08-14-2015 12:19 PM
Credit Karma has me at 654 TU/651 EQ. My FICOs are 729 TU/712 EQ.
It used to be pretty close until they switched to Vantage.
08-14-2015 12:30 PM
That is a huge difference. Fair lender vs good lender!
08-29-2015 10:20 AM
1. Credit Karma/Credit Sesame
2. TransUnion and Equifax
3. Prior to joining membership here, I got my TU from capital one and Experian from Commerce Bank
4. I don't know which one they use, I assume 08, experian???
5. My first impresion was great. It still is great. Don't get me wrong, one is far superior to the other, but they both have uses. I feel like everyone should be able to have these everyday for free though. You shouldn't have to pay, to play the game. I figured out it was different when I read up about it here. My fako score was always close enough for me. I obtained half of my current cards with a fako. Now that I am going for higher score, I am taking things more seriously, and obviously wanted a daily score of experian too. Can't take chances, and having a score of 690, vs 705, can be the deciding factor for some lenders. I have actually found that my real fico scores are higher than my fakos.
my scores arent so similar now after adding all these accounts. even with up to date info coming from both, my current CK scores are: TU: 654 and EQ; 678. That is a huge difference. Now I kind of understand how they are not so accurate!!!
09-14-2015 07:22 PM
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How about stories where the lender used a different FICO version than those that were available here?
DCU supposedly reports a true FICO but it is a go 20-30 points lower than the FICO that I get on this website. I had called DCU once because I was interested in applying for their credit card and they told me that I had to have a 620 EQ to qualify. At that point, myFICO was showing I was in the low 620s... applied and got declined with DCU showing an EQ of sub 600.
Up until the beginning of this year, I subscribed to EQ's credit monitoring. I was SOOOOO dejected because it showed my credit score as low 500s. I signed up for myFico and was stunned to learn that my scores were much closer to 600 (still not great but still -- when you are that low, it really makes a difference).
09-21-2015 04:57 AM
Thanks for sharing everyone! We're compiling everyone's stories for an exciting new website that is coming out soon. Our hope is to help educate people about the difference, and these stories are truly a big part of that! Would anyone else like to share?
09-21-2015 08:26 AM
Really a score is just a general gauge of where your credit stands whether it is a FICO score or a FAKO score.. Granted lender sometimes will solely go off a FICO score for approval or lack of an approval. I think what alot of people tend to overlook is it isn't the score that is really important it is what is your your CREDIT REPORT for each CB. People can be well into the 700's and have baddies or BK's or what not and be declined due to those reasons. I think it is the overall report lenders look at rather than just the score and look at the complete picture. Ya it is nice seeing a high score, but I look more at what is in my credit report or others reports as I find that more important than a Fico or Fako score.
09-21-2015 06:29 PM
Well i have more the same to lot of people i used
my fico TU 641 EQ 638 EX 639
CK TU 659 EQ 667
EX web site 639 same of my fico
Credit Sesame TU 667
i been rebuild my credit since 2014 i have some bog's and BK on 08 is be amazing journey and is not done yet this only is my begins, by i see the CS is base on what you have on you CR and the tape the score is used the lender by if you CR is good and you take care is nothing to worry
09-29-2015 02:38 PM
09-29-2015 04:14 PM
I get my FAKO score from a few places, but most use CK since it updates once a week. I remember when you could update it once a day! I also get it from Credit Sesame, Quizzle, Credit.com, etc. I get my FICO scores from my credit card companies when they update each month, so I don't know which bureau they get it from. Most of them give me the FICO 8 bankcard score, but I think once gives me FICO 5. I don't yet what my FICO was when I apped for my United card from Chase, but it must have been pretty good, they gave me a $19K limit. (Whoo Hoo!) The APR is a standard 15.99 for that card, it doesn't appear that it is different for anyone according to the card terms and conditions.
When I first started rebuilding the CK score was a great tool to use to track what happened and see how the score change on a daily basis according to what posted on my report. It certainly made it very visable how usage and other things really did impact a score. When some baddies fell off my report you could clearly see the nice jump it caused. When I got my first limit over $2000 you could clearly see that jump too. As I applied for cards you could also see the changes caused by the inquiries. And certainly over time it also was good to see how the score increased with proper payment of the accounts. Recently though there has been a drop to my CK score, a huge drop actually, by about 30 points, while at the same time my FICO score jumped 30 points. Right now there is almost a 70 point difference in these two scores. I find this to be amusing. I did appreciate these services in the past, but am a bit more appreciative as of recent times. Now I basically use them only for monitoring. I still check CK every week out of habit, but really don't rely on the score as much since my credit card companies give me a real FICO. It would take a little more effort, but since I have a number of cards (16 major cards and 5 store cards) I could do the same thing in regards to tracking.
See there is quite a big difference. Where as before they were pretty much in line with each other, now not really! Even if you were to compare the difference in fact that the FICO score starts at 250 and ends at 900, then it would mean that the score difference would be nearly 75 points. Just looking at the color coding you can also see the difference in levels. I am basically yellow at Ck and a nice green on the FICO scale. For rebuilding I still think that CK is good as a tool to help people to understand what it going on with their scores. You can certainly see different aspects of what you do and your factors and what happens over time. However, for me, I think the FICO seems to be more reliable. CK uses the Vantage score 3.0 model, which is not widely used by lenders. If it were, I might not have gotten that United card and if I did, not at that limit!
10-01-2015 12:09 PM
My fico scores are :
FAKO Credit Karma:
I have a perfect, but short credit history.
CK was so far off my discover Free fico score I decided to start ponying up the cash for the FICO scores
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