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Lying about Income

I was going to make a large purchase on a diamond the other day and the salesman wanted to get me to apply for their retail card to qualify for the promo no interest then he insisted I exagerate a little on my income for the app. Honestly at that point I felt the deal went sour and decided to hold off. It made me realize with the score I told him I had was borderline approval.

 

I was just curious if anyone here has exagerated a bit on their income when app'ing?

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TheFate wrote:

I was going to make a large purchase on a diamond the other day and the salesman wanted to get me to apply for their retail card to qualify for the promo no interest then he insisted I exagerate a little on my income for the app. Honestly at that point I felt the deal went sour and decided to hold off. It made me realize with the score I told him I had was borderline approval.

 

I was just curious if anyone here has exagerated a bit on their income when app'ing?


Doing so would be fraud... Anyone suggesting such a thing would be guilty of conspiracy to defraud the issuing bank.


"If there's a lack of money in your life, understand that feeling worried, envious, jealous, disappointed, discouraged, doubtful or fearful about money can never bring more money to you, because those feelings come from a lack of gratitude for the money you have."

"Reactions are powerful creators because they contain every element needed to manifest—they're a combination of thought, belief, and feeling in action. Positive reactions create more positive things, and negative reactions create more negative things. If you can respond to negative situations calmly and lightly, instead of with emotional turbulence, what happens next in your life will be so much better."

- Rhonda Byrne
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Way back in the beginning of my credit journey, I fudged my income a bit. I didn't know better at the time.

 

But that particular card has long since been closed and nothing has ever come of it, but I know now that it could have been a different story.

      
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I am sure people do it all the time. But it's bad practice to do so. As an example, let's take a look at Amex. Sure you can lie to them, but if they ever FR you and you lied, they will close your accounts. No ifs or buts. 

 

Also, Lexi will probably move this discussion elsewhere.

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@Gdale that's what I thought, But I wonder if a CC actually did a FR would they have you prosecuted or would they just drop you and put you on a black list

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TheFate wrote:

@Gdale that's what I thought, But I wonder if a CC actually did a FR would they have you prosecuted or would they just drop you and put you on a black list


If they found out and you didnt burn them it would most likely just be account closure and BL, if there was financial loss to them it could get ugly if they challenged it...


"If there's a lack of money in your life, understand that feeling worried, envious, jealous, disappointed, discouraged, doubtful or fearful about money can never bring more money to you, because those feelings come from a lack of gratitude for the money you have."

"Reactions are powerful creators because they contain every element needed to manifest—they're a combination of thought, belief, and feeling in action. Positive reactions create more positive things, and negative reactions create more negative things. If you can respond to negative situations calmly and lightly, instead of with emotional turbulence, what happens next in your life will be so much better."

- Rhonda Byrne
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I would guess millions of people have done that for as long as there have been credit cards. Realistically I've never heard of anyone ever having any fallout from it other than maybe a card closure on an AMEX FR.

 

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Let's be real here...people do it all of the time. I honestly don't see why one would lie now since most applications are ok with your HOUSEHOLD income. 

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@Abundancejones So are you saying I could combine my Fianaces income with mine since we live together and if they found out they would be ok with it?

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TheFate wrote:

@Abundancejones So are you saying I could combine my Fianaces income with mine since we live together and if they found out they would be ok with it?


Yep, as long as the application indicates that its ok, you should be fine. Just make sure you are exact with the numbers you put in based on the last tax return or pay check stubs . The application would usually say something like "If you are 21 and over, you can include wages and salary from others that you can reasonably acess to pay your bills with."

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