piggybacking credit faqs

Piggybacking credit FAQs

Piggybacking credit is the quintessential term used to describe the process through which a user of authorized user tradelines increases their credit scores. “Piggybacking” is slightly literal; just as you would jump on someone’s back for a piggybacking ride, you jump on their back for a credit ride. That is, when you’re added as an authorized user, you’re piggybacking on the credit history previously established by the primary account holder. This information reports to your credit report even though you weren’t the one to establish that previous credit history. We have gathered a list of questions we’ve been asked (repeatedly) over the years concerning this topic. Please find below the questions and answers and please contact us should you have any questions.

Does piggybacking credit still work in 2017?

Whether piggybacking still works is a question from the “FICO ’08” myth that floated around back in 2007 and 2008. FICO is simply a company and does not dictate, create or enforce the laws of the United States. The FICO ’08 model is used by a small fraction of lenders, and even it were rolled out to all lenders tomorrow, FICO has already admitted it will continue to consider piggybacking credit lines in their scoring model. If you want to learn more about FICO ’08, please see our blog post dedicated to FICO ’08: FICO ’08. Regardless, tradelines for sale remain a viable option to enhance credit scores.

Where did piggybacking credit come from?

Piggybacking credit has been used for nearly 40 years by mortgage brokers and lenders. It became a popular way to boost credit scores because of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act 1974, which allowed the process to legally attach credit accounts to someone else.

Is piggybacking credit legal or illegal?

We cannot give you legal advice and this should not be construed as legal advice, but piggy backing credit is authorized by the Equal Credit Opportunity Act of 1974 and the Federal Reserve Board Regulation B. To learn more about the legality of piggy backing credit, please read our blog post: Are tradelines legal, illegal or moral?

How do I find the best piggybacking credit companies?

There is no easy way to navigate through the web filled with scammers and companies pretending to piggybacking companies, and those who are legitimate and reliable piggy backing companies. So, we recommend you use your judgment and conduct due diligence. There are some alarming signs to look out for, such as: do they take up front fees in violation of the CROA Section 404? Is the piggybacking company actually registered with their state (Corp., LLC, etc.)? Lastly, call them and talk to them. Did they answer the phone? Did they call you back? When you did talk to them, did they sound knowledgeable or were they more interested in your money?

How long does piggybacking take?

This depends on how you define piggybacking credit. If you mean, how long does it take to be added as a “piggybacker” to the line of credit? Then the answer is: about 15 to 45 days. If you mean, how long does it take for the results of piggybacking credit to materialize? Then the answer is: instantly after the account reports on your credit report. If you mean, how long does it take to receive the benefit of piggybacking credit? Then the answer is: that it is up to you to have your funding efforts in line, because the credit score benefit is instant (after it reports).

Is piggybacking the same as credit repair?

Absolutely not. Credit repair, in the most basic definition, is removing negative items from your credit report. Piggybacking credit, in the most basic definition, is adding positive items to your credit report. While both result in your credit score increasing, you cannot piggyback your way out of a damaged credit file. There is a threshold of negative items which will prevent piggybacking from working. So, you should call us and ask for a credit report analysis so that we can help you determine whether you need credit report prior to piggybacking credit.

How much will my score increase after piggybacking credit?

This is impossible to answer, specifically. Especially without first reviewing your credit report. It is slightly possible to answer it, generally. We’ve written about the score impact of piggybacking credit and referenced studies conducted by the Federal Reserve board on this topic. Here is a very general answer:

The addition of this simulated tradeline increased the credit scores for this group by an average of 22.4 points over the starting mean score of 37.9.  As expected, individuals with thin credit files (2 or fewer non‐authorized user tradelines) also experienced large increaes in score, with their scores rising on average from 44.6 to 64.0.

– Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Washington, DC.

2 thoughts on “Piggybacking Credit”

  1. My husband and I were added to a few of my brothers credit cards. Its been over 45 days since he did this but my husband’s credit report has not been updated. Mine updated almost immediately. why would this happen?

    1. Well, tell your brother to reach out to us if he wants to make some money 🙂
      First, it may not be happening. Perhaps your brother didn’t add your husband. Perhaps he did add him, but much later when you said “Hey, the account didn’t show my his account,” which maybe your brother go “Oh, crap… ummm, let’s add now.” Maybe he did add it and maybe you’re not actually updating his report. Perhaps it is there?
      Alternatively, he could have fraud alerts and security freezes. Your addressed might be different. Maybe your brother put his name wrong.
      I could go on for days.
      The short answer is… this is why you hire a company to do these things 🙂

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