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cv91915 has set up a Go Fund Me page to take donations that will be used for flowers for breeze's memorial, and excess will be donated to a cancer charity in breeze's name.  If you'd like to participate, please go here:  https://www.gofundme.com/breeze-memorial .  If you have any questions about donating or the GFM, please reach out to cv91915.  
Sunday, unexpectedly, we lost one of our own.  After a sudden diagnosis of liver cancer just two days before, our very own mama Breeze lost her battle with this disease and passed away on Sunday afternoon.   She passed peacefully surrounded by her family.
We know that many of you will be as devastated as we are to learn of this, and we know that you will share in our grief.  We will be in the Feedback forum with you, sharing our memories and our tears.  We encourage you to join us there.
We started on this journey fifteen years ago - breeze, Pam, LKH, and radi8.  Through everything that has transpired over the past fifteen years, we have always remained family - and Mama breeze was an integral part of that family.  We will be posting additional information here, as much as we can while still respecting her desire for privacy and anonymity.  For now, while we process our grief, we will close this notice with Godspeed, Mama.  We miss you so much already.


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Second Chances

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  1. NFCU sent me an email a few months ago about a free Cardmfax report, but when I checked the website/googled it, it expired in July. I don't know if this is something they routinely offer or not.
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    Today's Scam: (347) 378-5602

    The one I get most often now is, “You will be taken under custody by the local cops. There are four serious allegations pressed on your name at this moment. We would request you get back to us so we can discuss this case before taking legal action.” I block one number, I get the same call again next week. It's like whack-a-mole, except way less satisfying. These calls, along with Medicare scam, medical alert scam, etc. didn't happen before my identity was stolen. My SO wants me to just change my number, but it's the one I've had for 17 years.
  3. I think (for whatever it's worth) that reducing the lending standards is a terrible idea. I graduated from undergrad in spring of 2009 with a BBA in real estate. The models we were shown in my real estate finance class were appalling. I have to wonder how much of the decline in mortgage apps/loans are due to the dramatic differences in wages and home prices for first time home buyers as compared to previous generations. When adjusted for inflation, the cost of living, home prices, and education costs are higher, while wages are lower. Something has to give and home ownership is probably part of that.
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    Increase in TV commercials for CC consolidation loans?

    I don't watch TV really, so I haven't noticed the ads. What I have noticed are reports that Americans are carrying higher cc balances again and the housing market is starting to scare me again. Though to be honest, I'm one who is carrying a cc balance right now. I had some health issues (including surgery) and the balance crept up. However, I'm working hard to pay it down ASAP--it's nowhere near as bad as my melt down in grad school, but I HATE paying interest and carrying a balance. If if a recession is coming again, I'd rather meet it with no consumer debt and a healthy emergency fund.
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    Words, Phrases and Other Stuff that Annoys Me

    Eh, 14 days is about my limit for sheets. Besides, fresh sheets feel great.
  6. Congrats! Chase and Amex are my next goals, just waiting for the last CO to fall off.
  7. Vantage score isn't used by lenders (except possibly a few oddball ones?). Fico is what is used by every credit card company, auto lender, and mortgage lender that I know of, though the specific models may vary ('04, '08, '09, etc.). A Vantage score is NOT indicative of your Fico score. There's a master list on here on where you can obtain free Fico scores, otherwise you can pay myFico.com--your choice. Also, your charge off is not the only thing pulling everything down. As those wiser than I have said, your utilization is killing your score. Is the CO unpaid? If so, it's also added into utilization.
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    Would you count on this?

    I wouldn't trust that wording. A paid collection can be just as a paid one (unless you have to have it paid for a mortgage, professional licensing requirements, etc.). In the agreement, the onus should be on the CA to have it removed from the CRAs, not the CRAs. If you dispute it later (after paying), the CRAs will confirm that it is marked paid and leave it at that.
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    Comenity - Credit Limits

    Do you mean why do the lenders give CDLs when the cardholder's score takes a drop? They are trying to limit their risk. Most routinely soft pull the card holders' credit reports and review them-- they have internal formulas or risk factors that raise red flags on your account. If they suddenly start seeing maxed out util, for example, they might drastically reduce your limit.
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    When will stuff show up on my CR ?

    New accounts (whether AU or not can take some time to appear). Who are they with? Generally, purchases on revolving accounts do not show until your new statement cuts, which also varies.
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    The 40-Year Old salamander

    Congrats on the approval and getting back in with Amex!
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    Master 2018 Approvals and CLIs Thread

    NFCU GoRewards - $20,000 My last major derog falls off in about 6 months and I only have 2 open revolvers, so I needed at least one more. Now I can let it age and use the BT promo to pay down the Cap1 balance I'm carrying right now.
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    NFCU GoRewards

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    Inquiry that I did not authorize appeared on credit report.

    That's BS. Did you send a letter?
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    Inquiry that I did not authorize appeared on credit report.

    They may not be that a big deal for your score overall, but it's more she pulled without a permissible purpose. When my SO other and I were looking for a house, the lender pulled my credit, too, despite being explicitly told that it would only be in SO's name. I was pretty irritated when when I received an alert for an inq, but she was extremely apologetic when I called and removed it pretty much immediately. I would send the letter ICAN suggested.

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