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Released  January 17, 2017
By Megan Greuling

While LendingTree does use your free credit score and/or consumer reports (sometimes called “credit reports”) to provide you with information and opportunities regarding your current credit situation, This inquiry performed by LendingTree is a soft inquiry and does not impact your credit score. Not all lenders will use your Social Security Number (SSN) if you provide it in this or other forms. LendingTree DOES NOT offer, extend or alter credit. LendingTree DOES NOT originate or fund any loans or products it markets. Rather it has a Network of Lenders for you to shop and compare such products.

LendingTree DOES NOT make credit decisions and is not a Lender. You may choose to speak with a lender and/or fill out one of their formal applications, it is at that time you can be offered, or obtain an extension of credit. If you choose to go through the formal application process with a lender you will be asked to authorize a "hard inquiry" on your credit, because LendingTree does not share or transmit your credit score or credit report data with any Lender on its Network.

Your Free Credit Score service is for you to have more control over your own financial situation. However, you should note that if you fill out an Auto or Personal loan form on LendingTree's Website that when you hit the "Submit" button you are consenting, acknowledging and agreeing for the lenders with whom you are matched to perform a hard inquiry of credit that may impact your credit score. However, shopping and comparing the same product will be treated generally as one inquiry within 45 days of shopping for the same. The Lender(s) you choose, NOT LendingTree, will provide you with formal Credit Score and/or Credit Report Disclosures. THIS NOTICE IS REQUIRED BY LAW. Read more at FTC.GOV. You have the right to a free annual credit report from AnnualCreditReport.com or 877-322-8228, the ONLY authorized source under federal law. LendingTree offer of Free Credit Score will last as long as LendingTree can lawfully provide the same. Should at any point in time the free service cease, consumers will be notified that the service is ending.