John Oliver Gives Credit Bureaus a Taste of Their Own, Mistaken Identity-Filled Medicine

If you’re feeling insecure or unsure about your credit score, this segment from Last Week Tonight about the staggering number of mistakes in credit reports will confirm all your fears. While major credit bureaus like Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion have made many promises over the years to improve their mistakes that lead to lost jobs, apartments, and good credit scores, John Oliver and his Last Week Tonight crew found out firsthand that the odds are still disturbingly high that any given background check will be filled with errors or even mix up one person’s credit with someone else’s. “If only we could make this whole industry understand the jeopardy that they’re placing people in,” Oliver says. “Do you know what? Maybe we can.” The result: Equifacks, Experianne, and TramsOnion, which are not Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion but might lead to some cases of mistaken identity over the coming months.

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