More fake-o than FICO

This dropped into the mailbox yesterday, and it’s a mailbox I use for next to nothing, so it had one strike against it before I even looked at the subject line, which was “Class action against the 3 bureaus got you a major credit increase.”

In a closed door meeting this morning, the Consumer Credit Advocacy Group met with the 3 major credit bureaus. It was determined that those consumers whose credit scores had not been reviewed in over 12 months be given an automatic one time increase as punitive action against the 3 credit bureaus for sitting on your scores. See score.

You have now ascended to a higher credit standing.

Yeah, right. Tell me another one.

Lest this look phish-y to one’s filters, they also tacked on several hundred words of dialogue from Braveheart.


  1. fillyjonk »

    16 October 2013 · 10:45 am

    And somewhere, someone in Congress is getting this, and wondering if it’s the answer to our debt-ceiling problem.

    I got three 419 type letters, all slightly different, from a “Mrs. Suzanne/Susan White” this morning.

  2. McGehee »

    16 October 2013 · 4:39 pm

    “They can take away yere property, aye they can even take away yere life. But they cannae take away yere credit rating!”

  3. Dr. Weevil »

    17 October 2013 · 12:21 am

    Were you aware that FICO is an obscenity in Shakespeare? In Merry Wives of Windsor I.iii, Ancient Pistol says “A fico for your phrase” or something similar. ‘Fico’ is Italian for ‘fig’, but there refers to the obscene gesture where you make a fist, but with your thumb sticking out between the first two fingers. If you can get to SW Arkansas (Washington State Park) on February 28th, you can see the American Shakespeare Center’s excellent production.

  4. Dr. Weevil »

    17 October 2013 · 12:22 am

    . . . and you can see Pistol make the very gesture, I should have said.

  5. CGHill »

    17 October 2013 · 7:24 am

    To some of us, FICO is an obscenity in the here and now.

  6. fillyjonk »

    17 October 2013 · 8:39 am


    I had forgotten about “making the fig” until Dr. Weevil brought it up. (I learned about it, actually, in high school, when we were doing King Lear or something. Yeah….I went to a private high school where the teachers could get away with teaching us stuff like that).

  7. Tatyana »

    17 October 2013 · 11:34 am

    That’s a very common gesture in Russia as well- but it is not exactly obscene; there is even idioms “show [somebody] a fig” (= “no”, “i will no what you tell me” “yeah, right!”) ; “keeping a fig in your pocket” (=make appearance of agreeing with smbd, but privately mocking that person, having no intention to follow up on your promise)

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