With Vigorous Cane Shaking, America Responds To 20/20 Story

Of all the complaints that flooded our inbox following our 20/20 appearance, this is our favorite.

    “I’m a 60 year old woman. Every time FreeCreditReport is advertised on TV I wonder why no government agency is protecting the public from false advertising.

    Our generation knows what the words “freedom” and “free” mean. Every time this false advertising ad comes on, it taints words which we doddering elderly hold dear.

    This is clearly blatant, false advertising. I want to raise my cane and strike the TV. To be allowed to incorporate the word “Free” into a business title is misleading unless the product is, indeed, free.

    Since it seems that no government agency considers this a major concern of theirs, I pass this objection on to you.

    Perhaps you have an idea as to how the skids can be put on this company and any aspiring others without exhausting and time-consuming paperwork. It’s likely a violation of some government law.

    -A citizen”

We hate freecreditreport.com and its ilk. The only place to get a credit report for free, for reals, is annualcreditreport.com.

You can file your false advertising complaint with the FTC. Though, we suspect striking the tv with your cane would be more satisfying.


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  1. VentMan says:

    I definitely think that the worst thing about these jerks is that they prey on people with poor computer skills. If I were the owner of one of these companies I could run and hide my face in shame.
    Thanks for the link, Consumerist!

  2. Trae says:

    But the jingle man, the JINGLE…

    …I can’t get it out of my head…

  3. damn you trae…

    “Freee credit report dot com”

    They can go to hell.

  4. poolmvp1 says:

    Hasn’t anyone learn, there is no free on the internet. How would websites pay for there time and internet cost.

    Sorry to inform you all but annualcredit report is not free.

    You will receive a free credit report but without the credit score.

    To find out your credit score from “Transunion” cost under $8.00

    What good is a credit report without the credit score. It’s like going to the doctor and he tells you your blood pressure is 120 over 80.

    Well is that good? I don’t know, I’m not a doctor. I beleive it is but I’m not sure

  5. ElizabethD says:

    Yo, Consumerist: I’m filing a complaint about the photo you used with this story. Is that your idea of what 60 year old women look like??? Ummmm. Guess again. Most 60 year olds today look about 40 in previous-generation years.

  6. FLConsumer says:

    Head-On, apply directly to the forehead!

  7. Triteon says:

    What good is a credit report without the credit score.
    Credit reports are not the same as credit scores. A score doesn’t show potential fraud– a report does. I have little need to know my credit score, but I frequently need to know the status of my ID theft.

  8. HawkWolf says:

    Credit score: number used to determine if you are good for a loan, and a quick indicator of whether you are getting a pony or a lump of coal from the Credit Bunny.

    Credit Report: lists all of your lines of credit, current address, place of employment, and any black marks or fraud alerts on any of your credit.

    Thing you want to tell if your credit is good: score. Thing you want to tell if everyone is using real, correct information on you: report.