“‘We’re finding that a lot of phone carriers — even some of the larger ones — are relying on NCTUE for credit checks,’ Kerskie said. ‘Phone carriers, utilities, power, water, cable, any of those. They’re all starting to use this more.’
The NCTUE is a consumer reporting agency founded by mobile provider AT&T in 1997 that maintains data such as payment and account history, reported by telecommunication, pay TV and utility service providers that are members of NCTUE…
…I was finally able to successfully place a freeze on my NCTUE report by calling their 800-number — 1-866-349-5355. The message said the NCTUE might charge a fee for placing or lifting the freeze, in accordance with state freeze laws.”
—Brian Krebs. “Think You’ve Got Your Credit Freezes Covered? Think Again.” KrebsOnSecurity.com. May 9, 2018.
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