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A major Bank gave my credit investigation authorization to a

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A major Bank gave my credit investigation authorization to a car dealership I never dealt with. Got a note from the credit company telling me this. Can I get paid by them? Isn't this illegal?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Consumer Protection Law
Expert:  Ely replied 1 year ago.

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1) Why did they give this to the car dealership?

2) Did the car dealership run a check on your credit? If so, do you know if it was a "hard" or "soft" pull?

This is not an answer, but an information request. I need this information to answer your question. Please reply, so I can answer your question. Thank you in advance.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
What is a hard vs soft pull? Is hard where it affects your credit score? Yes, the car dealership did run a credit check on me. The credit company wrote a letter (most unusual) notifying me.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I dunno why the bank did that. They aren't supposed to give out personal profile info that allows them to fraudulently obtain a credit report.
Expert:  Ely replied 1 year ago.

A soft pull runs minimal information about you, and does not affect your credit score.

A hard pull is a comprehensive credit check and affects your credit score (although normally by not more than 1-4 points).

WHY did the credit company do this? Did they make a mistake and apologize? Can you upload the letter or at least paraphrase it?

Do you know if this was a hard or soft pull, or not sure?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Ely, no I can't give that to you. Right now I have to go. I don't want to pay you. I am not satisfied. Credit level is not the issue. Invasion of personal info is the issue. How can you miss that? Very important. I refuse to pay. Do not collect. Sorry/
Expert:  Ely replied 1 year ago.

I am not sure what you mean by "can't give that to you."

The case here would be dual: (a) invasion of privacy - public disclosure and (b) violation of federal law. The violation of federal law is the much stronger action in the case. This is why I was asking.

While the invasion of privacy may be the specific issue for you, whether or not the check cost you a dip in your credit is of the utmost importance because that is what would help make a case for punitive damages under federal law (FCRA and similar laws) and may have helped to compel the credit company into a settlement.

If you wish to end the conversation, I understand. All the best.