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Extreme Score Drop

Hello,

I recently made a $40 purchase on a credit card and paid the bill when it came in. When the charge registered with FICO, however, it dropped my score by 30 points! I contacted customer service, but they just gave me a speech about the formula and charges not registering for 30 days, etc. The response was concluded with a somewhat condescending reminder to "pay my bills on time". As my record reflects, I am very punctual when it comes to paying bills. Is it normal to see such a steep drop after making such a small purchase? I charge more than that when I use my cards typically, so I don't understand how $40 has taken me from a good credit score to a dismal score.

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Re: Extreme Score Drop

How many of your credit cards are reporting balances above $0?

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Re: Extreme Score Drop

Hi I have the same problem I paid in full my credit card and my balance was reported $ 0 why FICO DROPPED my score? I thought if your balance are $0 we have good credit record
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Re: Extreme Score Drop

For scoring, you should have 1 card report a balance of 1-10% total util
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Re: Extreme Score Drop

2 of 4, but I'm not even close to being maxed out. 

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Meeradal wrote:

2 of 4, but I'm not even close to being maxed out. 


I don't think its the actual number, but the percentage.  There are other people who have experienced similar drops when 50% of cards were reporting balances, regardless of the actual utilization.

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So FICO is not company we could trust? Because if your paid your doubt to try save money after take all your credit down to zero is bad , why? We have to still buying just for good credit?
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Util factors in, they want to see how you handle the credit.  When your scores get to a certain point, it really doesn't matter.



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So FICO is not company we could trust? Because if your paid your doubt to try save money after take all your credit down to zero is bad , why? We have to still buying just for good credit?

fico is one of few we can actually trust

 
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