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    • SnowTiger
    • By SnowTiger 24th Aug 12, 8:19 PM
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    Noddle trying to scam punters out of 20 a year
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    • 24th Aug 12, 8:19 PM
    Noddle trying to scam punters out of 20 a year 24th Aug 12 at 8:19 PM
    Oh well, I suppose it was only a matter of time.

    Freebie credit report service, Noddle, is trying to scam its members out of 20 a year.



    Apparently my "Credit Rating" is "5 /5."

    Credit rating? Credit score? Will they give me six numbers for the lottery too?

    At least the important stuff is still free. The charge is for an additional random number.
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    • ~Brock~
    • By ~Brock~ 22nd Jan 13, 2:25 PM
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    I think that this entire thread is a scam because it didn't clearly set out that I would end up having 10 minutes of my life conned out of me in order to witness the most pointless argument so far this century......
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    • Gordon Hose
    • By Gordon Hose 22nd Jan 13, 2:32 PM
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    In your example you wouldn't receive a refund. The retailer would simply say you got what you paid for: a tin with a Baked Beans label wrapped around it with something else inside.

    Baked Beans - only words.

    That's what, effectively, Noddle Improve is. It claims to offer your credit score when it offers a credit score.

    I'm surprised folk here are so easily fooled.
    Originally posted by SnowTiger
    I didn't get what I paid for though, did I? I bought baked beans and got black beans.

    If you pay for a credit score and get a credit score, what's the problem? YOUR credit score is based on the information provided on your file. Do you have ANY proof that the score ISN'T based on information on your credit file?

    If you haven't paid for it, how can you have been scammed?

    If people WANT to pay for their score then that's up to them. It STILL doesn't make it a "scam". A rip-off, yes. Scam, no.
    • droiderm
    • By droiderm 22nd Jan 13, 2:39 PM
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    Personally , I am on the fence.
    Many people think they are getting something useful for their money. The evidence of this is many, many people posting daily on this forum, my noodle score is x, my experian score is y, when asking their ability to get credit.

    I think for the sake of clarity the CRA's should declare up front what they are charging for. A possibly random algorithm they came up with which they think might be useful but definately isn't.

    So, it's a scam in respect of the fact many people pay for something which they believe to be useful, but it clearly isn't. It's not a scam in respect that some people know that, and know what they are paying for.

    It's akin to selling you run faster shoes, they are just called that BTW. Some people might be scammed into thinking they actually make you run faster, if marketed in the right way.
    • SnowTiger
    • By SnowTiger 22nd Jan 13, 3:05 PM
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    I didn't get what I paid for though, did I? I bought baked beans and got black beans.
    Originally posted by Gordon Hose
    That also goes for Noddle Improve. Noddle Improve claims to provide your credit score. It provides a credit score.

    Of its credit score, Noddle says: "The better your credit score, the more likely you are to get credit at the most competitive rate."

    That may be true, however the credit score they charge punters for is not the same one used by most, if any, lenders.

    If you pay for a credit score and get a credit score, what's the problem? YOUR credit score is based on the information provided on your file. Do you have ANY proof that the score ISN'T based on information on your credit file?
    Originally posted by Gordon Hose
    I haven't claimed Noddle don't offer a credit score. And I haven't claimed their credit score isn't based on the information they hold.

    Noddle also say "So take control of your credit score with Noddle Improve." Would you like to defend and justify that statement too?

    If you haven't paid for it, how can you have been scammed?
    Originally posted by Gordon Hose
    Noddle Improve is a paid-for service, however I didn't say I've paid for it or been scammed.

    If people WANT to pay for their score then that's up to them. It STILL doesn't make it a "scam". A rip-off, yes. Scam, no.
    Originally posted by Gordon Hose
    You're finally understanding the point. http://oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/rip-off?q=rip-off:

    a fraud or swindle, especially something that is grossly overpriced
    Maybe I should change the title to:

    Noddle tries to swindle punters out of 20 a year

    or:

    Noddle tries to defruad punters out of 20 a year

    Would either of those be more appropriate?
    • Gordon Hose
    • By Gordon Hose 22nd Jan 13, 3:11 PM
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    How do you know it provides A credit score rather than YOUR credit score?

    All of the CRA's claim the score is based on information from YOUR credit file. Can you disprove this?

    The only reason Credit Scores are useless is because they don't use the same scoring methods of other lenders. They couldn't possibly.

    They can, however, show up potential credit file issues at a glance.

    I wouldn't pay for one, so I can't be scammed. you haven't paid for one, so you haven't been scammed. If people chose to pay for one, they haven't been scammed.
    • Blue88
    • By Blue88 24th Jul 14, 5:50 PM
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    I have no issue with a business trying to make money and sell customers additional services, especially when they've given something else for free, but I believe Noddle may be using scare tactics to get customers to buy their "Improve" service.

    I've just signed up for their free credit report service.


    However, instead of giving me my actual score, a box on the page tells me my score is somewhere in the lowest 1/5, which means I'm in big financial trouble.

    Clicking the credit score tab leads me to a payment form where I can get my actual credit score for 30 plus Noddle "Improve"....


    I'm very interested that Noddle should be telling me my credit rating is poor when with at least 2 of the major credit referencing agencies it's good to excellent....

    Funny that.
    • garynuman
    • By garynuman 24th Jul 14, 5:56 PM
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    Credit scores are useless. Nobody sees them and banks use their own criteria to make financial decisions.

    Just ensure the information on all 3 CRAs is correct.
    • Hazzinho
    • By Hazzinho 24th Jul 14, 6:37 PM
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    I've got 5/5 so how are they trying to con me? Scores mean nothing.
    • mcolqu
    • By mcolqu 8th Jul 16, 11:58 AM
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    Noddle Extras
    I agree that the Noddle Improve does not give you much extra for the 20 but they also offer other stuff such as Identity Protection, Noddle Alerts and Noddle Webwatch which are useful.
    I have been a subscriber to Experian at 13.99 pm (168 pa) which gives me most of that because I had my ID stolen and credit cards and bank accounts applied for in my name.
    I have dropped down to just the alert service from Experian at 3.99 pm which is still 48 a year which is more expensive than the full Premium Service from Noddle which is 45 pa. This gives you everything that Experian does as a far more reasonable price.
    Noddle is an alternative to Experian and Equifax and a good bit cheaper than both of them.
    I think it is unfair to just pick on the Improve service from Noddle at 20 pa which I would agree is not much extra info for the money.
    I will be taking out the full service from Noddle and cancelling my Alert Service from Experian and saving myself 3 pa at the same time.
    Mike.
    • Anthorn
    • By Anthorn 8th Jul 16, 2:19 PM
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    I'll put it this way: I was going to apply for an American Express (Green) Card when my free Noddle score dropped from 1/5 to 0/5 but I got impatient. There is no reason for me to believe that Improv is any better. To me it's just a way of extracting money from gullible fools!
    • d70cw6
    • By d70cw6 8th Jul 16, 3:06 PM
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