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Lost the VISA card... hurt credit score!?


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I read here recently that a reported stolen card would remain on your report for 2 years and refelect the current standing of the account seperately from the replacement card you are sent on the Big-3 Reports....

My question is, is that true - and if so, does it HURT my history or FICO/Beacon AT ALL... or does was that article simply saying the reported lost card will still remain as a seperate account on your report for 2 years?

Any/all details you have would be appreciated... just realized I have to call and cancel the current account because it was lost, but don't want to damage my score/history!!!!

*NOTE: My VISA was a bank card, not a credit card... it was strictly a Credit Union debit card that has a VISA logo and hologram on it, but it ONLY DRAWS from my Checking Account. Any thoughts or ideas on BOTH types of cards would be greatly appreciated :mrgreen:

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WTC is correct. A "Visa" Debit card does not work in the same way as a "Visa" Credit card.

Yes, the Visa logo is on there. However, since there is no line of credit that has been issued with the card and it is a bank card, then it is treated as such. Any transactions you put on the card, are paid for within days from your checking account or to the account that it's linked to. Sometimes, these cards CAN be linked to a savings account but most often, it's the checking account.

This does not get reported to the CRA's because it's not "credit". At the same time, your bank also will not report to the CRA's that you've had a checking/savings account and have been a member in good standing for xx number of years. Why not? Because a checking/savings account is not considered a line of credit for you.

Ironically, the bank doesn't have any problems with borrowing it's customer's money, interest free, of course.

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THANKS a lot WTC and OMG - great info, makes sense.

That's a pity that Sav/Checking don't ever help you out in the FICO war, haha! (Why does the calculation for the 'perfect' 800+ FICO on this website suggest mortgage etc, PLUS a checking/sav account?)

Anyway, you guys are great, I love coming to this forum and continuing to learn from people like you.

WTC is correct. A "Visa" Debit card does not work in the same way as a "Visa" Credit card.

Yes, the Visa logo is on there. However, since there is no line of credit that has been issued with the card and it is a bank card, then it is treated as such. Any transactions you put on the card, are paid for within days from your checking account or to the account that it's linked to. Sometimes, these cards CAN be linked to a savings account but most often, it's the checking account.

This does not get reported to the CRA's because it's not "credit". At the same time, your bank also will not report to the CRA's that you've had a checking/savings account and have been a member in good standing for xx number of years. Why not? Because a checking/savings account is not considered a line of credit for you.

Ironically, the bank doesn't have any problems with borrowing it's customer's money, interest free, of course.

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