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bengalih
Posts: 10
Registered: ‎11-07-2012
BOA new Accounts and ChexSystems

Hi all -

 

I'm looking at opening a new account at BoA.  I was worried that they might do a hard pull so I called 3 different branches in the area.

 

All told me no hard pull, with 2 going so far to tell me what they do is use ChexSystems.

 

I see quite a few older posts (pre-2009) that seem to indicate that BoA did do hard pulls (sometimes with or after a ChexSystem pull).

 

How much faith can I put in what they are telling me (ChexSystem only)?  And is a ChexSystem pull safe regarding my credit score?

 

Thanks!

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llecs
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Registered: ‎08-04-2007
Re: BOA new Accounts and ChexSystems

Always assume that the credit-related CSR giving the advice is wrong. IME, they are wrong. I opened a checking and a savings on different days and a hard inquiry was placed for each. Now that was in 2007 and maybe they change, though I doubt it.

 

A Chex pull has no bearing on your credit. Chex is it's own CRA.

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bengalih
Posts: 10
Registered: ‎11-07-2012
Re: BOA new Accounts and ChexSystems

Yeah I have found a lot of posts from 2007 and 2009 stating various institutions were doing hard pulls - BoA listed among them.  But, I haven't seen anything recent that claims they still do that.

 

I wonder if they got wise to the fact that people don't like thier credit being pulled.  Both of the reps that mentioned CreditChex did so without me urging - they seemed to know exactly what I was talking about and said they just did a CreditChex with my SSN and no hard pull or other credit inquiry was done.

 

I'm hoping someone with fairly recent accounts can chime in on their experience.

 

thanks.

 

p.s.  Do I have any recourse if they do a pull after telling me they wouldn't?

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llecs
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Re: BOA new Accounts and ChexSystems

bengalih wrote:

 

p.s.  Do I have any recourse if they do a pull after telling me they wouldn't?


There are a lot of posts in here concerning other creditors whereby the creditor swore to the customer that there would be no hard pull, only to there be a hard pull. Make the assumption that they are wrong. Get any promise for a soft pull/no pull in writing. Only then would you have recourse, otherwise it would be your word against theirs.