable to you, your minor children or any third party if CIC suspends or terminates your order of, use of, or access to any Product, Product Websites or Content, or any portion thereof, for any reason.
PERMISSIBLE PURPOSE AND CONTENTS
You understand and agree that by submitting your order you are providing "written instructions" in accordance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act, as amended ("FCRA"), for CIC, and its service provider, CSID, to obtain information from your personal credit profile from Experian or any other credit reporting company. You authorize CIC, and its service provider, CSID, to access your credit profile to verify your identity and to provide credit monitoring, credit reporting, credit scoring, credit score monitoring and tracking, identity monitoring, alerts for, among other things, dormant accounts, inquiries, other changes to information contained in your credit report, fraud resolution, card registry products, and name and alias reports. You also authorize CIC to access your credit profile to perform other functions related to providing the product(s) that you have ordered or may order, including to verify your identity or any certification that you may be required to make. You also understand and agree that CIC, and its service provider, CSID, may, from time to time, provide additional products, services, features and/or functionality to you, and that they shall be offered pursuant to the same authorization you provided to CIC for CIC to obtain your credit report and/or credit score(s) on a recurring basis to provide them to you while you are provided the product(s) that you have ordered or may order.
You further understand and agree that you are providing “written instructions” in accordance with the FCRA for CIC, and it service provider, CSID, to obtain and use the information you have provided, and your credit report and/or credit score(s) to notify you of credit opportunities and other products and services that may be available to you through CIC or through unaffiliated third parties. You understand and agree that CIC receives compensation for the marketing of credit opportunities or other products or services available through third parties, and that this compensation may impact how and where such credit opportunities, products or services appear on a Website (including, for example, the order in which they appear).
DISPUTE RESOLUTION BY BINDING ARBITRATION
PLEASE READ THIS CAREFULLY. IT AFFECTS YOUR RIGHTS.
MOST CUSTOMER CONCERNS CAN BE RESOLVED QUICKLY AND TO THE CUSTOMER'S SATISFACTION BY CALLING CIC’S CUSTOMER SERVICE DEPARTMENT AT 877-735-7785. IN THE UNLIKELY EVENT THAT CIC'S CUSTOMER SERVICE DEPARTMENT IS UNABLE TO RESOLVE A COMPLAINT YOU MAY HAVE TO YOUR SATISFACTION (OR IF CIC HAS NOT BEEN ABLE TO RESOLVE A DISPUTE IT HAS WITH YOU AFTER ATTEMPTING TO DO SO INFORMALLY), WE EACH AGREE TO RESOLVE THOSE DISPUTES THROUGH BINDING ARBITRATION OR SMALL CLAIMS COURT INSTEAD OF IN COURTS OF GENERAL JURISDICTION TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. ARBITRATION IS MORE INFORMAL THAN A LAWSUIT IN COURT. ARBITRATION USES A NEUTRAL ARBITRATOR INSTEAD OF A JUDGE OR JURY, ALLOWS FOR MORE LIMITED DISCOVERY THAN IN COURT, AND IS SUBJECT TO VERY LIMITED REVIEW BY COURTS. ARBITRATORS CAN AWARD THE SAME DAMAGES AND RELIEF THAT A COURT CAN AWARD. ANY ARBITRATION UNDER THIS AGREEMENT WILL TAKE PLACE ON AN INDIVIDUAL BASIS; CLASS ARBITRATIONS AND CLASS ACTIONS ARE NOT PERMITTED. CIC WILL PAY ALL COSTS OF ARBITRATION, NO MATTER WHO WINS, SO LONG AS YOUR CLAIM IS NOT FRIVOLOUS. HOWEVER, IN ARBITRATION, BOTH YOU AND CIC WILL BE ENTITLED TO RECOVER ATTORNEYS’ FEES FROM THE OTHER PARTY TO THE SAME EXTENT AS YOU WOULD BE IN COURT.
(a) CIC and you agree to arbitrate all disputes and claims between us arising out of this Agreement directly related to the Products, Product Websites, and/or Content to the maximum extent permitted by law, except any disputes or claims which under governing law are not subject to arbitration. This agreement to arbitrate is intended to be broadly interpreted and to make all disputes and claims between us subject to arbitration to the fullest extent permitted by law. However, for the avoidance of doubt, any dispute you may have with us arising out of or related to the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) or other state or federal laws relating to the information contained in your consumer disclosure or report, including but not limited to claims for alleged inaccuracies in your credit report or the information in your credit file, shall not be governed by this agreement to arbitrate. This agreement to arbitrate otherwise includes, but is not limited to:
claims arising out of or relating to any aspect of the relationship between us, whether based in contract, tort, statute (including, without limitation, the Credit Repair Organizations Act) fraud, misrepresentation or any other legal theory; claims that arose before this or any prior Agreement (including, but not limited to, claims relating to advertising); claims that are currently the subject of purported class action litigation in which you are not a member of a certified class; and claims that may arise after the termination of this Agreement.
For purposes of this arbitration provision, references to "CIC," "you," and "us" shall include our respective parent entities, subsidiaries, affiliates (including, without limitation, our service provider, CSID), agents, employees, predecessors in interest, successors and assigns, websites of the foregoing, as well as all authorized or unauthorized users or beneficiaries of services, products or information under this or prior Agreements between us. Notwithstanding the foregoing, either party may bring an individual action in small claims court. You agree that, by entering into this Agreement, you and CIC are each waiving the right to a trial by jury or to participate in a class action to the maximum extent permitted by law. This Agreement evidences a transaction in interstate commerce, and thus the Federal Arbitration Act governs the interpretation and enforcement of this arbitration provision. This arbitration provision shall survive termination of this Agreement.
(b) A party who intends to seek arbitration must first send to the other, by certified mail, a written Notice of Dispute ("Notice''). The Notice to CIC should be addressed to: General Counsel, Experian, 475 Anton Boulevard, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 ("Notice Address''). The Notice must describe the nature and basis of the claim or dispute and set forth the specific relief you seek from CIC ("Demand''). If CIC and you do not reach an agreement to resolve the claim within 30 days after the Notice is received, you or CIC may commence an arbitration proceeding. During the arbitration, the amount of any settlement offer made by CIC or you shall not be disclosed to the arbitrator until after the arbitrator determines the amount, if any, to which you or CIC is entitled.
You may obtain more information about arbitration from www.adr.org.
(c) After CIC receives notice at the Notice Address that you have commenced arbitration, it will promptly reimburse you for your payment of the filing fee. (The filing fee currently is $200 for claims under $10,000, but is subject to change by the arbitration provider. If you are unable to pay this fee, CIC will pay it directly upon receiving a written request at the Notice Address.) The arbitration will be governed by the Commercial Dispute Resolution Procedures and the Supplementary Procedures for Consumer Related Disputes (collectively, "AAA Rules") of the American Arbitration Association ("AAA"), as modified by this Agreement, and will be administered by the AAA. If the AAA is unavailable or refuses to arbitrate the parties' dispute for any reason, the arbitration shall be administered and conducted by a widely-recognized arbitration organization that is mutually agreeable to the parties, but neither party shall unreasonably withhold their consent. If the parties cannot agree to a mutually agreeable arbitration organization, one shall be appointed pursuant to Section 5 of the Federal Arbitration Act. In all events, the AAA Rules shall govern the parties' dispute. The AAA Rules are available online at www.adr.org, by calling the AAA at 1-800-778-7879, or by writing to the Notice Address.
All issues are for the arbitrator to decide, including the scope and enforceability of this arbitration provision as well as the Agreement’s other terms and conditions, and the arbitrator shall have exclusive authority to resolve any such dispute relating to the scope and enforceability of this arbitration provision or any other term of this Agreement including, but not limited to any claim that all or any part of this arbitration provision or Agreement is void or voidable. However if putative class or representative claims are initially brought by either party in a court of law, and a motion to compel arbitration is brought by any party, then the court shall have the power to decide whether this agreement permits class or representative proceedings. The arbitrator shall be bound by the terms of this Agreement and shall follow the applicable law. Unless CIC and you agree otherwise, any arbitration hearings will take place in the county (or parish) of your billing address. If your claim is for $10,000 or less, we agree that you may choose whether the arbitration will be conducted solely on the basis of documents submitted to the arbitrator, through a telephonic hearing, or by an in-person hearing as established by the AAA Rules. If your claim exceeds $10,000, the right to a hearing will be determined by the AAA Rules. Except as otherwise provided for herein, CIC will pay all AAA filing, administration and arbitrator fees for any arbitration initiated in accordance with the notice requirements above. If, however, the arbitrator finds that either the substance of your claim or the relief sought in the Demand is frivolous or brought for an improper purpose (as measured by the standards set forth in Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 11(b)), then the payment of all such fees will be governed by the AAA Rules. In such case, you agree to reimburse CIC for all monies previously disbursed by it that are otherwise your obligation to pay under the AAA Rules.
(d) The arbitrator may make rulings and resolve disputes as to the payment and reimbursement of fees and expenses at any time during the proceeding or in the final award, pursuant to applicable law and the AAA Rules.
(e) Discovery and/or the exchange of non-privileged information relevant to the dispute will be governed by the AAA Rules.
(f) YOU AND CIC AGREE THAT EACH MAY BRING CLAIMS AGAINST THE OTHER ONLY IN YOUR OR ITS INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY, AND NOT AS A PLAINTIFF OR CLASS MEMBER IN ANY PURPORTED CLASS OR REPRESENTATIVE PROCEEDING. Further, unless both you and CIC agree otherwise, the arbitrator may not consolidate more than one person's claims, and may not otherwise preside over any form of a representative or class proceeding. The arbitrator may award injunctive relief only in favor of the individual party seeking relief and only to the extent necessary to provide relief warranted by that party's individual claim. If this specific subparagraph (f) is found to be unenforceable, then the entirety of this arbitration provision shall be null and void.However, if only a portion of this subparagraph (f) is found to be unenforceable, then the unenforceable portion of the provision shall be stricken, and the remainder of subparagraph (f) enforced. Any claims not subject to individual arbitration under applicable law shall be stayed in a court of competent jurisdiction pending completion of the individual arbitration.
(g) Notwithstanding any provision in this Agreement to the contrary, we agree that if CIC makes any change to this arbitration provision (other than a change to the Notice Address) during your membership in any credit monitoring or other product, you may reject any such change and require CIC to adhere to the language in this provision if a dispute between us arises regarding such membership product by providing Notice to CIC at the Notice Address above prior to initiating your dispute.
The FCRA allows you to obtain a copy of all of the information in your consumer credit file disclosure from any consumer credit reporting company for a reasonable charge. The FCRA also states that individuals are entitled to receive a disclosure directly from the consumer credit reporting company free of charge under the following circumstances:
·You have been denied credit, insurance or employment in the past 60 days as a result of your report
·You certify in writing that you are unemployed and intend to apply for employment in the 60-day period beginning on the day you make the certification
·You are a recipient of public welfare assistance
·You have reason to believe that your file at the agency contains inaccurate information due to fraud
The FCRA also permits consumers to dispute inaccurate information in their credit report without charge. Accurate information cannot be changed. You do not have to purchase your credit report or other information from CIC to dispute inaccurate or incomplete information in your Experian file or to receive a copy of your Experian consumer disclosure.
The credit report you are requesting from CIC is not intended to constitute the disclosure of Experian information required by the FCRA or similar state laws. Experian's National Consumer Assistance Center provides a proprietary consumer disclosure that is different from the consumer credit report provided by CIC. This disclosure report must be obtained directly from Experian by going to www.experian.com/dispute, or by calling 888-EXPERIAN.
The FCRA allows consumers to get one free comprehensive disclosure of all of the information in their credit file from each of the three national credit reporting companies (Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion) once every 12 months through a central source. Georgia residents can receive two disclosures per year. Although comprehensive, the credit reports from each of the three national credit reporting companies that are available from CIC may not have the same information as a credit report obtained directly from the three national credit reporting companies or through the central source. To request your free annual report under the FCRA, you must go to www.annualcreditreport.com, or call 877-322-8228. CIC's Products are not related to the free FCRA disclosure that you are or may be entitled to.
MODIFICATION OF PRODUCTS
CIC may, at its discretion, modify or discontinue any of the Products, Product Websites or Content, or any portion thereof, with or without notice. You agree that CIC will not be liable to you, your minor children, or any third party for any modification or discontinuance of any of the Products, Product Websites or Content.
NOTICE OF PROSECUTION
For online customers, access to and use of password protected and/or secure areas of the Product Websites are restricted to authorized users only. Unauthorized individuals attempting to access these areas of the Product Websites may be subject to prosecution.
Failure to comply with the FCRA can result in state or federal enforcement actions, as well as private lawsuits. In addition, any person who knowingly and willfully obtains a consumer credit report or disclosure under false pretenses may face criminal prosecution.
SECURITY MEASURES AND AUTHENTICATION
Because CIC uses security measures designed to protect your privacy and to safeguard your information, CIC may not always be able to successfully provide Products to you, including instant online delivery of your credit score for online customers.
CIC may use your personal information to the extent necessary to process your order and/or engage in business maintenance.
You must have an email address and a Java-compatible browser to receive your Products online. As an online customer, you are agreeing to receive all notifications via email at the email address on file with CIC. You are obligated to update the email address on file when your email address changes. In the event that CIC is unable to deliver email messages to you, you agree to accept product notifications in an alternative method, such as direct mail or SMS messages. We strongly encourage you to select SMS messaging as an alternative method of receiving notifications and alerts. You may select this method by accessing your member homepage online and changing your Alert Settings. Please note, mobile messaging rates may apply. All service alerts are also accessible online in your Alerts Center of your account.
To ensure receipt of all notifications, you are obligated to update the email address on file when your email address changes. In the event that you fail to update your email address on file with CIC, and thus CIC is unable to deliver email messages to you, you nonetheless understand and agree that the Product will be fulfilled at the price agreed upon at the time that you placed your order.
NO WARRANTY BY CIC
YOU EXPRESSLY UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT YOUR USE OF THE PRODUCTS, PRODUCT WEBSITES AND CONTENT IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK. ALL PRODUCTS, PRODUCT WEBSITES AND CONTENT ARE PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS" OR "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS. CIC AND ITS SUPPLIERS EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES, GUARANTEES AND CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE OR NONINFRINGEMENT. THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THE PRODUCTS, PRODUCT WEBSITES, CONTENT OR OTHER MATERIALS YOU MAY RECEIVE FROM CIC DO NOT CONSTITUTE LEGAL, TAX, ACCOUNTING OR OTHER PROFESSIONAL ADVICE. CIC MAKES NO WARRANTY THAT (I) THE PRODUCTS AND CONTENT ARE ACCURATE, TIMELY, UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR-FREE; AND (II) ANY RESULTS THAT MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE USE OF THE PRODUCTS OR CONTENT WILL BE RELIABLE.
If you are using an activation code to obtain a Product, you are restricted to a one-time use of such activation code. Any subsequent use of the activation code will result in immediate termination of any associated Products without notice and in accordance with the termination provision(s) in the section entitled "Use of the Products," found herein.
Please note that if you improperly obtain a Product with an activation code, any credit card number you may have provided to us will also be charged with the fee for the Product that was obtained improperly.
LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
YOU UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT CIC WILL NOT BE LIABLE TO YOU (OR ANY OF YOUR MINOR CHILDREN) FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES RESULTING FROM OR IN ANY WAY CONNECTED TO YOUR ACCESS TO, USE, OR INABILITY TO USE THE PRODUCTS, PRODUCT WEBSITES, CONTENT OR MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS, OR FROM YOUR ACCESS TO, USE OF, INABILITY TO USE, OR RELIANCE UPON ANY LINKED WEB SITE (IF APPLICABLE), EVEN IF CIC HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF THOSE DAMAGES. SOME JURISDICTIONS EITHER DO NOT ALLOW OR PLACE RESTRICTIONS UPON THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF DAMAGES IN CERTAIN TYPES OF AGREEMENTS; FOR THESE JURISDICTIONS, THE AFOREMENTIONED LIMITATION ON LIABILITY SHALL BE TO THE MAXIMUM DEGREE PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW. IF, NOTWITHSTANDING THE ABOVE, LIABILITY IS IMPOSED UPON CIC, THEN YOU AGREE THAT CIC'S TOTAL LIABILITY TO YOU (AND ANY OF YOUR MINOR CHILDREN) FOR ANY OR ALL OF YOUR LOSSES OR INJURIES (OR THOSE OF YOUR MINOR CHILDREN) FROM CIC'S ACTS OR OMISSIONS, REGARDLESS OF THE NATURE OF THE LEGAL OR EQUITABLE CLAIM, SHALL NOT EXCEED THE AMOUNT PAID BY YOU TO CIC FOR THE PRODUCT(S) YOU PURCHASE FROM CIC.
NOT A CREDIT REPAIR ORGANIZATION OR CONTRACT
CIC offers access to your credit report, your FICO® Score, and other credit information. CIC and its affiliates are not credit repair organizations, and are not offering to sell, provide or perform any service to you for the express or implied purpose of either improving your credit record, credit history or credit rating or providing advice or assistance to you with regard to improving your credit record, credit history or credit rating. You acknowledge and agree that you are not seeking to purchase, use, or access any of the Products, Product Websites, and Content in order to do so.
Accurate adverse information on your credit report cannot be changed. If you believe that your credit report contains inaccurate, non-fraudulent information, it is your responsibility to contact the relevant credit reporting company, and follow the appropriate procedures for notifying the credit reporting company that you believe that your credit report contains an inaccuracy. Any information provided to you regarding the procedures followed by the various credit reporting companies related to the removal of inaccurate, non-fraudulent information is provided without charge to you and is available for free. Any such information is not included as part of your credit monitoring product but is provided free of charge to all consumers, regardless of whether they are members of the credit score monitoring product.
FICO® Scores are developed by Fair Isaac Corporation. The FICO Score provided by CIC herein, as applicable, is based on FICO Score 8, and is powered by Experian credit data. CIC may, in its discretion and from time to time, provide a FICO Score based on the FICO Score 8 scoring model at no charge to you in a free Product. In the event CIC provides a FICO Score at no charge to you, such free FICO Score may not include an explanation of the positive and negative factors impacting your score. Many but not all lenders use FICO Score 8.
In addition to the FICO Score 8, CIC may offer and provide, solely in its discretion and as applicable, other base or industry-specific FICO Scores. The other FICO Scores made available are calculated from versions of the base and industry-specific FICO Score models. There are many different credit scoring models that can give a different assessment of your credit rating and relative risk (risk of default) for the same credit report. Your lender or insurer may use a different FICO Score than FICO Score 8 or such other base or industry-specific FICO Score, or another type of credit score altogether. Just remember that your credit rating is often the same even if the number is not. For some consumers, however, the credit rating of FICO Score 8 (or other FICO Score) could vary from the score used by your lender. The statements that "90% of top lenders use FICO Scores" and "FICO Scores are used in 90% of credit decisions" are based on a third-party study of all versions of FICO Scores sold to lenders, including but not limited to scores based on FICO Score 8. Base FICO® Scores (including the FICO Score 8) range from 300 to 850. Industry-specific FICO Scores range from 250-900. Higher scores represent a greater likelihood that you'll pay back your debts so you are viewed as being a lower credit risk to lenders. A lower FICO Score indicates to lenders that you may be a higher credit risk. There are three different major credit reporting agencies - Experian, TransUnion® and Equifax® - that maintain a record of your credit history known as your credit report. Your FICO Score is based on the information in your credit report at the time it is requested. Your credit report information can vary from agency to agency because some lenders report your credit history to only one or two of the agencies. So your FICO Score can vary if the information they have on file for you is different. Since the information in your report can change over time, your FICO Score may also change.
Due to how FICO® Scores are calculated, it is possible that you may experience a change in your score, including as compared to other scoring models previously provided by CIC (including as part of your Prodict membership).
Under certain circumstances, we will be unable to provide a credit score to you based on your particular credit behaviors, or a score may be unavailable at a particular time. Although your score may be unavailable at a given time, it may later become available, depending on a change in your credit behaviors or to the information a credit reporting agency has on file for you. Scores may be offered to you free of charge, or in some circumstances, may require a fee. Even if you pay a fee to obtain a score, a score may not always be available to you (even if a credit report is available to you). If a credit score is unavailable, you may want to learn more about the reasons a score is not available for you, and what actions you might be able to take so later a score may be generated for you. In the event a score is not available for you and you have questions, please call Customer Care.
REGISTERING FOR ANY PRODUCT
To request a credit score, you must have an address within the United States, provide a valid Social Security number, address, email address and date of birth and agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions. In other limited circumstances, you may need to provide a valid telephone number so that CIC can process your order. CIC will then evaluate your complete registration information.
In certain jurisdictions sales tax at state and local rates may apply, in which case you may be charged the applicable taxes in addition to the monthly fee and/or the price of the product.
For certain Products and/or channels where Products are sold, we reserve the right to accept or decline some forms of payment, including, but not limited to "pre-paid" or "re-loadable" credit/debit cards.
SPOUSE/ADULT CHILDREN NOT INCLUDED
CIC is not able to accept and process joint registration for two or more adults. Neither your spouse nor any other adult will be enrolled in any Product pursuant to your order.
FEATURES OF CreditCheck® & ID Monitor
Not all versions of CreditCheck® & ID Monitor include the same features. Please consult the associated Product literature and/or Website for included Product features. If you are already a member, please log in to the Website for your applicable Product features.
Credit Alerts. This feature of the Product will send you an "alert" if (i) key changes are detected on your Experian (and where applicable TransUnion and Equifax) credit reports; (ii) when the Internet Scan feature (where applicable) detects your Social Security number, debit card number, or credit card number on the Internet; or (iii) (where applicable) when the United States Postal Service® receives a request for a change of your residential address.
Credit Monitoring Alerts. This feature seeks to monitor key changes in your credit file at Experian. CIC requests that Experian enroll you in its credit monitoring program. In the event that you order a CreditCheck® & ID Monitor product that includes three bureau credit monitoring, CIC requests that Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion enroll you in their credit monitoring programs. You will only receive alerts for key changes made to the credit reports for which you are enrolled in credit monitoring. If you are not enrolled in credit monitoring at a credit bureau, you will not receive alerts to changes on those reports.
Internet Scan Alerts. The Internet Scan feature scans the Internet for your Social Security number and up to three debit or credit cards. We will not automatically scan the internet for your personal information. You must activate the Internet Scan feature in your Member Center. If you do not activate this feature, your social security number, debit card(s) or credit card(s) will not be monitored on the web. You must provide us with the information that you would like for us to monitor and scan on the internet in areas known for criminal activity. We will send you an alert if your information is detected in the method chosen by you; either email, United States Postal Service, or sms mobile text message. The Internet Scan feature is provided by CIC and a third party vendor. Because the internet is vast, neither CIC nor its vendor guarantee that Internet Scan will detect all improper use of your information.
Identity Alerts. This feature will notify you if your personal information is used to open new credit cards, checks, and other financial activities.
Demand Deposit Alerts. This feature will notify you when there is a new checking or savings account application or an account change using your personal information.
Credit Limit and Utilization Alerts. This feature will notify you when a change is identified that one or more of your credit limits has increased or decreased; or your credit utilization increased or decreased by a certain percentage.
Social Media Monitoring. This feature monitors select social media accounts for new activity and profile changes that could compromise your privacy or indicate identity theft. Once you have completed your order, you must supply additional information to begin social media monitoring. Please see the website for more details.
United States Postal Service® Change of Address Monitoring and Alerts. This feature checks for changes to your registered mailing address and alerts you if an address change is detected. The following trademarks are owned by the United States Postal Service: NCOA and United States Postal Service. NCOA processing is performed by a non-exclusive licensee of the United States Postal Service.
Positive Activity Alerts. This feature will alert you if one or more of your accounts shows improvements. Typical alerts relate to accounts that have been paid (auto, mortgage, or personal loan) or derogatory/delinquent accounts that have improved to paid/current status.
Experian Credit Report. Upon successful enrollment, you will receive your credit report(s). In some cases, you may receive credit score(s) with your credit report(s). After 90 days, you will no longer be able to view the credit report that you receive upon enrollment. Additional credit reports and scores are available for purchase in your Member Center for an additional fee.
Card Replacement Service. This feature allows you to call us and receive assistance from an Experian call center agent to cancel or replace any credit cards, debit cards or medical insurance cards registered with the service. Credit cards and debit cards that appear on the credit file are automatically registered. Other cards not appearing on the credit file need to be registered once you have completed your enrollment. Please see the website for more details.
CREDIT MONITORING - ADDITIONAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS
(Applicable for the following products: CreditCheck® & ID Monitor and ChildSecureSM)
Your membership in credit monitoring is effective for the period covered by your membership fee and continues upon your payment of the monthly/annual renewal fee. Renewal fees for your membership will automatically be charged, at the then current rate, to the credit card or other billing source authorized by you, on the first day of each successive membership term, until you cancel your membership. Should you choose to discontinue your membership for any reason before expiration of the then applicable membership term for which you have paid, you may cancel your membership and terminate further billing by calling the toll-free number listed on this Web Site, or by calling 866-751-1320. If you are an annual subscriber and choose to cancel within 180 days of when you were billed, you will be eligible to receive a prorated refund of your current year's membership fee. If you are a monthly subscriber and choose to cancel after your free trial ends or anytime during your monthly billing term, your membership and monthly billing will terminate at the end of your monthly billing term and you will not be eligible for a prorated refund of any portion of your paid monthly membership fee. CIC reserves the right to change the membership fee for any renewal term to be effective upon the renewal of your membership.
Please note, there are different processing times across the credit reporting companies, therefore you may not be enrolled in all of them at the same time. Monitoring with Experian begins within 48 hours of enrollment in the Product. Monitoring with Equifax and TransUnion takes approximately 4 days to begin. CIC does not control and is not responsible for the enrollment process.
When you order a single bureau credit monitoring product from CIC, CIC requests that Experian enroll you in its credit monitoring program. When you order a credit monitoring product from CIC that monitors credit files at three credit bureaus, CIC requests that Experian, Equifax and TransUnion enroll you in their credit monitoring programs.
Your order of any single bureau credit monitoring product is conditioned upon successful enrollment by Experian in its credit monitoring program; if Experian is not able to enroll you, your order will be cancelled and you will not receive alerts or monitoring of changes to your Experian credit file.
Your order of any tri-bureau credit monitoring product (monitoring credit files at three credit bureaus) is conditioned upon successful enrollment by at least one credit bureau in its credit monitoring program. If no credit bureau is able to enroll you in its credit monitoring program, your order will be cancelled, and you will not receive alerts or monitoring of changes to any of your credit files. In the event that one or two credit bureaus, but not all three credit bureaus, is able to enroll you in their credit monitoring, credit monitoring will be provided by the bureau or bureaus that were able to enroll you; you will not receive alerts or monitoring of changes to the credit files of the bureau or bureaus that were not able to enroll you in their credit monitoring program.
In the event you order a three-bureau credit monitoring product, by placing your order, you agree that, if fewer than all three credit bureaus enroll you in their credit monitoring, CIC is authorized to monitor only the credit files at the bureau or bureaus that enrolled you. Any such credit monitoring will be provided at the price agreed upon; you will not be eligible for a price reduction, discount or refund. CIC will notify you in the event that fewer than all three credit bureaus enroll you in credit monitoring, but such notification may not occur during your trial period.
Credit Monitoring Membership Where No Trial Period Applies: The monthly/annual fee for a credit monitoring membership will be billed immediately to the credit card or other billing source authorized by you. If an introductory rate applies, the monthly/annual fee for a credit monitoring membership will be billed immediately at the applicable introductory rate, and for each successive membership term, you will be billed at the applicable published standard rate as described on the Website and/or in the Product literature provided when you enroll.
Credit Monitoring Membership for a Pre-Defined Term: If you have agreed to a promotional offer for credit monitoring for a pre-defined term, your credit card or other authorized billing source will be billed the promotional membership fee immediately. Your credit monitoring membership will continue for the pre-defined term and membership benefits will expire at the end of this term. If you choose to cancel your monitoring membership during the pre-defined term, you will not be entitled to a refund, prorated or otherwise of the promotional membership fee.
IDENTITY ALERTS AND INTERNET SURVEILLANCE SCANS – ADDITIONAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Disclaimer. Because the Internet is vast, CIC, and its service provider, CSID, cannot guarantee that Identity Alerts (if available in your Product), including any internet surveillance scans and reports, will detect all possible instances of identity theft and/or potentially fraudulent, or otherwise improper, use of your information. Certain information contained in Identity Alerts may be obtained from criminal activities monitored on the Internet. Because of the dynamic nature of this data, the exchange platforms, and the fact that it may have been obtained from criminals, among other considerations, CIC and CSID cannot guarantee the accuracy or completeness of the Identity Alerts provided. Please understand that the third party databases monitored to enable Identity Alerts are subject to change.
Accuracy of Your Personal Information. As a condition for using and receiving Identity Alerts, you acknowledge and agree that you will keep any personal information required to enable the applicable Identity Alert accurate and current, including without limitation, your name, address, date of birth, e-mail address, telephone number, social security number, driver's license number, and financial account numbers (e.g. credit or debit card numbers, if applicable).
CHILD MONITORING AND/OR CHILDSECURE® - ADDITIONAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Scope of Services. If made available in your Product, the Child Monitoring that will be performed is different than monitoring for persons over the age of eighteen (18). Please reference details provided at the time of enrollment for more information on the type and scope of Child Monitoring offered as part of your Product.
Certification as Parent or Guardian. A "Child" is defined as a minor under the age of eighteen (18). We will provide information about a Child only to the Child's parent or legal guardian. You certify that you are the parent or legal guardian of each child whom you have named on the Child Monitoring enrollment forms and that you understand and agree that enrollment may require CIC and/or its service provider, CSID, to obtain information about those children from a credit reporting company, if applicable, and that any information about those children that you obtain from CIC and/or its service provider, CSID, will be used solely for the purpose of protecting against or preventing actual or potential fraud with respect the children whom you are enrolling or have enrolled in Child Monitoring.
Proof of Guardianship. COC and/or its service provider, CSID, may require, at their sole discretion, the parent or legal guardian to prove guardianship in order for the parent or legal guardian to receive the details on a Child's monitored information or request fraud resolution, which may include, but is not limited to, the Child's Social Security card and birth certificate, valid proof of identification, proof of residence, and/or a similar federal or court produced document demonstrating such relationship.
Automatic Unenrollment Prior to 18th Birthday. An enrollee in the Child Monitoring service is no longer considered a Child when the enrollee reaches his or her eighteenth (18) birthday and CIC and/or its service provider, CSID, reserve the right to automatically unenroll any Child enrolled in Child Monitoring within seven (7) days before their eighteen birthday, based on the date of birth information provided by you in the enrollment process. After that time period, you will not receive monitoring of any sort regarding that Child.
TRANSACTIONAL CREDIT REPORTS AND CREDIT SCORES - ADDITIONAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS
(Applicable for the following Products: 3 Bureau Credit Report and FICO® Scores, Experian Credit Report and FICO® Score)
When you use any Product, Product Website and/or Content to access your personal credit report and/or credit score, you are certifying that you understand and agree to the following:
- You may access your credit report and/or score for 90 days on the date of delivery. Credit reports and/or scores may not be available for access after initial delivery date. You may choose to purchase a new credit report and/or score or wait until your next free refresh, if applicable.
- Refunds will not be issued once we have successfully located and delivered the Product(s) to you.
- If you have questions regarding your credit report or would like to dispute information, you may request an investigation by contacting the credit reporting company that supplied the information, as indicated in your credit report.
- For online customers, if you are inactive (have not clicked on an item or refreshed the page) for a period of 20 minutes or more when reviewing your credit report and/or credit score online, your session will conclude and you will be logged out for your protection.
Disclaimers: You acknowledge that the information provided to you through the FICO® Score, including the score factors derived from the elements in your credit report, may change over time as your credit report changes. You also acknowledge that the score factor information on how to monitor your credit position assumes there will be no adverse changes in your credit performance. CIC is not responsible for the accuracy or contents of your credit file, including but not limited to information delivered in the credit report and/or score products. Please note that pursuant to section 609f of the FCRA, consumers can obtain their credit score at any time for a statutorily set fee.
FRAUD RESOLUTION - ADDITIONAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Obtaining Assistance: There are certain steps that you MUST FOLLOW in order to obtain assistance from a fraud resolution representative ("Assistance"). These steps include contacting a Customer Service Representative by calling 866-751-1320.
If you are a victim of identity theft, which is hereby defined as the act of knowingly transferring or using, without lawful authority, a means of identification with the intent to commit, or to aid or abet, any unlawful activity that constitutes a violation of federal law or a felony under applicable state or local law ("Identity Theft"), and you incur problems or suffer damages, you should call the number listed in the My Credit Center area on this Web Site, or call 866-751-1320 and make a request for Assistance. Upon acceptance of your request, a CIC fraud resolution representative will contact you. If you contact CIC regarding fraud resolution, you are agreeing to permit CIC to order a copy of your credit report for any purpose relating to your request for assistance.
If you are requesting fraud resolution regarding an enrolled child, you will be required to re-certify your status as parent or guardian, and provide documents requested by CIC to verify your status as parent or guardian, including, but not limited to, the child's Social Security card and birth certificate, valid proof of your identification, and proof of your residence.
DISCLAIMERS: THE FRAUD RESOLUTION BENEFIT IS DESIGNED TO HELP YOU PROTECT YOURSELF FROM IDENTITY THEFT VULNERABILITIES. THE PRODUCT IS PROVIDED IN ADDITION TO ANY PRECAUTIONS YOU SHOULD REASONABLY BE EXPECTED TO TAKE, INCLUDING PROTECTING YOUR ACCOUNT NAMES, PASSWORDS, SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER AND OTHER PERSONALLY IDENTIFYING INFORMATION. CIC'S FRAUD RESOLUTION ASSISTANCE DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A POLICY OR CONTRACT OF INSURANCE. CIC DOES NOT GUARANTEE THE ACCURACY OF LIEN, JUDGMENT, INVESTMENT, OR CRIMINAL SEARCHES IT MAY PERFORM ON YOUR BEHALF.
CIC is not obligated or responsible for providing Assistance for any request based on (a) an act of fraud, deceit, collusion, dishonesty or criminal act by you or any person acting in concert with you, or by any authorized representative of you, whether acting alone or in collusion with you or others, (b) authorized charges that you have disputed based on the quality of goods or services, (c) authorized account transactions or trades that you have disputed, or are disputing, based on the execution (or non-execution) of electronic transfers, trades or other verbal or written instructions or directions, (d) losses, damages or expenses arising out of any business pursuits, (e) losses, damages or expenses that were incurred or commenced prior to the membership, or (f) theft or damages of traveler's checks, tickets of any kind, negotiable instruments, cash or its equivalent, circulating currency, passports, documents, real property, animals, living plants or consumable items, motorized vehicles of any type, watercraft, aircraft, and items intended for storage, transport, display or habitation.
Reservation of Rights: CIC, including its agents, independent contractors, assigns or other expressly authorized third party, reserves the right to make an independent investigation of the facts and circumstances related to any Assistance request, including making contact by telephone, email, US Postal Service or otherwise, any service provider or related party it deems necessary, at its sole and absolute discretion and expense, regardless of whether you provide express authorization to make such contact for purposes of verifying and assisting you with your Assistance request.
CIC reserves the right to request that you provide corroborating evidence of the unauthorized transaction, Identity Theft or other facts related to your Assistance request, including a signed affidavit, law enforcement or governmental agency reports, receipts of expenses, insurance declaration forms, or any other corroborating evidence that we may deem necessary and reasonable. Further, CIC reserves the right to refuse any Assistance request or provide any Assistance in the event you fail or refuse to provide us with any requested corroborating evidence related to the Identity Theft.
CIC reserves the right not to provide you with any Assistance or discontinue your membership in the event CIC determines that you knew, or should reasonably have known, of an act of Identity Theft that commenced prior to the membership. If at any time you cancel your membership, CIC is no longer obligated to provide any additional fraud resolution assistance.
IDENTITY THEFT INSURANCE
Identity Theft Insurance is underwritten by insurance company subsidiaries or affiliates of American International Group, Inc. (AIG). 175 Water Street, New York, New York 10038. Please refer to the actual policies on this site for terms, conditions, and exclusions of coverage. Coverage may not be available in all jurisdictions.
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Certain aspects of this website as well as features and services accessible from this website may be covered by one or more of the following: U.S. Patent Nos: U.S. Patent No. 6,321,339; U.S. Patent No. 6,282,658; U.S. Patent No. 6,263,447; U.S. Patent No. 6,496,936; U.S. Patent 7,234,156; and U.S. Patent 6,857,073.