It is hereby declared to be an unfair and deceptive trade practice and unlawful for a credit services company to:

Terms Used In N.Y. General Business Law 458-H

  • Consumer: means any natural person who is solicited to purchase or who purchases the services of a credit services business. See N.Y. General Business Law 458-B
  • Credit report: A detailed report of an individual's credit history prepared by a credit bureau and used by a lender in determining a loan applicant's creditworthiness. Source: OCC
  • Person: includes an individual, corporation, partnership, joint venture, or any business entity. See N.Y. General Business Law 458-B

1. Misrepresent directly or indirectly in its advertising, promotional materials, sales presentation, or in any manner: the nature of the services to be performed; the time within which services will be performed; the ability to improve a consumer‘s credit report or credit rating; the amount or type of credit a consumer can expect to receive as a result of the performance of the services offered; the qualifications, training or experience of its personnel.

2. Make or counsel or advise any consumer to make any statement which is untrue or misleading and which is known, or which by the exercise of reasonable care should be known, to be untrue or misleading, to a consumer credit reporting agency or to any person who has extended credit to a consumer or to whom a consumer is applying for an extension of credit, with respect to a consumer’s credit worthiness, credit standing, or credit capacity.

3. Represent directly or indirectly in its advertising, promotional materials, sales presentation, or in any manner that it can procure or obtain a credit card for a consumer unless that credit services company has authority to issue the credit card being advertised.