On-Line Credit Applications Are Fast And Easy
Gone are the days of waiting several days or weeks to be approved for a credit card. While it is still possible to apply for credit via “snail mail,” it is now more common than ever to apply for any type of credit via the Internet. With the help of the Internet, it’s possible to apply for and receive approval on a line of credit in a matter of seconds or minutes. Many wonder whether or not it is safe to apply for credit via the Internet due to the fact that so much personal and confidential information must be entered into the computer in order for the credit application to be completed. The truth is, most legitimate banks and credit agencies have highly advanced systems which protect potential credit customers from any sort of fraud. However, it’s always a good idea to make sure the computer being used to apply for credit is fully equipped with the most updated anti-virus software and anti-spyware.
Unfortunately, personal information that is sent to banks and credit agencies can be stolen and used in a negative way. While the chances of this happening are rare, it’s is getting more common to hear stories of this happening to individuals. When it does happen, it can cause a number of problems and headaches. So, if a credit application is going to be completed on-line, be sure to take reasonable and easy precautions so that the transaction is secure. An on-line credit application should be very similar to a paper credit application in terms of what is asked.
There are many common questions on both forms such as contact information (address, phone number and e-mail address), information on the household’s annual income, banking information, and the standard question, “What is your mother’s maiden name?” While questions such as those listed above are common, there may be additional questions on an on-line credit application which can be completed for anyone who is trying to obtain a higher than normal line of credit. Is applying for a credit card or line of credit via the Internet better than applying for either using a physical piece of paper? The answer is, “yes and no.” First of all, applying on-line can produce very fast results. If credit is needed immediately, using the Internet is a good way to obtain it. Virtual forms are usually easy to complete, and it’s practically impossible for an electronic application to get lost at the post office! However, with an electronic application, there is no physical evidence of an application being filed. While an electronic application can usually be printed, it’s not as official as having a “real” application in hand. Nonetheless, this is usually not an issue or problem for most people. On-line credit offers often entice people because they may come with a free gift, a lower interest rate, or a complimentary airline ticket anywhere in the world. Credit applications that come in the mail may also offer such deals, but when using the Internet, it’s much easier to see a multitude of credit offers all at once, which can help ensure that the best one is chosen. Applying for an instant credit card or line of credit can be quite easy for a person with a good credit score, but it’s not always so easy for people who have bad credit.
Don’t forget that a credit agency will almost always run a credit check prior to offering credit to a person. A credit check can be obtained within seconds, and if the score is too low, it’s common to receive an electronic response that says, “credit denied” or “additional information needed.” In other words, an on-line application does not guarantee that a credit offer will be extended. On-line credit card approval is definitely a convenience because it is fast and easy. However, it’s important to remember to carefully review all of the terms and conditions of the credit offer prior to applying for and accepting it.
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